HP Digital Entertainment Center
User’s Guide
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Table of Contents
Welcome ............................................................ 1
Benefits and Features............................................ 2
Functional Overview............................. 3
Inventory ............................................29
Cables Included .................................................30
Connecting Audio ...................33
Front Panel.......................................................... 3
Memory Card Reader........................................... 5
Back Panel .......................................................... 6
Cleaning the
HP Digital Entertainment Center............................ 9
Shipping the
HP Digital Entertainment Center............................ 9
Audio Overview ..................................34
Keyboard ........................................... 10
TV Audio Connection ...........................39
Wireless Keyboard Operation ............................. 12
Replacing the Keyboard Batteries......................... 13
Connecting TV Audio..........................................39
Remote Control ................................... 14
Remote Control Buttons ....................................... 14
Remote Control Operation .................................. 16
Installing the Remote Control Batteries .................. 16
Safety Information................. 17
AC Power Safety Warnings ................................ 17
Installation Overview ............ 19
System Audio/Video Connections ....... 20
System Integration.............................................. 20
System Diagram ................................................ 22
Installation Guidelines ........................ 24
Audio Output Connectors....................................34
Sound Connector Jacks .......................................35
Speaker Types ...................................................35
Speaker Configurations ......................................36
Typical Audio Connection.....................38
AV Receiver Audio Connection .............40
AV Receiver Equipment Overview ........................40
2.0 Home Stereo Installation ...............................41
2.1 Home Stereo Installation ...............................42
4.1 Home Theater Audio ....................................43
5.1 Home Theater Audio ....................................44
7.1 Home Theater Audio ....................................45
Digital Home Theater Audio ................................46
Powered Speaker Audio Connection ....48
2.1 Powered Speakers .......................................49
4.1 Powered Speakers .......................................50
5.1 Powered Speakers .......................................51
7.1 Powered Speakers .......................................52
Digital Powered Speakers ...................................53
Monitor Speakers...............................................54
Placement and Ventilation Requirements ............... 25
Audio In Connections ...........................55
Basic Setup ......................................... 27
FM Radio Antenna...............................56
Setting Up the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.......................... 27
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Before You Begin ..................... 1
Connecting Video Out ............ 57
Video Out Overview ...........................58
Video Out Connection Overview ......................... 58
Video Out Connectors ........................................ 59
Component Video Settings .................................. 60
TV Display Overview.......................................... 61
Audio and Video Switching Overview .................. 61
Using the Remote Control with Your TV................. 62
Typical Video Out Connections.............63
One Cable TV Box or
Digital Cable Receiver (NTSC) ...........................89
Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable Receivers...............................91
Satellite Connection............................. 93
One Satellite Receiver (NTSC) .............................93
Two Satellite Receivers (NTSC) ............................95
Infrared Transmitter Connection .......... 97
Infrared Transmitter Overview..............................97
Infrared Transmitter Installation ............................99
Video Out to TV...................................64
Video Out from AV Receiver to TV .......66
Video Out to Monitor ..........................68
Video Out to TV and Monitor...............69
Connecting TV Source In ......... 71
TV Source Overview ............................72
TV Signal Source Overview................................. 72
Additional HDTV Information............................... 74
TV Source Connectors Overview.......................... 75
TV Source Connectors ........................................ 76
Typical TV Source Connections .............78
Antenna Connection ............................80
Antenna (NTSC) ................................................ 80
Antenna (ATSC)................................................. 81
Antenna (NTSC and ATSC) ................................. 82
Cable Connection ................................83
Cable (NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC)...................... 83
One Cable TV Box or Digital Cable Receiver
(NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC).............................. 84
Two Cable TV Boxes, or Two Digital Cable
Receivers (NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC)................ 86
Cable Only (NTSC)............................................ 88
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Connecting Video
Equipment ............................101
Video Equipment Overview............... 102
Connectors...................................................... 102
Video Equipment Connection Overview .............. 103
Typical Video Equipment
Connections ...................................... 104
VCR Connection................................. 105
VCR Direct In Connection.................................. 105
Wall to VCR to TV Using Coaxial Cable ............. 106
Video Camera Connection ................. 109
Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder .............. 109
Connecting an Analog Camcorder..................... 112
Connecting the Network .......113
Peripheral Connection Overview ....... 114
Typical Network Connections ............ 116
Connecting the Wireless
Network Antenna ............................. 117
Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem........ 119
USB Device Connection...................... 121
Digital Still Camera .......................................... 121
Other USB Devices........................................... 122
Connecting an
HP Personal Media Drive .................. 123
Installing an HP Personal Media Drive ................ 124
Disconnecting an HP Personal Media Drive ......... 125
Initial Configuration ............. 127
Starting the HP Digital Entertainment
Center for the First Time.................... 128
Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial).............. 128
Initial Startup ................................................... 129
Syncing the Keyboard ...................................... 130
Windows Welcome ........................... 131
Media Center First Run...................... 132
Required Setup ................................................ 132
Optional Setup ................................................ 133
If Your Connections Don’t Work ........................ 135
Adjusting the Front Panel Display Brightness........ 135
Configuring Audio ............................ 136
Connecting Headphones .................................. 136
Connecting a Microphone ................................ 136
Adjusting the Volume........................................ 138
Configuring Audio Output................................. 139
Configuring Video ............................ 141
Configuring Video Output ................................. 141
Dual screen ..................................................... 142
Adjusting the Desktop Display ........................... 144
Adjusting the Display in Media Center................ 145
DVD Playback ................................................. 148
Adjusting the Display from the Desktop ...............149
HDTV Overscan Configuration...........................150
Finding ATSC HDTV and Standard
TV Channels...................................................151
Tuning the Desktop Display ...............................151
Configuring the System .....................154
Configuring the Keyboard Buttons ......................154
Registering with HP ..........................................155
Setting Up Virus Protection ................................155
Transferring Information from Your Old PC
to Your HP Digital Entertainment Center .............155
Installing Software............................................156
Utility Programs................................................156
Troubleshooting....................159
Problems and Solutions .....................160
Audio .............................................................160
Video .............................................................162
System ............................................................164
Getting Help......................................170
Help and Support Center ..................................170
HP Support......................................................170
Warranty and Support Guide ............................171
Updates from HP..............................................173
Microsoft Web Site ..........................................173
Appendix A: Replacing the
Hard Disk Drive....................175
Important Information About
Recorded TV Programs ....................................175
Procedure .......................................................175
Index ...................................179
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Connecting Through a Router ............ 120
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Before You Begin
Welcome
Use other entertainment equipment — like a TV, AV
receiver, satellite receiver, and digital camera — with the
HP Digital Entertainment Center to create an integrated
system. Access all of your TV programs, videos, pictures,
music CDs, and DVDs using Microsoft® Media Center
software and the remote control.
This User’s Guide helps you to set up the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to use with your audio/video
system.
Chapter Contents:
“Functional Overview” on page 3
“Keyboard” on page 10
“Remote Control” on page 14
Before You Begin
Thank you for purchasing the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Your HP Digital Entertainment Center puts you in
control of your complete home entertainment experience.
Enjoy your TV, movies, music, photos, and home videos
with one simple interface. Pause and replay live TV, and
record your favorite TV shows. Use a television program
guide without a monthly fee. Capture, personalize, and
create DVDs of your home movies, and back up your
photos, music, or favorite TV programs onto DVD.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center
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Benefits and Features
Benefits
■
Complete home digital entertainment solution for
your living room.
■
Watch, pause, and replay live TV on one channel
while recording another (select models only).
■
Schedule future recordings with the complimentary
TV programming guide (no charge — separately
purchased broadband Internet service required).
■
Burn a DVD of your favorite TV shows or home
videos.
■
Play DVDs in 7.1 surround sound (surround sound
system is required and sold separately).
■
Burn music audio CDs (for lawful use only).
■
Store audio CDs in an easy-to-use music jukebox.
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Listen to your collection of MP3 and AAC music.
■
Burn picture slide shows to CD or DVD.
■
View and edit your favorite digital photos.
■
Store your digital content on the HP Personal Media
Drive.
■
Download movies on demand (fees may apply —
separately purchased broadband Internet service
required).
■
Instant-message friends (separately purchased
broadband Internet service required).
■
Rear and front AV connectors:
Product features
■
Sophisticated, sleek, stackable case fits into your
AV cabinet
■
Built-in standard-definition TV tuner, NTSC
(Dual tuners for select models only)
■
Built-in high-definition ATSC HDTV tuner
(select models only)
■
Personal video recorder (PVR) with a complimentary
TV programming guide (no charge)
■
Built-in FM radio tuner
■
HP Personal Media Drive
■
Front panel media info display
■
CD/DVD double-layer, multiformat player/recorder
■
9-in-1 media card reader
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
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Digital Audio Out: Optical and coaxial S/PDIF
5.1 surround
■
Analog Audio Out: Up to 7.1 channels
■
Video Out: DVI, VGA, S-video, component,
composite video
■
LAN Ethernet 10/100/1000
■
Integrated 802.11 b/g wireless
■
Front AV, USB, and FireWire® (IEEE 1394)
connectors for video capture
■
Full function remote control
■
Lap-sized, compact wireless keyboard with
integrated trackball mouse
Functional Overview
Front Panel
The following illustration shows a typical HP Digital
Entertainment Center front panel.
Your model might not have all features.
HP Personal Media Drive Bay
CD/DVD
AV inputs
Media info display
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
USB and card readers
Front panel
Item
Function
Comments
On/Standby (power) button and LED
Push to turn on. Push for standby.
Press and hold button 4 seconds to turn off.
Solid blue: On
Solid amber: Standby
CD/DVD player/recorder
Progressive scan DVD player plus
double-layer DVD+RW/DVD-R recorder
CD/DVD, multiformat
Push the Eject button to open.
Push the tray or Eject button to close.
Transport control buttons
Replay, Play, Pause, Stop, Skip, Eject
Experience mode status indicators
White indicates DVD, TV, radio, music,
pictures, videos, activities in Media Center
Personal Media Drive Bay
Removable HP Personal Media Drive
behind top right door, for additional
storage for recorded TV shows and digital
content
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Item
Function
HP Digital Entertainment Center
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
EED
2.0
MMC / SD
SmartMedia / xD
SPEED
SB 2.0
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
FRONT INPUT
Comments
9-in-1 memory card readers
SmartMedia/xD, MMC/SD,
CompactFlash I/II, Microdrive, MS/MS-Pro
USB 2.0 (2)
Card readers behind lower right door
LED: Green (with media inserted)
Off (no media inserted)
See “Memory Card Reader” on page 5.
Media info display
Front status panel for all media
information. Front-panel text content
displayed from Media Center
Behind left door
Front AV inputs — see below
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S-VIDEO
L AUDIO R
VIDEO
DV IN
HEADPHONES MIC IN
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
AV connectivity for capturing analog and
digital video from camcorders
Keyboard connect switch for wireless
keyboard synchronization
Blinking green LED indicates keyboard
activity. Special blink status indicates sync
with keyboard.
S-video In
Y/C video, analog 4-pin
Video In
Composite video RCA jack
Audio In
White: Left
S-VIDEO
FRONT INPUT
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
CON
FRONT INPUT
1
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
1394
R
L AUDIO
DV IN
HEADPHONES
CONNECT
Red: Right, RCA jacks
D
1394 DV In
FireWire (IEEE 1394), 4-pin input-output
for digital video
Headphone Out
1/4 inch jack
Microphone In
1/8 inch mini-jack
MIC
1394
IO
R
DV IN
HEADPHONES
MIC IN
1394
R
4
DV IN
HEADPHONES
MIC IN
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Memory Card Reader
The HP Digital Entertainment Center 9-in-1 card readers
are on the front panel, located behind a door for quick
transfer of digital photos and other digital content. Four
horizontal card slots accept memory cards.
An in-use light-emitting diode (LED) indicates card reader
activity when the HP Digital Entertainment Center is
reading or writing data. Wait until the LED stops blinking
before removing media.
Digital cameras and other digital devices use memory
cards, or media, to store digital picture files.
Two USB 2.0 connectors are also included.
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Removing media when the in-use light is
blinking may cause damage.
Your model might not have all features.
Before You Begin
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
SmartMedia / xD
CompactFlash I/II
MMC / SD
MS / MS PRO
Memory card readers
Item
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
Name
Slot
Supports
Insert media
SmartMedia/xD
Upper-left
SmartMedia (SM) memory card/
xD media
Facing up
MMC/SD
Upper-right
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Secure Digital (SD) memory card
Facing up
CompactFlash I/II
Microdrive
Lower-left
CompactFlash Type I, II media
Microdrive disk drive
Receptacle
edge (holes)
MS/MS-Pro
Lower-right
Memory Stick (MS)
Memory Stick (MS-Pro)
Facing up
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Back Panel
The following illustration shows the HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel.
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
AUDIO IN
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connector
Type
Color
Supported format
Audio In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog stereo
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Surround Back
RCA jacks
Brown: Left
Beige: Right
Analog:
7.1
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Surround
RCA jacks
Blue: Left
Grey: Right
Analog:
7.1, 6.1, 5.1, 4.1
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Center/Subwoofer
RCA jacks
Green: center
Purple:
subwoofer
Analog:
7.1, 6.1, 5.1
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Front
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog stereo:
7.1, 6.1, 5.1, 4.1, 2.1, 2.0
Digital Audio Out
Coaxial
Orange
S/PDIF 5.1 only
L
R
SURROUND
BACK
L
R
SURROUND
L
R
CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
FRONT
L
R
COAXIAL
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Item
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
Connector
Type
Color
Supported format
Digital Audio Out
Optical
Gray
S/PDIF 5.1 only
Video Out
(Composite)
RCA jack
Yellow
Analog: Interlaced scan
S-video Out
Y/C video
4-pin
Black
Analog: Interlaced scan
Up to 1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz
Component Video Out
(Not all modes support
DVD playback due to
content protection.)
3 RCA jacks
Green: Y
Blue: Pb
Red: Pr
Analog: Interlaced or
progressive scan
interlaced displays up to
1080i, Plus 480p, 720p
VGA Out
15-pin D-sub
Blue
Analog:
Up to 2048 x 1536 with
panning depending on
display size
Digital Video
Out (DVI)
DVI-I 29-pin
D-sub digital/
analog
White
Digital:
Up to 1600 x 1200
Up to 2048 x 1536 with
panning depending on
display size
USB 2.0
4 ports
Silver
USB 2.0
1394
(for digital video or
other device)
6-pin DV input/
output
Silver
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
Ethernet
10/100/1000
RJ-45
N/A
10/100/1000
AUDIO
OUT
VIDEO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
OUT
Y
Pb
Pr
COMPONENT
OUT
VGA
DVI
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S-VIDEO
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
(high speed)
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
10/100/1000
ETHERNET
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Item
WIRELESS LAN
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
802.11 b/g
ACTIVITY
LINK
R
L
AUDIO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
CABLE/ANT. IN
Connector
Type
Color
Supported format
Wireless LAN
Removable
antenna
Gold
802.11 b/g
LEDs (2)
Activity: Blinks
when transmits/
receives data
Link: Solid green when wireless
LAN is enabled and connected.
Blinks when wireless LAN is
scanning.
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g
Audio
TV Source 1 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog
Video (Composite)
TV Source 1 In
RCA jack
Yellow
Analog:
Up to 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
S-video
TV Source 1 In
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Analog:
Up to 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
Cable/Antenna In
Coaxial
Silver
RF NTSC with internal splitter
to dual-tuners
FM Antenna In
75 Ohm
Coaxial
Silver
FM radio, RF
Audio TV Source 2 In
(Select models only)
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog
S-video TV Source 2 In
(Select models only)
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Analog:
Up to 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
(Select models only)
Coaxial
Silver
RF ATSC
(from UHF and VHF antenna)
Infrared Transmitter Out
(2 outputs)
1/8 inch
mini-jack
Silver
Remote infrared (IR Blaster)
AC In
AC 110–240V
50–60 Hz
Black
Power
DUAL
TUNER
N FM ANTENNA IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
AL
ER
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
2
1
110-240V 50-60Hz
AC IN
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Cleaning the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is a high-quality
device that requires special care when cleaning. To clean
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, follow these steps:
1 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center and
connected equipment.
wall outlet before cleaning.
3 Use a soft dry cloth for cleaning.
4 Plug in the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
5 Turn on connected equipment and the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners
to clean your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Do not use benzene, thinner, ammonia, or
any other volatile substances. These
chemicals may damage your unit.
Shipping the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Keep the original packing box in a storage area. You
may need it later if you move or ship your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Before You Begin
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2 Unplug the HP Digital Entertainment Center from the
Keyboard
The following illustration shows the HP Digital Entertainment Center wireless keyboard.
TrackBall
Left, right
mouse button
The following table shows the wireless keyboard features and function keys from left to right.
Icon
Item
Description
On/Standby
Turns HP Digital Entertainment Center on, when in standby.
Places HP Digital Entertainment Center in standby.
Indicator light
Amber: Caps Lock on.
Green: Key or mouse button activity.
Mouse button
left, right
Left-click, right-click.
Back
Displays previously viewed Media Center or browser page.
Forward
Displays next viewed Media Center or browser page.
Internet
Opens your Internet browser.
E-mail
Opens an Internet e-mail page or your e-mail software.
Back
Forward
Internet
E-mail
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Icon
Item
Description
Messenger
Opens your instant messaging program.
Minimize
Minimizes the Media Center application.
Maximize
Maximizes the Media Center application.
Media Center
Starts Media Center.
Previous
Selects previous media track.
Play
Plays media.
Pause
Pauses media.
Next
Selects next media track.
Vol –
Decreases speaker volume.
Vol +
Increases speaker volume.
Mute
Turns speaker sound on and off.
Trackball
Moves cursor on screen.
Messenger
Minimize
Maximize
Media
Center
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Previous
Play
Pause
Next
Vol
Vol
Mute
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The Internet, E-mail, and Messenger buttons
can be reconfigured to open a Web site or
software program. See “Configuring the
Keyboard Buttons” on page 154. Refer to the
Media Center Edition 2005 Software Guide.
Wireless Keyboard Operation
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center includes a wireless
keyboard that uses a built-in receiver/transmitter instead
of a connector cable to communicate. The Keyboard
Connect button, behind the lower-left door of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel, has an
LED that indicates receiver activity. Approximate range
is 12 feet (3.66 meters).
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
FRONT INPUT
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S-VIDEO
VIDEO
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
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Use only alkaline batteries in the keyboard.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
L AUDIO R
DV IN
HEADPHONES MIC IN
Replacing the Keyboard Batteries
Keep spare batteries on hand. Battery life will vary with
the use of the system.
3 Replace the battery cover.
2 Insert four AA batteries (alkaline). Make sure the
battery positive and negative ends are inserted
correctly!
4 Make sure the HP Digital Entertainment Center is
powered on.
5 Test the keyboard.
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The keyboard is set to connect to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center automatically.
6 If the keyboard does not operate:
a Check the battery orientation.
b Sync the keyboard. See “Syncing the Keyboard”
on page 130.
If you have no batteries and must use a keyboard, attach
a USB keyboard to the back or front panel. You can also
use the remote control for many functions as a temporary
substitute.
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Before You Begin
1 Slide the battery cover off the back of the keyboard.
Remote Control
Remote Control Buttons
(Features and location may vary. Refer to the specific documentation for other remote controls.)
A
Standby
Puts the HP Digital
Entertainment Center into
and out of a powerreduced standby state.
It does not turn the
HP Digital Entertainment
Center off.
B
DVD
Menu
Opens Play DVD window
in Media Center or opens
the main menu of a DVD
movie, if available.
C
Music
Starts My Music.
MUSIC
D
Radio
Starts FM Radio.
RADIO
E
Record
Records selected television
program and stores it on
the hard disk drive.
RECORD
REW
F
Rew
(Rewind) Moves the media
backward (press button for
three speeds).
G
Replay
Rewinds live or recorded
TV back 8 seconds, or to
beginning of music track
or DVD chapter.
H
J
K
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Pause
Back
Arrows
Pauses audio and video
tracks and live or recorded
TV programs.
Returns to the previous
window within Media
Center.
Buttons move the cursor to
navigate within all Media
Center windows. They
also move forward and
backward through slideshow images.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
DVD MENU
L
Media
Center
Opens Media Center to
the main menu.
M
Volume
Increases (+) and
decreases (–) sound.
N
Live TV
Is a shortcut to view live
TV. It also moves to the
current point in a live TV
program after pausing
live TV.
O
Guide
Opens the Television
Program Guide to display
available TV channels and
programs to watch and
record.
P
Clear
Deletes the selection and
works as the Backspace
key does on a keyboard.
Q
TV
Starts My TV.
R
Pictures
Starts My Pictures.
PICTURES
S
Videos
Starts My Videos.
VIDEOS
T
Play
Plays the selected media.
PLAY
U
Stop
Stops the selected media.
STOP
TV
REPLAY
PAUSE
DVD MENU
TV
B
C
RADIO MUSIC PICTURESVIDEOS
RECORD
PLAY
STOP
E
F
U
P
X
More (i)
Displays available information
about a selected media file
and displays more information
and options.
Y
OK
Selects the desired action or
window option. It acts as the
Enter key.
W
Y
Z
CH/PG
Turns sound off. The word Mute
is displayed on the Media
Center screen when Mute is
turned on.
AB Recorded
TV
Opens the Recorded TV
window.
AB
AC 0 to 9,
#, *
Numeric keypad buttons to
change channels or enter text
into the Media Center search or
text box.
AC
AD Enter
Selects the desired action or
window option. In full-screen
mode, press Enter to return to the
last channel you were watching.
AD
AE
AE Print
Prints selected content on the
screen.
AF LED
Activity indicator lights on
pressing a button.
Z
FWD
SKIP
OK
Up (+) and down (–) change the
TV channel or move pages up
and down, depending on
available options.
AA Mute
AA
N
O
Moves media forward — for
example, 30 seconds in videos
and live TV, one music track, or
one DVD chapter.
SKIP
X
(Fast-forward) Moves media
forward (press button for three
speeds).
W Skip
S
T
L
M
Fwd
V
PAUSE
REPLAY
R
FWD
REW
K
V
Q
D
G
H
J
AF
Before You Begin
Before You Begin
A
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Remote Control Operation
Use the remote control to open the Media Center
program; view TV, record TV programs, play previously
recorded TV programs, and play music, movies, or video.
See “Using the Remote Control” in the Media Center
Edition 2005 Software Guide for detailed instructions on
using the features of the remote control.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center z545
LED
To use the remote control, just point it at the HP Digital
Entertainment Center and press a button. Use the remote
control at a maximum distance of 26 feet (8 meters) from
the remote sensor and at a maximum of 45 degrees
(90 degrees total) from the center of the remote sensor.
90˚
~26
feet
The remote control will not operate until the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is powered on and fully booted up.
n
Indicator
Light
Media Center must be in full-screen mode (or
have focus) for consistent remote control
operation. Performance may vary.
Remote operation
Installing the Remote Control Batteries
1 Slide the battery cover off the back of the remote
DVD MENU
control.
2 Insert the two AA alkaline batteries (provided). Make
sure the battery positive and negative ends are
inserted correctly!
3 Replace the battery cover.
4 Test the remote control by pressing any key.
The indicator light should blink.
n
Use only alkaline batteries in the remote.
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TV
RADIO MUSIC PICTURESVIDEOS
HP Digital Entertainment Center
RECORD
PLAY
REW
STOP
FWD
PAUSE
REPLAY
SKIP
OK
Safety Information
Read Instructions before installing or operating your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Follow the instructions provided.
Heed all safety warnings and notes.
Chapter Contents:
“AC Power Safety Warnings” on page 17
Refer to the Warranty and Support Guide for additional
safety information.
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Please read this important safety
information.
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■
Do not open top cover.
■
Risk of electric shock.
■
No user-serviceable parts inside top cover.
AC Power Safety Warnings
A power cord is included with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center. If another cord is used, use only
a power source and connection appropriate for this
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Install the system near an AC outlet. The AC power cord
is your HP Digital Entertainment Center’s main AC
disconnecting device and must be easily accessible at all
times. For your safety, the power cord provided with your
system has a grounded plug. Always use the power cord
with a properly grounded wall outlet to avoid the risk of
electric shock.
To reduce the possibility of an electric shock from the
telephone network, plug your system into the AC outlet
before connecting it to the DSL/telephone line. Also,
disconnect the DSL/telephone line before unplugging
your system from the AC power outlet.
This product has not been evaluated for connection to an
“IT” power system (an AC distribution system with no
direct connection to earth, according to IEC 60950).
Ground your system. To reduce the risk of electric
shock or damage to your equipment, do not disable the
power cord grounding feature. The grounding plug is an
important safety feature. Connect the equipment to a
grounded (earthed) power outlet.
For your safety, be sure that the grounded power outlet
into which you plug the power cord is easily accessible to
the operator and is located as close to the equipment as
possible.
Safety Information
17
Safety Information
Use the right AC source. The power supply is preset
for the country/region in which you purchased the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. If you move to another
country/region, please make sure you check its voltage
requirements before plugging your HP Digital
Entertainment Center into an AC power outlet.
AC Power Safety Warnings (continued)
Never pull on the cord. Disconnect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center by grasping the plug firmly and
pulling it from the power outlet. Never disconnect the
HP Digital Entertainment Center by pulling the cord.
Install your HP Digital Entertainment Center near an outlet
that you can easily reach. Do not allow anything to rest
on the power cord. Do not walk on the cord.
Use surge protection. To protect your HP Digital
Entertainment Center and other equipment, connect all
power cords for your system and its peripheral devices
(such as a printer or scanner) to a surge protection device
such as a power strip with surge protection or
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
Not all power strips provide surge protection; the power
strips must be specifically labeled as having this ability.
Use a power strip whose manufacturer offers a damage
replacement policy so you can replace your equipment if
surge protection fails.
Use the right power source. Use only a power
source and connection appropriate for this HP Digital
Entertainment Center, as indicated on the label/back
plate of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Be sure the total ampere rating of the products connected
to the outlet does not exceed the current rating of the
electrical outlet, and the total ampere rating of the
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
products connected to the cord does not exceed the
rating of the cord. Look on the power label to determine
the ampere rating (AMPS or A) for each device.
Outdoor antenna grounding — If an outside
antenna or cable system is connected to the product, be
sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to
provide some protection against voltage surges and static
buildup charges. Article 810 of the National Electrical
Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with regard
to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure,
grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge
unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode. Refer to the
Warranty and Support Guide for additional safety
information.
Lightning — For added protection of any HP product
during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and
unused for long periods of time, unplug the product from
the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable
system. This will prevent damage to the product due to
lightning and power line surges.
Power lines — An outside antenna should not be
located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into
such power lines or circuits.
This chapter provides information on your system and
describes how to connect your HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your audio/video (AV) equipment in detail. You
may find connection details that won’t be in the basic
Start Here booklet.
The Start Here booklet works with this User’s Guide. Take
a few minutes to look at the Start Here booklet before you
read this chapter. You may find the information you need
there.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is very versatile
and works with a wide variety of basic, typical, and
advanced multimedia systems.
The installation process is divided into four major areas:
Audio, Video, TV Source In, Network.
The setup can take some time, depending on your system,
and may require additional cables.
Installation Overview
Installation Overview
Chapter Contents:
“System Audio/Video Connections” on page 20
“Basic Setup” on page 27
“Inventory” on page 29
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Read the important safety information before
you install the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. See “Safety Information” on page 17.
Installation Overview
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System Audio/Video Connections
System Integration
The HP Digital Entertainment Center incorporates many
functions into one unit:
■
An Internet connection through a wireless or wired
network, using an Internet service provider (sold
separately), allows the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to access the Television Program Guide and
Internet content sources.
■
A cable connection from a set-top box or antenna
hookup (sold separately) allows the TV tuner inside
the HP Digital Entertainment Center to select the TV
channels.
■
An infrared transmitter (IR blaster) connection to
a set-top box from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center allows the HP Digital Entertainment Center to
select the set-top box channels from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center remote control.
■
Audio outputs from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your TV speakers or AV receiver allow up
to 7.1 surround sound.
■
Video outputs from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your TV or AV receiver allow you to watch
TV and to view the HP Digital Entertainment Center
display.
■
■
An FM radio antenna connection allows the FM
tuner inside the HP Digital Entertainment Center to
select the FM radio channels.
The wireless keyboard with trackball or remote
control allows you to operate the HP Digital
Entertainment Center from the comfort of your couch.
How you connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center into
your system depends on how you want to use it. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center functions as a media
source, with DVD and personal video player/recorders
built in. Your AV receiver or TV functions as your audio/
video output switch.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
To watch and record TV, video, and audio, you must first
connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center inputs to your
video, audio, and network sources.
■
To play back audio/video, you must connect the
HP Digital Entertainment Center outputs to your
sound system and TV/display.
■
To record audio/video, you must connect the
HP Digital Entertainment Center inputs to your video
source, such as a cable set-top box, satellite receiver,
or antenna.
■
To update the Television Program Guide and use the
Internet, you must also connect to a home network or
DSL/cable modem.
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has the dual-tuner
option, each tuner must be connected to the same TV
source. You can connect two cable set-top boxes, or two,
satellite receivers, or an antenna with cable splitter. The
Television Program Guide only supports one TV service
provider channel lineup.
Audio and video output cables from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center can be:
■
Routed through an AV receiver to provide an audio
and video signal to your TV.
Or
■
Routed directly to your TV.
Imagine the flow of your television signal into and out of
the HP Digital Entertainment Center. To watch and record
TV, your TV signal (for example, from a satellite) must flow
into the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Then, for you to
watch live or recorded TV, the HP Digital Entertainment
Center must send the recorded TV shows out to your TV.
Installation Overview
The following illustration shows the audio and video
signal routed from the satellite or cable receiver source to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, then through an AV
receiver to your TV:
TV Source
Audio
Video
AV
Cable In
Set-top-box Infrared
Transmitter
Internet
UHF
Antenna
DSL/Cable Modem
or Wireless Router
Download
TV Program
Guide
VHF
Antenna
Cable Box or
Satellite Receiver
Network Data
HDTV (ATSC)
and/or NTSC
Over-the-air
Digital Signal
TV
Source
In
Infrared
Transmitter
Data
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Digital Video
Camcorder
AV Out
Keyboard
Remote
Control
AV In
AV Receiver
TV or Monitor
Audio/Video flow
Installation Overview
21
System Diagram
Back Panel
(Configurations may vary.)
Surround
Back
Left
Cable From Wall
Center
Surround
Left
Front
Left
Surround
Right
Front
Right
FM Antenna
Surround
Back
Right
Subwoofer
Roof
Antenna
WiFi
Antenna
VHF
Cable
Antenna
or Satellite
Set-top box 1
Speakers
Note: 5.1 systems do not
include “Surr. Back”
connections.
UHF
Antenna
AV RECEIVER IN
Audio In 7.1 Multichannel
Pr
Center
S-Video
Video
OUT
TV IN
Pb
Digital
Y
Surr. Back Surround
Sub
Front
Optical Coaxial
Choose
one
CD
S-video
Choose
one
Video
Composite S-video
Component
Coaxial
Coaxial
OUT
or Tape Player
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
ACTIVITY
LINK
VIDEO
L
Pb
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
AC
Wall Outlet
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Surge Protector
Line Conditioner
Choose
one
Composite S-video
Router/
Firewall/
Switch
DSL/Cable Modem
Choose
one
VGA
DVI
MONITOR
OUT
Cable
or Satellite
Set-top box 2
iPod
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Ext. HDD
Digital
Camera
Printer
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Wall
Digital
Video Camcorder
Internet
Note: Connect Set-top box 2 only
(optional)
Installation Overview
Front Panel
(Configurations may vary.)
The following illustration shows a typical HP Digital
Entertainment Center system front panel installation:
Power
On
HP Personal
Media Drive
CD/DVD
Player/Recorder
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
FRONT INPUT
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
DV IN
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
1394
S-VIDEO
SmartMedia / xD
HEADPHONES
HEADPHONES
MIC IN
MIC IN
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
1394
SmartMedia / xD
CompactFlash I/II
FRONT INPUT
DV IN
MS / MS PRO
Media Info
Display
USB 2.0
(x2)
Choose
one
S-video
MMC / SD
Video
(Composite)
Card Readers:
SmartMedia/xD,
MMC/SD,
CompactFlash I/II,
Microdrive
MS/MS Pro
1394
Analog
Video Camera
Digital
Video
Camera
Digital
Camera
Installation Overview
23
Installation Guidelines
To enhance the performance and extend the life of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center:
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An open-back is required for adequate
cooling when installing your HP Digital
Entertainment Center in an AV cabinet.
■
Keep your HP Digital Entertainment Center in a
well-ventilated area, away from excessive light, heat,
or moisture.
■
Keep ventilation slots clear of obstructions such as
equipment or papers. The HP Digital Entertainment
Center automatically turns off if it gets too hot.
17 in
432 mm
■
Adjust only those controls that are described in the
operating instructions.
■
Do not open your HP Digital Entertainment Center
cabinet or attempt to service this product yourself. If
your HP Digital Entertainment Center is not operating
properly or has been dropped or damaged, contact
your HP authorized dealer, reseller, or service
provider.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
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Leave slots and openings in the HP Digital
Entertainment Center cabinet open for
ventilation. These openings must not be
blocked or covered. Never push objects of
any kind into cabinet slots or other openings.
16.25 in
412.75 mm
4.5 in
114.3 mm
■
This product is heavy. Exercise caution when lifting
or moving.
■
Place your HP Digital Entertainment Center on a
stable, supported surface. Do not drop or place it
on an unstable surface.
■
Put your HP Digital Entertainment Center into
Standby when not in use. In Standby, the On/
Standby button is lit amber. Preset recordings only
start when the HP Digital Entertainment Center is on
or in Standby.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Choosing an HP Digital Entertainment
Center setup location
If you intend to connect your HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your TV, a set-top box, or a surround sound
system, HP recommends that you choose a clear working
area with easy access to the connectors of these devices.
If your TV is wall-mounted, make sure that you have
access to the rear ports on the TV before attempting to
connect it to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Installation Overview
Placement and Ventilation Requirements
Cabinet Front
IMPORTANT: Use an open cabinet or shelves for best
operation of the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Do not
cover vents on top, back and sides of the unit.
If you choose to use a cabinet with front doors, you must
leave the doors open when the HP Digital Entertainment
Center is powered on.
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Failure to follow these ventilation
requirements could cause the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to malfunction.
HP Digital
Entertainm
ent Center
Open cabinet (Actual home setup may vary.)
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25
Cabinet Back
The back of the AV cabinet should be open for best
operation.
Back View
If the AV cabinet has a back, the back must have a hole
behind the HP Digital Entertainment Center, for air
circulation, with a minimum open area of 19 inches
(48.3 cm) wide by 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) high.
See the following illustration.
19"W
minimum
Cabinet
2" minimum
6.5"H
minimum
1"
minimum
HP Digital
Entertainment
Center
1"
minimum
Note: These clearances are
required for proper
ventilation.
Wall Clearance
The HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel must be
at least 4 inches (10.2 cm) from the wall.
Cabinet
4"
minimum
HP Digital
Entertainment Center
Wall
Back of
cabinet
Side View
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Follow the steps in the Start Here booklet to set up the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Most of the hardware devices such as the monitor and
printer can be connected at the back panel of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Some peripheral devices, such as a digital video camera,
can be plugged into the connectors on the back panel or
the front panel (behind lower doors) of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Setting Up the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
The basic steps to set up the HP Digital Entertainment
Center are in the Start Here booklet as follows. Your
system may be different. See the referenced sections for
detailed information on each step.
Before you begin:
■
Read “Safety Information” on page 17.
■
Read “Installation Guidelines” on page 24.
■
Refer to the Start Here booklet as a guide to connect
your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Read the important safety information before
you install the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. See “Safety Information” on page 17.
Required steps
1 Unpack the box contents.
a Take inventory. See “Inventory” on page 29.
Identify the items included with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
b Identify equipment you will need that is not
supplied.
c
Place the HP Digital Entertainment Center where
you can easily reach the back panel.
3 Connect the audio cables. See “Typical Audio
Connection” on page 38.
a Audio In (optional)
b Audio Out (to TV, AV receiver, speakers)
c
Digital Audio Out
4 Connect the Video Out to the TV or display. See
“Typical Video Out Connections” on page 63.
2 Determine how you will connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to your system.
Installation Overview
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Installation Overview
Basic Setup
5 Connect the TV Source 1 In and TV Source 2 In
cables. See “Typical TV Source Connections” on
page 78.
a Connect the Cable/Antenna In.
b Connect the Source 1 In audio/video cables to
cable TV box, digital cable box, or satellite
receiver 1.
c
Connect the Source 2 In audio/video cables to
cable TV box, digital cable box, or satellite
receiver 2 (select models only).
d Connect the Infrared Transmitter 1 to cable TV
box, digital cable box, or satellite receiver 1.
e Connect the Infrared Transmitter 2 to cable TV
box, digital cable box, or satellite receiver 2
(select models only).
f
Connect the HDTV Antenna In.
6 Connect the FM radio antenna. See “FM Radio
Antenna” on page 56.
7 Connect the Internet network cables. See “Typical
Network Connections” on page 116.
a DSL/cable modem to Internet (Ethernet)
b Wireless antenna
8 Pull the tab on the keyboard to activate the batteries.
See “Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial)” on
page 128.
9 Insert the remote control batteries. See “Installing the
Remote Control Batteries” on page 16.
10 Place the HP Digital Entertainment Center on a flat,
stable surface with the following clearances:
■
Top: 2 inches (5.08 cm)
■
Side: 1 inch (2.54 cm)
■
Back: Open cabinet
See “Safety Information” on page 17.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
11 Turn on all equipment, and then turn on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Starting the HP
Digital Entertainment Center for the First Time” on
page 128.
12 Complete the initial startup and registration. See
“Windows Welcome” on page 131.
a Follow the onscreen instructions.
b Set up Media Center.
13 Optional step
(Recommended after basic setup)
Connect any additional rear panel devices.
a FireWire (IEEE 1394) device or digital video
camera. See “Peripheral Connection Overview”
on page 114.
b USB devices, such as printers or scanners
(up to 4). See “Peripheral Connection Overview”
on page 114.
14 Optional step
(Recommended after basic setup)
Connect front panel devices.
a FireWire (IEEE 1394) device or digital video
camera. See “Connecting Video Equipment” on
page 101.
b USB devices, such as printers or scanners
(up to 2). See “Peripheral Connection Overview”
on page 114.
c
VCR or analog video camera. See “Connecting
Video Equipment” on page 101.
d Insert the removable hard disk drive (optional).
See “Connecting an HP Personal Media Drive”
on page 123.
Begin using your system. See the Media Center Edition
2005 Software Guide.
Inventory
Name
Picture
Installation Overview
The following items are supplied with the HP Digital
Entertainment Center:
Description
See “Functional Overview” on page 3.
HP Digital
Entertainment
Center unit
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Keyboard
See “Keyboard” on page 10.
Remote control
See “Remote Control” on page 14.
Cables
See “Cables Included” on page 30.
FM antenna
Antenna for FM radio, 75-ohm coaxial. See
“FM Radio Antenna” on page 56.
Wi-Fi antenna
Antenna for Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g,
removable. See “Connecting the Wireless
Network Antenna” on page 117.
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Cables Included
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center comes with the following cables.
Cable
2 Way Splitter
Name
Description
Stereo
RCA, red and white ends. Used for Audio Out.
DVI-D
Digital video out. Connect to DVI-I or DVI-D input of the HDTVcapable TV or monitor.
S-video
Black. Used for Video Out.
Coaxial digital audio
S/PDIF. Used for Digital Audio Out.
Infrared Transmitter
(2 with dual-tuner option)
IR Blaster cable. Used for set-top boxes.
Coaxial
(2 with dual-tuner option)
Used for TV source input from cable set-top boxes or antennas.
Coaxial Splitter
(dual-tuner option)
Used with coaxial cable for VHF and UHF antenna combinations.
AC Power
Black 125V
Additional cables are sold separately. See “Optional
Cables Not Included” on page 31 for additional cables
that you may need.
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10A.
You might need the following extra cables
(these items are sold separately).
Cable
Name
Max quantity
Description
Stereo and Video
(Composite)
4
RCA: Red, white, yellow ends. Used for
TV Source In connector.
Stereo
8
RCA: Red and white ends. Used for
Audio In/Out connectors.
Component video
1
RCA: Red, blue, and green ends. Used
for progressive scan component video.
S-video
4
Y/C, 4-pin. Plug cable into an S-video
connector such as S-video Video Out or
TV Source In connector.
Video (Composite)
4
RCA: Yellow end. Plug cable into an
RCA connector such as composite
Video Out or TV Source In connector.
S-video to composite
video adapter
1
Used with TV source input 2 composite
video input.
VGA
1
15-pin, D-sub Analog. Used for monitor
or HDTV capable TV.
Optical digital audio
1
S/PDIF. Used for Digital Audio Out.
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
digital video in/out
1
1
IEEE 1394 4-pin to 6-pin (back).
IEEE 1394 4-pin to 4-pin (front).
USB
6
USB 2.0. Used for peripheral device
connectors.
Ethernet RJ-45
1
Ethernet 10/100/1000. Used for
broadband Internet connection.
Coaxial
Extra lengths
Used for TV source input from cable
set-top boxes or antennas.
Installation Overview
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Installation Overview
Optional Cables Not Included
Additional equipment
You must have the following items to set up and properly
operate your HP Digital Entertainment Center and system
(these items are sold separately):
■
■
■
Broadband Internet equipment such as:
■
Cable/DSL modem (working connection required
for Media Center features, such as downloading
the Television Program Guide)
■
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g network
Audio system equipment such as:
■
AV receiver with speakers
■
Powered speakers
■
TV speakers
■
Monitor speakers
Video equipment such as:
■
Monitor
■
TV
■
Video projector
■
Video output from cable/satellite box or antenna
■
UHF/VHF antenna for HDTV ATSC
■
Clean AC power (surge protector/line conditioner
recommended)
Additional equipment and cables are sold separately.
You may also need the following items (sold separately;
available at electronics stores) to fully set up your
HP Digital Entertainment Center, depending on your
system audio and video requirements:
■
Audio/Video/Network cables: See “Optional
Cables Not Included” on page 31.
■
Audio Y adapter(s), mini-plug to 2 RCA-plugs
(for powered speakers).
■
Connect cables firmly to avoid hum and noise.
■
Match the color codes, for instance: yellow — video,
white — left, red — right.
Connecting cables
Observe the following guidelines:
■
Do not plug in the HP Digital Entertainment Center
until all connecting cables are installed.
■
Turn off power to all other equipment before
connecting cables.
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Connecting Audio
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different audio options, sound connections, and speaker
configurations.
This chapter describes the most typical, and some
advanced, audio setup options for connecting Audio Out
and Audio In. To connect TV Source In audio and video,
see “Connecting TV Source In” on page 71.
Your system may have different components. Speakers,
AV receivers, and other equipment are sold separately.
Refer to the product documentation for these products.
Chapter Contents:
“Audio Overview” on page 34
“Typical Audio Connection” on page 38
“TV Audio Connection” on page 39
“AV Receiver Audio Connection” on page 40
“Powered Speaker Audio Connection” on page 48
“Audio In Connections” on page 55
Connecting Audio
“FM Radio Antenna” on page 56
Stereo
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Audio
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Audio Overview
Audio Output Connectors
Digital Audio Out
Audio Out
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Connector
SURROUND
BACK
L
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
Name
Color
Description
Surround
Back
Brown: Left
Beige: Right
Rear speakers in a multichannel audio
eight speaker system (7.1).
Surround
Blue: Left
Gray: Right
Side speakers in a multichannel audio
six or eight speaker system (4.1, 5.1,
6.1, 7.1).
Center
Subwoofer
Green: Center
Purple: Subwoofer
Center speaker and subwoofer in a
multichannel audio system (5.1, 6.1, 7.1).
Front
White: Left
Red: Right
Stereo speakers or front speakers in a
multichannel audio system
(2.0, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1).
Coaxial
Digital Audio
Out
Orange
Coaxial S/PDIF 5.1 only.
See “Configuring Audio Output” on
page 139.
Optical
Digital Audio
Out
Gray
Optical S/PDIF 5.1 only.
See “Configuring Audio Output” on
page 139.
R
SURROUND
L
R
CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
FRONT
L
R
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
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AUDIO
OUT
HP Digital Entertainment Center
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Cable
Sound Connector Jacks
The audio connectors are RCA-type jacks that connect
from the back of your HP Digital Entertainment Center to
a TV, powered speakers, or an AV receiver.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has two Digital
Audio Out connections (S/PDIF) that are coaxial and
optical. Use analog Audio 7.1 Pre-out or Digital Audio
Out connectors, but not both. Use only one Digital Audio
Out connector at a time.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center does not have Digital
Audio In connections.
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If your audio equipment has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the audio equipment front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
Connecting Audio
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has separate Audio
In connections (analog).
Speaker Types
A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel speaker
system (sold separately).
A multichannel audio speaker system has a subwoofer,
left-right front, and left-right surround channels. The system
may also include a left-right surround back channel and a
center speaker. Surround back speakers are included in
more advanced 7.1 systems. A subwoofer provides
enhanced bass sounds.
The “.1” indicates a subwoofer. For example, 7.1
channels refer to an eight-speaker mode and uses two
front speakers (left-right), two side speakers (left-right),
two rear speakers (left-right), a center speaker, and a
subwoofer.
Audio amplifiers
The HP Digital Entertainment Center does not supply an
amplified audio signal. You can connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to:
■
Passive speakers connected through a home audio
system. A home audio system does not require active
speakers because the receiver provides
amplification.
■
Active (powered) speakers directly. An active
speaker system must have its own power cord.
See “Speaker Configurations” on page 36 for more
information on speaker arrangements.
Connecting Audio
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Speaker Configurations
You can set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center for the following supported audio configurations:
Speaker
system
Home audio
system description
2 (stereo)
Two speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Recommended arrangement
See:
“2.0 Home Stereo
Installation” on
page 41
TV Display
Or
Front left
speaker
2.1
Two speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Front right
speaker
“2.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 49
“2.1 Home Stereo
Installation” on
page 42
TV Display
Subwoofer
One subwoofer
Or
Front left
speaker
4.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Subwoofer
Front right
speaker
TV Display
Front right
speaker
Front left
speaker
5.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
One center speaker
One subwoofer
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“4.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 43
Or
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
One subwoofer
“2.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 49
Surround
left speaker
Subwoofer
Front left
speaker
Surround
right speaker
TV Display
Center
speaker
Front right
speaker
“4.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 50
“5.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 44
Or
“5.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 51
Surround
left speaker
Surround
right speaker
Home audio
system description
6.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
Recommended arrangement
TV Display
Subwoofer
Center
speaker
Front left
speaker
Front right
speaker
One rear surround
back speaker
One center speaker
One subwoofer
7.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
Two rear speakers:
surround back left
speaker, surround back
right speaker
See:
If your 6.1 AV receiver
has only 5.1 (6) inputs,
see the following:
“5.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 44
Or
Surround
right speaker
Surround
left speaker
“5.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 51
Surround back speaker
TV Display
Subwoofer
Center
speaker
“7.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 45
Or
Front left
speaker
Front right
speaker
Surround
left speaker
Surround
right speaker
Surround back
left speaker
Surround back
right speaker
“7.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 52
If your 7.1 AV receiver
has only five inputs, see
“5.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 44
One center speaker
One subwoofer
Digital
audio 5.1
Digital speakers or
digital input connector
on the audio system
Subwoofer
Front left
speaker
TV Display
Center
speaker
Front right
speaker
“Digital Home Theater
Audio” on page 46
Or
“Digital Powered
Speakers” on page 53
Surround
left speaker
Surround
right speaker
Connecting Audio
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Connecting Audio
Speaker
system
Typical Audio Connection
Select the configuration that most closely matches your
home system.
You can set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
the following supported audio configurations:
Audio system
Description
See:
TV
TV, monitor or display direct audio
connection with two speakers
“TV Audio Connection” on page 39
AV receiver
Home stereo or home theater audio system
with AV receiver and passive speakers
“AV Receiver Audio Connection” on
page 40
Powered speakers
Audio system with active speakers
“Powered Speaker Audio Connection”
on page 48
FM
FM Tuner In
“FM Radio Antenna” on page 56
Headphones
Speakers are muted on headphone
connection
“Connecting Headphones” on
page 136
Then see:
“Audio In Connections” on page 55
“Connecting Video Out” on page 57
“Configuring Audio” on page 136
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
TV Audio Connection
You can connect your TV, monitor, or display audio
directly to your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
two-speaker sound.
If your TV has multiple inputs, you can use your TV as a
switch for audio and video.
Connecting TV Audio
Refer to the Start Here booklet that came with the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To connect a TV, monitor, or display audio directly:
■
Connect an RCA stereo cable (White: Left;
Red: Right) from the HP Digital Entertainment Center
back panel Audio Out connector to a TV Audio In
connector.
For additional information on connecting the speakers,
refer to the documentation that came with your speakers
and AV receiver.
Connecting Audio
The following diagram shows a basic TV audio installation:
TV
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Basic TV audio setup (2.0)
Connecting Audio
39
AV Receiver Audio Connection
You can connect your HP Digital Entertainment Center to
your home stereo or home theater multichannel AV
receivers or audio amplifiers using your existing
speakers.
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“2.0 Home Stereo Installation” on page 41
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You can also connect video through your AV
receiver or to your TV directly.
“2.1 Home Stereo Installation” on page 42
“4.1 Home Theater Audio” on page 43
“5.1 Home Theater Audio” on page 44
“7.1 Home Theater Audio” on page 45
You can also use a digital connection.
“Digital Home Theater Audio” on page 46
AV Receiver Equipment Overview
You can connect audio and video from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, through an AV receiver, to the TV
input.
Use this method to connect AV receivers or audio-only
home receiver/amplifiers that have standard RCA-type
input connectors. You may have to select a front
panel button on your AV receiver to switch
audio inputs to hear sound.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Use the 2.1 configuration for multichannel AV receivers
that have only left and right audio inputs.
Connecting a home stereo to an HP Digital Entertainment
Center typically requires audio cables that are long
enough to connect from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to the stereo or AV receiver. Additional cables are
sold separately.
2.0 Home Stereo Installation
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different.
The following diagram shows a typical two-channel (2.0)
speaker installation that uses passive stereo speakers
connected through a home stereo standard left and right
input.
AV receiver/amplifier audio input connectors may be
labeled CD, DVD, or DVD In.
AUDIO IN
L
R
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
Connecting Audio
2 Channel
AV Receiver
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
2.0 audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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2.1 Home Stereo Installation
The following diagram shows a typical two-channel (2.1)
speaker installation that uses passive stereo speakers
connected through a home stereo standard left and right
input.
n
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different. Use this configuration for multichannel AV
receivers that only left and right audio inputs.
Some AV receivers generate the subwoofer
output without a subwoofer input; in this
case, you do not need to connect the
subwoofer output from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
AV receiver/amplifier audio input connectors may be
labeled CD, DVD, or DVD In.
AUDIO IN
L
R
2.1 Channel
AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
2.1 multichannel audio system connection
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1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
4.1 Home Theater Audio
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio four-channel 4/4.1 speaker installation that
requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier.
n
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different.
Connecting Audio
Some AV receivers generate the subwoofer
output without a subwoofer input; in this
case, you do not need to connect the
subwoofer output from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
AV receiver/amplifier audio input connectors may be
labeled Surround, 4.1 or 4 Channel inputs, CD, DVD,
or DVD In.
AUDIO IN
4.1 Channel AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
4.1 multichannel audio system connection
Connecting Audio
43
5.1 Home Theater Audio
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio six-channel (5.1) speaker installation that
requires multichannel inputs on an AV receiver.
n
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different. Use this configuration for 6.1 and 7.1 AV
receivers that upmix the rear speaker(s). Use the 2.1
configuration for 5.1 AV receivers that have only left and
right inputs. Refer to your AV receiver product
documentation.
Both Media Center speaker settings and DVD
audio settings must be changed for proper
audio setup. Go to “Configuring Audio
Output” on page 139 and note your speaker
configuration choice for later software setup
steps.
AV receiver audio input connectors may be labeled
Surround, 5.1 or 6 Channel Inputs, DVD, Ext. In, or
Multichannel Inputs.
AUDIO IN
5.1 Channel AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
R
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
5.1 multichannel audio system connection
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ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
7.1 Home Theater Audio
AV receiver audio input connectors may be labeled
Surround, 7.1 or 8 Channel inputs, DVD, Ext. In, or
Multichannel Inputs.
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio eight-channel (7.1) speaker installation that
requires multichannel inputs on an AV receiver.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different. If your AV receiver supports 7.1 and has
only 5.1 inputs, see “5.1 Home Theater Audio” on
page 44.
n
n
Some AV receivers can generate (upmix) the
7.1 audio with 5.1 channels. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
Connecting Audio
Both Media Center speaker settings and DVD
audio settings must be changed for proper
audio setup. Go to “Configuring Audio
Output” on page 139 and note your speaker
configuration choice for later software setup
steps.
AUDIO IN
Center
Surr. Back Surround
Sub
Front
7.1 Channel AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
7.1 multichannel audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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Digital Home Theater Audio
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports digital
audio output.
■
For TV and music: two-channel stereo. (Your AV
receiver may separate the audio signal into multiple
channels.)
■
For DVD playback: the multiple channel Dolby
Digital 5.1 or DTS Digital encoded audio signal
passes to your AV receiver for decoding. Refer to
your AV receiver product documentation.
You can connect either the coaxial or the optical digital
audio cable, depending on your system. If you have both
cables, connect only one cable. Do not connect analog
multichannel speaker outputs if you connect the digital
output.
■
Insert optical cords straight in until they click into
place.
■
Do not bend or tie optical cords.
To connect digital audio from your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to an AV receiver:
1 Connect the Digital Audio Out connector on the back
panel of your HP Digital Entertainment Center to the
Digital Input (S/PDIF) on your AV receiver or digital
audio system.
2 Select the AV receiver input.
3 Use the AV receiver to adjust the volume.
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Some AV receivers can generate (upmix) the
7.1 audio with 5.1 channels. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio six-channel 5.1 speaker installation that
requires a digital input on an AV receiver. This is only a
suggested configuration. Your system may be different,
such as having more speakers.
n
Both Media Center speaker settings and DVD
audio settings must be changed for proper
audio setup. Go to “Configuring Audio
Output” on page 139 and note your speaker
configuration choice for later software setup
steps.
Recommended
DIGITAL
AUDIO IN
Coaxial
for best digital
audio experience
Optical
5.1 Channel AV Receiver
Choose one
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Connecting Audio
AUDIO IN
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Digital Audio Out
Digital 5.1 multichannel audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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Powered Speaker Audio Connection
You can connect active (powered) speakers directly to
your HP Digital Entertainment Center. An active speaker
system must have its own power cord.
You may need Y adapter cables (sold separately).
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“2.1 Powered Speakers” on page 49
“4.1 Powered Speakers” on page 50
“5.1 Powered Speakers” on page 51
“7.1 Powered Speakers” on page 52
You can also use a digital connection.
“Digital Powered Speakers” on page 53
Y adapter cables
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has RCA-type output
connectors. You may need to connect Y adapter cables
between your HP Digital Entertainment Center analog
audio output and your powered speaker inputs. You can
also use them for audio inputs depending on your
equipment.
Use Y adapter cables with one female 1/8 inch (3.5 mm)
stereo mini-jack on one end and two male RCA
connectors on the other end. These cables are sold
separately.
The number of Y adapter cables you need to connect to
your home stereo system depends on the number of
speakers you install.
Select the cable that most closely matches
your home system:
2.1 speaker system: 1 Y adapter cable
4.1 speaker system: 2 Y adapter cables
5.1 speaker system: 3 Y adapter cables
7.1 speaker system: 4 Y adapter cables
n
Y adapter cables and extension cables are
sold separately.
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2.1 Powered Speakers
To connect simple left/right stereo (2.0) active speakers:
Or
To connect two speakers and a subwoofer for 2.1
speaker output:
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
2 Connect the female 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) mini-jack end
cable (sold separately) to the Front Right and Front
Left Audio Out connectors on the back of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
of the Y adapter cable to the Audio Line In cable of
the speaker amplifier.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
speaker documentation.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
Connecting Audio
Subwoofer
AC
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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4.1 Powered Speakers
To connect two front speakers, two surround speakers,
and a subwoofer for four-channel (4.1 speaker) output:
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
2 Connect the female 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) mini-jack end
cables (sold separately) to the Audio Out connectors
Front Right, Front Left, Surround Right, and Surround
Left on the back of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
of the Y adapters to the Audio Line In cables of the
speaker amplifier.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
speaker documentation.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
Subwoofer
AC
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
4.1 powered speaker installation
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5.1 Powered Speakers
To connect two front speakers, two surround speakers, a
center speaker, and a subwoofer for six-channel
(5.1 speaker) output:
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
2 Connect the female 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) mini-jack end
cables (sold separately) to the Audio Out connectors
Front Right, Front Left, Surround Right, Surround Left,
and Center on the back of your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
of the Y adapters to the Audio Line In cables of the
speaker amplifier.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
speaker documentation.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
AC
AUDIO IN
Center Speaker
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Connecting Audio
Subwoofer
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Typical 5.1 powered speaker installation
Connecting Audio
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7.1 Powered Speakers
You can install a 7.1 audio system to your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
To connect two front speakers, two surround speakers,
two surround back speakers, a center speaker, and a
subwoofer for eight-channel (7.1 speaker) output:
4 Turn on the speaker system.
speaker documentation.
n
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
cables to the Audio Out connectors Front Right, Front
Left, Center, Surround Right, Surround Left, Surround
Back on the back of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
Some powered speakers can generate
(upmix) the 7.1 audio with 5.1 input
channels. Refer to your product
documentation.
2 Connect the female 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) mini-jack end
of the Y adapters to the Audio Line In cables of the
speaker amplifier.
Subwoofer
AC
AUDIO IN
Center Speaker
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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Digital Powered Speakers
You can install a digital audio system with up to two front
speakers, two surround speakers, two surround back
speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer to your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
n
Do not connect analog multichannel speaker outputs if
you connect the digital output.
Some powered speakers can generate
(upmix) the 7.1 audio with 5.1 input
channels. Refer to your product
documentation.
You can connect either the coaxial or optical digital audio
cable, depending on your system. If you have both
cables, connect one cable only.
■
Insert optical cords straight in until they click into
place.
■
Do not bend or tie optical cords.
1 Connect a digital audio coaxial or optical cable to
Connecting Audio
To connect six-channel (5.1 speaker) digital output to a speaker digital input:
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
a Digital Audio Out connector on the back of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
speaker documentation.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
2 Connect the digital audio coaxial or optical cable to
the speakers.
DIGITAL
AUDIO IN
Coaxial Optical
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Digital Audio Out
Digital powered speaker installation (5.1 shown)
Connecting Audio
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Monitor Speakers
You can connect powered monitor speakers directly to
your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
n
You may need Y adapter cables.
You can:
■
Monitor speaker configurations and
connections may vary. Your system may be
different.
Connect simple left/right stereo 2.0 powered
monitor speakers.
Or
■
Connect two powered speakers and a subwoofer for
2.1 monitor speaker output.
Monitor
Audio Out
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
Monitor speaker installation (2.0 shown)
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Audio In Connections
The Audio In connection can be used in conjunction with
sound recording software (application software sold
separately) to record audio from other external
equipment.
You can connect your existing home stereo or home
theater audio equipment, such as a tape player or
turntable, to your HP Digital Entertainment Center using
the Audio In stereo connectors on the back panel.
The following diagram shows a typical Audio In stereo
connection. This is only a suggested configuration. Your
system may be different.
Turntable
OUT
Connecting Audio
or Tape Player
Audio In
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Audio In stereo connection
n
A turntable might require special phono
inputs through a mixer.
Connecting Audio
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FM Radio Antenna
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes an FM radio
tuner.
To connect the FM radio antenna:
1 Plug the FM radio antenna cable into the FM (Tuner)
The following diagram shows typical FM antenna
connections:
In connector on the back panel (75-Ohm Coaxial).
2 You may want to extend the ends of the cable to
■
improve your FM radio signal reception.
Indoor antenna
Or
■
Rooftop antenna (sold separately)
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different.
FM Radio Roof Antenna
802.11 b/g
FM Antenna
ENNA
ACTIVITY
LINK
802.11 b/g
NA
ACTIVITY
CABLE/ANT. IN
LINK
O
FM ANTENNA IN
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
DUAL
75Ω
COAXIAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
Choose one
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
ATSC TUNER
ANSMITTER OUT
-VIDEO
ATSC 2
TUNER
1
NSMITTER OUT
2
1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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FM radio antenna cable external or internal connection
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Connecting Video Out
This chapter describes how to connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to a TV or display monitor, so you
can watch TV and view the screen. It includes the most
typical, and some advanced, video output options.
You must have a display such as a TV or monitor
connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center for
proper operation. HP Digital Entertainment Centers
support many different video options, connections, and
configurations of TVs and monitors. Your system may
have different equipment.
Chapter Contents:
“Video Out Overview” on page 58
“Typical Video Out Connections” on page 63
“Video Out to TV” on page 64
“Video Out from AV Receiver to TV” on page 66
“Video Out to Monitor” on page 68
“Video Out to TV and Monitor” on page 69
TV
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Video Out
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Video Out
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Video Out Overview
Video Out Connection Overview
The back panel connector that you hook up to your TV is
labeled Video Out.
Choose a Video Out connector and corresponding cable
that attaches to the back of your TV:
The type of video cable you need depends on your TV:
■
If your TV has a composite video jack, you may need
a composite video cable.
■
If your TV has an S-video jack, you need an S-video
cable. An S-video cable provides separate color
and black-and-white image signals, and delivers a
sharper image than a composite video cable does.
■
For component video, see “Component Video
Settings” on page 60.
Standard definition television:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
■
Component (Y, Pb, Pr)
High definition capable plasma, LCD, or HDTV display:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
■
Component (Y, Pb, Pr)
■
VGA
■
DVI
When using an AV receiver, the Video Out cable can be
connected directly to a TV and just the audio is connected
and switched through an AV receiver, or video and audio
are connected and switched through an AV receiver.
Monitor:
■
VGA
■
DVI
When using an AV receiver, do not switch video types
such as connecting a Component In to a Composite Out.
Not all AV receivers support signal conversion.
n
Component video output requires specific
configurations for certain display types and
resolutions. Go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number for
instructions on using component video.
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To connect a TV to the HP Digital Entertainment Center,
you may need a video cable and an audio cable. Use
a video cable to connect the Video Out on the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to your TV Video In. These cables
are included in the box. You may need other or
additional cables, depending on your TV or monitor.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Some HP Digital Entertainment Center models output
NTSC only.
Video Out Connectors
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
VIDEO
AUDIO
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Connector
Type
Color
Video (composite)
RCA jack
Yellow
S-video
Y/C video
Black
Cable type
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
4-pin
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
OUT
Y
Pb
Pr
Component (interlaced or progressive scan)
3 RCA jacks
Green: Y
Blue: Pb
Red: Pr
Analog:
15-pin D-sub
Video Out
Blue
See http://www.hp.com/support for
instructions on using component video.
OUT
VGA
Connecting Video Out
COMPONENT
VGA
Connecting Video Out
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Item
Connector
Type
Color
Digital Video Out (DVI)
Digital:
29-pin D-sub
DVI-I
White
DVI
Cable type
Or
Analog:
Video Out
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Component Video Settings
You must configure settings to view component video on
your TV properly. Component video output requires
specific configurations for certain display types and
resolutions. Go to http://www.hp.com/support
and select your model number for instructions on using
component video.
n
HP recommends initial setup using VGA or
composite video.
Overview
You must change the default desktop resolution of
800 x 600 to 640 x 480 for the best DVD playback and
Media Center experience. A resolution of 800 x 600 is
best for Windows desktop dialog boxes. See “Adjusting
the Desktop Display” on page 144. The component video
default output is 480i (interlaced) to provide a picture on
most TVs. Driver adjustments are required to configure
progressive scan for TVs that support progressive scan.
Progressive scan format provides a better desktop
viewing experience than interlaced format.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Content-protected DVD playback is limited to the
following when component video is connected:
Component format
Desktop resolution
480i (interlaced)
640 x 480 @ 30 Hz
480p (progressive)
640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
TV Display Overview
The HP Digital Entertainment Center allows you to
connect to a TV to view the monitor image on a TV
screen. With the TV connected, you can view the
HP Digital Entertainment Center image, watch TV or
DVD movies, or play games on your TV. See “Video Out
to TV and Monitor” on page 69.
You must manually set up dual displays (clone).
Only either the TV or monitor, not both, will display after
initial turn on. See “Dual screen” on page 142.
Audio and Video Switching Overview
If your AV receiver has multiple input and output
connections, then it has front panel input and output
switches.
You must select the correct input and output on the AV
receiver front panel or remote control to hear sound and
see video.
TV: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on your TV,
you can use your TV as an audio/video switch and
control inputs though your TV remote.
If your TV has multiple input connections, then it has a
front panel input switch.
You must select the correct input and output on the TV
front panel or remote control to hear sound and see
video.
Monitor: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your monitor, you can use your monitor as an audio/
video switch. You will probably not be able to use a
remote control to switch.
If your monitor has multiple input and output connections,
then it has a front panel input switch and output switch.
You must select the correct input and output on the
monitor front panel to hear sound and see video.
n
If your video equipment has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the video equipment front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
Connecting Video Out
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Connecting Video Out
AV receiver: You can use your AV receiver as a switch
to direct the video to your TV and the audio to your
speakers from the HP Digital Entertainment Center. This
method gives you the best audio quality, and is easy to
switch audio/video inputs though your AV receiver
remote.
Using the Remote Control with Your TV
You can use the HP Digital Entertainment Center remote
control to change channels and adjust volume if you have
a cable box or satellite receiver, have installed the
Infrared Transmitter cable, and have configured the
remote control after initial turn on.
Always point the HP Digital Entertainment Center remote
control at the HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel.
The infrared remote sensor, behind the front panel
window, receives signals from the remote control.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes one or two
Infrared Transmitter cables (IR blaster) that are required to
control one or two set-top boxes. You must carefully
position the Infrared Transmitter cable tip on the set-top
box to ensure the set-top box receives the IR signal from
the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Infrared
Transmitter Installation” on page 99.
Typical Video Out Connections
This section describes how to hook up the Video Out
connectors on the back panel of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center into your home system so you can
watch TV.
These are only suggested configurations. Your system
may be different. Select the configuration that most
closely matches your home system.
You may set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center for the following supported configurations:
Display/video configuration
See:
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to TV through a
direct connection
“Video Out to TV” on page 64
From HP Digital Entertainment Center through an AV
receiver, to a TV
“Video Out from AV Receiver to TV” on page 66
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to a monitor
through a direct connection
“Video Out to Monitor” on page 68
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to a TV and
monitor, dual-display option
(You must manually set dual displays.)
“Video Out to TV and Monitor” on page 69
Other Video Equipment
“Connecting Video Equipment” on page 101
Then see:
“Connecting TV Source In” on page 71
Connecting Video Out
“Configuring Video” on page 141
Connecting Video Out
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Video Out to TV
Switching: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your TV, you can use your TV as an audio/video switch
and control inputs though your TV remote.
Connectors: Choose a Video Out connector and
corresponding cable that attaches to the back of your TV:
Standard
definition
TV
High
definition
display
Video
Video
(composite)
(composite)
S-video
S-video
Component
Component
(Y, Pb, Pr)
Monitor
(Y, Pb, Pr)
VGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
Configuration: You can adjust the TV display, after
initial turn on, using the Media Center software. See
“Initial Configuration” on page 127.
Procedure: Connect a video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel Video Out directly to the
TV Video In.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Component video output requires specific
configurations for certain display types and
resolutions. Go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number for
instructions on using component video.
n
Equipment: The TV and some cables are sold
separately. Refer to the documentation that came with
your TV/display. You can also connect a video projector
using this procedure.
64
n
If the S-video and composite Video Out
connections are not connected to a TV or
video input when the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is turned on, the
S-video and composite jacks turn off
automatically and you see no picture.
You must restart to ensure Video Out
connection to your TV or AV receiver. Press
and hold down the On/Standby (power)
button for 4 seconds to turn off your HP
Digital Entertainment Center. After it shuts
down, press the On/Standby button to turn
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
.
TV IN
S-video
Component*
Video
Choose one
* Note:
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
VIDEO
CENTER
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
FRONT
Not recommended
for initial setup.
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
ACTIVITY
LINK
VIDEO
L
Pb
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
R
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
AUDIO
R
S-VIDEO
L
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Video out to standard TV
HDTV IN
Video
VGA
DVI
Component*
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
* Note:
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
Not
recommended
for initial
setup.
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
Connecting Video Out
S-video
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Video out to high-definition capable HDTV
Connecting Video Out
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Video Out from AV Receiver to TV
Switching: Switch audio and video through your AV
receiver if your AV receiver switches video and has the
correct connections. This method gives you the best audio
quality, and you can easily switch audio/video inputs
through your AV receiver remote.
Connectors: Choose a Video Out connector and
corresponding cable that attaches to the back of your TV:
Standard
definition
TV
High
definition
display
Video
Video
(composite)
(composite)
S-video
S-video
Component
Component
(Y, Pb, Pr)
Monitor
If the S-video and composite Video Out
connections are not connected to a TV or
video input when the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is turned on, the
S-video and composite jacks will turn
off automatically.
You must restart to ensure Video Out
connection to your TV or AV receiver. Press
and hold down the On/Standby (power)
button for 4 seconds to turn off your HP
Digital Entertainment Center. After it shuts
down, press the On/Standby button to turn
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
(Y, Pb, Pr)
VGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
Equipment: The TV, AV receiver, and some cables are
sold separately. See the documentation that came with
your TV and AV receiver.
Configuration: You can adjust the TV display, after
initial turn on, using the Media Center software settings.
See “Initial Configuration” on page 127.
Procedure:
1 Connect a video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel Video Out to the
AV receiver Video In.
2 Connect a video cable from the AV receiver Video
Out to the TV Video In.
Use the same connector type if your AV
receiver does not support cross-connecting.
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If your TV and AV receiver has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the TV and AV receiver front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
Component video output requires specific
configurations for certain display types and
resolutions. Go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number for
instructions on using component video.
.
TV IN
S-video
Component*
Video
Choose one and keep
same type as AV Receiver In
*Note:
Not recommended
for initial setup.
AV Receiver
AV RECEIVER IN
AV RECEIVER OUT
S-video
Component*
Video
*Note:
Not recommended
for initial setup.
Choose one
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
Connecting Video Out
AUDIO IN
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV Out (through AV receiver)
Connecting Video Out
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Video Out to Monitor
Equipment: The monitor and some cables may not be
included with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See the
documentation that came with your monitor.
Switching: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your monitor, you can use your monitor as an audio/
video switch. You will probably not be able to use a
remote control as a switch.
Configuration: You can adjust the monitor display,
after initial turn on, using the Media Center software. See
“Initial Configuration” on page 127.
Connectors: For a monitor, choose one of the following
Video Out connectors and cables:
■
VGA
■
DVI
Procedure: Connect a monitor video cable from the
HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel Video Out
directly to the monitor Video In.
MONITOR IN
n
DVI
VGA
If your monitor has multiple input
connections, then it has a front panel input
switch. You must select the correct input from
the monitor front panel or remote control to
hear sound and see video.
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
Choose one
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
Monitor out
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HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
Video Out to TV and Monitor
Switching: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your TV or monitor, you can use your TV or monitor as an
audio/video switch. You can use a TV remote control to
switch inputs. If your AV receiver switches video and has
the correct connections, you can connect your TV or
monitor through your AV receiver.
Connectors: Choose Video Out connectors and
corresponding cables that attach to the back of your TV
and monitor:
Standard
definition
TV
High
definition
display
Video
Video
(composite)
(composite)
S-video
S-video
Component
Component
(Y, Pb, Pr)
You cannot view any combination of Video (composite),
S-video, or Component (Y, Pb, Pr) Video Out at the same
time with dual displays.
Equipment: The TV, monitor, and some cables may not
be included with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
the documentation that came with your TV and monitor.
Configuration: You can adjust the TV and monitor
displays, after initial turn on, using the Media Center.
software. See “Initial Configuration” on page 127.
Procedure:
Monitor
1 Connect a monitor video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel Video Out directly
to the monitor Video In. Use the VGA or DVI Video
Out connectors.
2 Connect your TV to the HP Digital Entertainment
Center back panel. Use the Video (composite),
S-video, or Component (Y, Pb, Pr) Video Out
connectors for standard definition TVs.
(Y, Pb, Pr)
3 After initial turn on, you will need to activate dual
displays. See “Dual screen” on page 142.
VGA
DVI
DVI
You can use the following combinations to connect your
TV and monitor:
Display
Use with
VGA
Video (composite)
S-video
Component (Y, Pb, Pr)
DVI
DVI
Video (composite)
S-video
Component (Y, Pb, Pr)
VGA
n
If the S-video and Video (composite) Video
Out connections are not connected to a TV or
video input when the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is turned on, the S-video
and composite jacks will turn off
automatically.
You must restart to ensure Video Out
connection to your TV or AV receiver. Press
and hold down the On/Standby (power)
button for 4 seconds to turn off your HP
Digital Entertainment Center. After it shuts
down, press the On/Standby button to turn
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Connecting Video Out
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Connecting Video Out
VGA
n
n
Component video output requires specific
configurations for certain display types and
resolutions. Go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number for
instructions on using component video.
If your TV or monitor has multiple input
connections, select the correct input on the TV
or monitor.
.
MONITOR IN
TV IN
VGA
S-video
Video
DVI
Component
Choose one
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
TV (standard definition shown) and monitor out
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1
This chapter describes how to connect TV source input
from a set-top box such as a cable box or satellite
receiver to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Infrared
Transmitter cable installation is also included.
You connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to an
existing setup for your TV signal source. This chapter
includes the most typical, and some advanced, input
options.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different video source input options, connections, and
set-top-box configurations, such as a cable box or satellite
receiver. Your home system may have different
components.
Cable
Set-top box
Infrared Transmitter
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting TV Source In
Connecting TV Source In
Chapter Contents:
“TV Source Overview” on page 72
“Typical TV Source Connections” on page 78
“Antenna Connection” on page 80
“Cable Connection” on page 83
“Satellite Connection” on page 93
“Infrared Transmitter Connection” on page 97
n
For additional information on connecting the
cable box or satellite receiver, refer to the
documentation that came with your
equipment and the Start Here booklet
included.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
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TV Source Overview
TV Signal Source Overview
You must connect a TV signal to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center for proper operation. You can
attach standard, analog NTSC TV and high-definition,
digital HDTV ATSC sources.
The back panel TV Source connectors are:
■
TV Source 1 In
■
TV Source 2 In
■
Cable/antenna In (NTSC) RF
■
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In (ATSC) RF antenna
n
An ATSC tuner that supports high-definition
TV is included with select HP Digital
Entertainment Center models only.
NTSC Standard TV
The NTSC back panel connectors are TV Source 1 In and
TV Source 2 In:
■
For an NTSC cable TV box, digital cable box, or
satellite receiver use TV Source 1 In or TV Source 2 In
(select models only).
■
For an NTSC analog cable RF coaxial connector use
Cable/antenna In. For dual-tuner systems, the
Cable/antenna In RF connector splits internally.
A set-top cable TV box is provided by your cable TV
provider to unscramble premium channels.
For Dual Tuner configurations, both TV sources must be of
the same type: either cable TV, digital cable TV, satellite
TV, or antenna. The TV sources must also have the same,
identical channel lineup; for example, if you are using
two satellite TV sources they must provide the exact same
channels. All TV viewing and scheduling is provided
through the Television Program Guide in Media Center,
so both TV sources must have identical Television Program
Guides.
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The HP Digital Entertainment Center records television
and allows you to control the television channels. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center has two tuner
configurations available:
Single-tuner
TV Source
1 In
A single tuner allows you to watch or
record one program only in NTSC.
Dual-tuner
option TV
Source 2 In
You can have dual TV inputs, if your
HP Digital Entertainment Center
includes the two TV tuner option. You
can watch a show on one channel
while Media Center records another
show on a different channel. Or you
can record two different programs at
the same time, using two tuners
in NTSC.
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center includes an
optional HDTV/SDTV Ant. In tuner card and dual NTSC
tuner card configuration, you can view and record ATSC
channels. Media Center supports over-the-air ATSC
digital TV.
Over-the-air ATSC digital TV requires a UHF/VHF
antenna (sold separately) to receive the digital signal.
Your location must be within an HDTV ATSC
broadcast area.
The ATSC high-definition DTV (Digital TV) source back
panel connector is as follows:
■
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In connected to a UHF/VHF
antenna.
See the following section for more information on HDTV.
Then see the instructions to install HDTV ATSC.
Connecting an ATSC antenna
You can attach an indoor or outdoor UHF/VHF antenna
to the HP Digital Entertainment Center to watch HDTV
ATSC through the VHF or UHF channels. A UHF/VHF
antenna receives HDTV ATSC channels, depending on
the quality (gain) of the antenna, geographic location,
and broadcast reception strength.
An internal or external roof antenna is sold separately.
You might have to reposition the antenna for best
reception. Position the antenna based on the following
general criteria:
■
Higher; the ideal position is above the roofline.
■
Closer to or facing the broadcast tower.
■
Larger for stronger signals.
■
Outdoor for less interference.
Refer to http://www.antennaweb.org for more
information about:
■
The channels available in your area. The channels
may be color coded by zone.
■
Selecting the kind of antenna you need depending
on the channels you want to receive. Match your
antenna to your zone.
■
The direction to point your antenna.
■
Positioning an HDTV antenna for best reception.
n
You can also attach an internal or external
roof VHF antenna to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to watch NTSC
channels.
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Connecting TV Source In
ATSC high-definition TV
Additional HDTV Information
What is HDTV?
HDTV (High-definition Television) is the highest quality
DTV standard. HDTV provides increased picture detail
(720p, 1080i) with a widescreen16:9 aspect ratio and
higher quality audio such as surround sound, on a
display that supports digital TV. HDTV/SDTV Ant. In is the
connector on the back of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center that you connect the ATSC signal to.
SDTV (Standard-definition Television) is the lowest quality
DTV standard.
ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) is the
official name of the DTV picture format that is in use in the
United States and North America. The tuner inside your
HP Digital Entertainment Center is ATSC-capable.
DTV (Digital Television) is the umbrella term used to
describe the new digital television way of transmitting
television signals. DTV includes many formats of highdefinition TV that can broadcast an image resolution of
up to 2 million pixels.
NTSC (National Television Systems Committee) is
standard (analog) TV. Standard TV broadcasts an image
resolution of about 210,000 pixels and is distributed
today through antenna, cable, digital cable, or satellite.
About digital TV in Media Center
Digital TV for Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
is available in the United States only. Refer to the Readme
for Update 1 for Windows XP Media Center Edition
2005 with HDTV for all digital TV requirements.
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Refer to the Microsoft Web site at:
http://www.microsoft.com
Your standard television set-top box has one or more of
the following video output connectors and cables:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
Do not switch video types such as connecting S-video In
to TV Source 1 and Composite Video In to TV Source 2 or
a Coaxial In and a Composite Out. Not all set-top boxes
and AV receivers support signal conversion.
The type of video cable you need depends on your settop box:
■
If your set-top box has an S-video jack, you need an
S-video cable to connect the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your set-top box. An S-video cable
provides separate color and black-and-white image
signals, and delivers a sharper image than a
composite video cable.
■
If your set-top box has a composite video jack, you
need a composite video cable.
■
If you are connecting dual NTSC set-top box sources
to the HP Digital Entertainment Center dual NTSC
tuner with an composite video connection, use a
composite to S-video adapter (sold separately) on TV
Source 2 in.
You may need other or additional cables, depending on
your TV signal source.
Connecting a set-top box
A standard cable set-top box has only NTSC channels,
but you can connect a UHF/VHF antenna to view HDTV
ATSC channels also.
If you can receive HDTV channels through cable or
satellite providers, connect the signal directly to your
TV/display. Refer to your TV/display documentation.
A set-top cable TV box is provided by your cable TV
provider to unscramble premium channels. You cannot
record digital TV if using the HP Digital Entertainment
Center with an HDTV cable box or HDTV satellite box.
Use an antenna to record digital TV.
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Connecting TV Source In
TV Source Connectors Overview
TV Source Connectors
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
TV SOURCE 1
R
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connector
Type
Color
Audio TV Source 1 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
L
Red: Right
AUDIO
VIDEO
VIDEO
Yellow
S-video (4-pin)
TV Source 1 In
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Cable/Antenna In
With internal splitter to
dual-tuners
Coaxial
Silver
Audio TV Source 2 In
(Select models only)
RCA jacks
White: Left
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
TV SOURCE 2
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RCA jack
S-VIDEO
CABLE/ANT. IN FM
R
Video (composite)
TV Source 1 In
AUDIO
L
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Red: Right
Cable
1
2 IN
Connector
Type
Color
S-video TV Source 2 In
(select models only)
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
Coaxial
(from UHF/
VHF antenna)
Silver
Infrared Transmitter Out
2 ports: 1/8
inch (3.5 mm)
mini-jacks
Silver
Cable
Connecting TV Source In
Item
S-VIDEO
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
ATSC TUNER
OUT
2
1
Additional cables to install the HP Digital Entertainment Center are sold separately.
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Typical TV Source Connections
These are only suggested configurations. Your system may be different.
Select the configuration that most closely matches your home system:
TV source type
Antenna
NTSC cable and
ATSC antenna
NTSC digital
cable or satellite
and ATSC
antenna
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Display/video
configuration
Connector
See:
Standard
NTSC from UHF/VHF antenna
Cable/Ant. In
“Antenna (NTSC)” on
page 80
HDTV
ATSC from UHF/VHF antenna
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
“Antenna (ATSC)” on
page 81
NTSC from UHF/VHF antenna
ATSC from UHF/VHF antenna
Cable/Ant. In
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
“Antenna (NTSC and
ATSC)” on page 82
NTSC analog cable directly
from the wall (without a set-top
box) and ATSC from UHF/
VHF antenna
Cable/Ant. In and
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
“Cable (NTSC) and
Antenna (ATSC)” on
page 83
One NTSC cable TV set-top
box and ATSC from UHF/VHF
antenna
TV Source 1 In and
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
Or
Cable/Ant. In and
HDTV/SDTV Ant. in
“One Cable TV Box or
Digital Cable Receiver
(NTSC) and Antenna
(ATSC)” on page 84
Two NTSC cable TV set-top
boxes and ATSC from UHF/
VHF antenna
TV Source 1 In
TV Source 2 In
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
“Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable Receivers
(NTSC) and Antenna
(ATSC)” on page 86
One NTSC digital cable or
satellite receiver and ATSC
from UHF/VHF antenna
TV Source 1 In and
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
Or
Cable/Ant. In and
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
“One Cable TV Box or
Digital Cable Receiver
(NTSC) and Antenna
(ATSC)” on page 84
Two NTSC digital cable or
satellite receivers and ATSC
from UHF/VHF antenna
TV Source 1 In
TV Source 2 In
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In
“Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable Receivers
(NTSC) and Antenna
(ATSC)” on page 86
HP Digital Entertainment Center
NTSC cable
NTSC satellite
NTSC and ATSC
digital cable or
satellite
Display/video
configuration
Connector
See:
Cable directly from the wall
(without a cable TV set-top box
or digital cable receiver)
Cable/Ant. In
“Cable Only (NTSC)” on
page 88
One cable TV set-top box or
digital cable receiver
TV Source 1 In
Or
Cable/Ant. In
“One Cable TV Box or
Digital Cable Receiver
(NTSC)” on page 89
Two cable TV set-top boxes, or
digital cable receivers
TV Source 1 In
TV Source 2 In
“Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable
Receivers” on page 91
One satellite receiver
TV Source 1 In
Or
Cable/Ant. In
“One Satellite Receiver
(NTSC)” on page 93
Two satellite receivers
TV Source 1 In
TV Source 2 In
“Two Satellite Receivers
(NTSC)” on page 95
One NTSC and ATSC digital
cable or satellite receiver
TV Source 1 In
(to record HDTV in
standard format)
Connect the cable ATSC
signal directly to your TV/
display to view HDTV.
Refer to the TV/display
documentation.
Two NTSC and ATSC digital
cable or satellite receivers
TV Source 1 In and
TV Source 2 In
(to record HDTV in
standard format)
Connect the cable ATSC
signal directly to your TV/
display to view HDTV.
Refer to the TV/display
documentation.
Connecting TV Source In
TV source type
Then see:
“Infrared Transmitter Connection” on page 97 (cable TV box, digital cable receiver, or satellite receiver only)
“Connecting Video Equipment” on page 101
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Antenna Connection
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
Antenna (NTSC)
:
If you are using a NTSC UHF/VHF broadcast television
antenna (sold separately) with no cable TV box, digital
cable box, or satellite receiver, do the following to
connect the TV signal source:
1 Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from
Roof TV Antenna
VHF
Antenna
CABLE/ANT. IN
your external or internal TV antenna into
the Cable/Ant. In connector on the back of
the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
UHF
Antenna
DUAL
TUNER
2 Turn the connector to tighten it.
Coaxial
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
TV signal source — TV antenna
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:
To connect an HDTV signal source to your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, do the following:
1 Connect a coaxial cable from your
UHF/VHF antenna into the HDTV/SDTV
Ant. In connector on the back of the HP
Digital Entertainment Center.
Roof TV Antenna
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
VHF
Antenna
ATSC TUNER
UHF
Antenna
2 Turn the connector to tighten it.
Coaxial
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — HDTV antenna
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
Antenna (ATSC)
Antenna (NTSC and ATSC)
If you are using a VHF and UHF broadcast television
antenna (sold separately) with no cable TV box, digital
cable box, or satellite receiver, do the following to
connect the NTSC and ATSC TV signal source to your
HP Digital Entertainment Center:
Roof Antenna
VHF
Antenna
UHF
Antenna
1 Install a splitter (provided) as shown in the following
illustration (select models only). Connect the splitter
input to the antenna (outdoor shown).
2 Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.
Turn the connectors to tighten them.
3 Connect a coaxial cable into the Cable/Ant.
CABLE/ANT. IN
In connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Turn the connector to
tighten it.
4 Connect a coaxial cable into the
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In connector on the
back of the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Turn the connector to tighten it.
AUDIO IN
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
Splitter
ATSC TUNER
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Coaxial
DUAL
TUNER
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
OUT
WIRELESS LAN
Y
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
802.11 b/g
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
2 Way Splitter
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
1
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
DTV
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
HDTV and standard signal source — TV antenna
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
Cable Connection
Cable (NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC)
.
To connect standard cable without a set-top box and a
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In input to your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, do the following to connect the NTSC and ATSC
TV signal sources:
1 Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from
Roof Antenna
VHF
Antenna
CABLE/ANT. IN
your TV cable (wall) into the Cable/Ant. In
connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
UHF
Antenna
DUAL
TUNER
2 Turn the connector to tighten it.
Cable From Wall
3 Connect the coaxial cable from the
UHF/VHF antenna into the HDTV/SDTV
Ant. In connector on the back of the HP
Digital Entertainment Center.
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
ATSC TUNER
Coaxial
4 Turn the connector to tighten it.
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
Coaxial
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source NTSC cable and ATSC UHF/VHF antenna
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
One Cable TV Box or Digital Cable Receiver
(NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC)
To connect a standard set-top box (sold separately) and
an HDTV/SDTV Ant. In input to your HP Digital
Entertainment Center using a standard set-top box,
satellite receiver, or digital cable receiver with S-video or
composite video output, do the following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
cable TV source (wall) is plugged into the set-top box
or digital cable receiver In connector.
2 Connect a video cable:
a Choose a video out connector:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the set-top
box or digital cable receiver back panel Video
Output connector.
c
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Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
3 Connect stereo audio cables (skip this step if using
coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back panel Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out
left (white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect the coaxial cable from the UHF/VHF
antenna into the HDTV/SDTV Ant. In HDTV/SDTV
Ant. In connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
5 Connect the set-top box Infrared Transmitter cable
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
Roof TV Antenna
Cable
Wall
VHF
Antenna
Coaxial
UHF
Antenna
OUT
Set-top box 1
Infrared Transmitter
Choose one
Video S-video
Coaxial
TV Source 1
Coaxial
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — one cable TV or digital cable box (NTSC) and ATSC UHF/VHF antenna
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
.
Two Cable TV Boxes, or Two Digital Cable
Receivers (NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC)
You must have two identical set-top boxes — such as two
digital cable receivers, two satellite receivers, or two
cable TV boxes (sold separately) — from the same TV
source and the HP Digital Entertainment Center dual-tuner
option (select models only) to set this up. This
configuration will allow you to watch live TV on one
channel and record another channel at the same time.
Connect the NTSC TV signal source from each set-top box
or digital cable receiver into each of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center tuners’ TV Source 1 and TV
Source 2.
If you are using two matching set-top cable boxes, with
S-video or composite video output, do the following to
connect two tuners and a HDTV ATSC input to your
HP Digital Entertainment Center:
1 Make sure that:
■
■
Cable TV box: A coaxial cable connector
from your cable source (wall) is plugged into
a cable splitter (provided), then into each cable
set-top box In connector. This setup is similar to
the illustration “TV signal source — two digital
cable boxes (NTSC)” on page 92.
Digital cable receiver: A coaxial cable
connector from two cable sources (wall) is
plugged into each digital cable receiver IN
connector. See “TV signal source — two digital
cable boxes (NTSC)” on page 92.
2 Connect a video cable for set-top box 1.
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
set-top box or digital cable receiver back
panel video output connector.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
3 Connect stereo audio cables for set-top box 1
(skip this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect a video cable for set-top box 2:
a Choose a video out connector; use the same type
as set-top box 1:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
set-top box or digital cable receiver back
panel video output connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 2 In
connector.
5 Connect stereo audio cables for set-top box 2
(skip this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 2 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
6 Connect the coaxial cable from the UHF/VHF
antenna into the HDTV/SDTV Ant. In connector on
the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
8 Connect the set-top box 2 Infrared Transmitter cable
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
.
Wall
Cable
Wall
Cable
Roof TV
Antenna
VHF
Antenna
Coaxial
Source 1
Coaxial
UHF
Antenna
Source 2
Set-top box 1
Set-top box 2
VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter
Note: Connect same
set-top box only
VIDEO OUT
Choose one
Video
S-video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
Choose one
Video
VIDEO
FRONT
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Coaxial
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — two cable boxes (NTSC) and ATSC UHF/VHF antenna
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
7 Connect the set-top box 1 Infrared Transmitter cable
Cable Only (NTSC)
If you are using a standard cable without a set-top box or
digital cable receiver, do the following to connect the
NTSC-only TV signal source:
1 Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from
2 Turn the connector to tighten it.
CABLE/ANT. IN
your TV cable (wall) into the Cable/Ant
connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. This connection
supplies the TV signal source for both TV tuners.
.
DUAL
TUNER
Cable
Wall
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
Coaxial
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
TV signal source (NTSC cable)
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
Connect the NTSC TV signal source from the standard
cable TV set-top box or digital cable receiver (sold
separately) into the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
If you are using a standard set-top box or digital cable
receiver with S-video or composite video output, do the
following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
cable TV source (wall) is plugged into the set-top box
or digital cable receiver In connector.
2 Connect a video cable:
a Choose a video out connector:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the set-top
box or digital cable receiver back panel Video
Output connector.
c
3 Connect stereo audio cables (skip this step if using
coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back panel Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out
left (white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect the set-top box Infrared Transmitter cable
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
One Cable TV Box or
Digital Cable Receiver (NTSC)
.
Cable
From
Wall
Coaxial
OUT
Set-top box 1
Infrared Transmitter
Choose one
Video S-video
Coaxial
TV Source 1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — one cable TV or digital cable box (NTSC)
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
1
You must have two identical set-top boxes, such as two
digital cable receivers or two cable TV boxes (sold
separately), from the same TV source and the HP Digital
Entertainment Center dual-tuner option (select models
only) to set this up. This configuration will allow you to
watch live TV on one channel and record another channel
at the same time.
Connect the TV signal source from each set-top box or
digital cable receiver into each of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center tuners’ TV Source 1 and TV
Source 2.
If you are using two matching set-top cable boxes or
digital cable receivers with S-video or composite video
output, do the following:
1 Make sure that:
■
■
Cable TV box: A coaxial cable connector
from your cable source (wall) is plugged into
a cable splitter (provided), then into each cable
set-top box In connector. This setup is similar to
the illustration “TV signal source — two digital
cable boxes (NTSC)” on page 92.
Digital cable receiver: A coaxial cable
connector from two cable sources (wall) is
plugged into each digital cable receiver IN
connector. See “TV signal source — two digital
cable boxes (NTSC)” on page 92.
2 Connect a video cable for set-top box 1.
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
set-top box or digital cable receiver back
panel video output connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
3 Connect stereo audio cables for set-top box 1 (skip
this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect a video cable for set-top box 2:
a Choose a video out connector; use the same type
as set-top box 1:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
set-top box or digital cable receiver back
panel video output connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 2 In
connector.
5 Connect stereo audio cables for set-top box 2 (skip
this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 2 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
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Connecting TV Source In
Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable Receivers
6 Connect the set-top box 1 Infrared Transmitter cable
7 Connect the set-top box 2 Infrared Transmitter cable
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
.
Cable From Wall
Cable From Wall
Coaxial
Source 1
Coaxial
Source 2
Set-top box 1
Set-top box 2
VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter
Note: Connect same
set-top box only
VIDEO OUT
Choose one
Video
S-video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
Choose one
Video
VIDEO
FRONT
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
TV signal source — two digital cable boxes (NTSC)
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
Satellite Connection
One Satellite Receiver (NTSC)
Connect the TV signal source from the satellite receiver
into the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
If you are using a satellite receiver (sold separately) with
S-video or composite video output, do the following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
dish source is plugged into the satellite receiver In
connector.
2 Connect a video cable.
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
satellite receiver back panel video output
connector.
c
3 Connect stereo audio cables (skip this step if using
coaxial [RF]):
a From the satellite receiver back panel Audio Out
right (red) connector and Audio Out left (white)
connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect the satellite receiver Infrared Transmitter
cable (required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
.
Satellite Receiver
Coaxial
Infrared Transmitter
OUT
Choose one
Video S-video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
Coaxial
TV Source 1
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
TV signal source — one satellite receiver (NTSC)
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
You must have two identical satellite receivers from the
same source and the HP Digital Entertainment Center
dual-tuner option (select models only) to set this up. This
configuration will allow you to watch live TV on one
channel and record another channel at the same time.
Connect the TV signal source from each satellite receiver
into each HP Digital Entertainment Center tuner.
If you are using two matching satellite receivers with
S-video or composite video output, do the following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
dish source is plugged into two cable outputs, and
each satellite receiver In connector.
3 Connect stereo audio cables for satellite receiver 1
(skip this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the satellite receiver back panel Audio Out
right (red) connector and the Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect a video cable for satellite receiver 2:
a Choose a video out connector, use the same type
as satellite receiver 1:
2 Connect a video cable for satellite receiver 1:
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
satellite receiver back panel video output
connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
satellite receiver back panel video output
connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 2 In
connector.
5 Connect stereo audio cables for satellite receiver 2
(skip this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the satellite receiver back panel Audio Out
right (red) connector and Audio Out left (white)
connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 2 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
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Connecting TV Source In
Two Satellite Receivers (NTSC)
6 Connect the satellite receiver 1 Infrared Transmitter
7 Connect the satellite receiver 2 Infrared Transmitter
cable (required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
cable (required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 97.
.
Source 1
Coaxial (RF)
Source 2
Satellite Receiver 2
Satellite Receiver 1
Infrared Transmitter
VIDEO OUT
VIDEO OUT
Note: Connect same
set-top box only
Choose one
S-video
Video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
Choose one
Video
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — two satellite receivers (NTSC) (select models only)
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1
Infrared Transmitter Overview
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes infrared
transmitters that make it easy to control one or two set-top
boxes. If you connect a set-top box such as a digital cable
box or a satellite receiver to the HP Digital Entertainment
Center, then you must also use the Infrared (IR) Transmitter
control cable.
The remote control sends commands to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, which relays these commands via
the Infrared Transmitter control cables to the cable box or
satellite receiver.
The Infrared Transmitter control cable has a sender
tip (IR Blaster) that attaches to the front of the cable box
(or other set-top box) and plugs into the back of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
You must carefully position the Infrared Transmitter control
cable sender tip on to the set-top box front panel to
ensure the set-top box receives the signal.
The remote receiver is on the front of the cable box,
digital cable box, or satellite receiver. It receives Infrared
commands from your cable box remote control or from
the Infrared Transmitter cable. The remote receiver is
sometimes hidden behind a panel of dark, transparent
plastic. You can use a flashlight to locate it. For more
information about the remote receiver, refer to the
documentation for your cable box, digital cable box, or
satellite receiver.
n
The Infrared Transmitter connection is
required for a signal with a set-top box.
Connecting TV Source In
97
Connecting TV Source In
Infrared Transmitter Connection
Set-top box 1
Infrared Transmitter
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
FRONT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
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ACTIVITY
LINK
VIDEO
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TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
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100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
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AC IN
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WOOFER
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S-VIDEO
AUDIO
VGA
COMPONENT
VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
AUDIO
R
S-VIDEO
L
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter connection (one set-top box)
Set-top box 2
Set-top box 1
Note: Connect set-top
box only
Infrared Transmitter
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
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CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
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LINK
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DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
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100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
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WOOFER
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S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter connection (two set-top boxes; select models only)
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1
If you have a cable TV receiver, satellite receiver, or other
set-top box that controls your TV signal, connect the
Infrared Transmitter sensor:
1 Route the Infrared Transmitter cable from the back of
the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the cable TV,
digital cable, or satellite receiver set-top box.
2 Locate the IR remote receiver area on the front of the
set-top box. This is where you aim the set-top box
remote control to change channels, change the
sound level, and so on.
■
The IR remote receiver area may be behind an
obvious window on the set-top box.
■
Use the set-top box remote control to locate its IR
remote receiver area: Hold the remote control
very close (within 1 inch/2.54 centimeters) and
press a remote button to change the channel or
power off the box. As you push a button,
gradually move the remote control across the
front of the box until the box responds.
■
Hold a flashlight close to the front of the set-top
box, and look for a transparent window with a
small box inside. Test the area by holding the box
remote close to the window and pushing a button
until the box responds.
3 Use a piece of tape to temporarily hold the Infrared
Transmitter cable tip over the set-top box IR remote
receiver area while you test the function.
4 Plug the Infrared Transmitter cable into the Infrared
Transmitter connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
5 Test the operation by pointing the HP Digital
Entertainment Center remote control at the HP Digital
Entertainment Center IR receiver and pressing a
channel button. (Be sure you use the HP Digital
Entertainment Center remote and point it at the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.)
6 For permanent attachment, remove the paper from
the Infrared Transmitter cable tip, and press the tip
onto the IR remote receiver area on the set-top box.
7 Repeat these steps for the second set-top box.
Connecting TV Source In
99
Connecting TV Source In
Infrared Transmitter Installation
The following illustration shows the Infrared Transmitter installation.
Cable or Satellite
Set-top box
Attach
to IR window
Remove tape
Infrared Transmitter
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
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CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
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LINK
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CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
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SUB
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AUDIO
VGA
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DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Infrared transmitter to cable, digital cable receiver, or satellite receiver set-top box
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
1
Connecting Video
Equipment
This chapter describes how to connect video playback
and recording equipment to the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Equipment includes VCRs and camcorders. This
chapter also includes the most typical, and some
advanced, options.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different video input and audio/video output options and
connections. Your system may have different components.
Chapter Contents:
“Video Equipment Overview” on page 102
“Typical Video Equipment Connections” on page 104
“VCR Connection” on page 105
“Video Camera Connection” on page 109
VCR
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
A stable image on your TV/display may
cause screen burn-in if left on for a long time.
Use a screen-saver and low contrast colors
for desktop background images to reduce
burn-in.
Connecting Video Equipment
101
Connecting Video
Equipment
w
Video Equipment Overview
Connectors
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
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ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
TV SOURCE 1
R
L
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connector
Type
Color
Audio:
TV Source 1 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Video:
TV Source 1 In
RCA jack
Yellow
S-video TV:
Source 1 In
Analog:
Y/C video 4-pin
Black
Cable/Antenna In
With internal splitter to dual-tuners
Coaxial
Silver
Audio:
TV Source 2 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
S-video TV Source 2 In
(Select models only)
Use S-video to composite adapter
to connect composite video
Analog:
Y/C video 4-pin
(optional)
Red: Right
AUDIO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
CABLE/ANT. IN FM
DUAL
TUNER
TV SOURCE
R
AUDIO
2 IN
S-VIDEO
Red: Right
L
Additional cables and the S-video to composite adapter are sold separately.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Black
Cable
1
Video Equipment Connection Overview
Standard video equipment has one or more of the
following video out connectors and cables:
Coaxial (RF)
■
Composite
■
S-video
n
The type of video cable you need depends on
your video equipment:
■
If your video equipment has an S-video jack, you
need an S-video cable. An S-video cable provides
separate color and black-and-white image signals
and delivers a sharper image than a composite
video cable does.
■
If your video equipment has a composite video jack,
you need a composite video cable.
If your video equipment has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the video equipment front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
You can also connect your digital video camera to
work with the HP Digital Entertainment Center
through FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectors.
You may need other or additional cables, depending on
your video equipment.
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DVD player
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has a built-in
DVD player/recorder.
n
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is
intended for legal purposes only and not
designed to record retail movie title DVDs.
n
Connect video game boxes directly to
your TV.
Connecting Video Equipment
103
Connecting Video
Equipment
■
Typical Video Equipment Connections
This section describes how to connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to an existing setup of your video
equipment.
These are only suggested configurations. Your system
may be different.
Select the configuration that most closely matches your
home system:
TV source type
Display/video configuration
See:
VCR
VCR direct to HP Digital Entertainment
Center
“VCR Direct In Connection” on page 105
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to
VCR to TV
“Wall to VCR to TV Using Coaxial Cable” on
page 106
Digital
“Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder” on
page 109
Analog
“Connecting an Analog Camcorder” on
page 112
Camcorder
Then see:
“Connecting the Network” on page 113
“Initial Configuration” on page 127
104
HP Digital Entertainment Center
VCR Connection
VCR Direct In Connection
You can connect a VCR to record your tapes to the HP Digital Entertainment Center hard disk drive.
n
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is
intended for legal purposes only. Some retail
VHS tapes have content protection measures
that do not allow recording.
VCR
Note:
AUDIO IN
Do not connect audio
cables if connecting
coaxial cable.
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Choose
one
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
Video
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
Coaxial
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
VCR connection
Connecting Video Equipment
105
Connecting Video
Equipment
OUT
Wall to VCR to TV Using Coaxial Cable
1 Remove the coaxial cable at the input to the VCR.
2 Connect the coaxial cable to the input of a signal
splitter (available at electronics stores).
Cable From Wall
3 Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.
4 Connect one coaxial cable to the input of the VCR.
5 Connect one coaxial cable to the TV Source 1 in
Coaxial
back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
6 Connect a coaxial cable from the VCR out to one of
the TV inputs. Reserve an input connection on the TV
for the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Set-top box
Cable From Wall
Coaxial
Coaxial
VCR
VCR
Coaxial
Coaxial
TV
Existing setups with and without set-top box
106
HP Digital Entertainment Center
TV
Splitter
2 Way Splitter
Coaxial
Wall
Coaxial
VCR
Coaxial
TV
Coaxial
TV IN 2
TV IN 1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
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CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Wall to VCR to TV using coaxial cable (Add the HP Digital Entertainment Center with a splitter)
Connecting Video Equipment
107
Connecting Video
Equipment
VCR IN
VCR OUT
Wall
Coaxial
Set-top box
CABLE IN
CABLE OUT
Infrared
Transmitter
Coaxial
Splitter
2 Way Splitter
Coaxial
VCR
VCR IN
VCR OUT
Coaxial
TV
Coaxial
TV IN 2
TV IN 1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Wall to set-top box VCR to TV using coaxial cable (add with a splitter)
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
1
Video Camera Connection
Refer to the HP support Web site for detailed information
on advanced video setup. Go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number. See “HP Web
Site Support” on page 171.
Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder
Connectors:
Procedure:
Use the 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on the front
or 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on the back
panel of the HP Digital Entertainment Center to connect a
digital video camera. This connector is bi-directional.
The following instructions apply only to digital video
cameras. See “Connecting an Analog Camcorder” on
page 112 for analog video cameras.
Equipment:
Most digital video cameras use either a 4-pin to 4-pin or
a 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) video camera
transfer cable. A 4-pin to 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394)
cable to use the 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on
the HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel is sold
separately.
If a Digital Video Device Auto Play window appears
when you connect your camera, click Cancel.
To connect a digital video camera:
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and wait
for the desktop to appear. See “Initial Configuration”
on page 127.
2 Turn on the digital video camera.
3 Connect the video camera transfer cable from the
camera to a FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on
the front (4-pin) or back (6-pin) of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
4 A Found New Hardware message appears. Wait
two or three minutes for the system to make the
necessary settings for the new device. When
installation is complete, a message appears telling
you the camera is ready to use.
Connecting Video Equipment
109
Connecting Video
Equipment
Some cameras use a USB connector. See the
documentation that came with your digital video camera.
See “USB Device Connection” on page 121.
.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
DV IN
4-Pin
FireWire Cable
(IEEE 1394)
Digital
Video
Camcorder
Connect a digital video camcorder (front panel)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
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100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
6-Pin
FireWire Cable
(IEEE 1394)
Connect a digital video camcorder (back panel)
110
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Digital
Video
Camcorder
Recognizing the digital video camcorder
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center does not recognize
your digital video camera:
“Initial Configuration” on page 127.
5 Click the plus sign (+) next to imaging devices. If the
2 Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
name of the camera appears under imaging devices
the device is ready. If the name is not there, try the
following:
3 Click Performance and Maintenance,
■
Click Action, and then Scan for hardware
changes. Look in Device Manager for a new
addition under imaging devices.
■
Unplug the video camera’s transfer cable from
the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Power cycle
the camera and plug it back in. Look in Device
Manager for a new addition under imaging
devices.
if available, and then double-click the System icon.
4 Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device
Manager button.
For more information about viewing your pictures or
digital video files in Media Center or copying your
pictures to CD, see the Media Center Edition 2005
Software Guide.
Connecting Video Equipment
111
Connecting Video
Equipment
1 Start up the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
Connecting an Analog Camcorder
Connecting an analog camera for video input (capture)
To connect an analog video camera:
Connectors:
When connecting an analog video camera for input to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, use the Video and
Audio In connectors on the front of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and wait
for the desktop to appear. See “Initial Configuration”
on page 127.
2 Connect the video camera transfer cable from the
Procedure:
The following instructions can also be used to connect
digital cameras with analog outputs.
See the documentation that came with your video
camera.
camera to the S-video connector or to the composite
and audio connectors on the front of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
3 Turn on the camera and use InterVideo WinDVD
Creator to capture your video recording.
.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
VIDEO OUT
Choose
one
S-video
Video
Connect an analog video camera for source input
112
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Analog
Camcorder
Connecting the Network
Your system must have working broadband
Internet to operate properly.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different network options, connections, and
configurations. You can connect your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to a:
■
Wireless 802.11 b/g network
■
Wired Ethernet port 10/100/1000
Chapter Contents:
“Peripheral Connection Overview” on page 114
“Typical Network Connections” on page 116
“Connecting the Wireless Network Antenna” on
page 117
You can connect your peripheral devices to work with the
HP Digital Entertainment Center through USB or FireWire
(IEEE 1394) connectors.
This chapter describes the most typical, and some
advanced, options to connect your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to the Internet, to a network, and to
peripheral devices. Your system may have different
components.
“Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem” on page 119
“Connecting Through a Router” on page 120
“USB Device Connection” on page 121
“Connecting an HP Personal Media Drive” on
page 123
n
Internet
Peripheral devices are sold separately.
Broadband Modem
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
For additional information on connecting
network equipment, refer to the Start Here
booklet and the hardware and ISP (Internet
Service Provider) documentation that came
with your network.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting the Network
113
Connecting the Network
n
Peripheral Connection Overview
Front Panel
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
HP Personal Media Drive Bay
HP Digital Entertainment Center
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Connector
HP Digital Entertainment Center
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
MMC / SD
SmartMedia / xD
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
FRONT INPUT
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S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
DV IN
HEADPHONES MIC IN
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L AUDIO
114
R
DV IN
HEADPHONES
USB and card readers
Name
Description
Behind Upper Right Door
HP Personal Media Drive Bay
Removable hard disk
Behind Lower Right Door
9-in-1 Memory card readers
SmartMedia/xD, MMC/SD,
CompactFlash I/II, Microdrive,
MS/MS-Pro USB 2.0 (2)
Card readers behind lower right door
LED: Green (with media inserted)
Off (no media inserted)
Behind Left Door
AV connectivity for capturing
analog and digital video from
camcorders.
Front button and inputs — see below
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FireWire (IEEE 1394), 4-pin DV input/output
for digital video or removable hard disk drive
MIC
HP Digital Entertainment Center
See “Memory Card Reader” on page 5.
Back Panel
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
CABLE/ANT. IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
HDTV / SDTV ANT. IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
ATSC TUNER
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Connector
AUDIO
OUT
Name
USB 2.0
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Description
Cable
High-speed USB, 4 ports
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
FireWire (IEEE 1394),
6-pin DV input/output for hard disk drive
Ethernet
RJ-45 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN
Removable Antenna
Coaxial wireless LAN 802.11 b/g
LEDs (2)
Activity: Blinks when transmitting/
receiving data
Link: Solid green when wireless LAN is
enabled and connected. Blinks when
wireless LAN is scanning.
1394
10/100/1000
WIRELESS LAN
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
802.11 b/g
ACTIVITY
LINK
Connecting the Network
ETHERNET
Connecting the Network
115
Typical Network Connections
This section describes how to connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to the Internet, so you can
download the Television Program Guide and surf
the Web.
These are only suggested configurations. Your system
may be different.
Select the configuration that most closely matches your
home system:
Connection
Network configuration
See:
Internet
From an 802.11 b/g wireless
network
“Connecting the Wireless Network Antenna” on
page 117
“Connecting Through a Router” on page 120
Or
From a DSL modem or cable
modem to a router
Fast Ethernet
(100BaseT)
From a DSL modem or cable
modem
“Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem” on page 119
Wireless or Ethernet
(10BaseT)
Or
Gigabit Ethernet
(1000BaseT)
Then see:
“Initial Configuration” on page 127
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Connecting the Wireless
Network Antenna
You can connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to a
802.11 b/g wireless network. The transceiver is built in
to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. An external
antenna is supplied with your system. You must connect
this antenna to connect to the wireless network. You need
an existing wireless LAN network with an Internet
connection (please consult your ISP for further
information).
Wireless Router
802.11 b/g
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center connects with other
wireless product(s) via 802.11 b/g technology. The
802.11 b/g wireless LAN function allows you to connect
to your home network and other devices that are
compatible with the 802.11 b/g wireless LAN. The
wireless LAN connects to the Internet.
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You can establish a wireless network using your
HP Digital Entertainment Center as a wireless access
point, or you can use your HP Digital Entertainment
Center as a client if you already have a wireless network
functioning. Refer to the Quick Install Guide and CD
manual included in the accessory box to set up the HP
Digital Entertainment Center as a wireless access point.
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A wireless access point and a wireless router are required
and sold separately. Wireless Internet use requires a
separately purchased Internet service contract.
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To connect a Wi-Fi antenna to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center:
1 Screw the antenna into the Wireless LAN Removable
2 You may want to move the end of the antenna away
Antenna connector on to the back panel, as shown in
the following illustration:
from the HP Digital Entertainment Center to improve
your signal reception.
3 Check to ensure that:
a The wireless router is connected to a DSL/cable
modem.
b The DSL/cable modem is connected to an outside
Internet connection.
c
The wireless router power LED and connect LEDs
are on.
d The DSL/cable modem power LED and connect
LEDs are on.
e Your wireless network functions properly.
4 Select how you want to set up your network:
a If you would like a wireless connection between
the HP Digital Entertainment Center and your
existing wireless network, establish a wireless
network using your HP Digital Entertainment
Center as a client. The Media Center setup
wizard has a step for this option. This is the
default mode.
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b If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is
connected to the Internet and you would like to
wireless-connect other machines to this HP Digital
Entertainment Center, establish a wireless
network using your HP Digital Entertainment
Center as a wireless access point. For more
information, refer to the Quick Install Guide and
CD manual included in the Wi-Fi accessory box.
Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem
To connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the
Internet, through an existing DSL or cable modem
broadband connection:
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from the HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel
Ethernet connector to a DSL or cable modem.
2 Check the following:
RJ-45
a The DSL or cable modem is connected to an
outside Internet connection.
DSL/Cable
Modem
b The DSL or cable modem power LED and connect
LEDs are on.
Refer to your DSL/cable modem and ISP documentation
to establish a connection.
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DSL/Cable modem direct Internet connection
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Connecting Through a Router
If you already have a home network functioning, you can
connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to a LAN
network and then to a DSL modem or cable modem. You
can use your HP Digital Entertainment Center as a client if
you already have a home network functioning.
Refer to your router, DSL/cable modem, and ISP
documentation to establish a connection.
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RJ-45
1 Connect an RJ-45 network cable (sold separately)
from the HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel
Ethernet connector to a 10BaseT, 100BaseT, or
1000BaseT port on the router.
Router
2 Check that:
a The router is connected to the DSL/cable modem.
RJ-45
b The DSL/cable modem is connected to an outside
Internet connection.
DSL/Cable
Modem
The router power LED and connect LEDs are on.
d The DSL/cable modem power LED and connect
LEDs are on.
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USB Device Connection
Digital Still Camera
The following instructions apply only to digital still
cameras.
On /Standby
When connecting a digital still camera, use a USB
connector on the front or back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
USB 2.0
To connect a digital still camera:
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Wait
for the desktop to appear. Minimize or close
Media Center.
Digital
Camera
2 Turn on the digital still camera. See the
documentation that came with your camera.
3 Connect the camera transfer cable into the camera.
Digital still camera connection (front panel)
4 Connect the camera transfer cable into an open USB
5 A Found New Hardware message displays. Wait
two or three minutes for the system to make the
necessary settings for the new device. When
installation is complete, a message displays telling
you the camera is ready to use.
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Digital still camera connection (back panel)
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connector on the front or back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Most digital still cameras use
either the USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector.
Other USB Devices
You can connect other peripheral devices to the front or
back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center through USB
or FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
The following devices can be connected to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center USB 2.0 high speed ports:
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iPod
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MP3 player
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USB drive
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External hard disk drive
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Printer
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Scanner
USB 2.0 (x2)
USB
drive
USB device connection (front panel)
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Keyboard
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Mouse
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Peripheral devices are sold separately. See the
documentation that came with your device. You can go to
http://www.hp.com to purchase peripheral devices
online.
To connect the HP Personal Media Drive to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center through a USB, see the
documentation that came with the HP Personal Media
Drive.
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Connecting an
HP Personal Media Drive
The HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel includes
a drive bay that houses the HP Personal Media Drive. The
drive bay has an internal USB port and power connector.
The HP Personal Media Drive can also function as an
external USB hard disk drive. You must connect an
external USB port and power cable.
For more information about installing the software, refer
to the documentation that came with the HP Personal
Media Drive. For more information about using an HP
Personal Media Drive to store and transfer information,
refer to the Media Center Edition 2005 Software Guide.
You can easily insert and remove the drive from the bay
without turning off the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
You can use the HP Personal Media Drive without
installing the included software. However, HP
recommends that you install the software to have access
to additional features and read the documentation.
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After you have safely disconnected and
powered off the drive, handle the drive by
the plastic endcaps to avoid touching the
aluminum sides if they are hot.
The drive may feel warm. This is normal to
allow faster heat dissipation.
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Do not move the drive while it is operating, to
avoid hardware damage and potential data
loss. You can safely remove your drive only
after you have completely run the Safely
Remove Hardware wizard (located in the
system tray at the bottom of the screen).
Installing an HP Personal Media Drive
To connect an HP Personal Media Drive to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center:
1 Install the HP Personal Media Drive software that is
included with the drive (select models only).
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For instructions about installing and using the
HP Personal Media Drive software, refer to the
documentation that came with your HP Personal
Media Drive.
2 Open the HP Personal Media Drive bay front
panel door.
3 Line up the ridges on the bottom of the drive with the
two slots on the bottom of the drive bay.
4 Slide the drive all the way into the drive bay until the
drive is firmly connected to the internal power and
USB cables. Do not force the drive into the bay; it
should slide easily into the bay.
5 If the HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned on,
the blue power LED on the front of the drive lights up
when the drive is inserted correctly.
HP Personal Media Drive installation
Running the HP Personal Media Drive utility
To transfer files from your primary hard disk drive to your
HP Personal Media Drive, you must first run the utility for
each installed Media Drive to access the drive within
Media Center:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar,
and select Media Center.
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2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
HP Media Drive.
3 Connect the HP Personal Media Drive.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
For instructions about using the HP Personal Media
Drive software, refer to the documentation that came
with your HP Personal Media Drive.
Disconnecting an HP Personal Media Drive
You can safely remove the HP Personal Media Drive when
both the amber activity and blue power LEDs are off.
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When your HP Digital Entertainment Center is
in standby mode (a reduced power state), the
drive turns off.
To disconnect your HP Personal Drive safely:
1 Close Media Center and all other programs that may
be accessing your HP Personal Media Drive.
2 Double-click the Safely Remove
Hardware icon in the system tray at the
bottom of the desktop. If this icon is hidden,
click the arrows on the taskbar to display it. The
Safely Remove Hardware window opens.
6 Open the HP Personal Media Drive bay front
panel door.
7 Disconnect the drive from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
3 Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate
your HP Personal Media Drive. USB Mass Storage
Device may be listed twice. One may contain a
memory card reader or other mass storage drive.
click OK. This name of the drive may appear as
Generic Volume, followed by the assigned drive
letter. A Safe to Remove Hardware message appears
in the system tray at the bottom of your desktop
letting you know that the device is safe to disconnect.
5 Click Close.
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To avoid hardware damage and data loss,
always disconnect the drive safely, when
it is not active. When the amber LED is
blinking, the drive is active, saving or
transferring data.
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4 Select the HP Personal Media Drive, and then
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This chapter describes how to set up your HP Digital
Entertainment Center software, including how to
configure the HP Digital Entertainment Center for proper
operation.
When you complete the procedures in this chapter, you
can use your HP Digital Entertainment Center in your
home entertainment center. Refer to the Media Center
Edition 2005 Software Guide.
Chapter Contents:
“Starting the HP Digital Entertainment Center for the
First Time” on page 128
“Windows Welcome” on page 131
“Media Center First Run” on page 132
“Configuring Audio” on page 136
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“Configuring Video” on page 141
“Configuring the System” on page 154
You should only perform the procedures in
this chapter after all cables have been
connected.
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Make sure you have followed all safety
instructions for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, especially the important AC power
information.
See “Safety Information” on page 17.
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Initial Configuration
Starting the HP Digital Entertainment
Center for the First Time
Turn power on to all connected devices such as TV and
audio equipment before turning on the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Power on only after you have
completed the full setup.
To set up your system:
““Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial)” on
page 128
“Initial Startup” on page 129
“Syncing the Keyboard” on page 130
“Required Setup” on page 132
“Optional Setup” on page 133
“If Your Connections Don’t Work” on page 135
“Adjusting the Front Panel Display Brightness” on
page 135
Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial)
The keyboard comes with batteries preinstalled. The
batteries are fresh from the factory.
1 Turn the keyboard over.
2 Pull the tab.
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Use only AA alkaline batteries in the
keyboard.
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After you have connected the equipment, you are ready
to turn on the system.
1 Make sure the video and audio cables are
4 Press the On/Standby (power) button
on the front
of the HP Digital Entertainment Center. The system
starts.
connected before you turn on the TV and the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
2 Turn on all connected system equipment, such as TVs,
set-top boxes, and AV receivers.
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On/Standby
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Set the volume to mid-level on the AV receiver
and on the TV.
3 Plug the HP Digital Entertainment Center AC power
cable into a wall outlet.
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Use a surge protector to prevent power surges or
voltage spikes.
5 See “Syncing the Keyboard” on page 130.
The display on the TV screen may not be optimized until
after you set the display settings.
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Make sure you have followed all safety
instructions for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, especially the important AC power
information.
See “Safety Information” on page 17.
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Initial Startup
Syncing the Keyboard
Test the keyboard after the operating system is loaded.
Move the trackball to see if the cursor moves.
If the keyboard does not operate, you must synchronize
the keyboard with the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To sync the keyboard:
1 After you have made all connections and have
performed the initial startup procedure, make sure
the HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned on.
2 Briefly press the Keyboard Connect button on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel, behind
the left door. The button will flash, indicating the
system is ready to connect (sync) with the keyboard.
3 Press the red connect button once on the bottom
of the keyboard. The front panel Keyboard
Connect button flashes and stops, indicating a
successful sync.
Important: If you press the button twice, you will
need to repeat steps 1 through 4.
4 Test the keyboard. Move the trackball, and see if the
cursor moves.
5 If the keyboard does not operate:
a Check the batteries.
b Repeat steps 1 through 4.
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The system starts and displays the initial Microsoft®
Windows® setup screen for the first power on only. You
will need a mouse and keyboard to navigate the screens.
To set up Windows for the first time:
1 Follow the onscreen instructions for the initial
Microsoft Windows setup.
2 Click Next to set up your system.
3 Select your country/region and language in System
Settings. Change is optional. Click Next.
4 Select your Time Zone. Change is optional.
Click Next.
5 Read the terms and conditions of the End Users
License Agreement and if you agree, accept the
terms and conditions. Click Next.
6 Select Automatic Updates. Click Next.
7 Name your system. Click Next.
8 Select Finish.
9 A countdown displays.
a After the countdown the screen goes blank.
b Do not turn off your system during this one
time setup process. This takes approximately
8 to 10 minutes.
10 Windows restarts automatically.
11 After the system restarts, you will begin the Media
Center first run. See “Media Center First Run” on
page 132.
Initial Setup Wait Time
After you power up your system for the first time and
complete the initial setup, you will see a welcome screen.
This welcome screen will be displayed for one to three
minutes, without any visible sign of system activity. During
this period, your system is completing your account setup
and should not be interrupted.
Please do not power off while the welcome screen is
displayed. After it completes, the desktop will be
displayed and the Media Center Setup Wizard will
automatically launch.
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Initial Configuration
Windows Welcome
Media Center First Run
The initial Media Center setup wizard consists of required
setup and the optional setup.
Required Setup
The system displays the initial Media Center setup wizard
for the first power on or until the Media Center setup is
completed. The wizard includes steps for your network
or broadband connections. Connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to your wired network or
broadband connections before you press the
On/Standby button.
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When Media Center is open, you can press F1
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To set up Media Center for the first time:
1 Follow the onscreen instructions for the initial
Media Center startup wizard. These instructions
include choosing:
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How Media Center connects to the Internet.
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How to join a wireless network, if you have one.
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How to join an existing (wired) network, if you
have one.
2 The wizard sets up the required components. To
continue, set up optional components as required.
See “Optional Setup” on page 133.
This procedure for optional components within the Media
Center wizard can be completed at any time; you can
define or change these settings using the Media Center
settings.
In this portion of the Media Center wizard, you will:
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Configure tuners, TV signal, and Television Program
Guide information.
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Select and adjust Media Center display settings.
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Set up speakers.
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Teach the HP Digital Entertainment Center to control
your cable TV or satellite receiver set-top box.
To set up optional components in Media Center:
1 Follow the onscreen instructions for the Media Center
Optional Components startup wizard.
2 Confirm your country/region.
3 Set up the TV signal, manually or automatically.
Make sure a TV source is connected. The wizard
scans for signals if you select automatic. It also sets
up a set-top box.
4 Set up and download the Television Program Guide.
You need your ZIP or postal code.
5 Choose and, if needed, adjust the display settings.
6 Choose the number of speakers you have. You can
also test the speakers.
7 If you selected 5.1 or 7.1 speakers, or if you are
using S/PDIF (digital), you must set the DVD player
speaker settings. See “Configuring audio for the
DVD player” on page 140.
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When Media Center is open, you can press F1
on the keyboard to open Media Center Help.
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Optional Setup
Using Media Center Setup Wizard for Optional Setup of
your TV Display
If your TV connects to the system using a composite or
S-video connection, the Media Center Setup Wizard
cannot make automatic adjustment of settings for your
TV display. Instead of using the wizard for automatic
adjustment, set the TV display by using the Windows
Desktop Properties. See “Adjusting the Desktop Display”
on page 144.
This automatic adjustment is available during the
Optional Setup, within the option Optimize how Media
Center looks on your display. During the Media Center
Setup Wizard, at the Optional Setup, do the following:
1 Select Optimize how Media Center looks on
your display.
2 Select the display type for Identify Your
Display Type.
3 Select the Connection Type for your TV display.
4 Do the following for your type of video connection:
Video Out
Option
Composite
or
S-video
Action
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Click Next.
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On the next screen, select Keep
my current settings and
continue.
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Click Next.
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See “Adjusting the Desktop
Display” on page 144.
Do not select the option Preview
Automatic Adjustment.
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the wizard can adjust your TV
display.
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If you choose the option Preview Automatic
Adjustment, the screen may appear black or
seem to halt for approximately 20 seconds.
Wait until the wizard screen reappears,
choose “Do not adjust any settings”, click
Next, and then continue with the next step in
this procedure.
Initial Configuration
If Your Connections Don’t Work
You can use Media Center wizards to walk you through
the connection process:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click Settings.
3 Click one of the following topics:
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General
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TV
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Pictures
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Music
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DVD
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Messenger and Caller ID
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Radio
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Help
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
5 If you cannot connect to the Internet, the wizard
displays automatically.
Adjusting the Front Panel Display Brightness
You can adjust the brightness of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center front panel media info display.
This setting does not control the brightness of the
On/Standby (power) button or Media Center
mode status LEDs.
To adjust the front panel display brightness:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
Front Panel.
3 Change the front panel brightness.
4 Set adjustment for manual or automatic. Automatic
changes the display brightness based on room light
level.
5 Click Save.
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Configuring Audio
You may have to optimize your HP Digital Entertainment
Center audio configuration to get the best sound on your
audio system.
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“Connecting Headphones” on page 136
“Connecting a Microphone” on page 136
“Adjusting the Volume” on page 138
“Configuring Audio Output” on page 139
Connecting Headphones
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center comes with a
headphones connector (1/4 inch [6.5 mm]) on the front
panel.
You can connect a mini plug adapter (sold separately)
into the 1/4 inch (6.5 mm) plug to use 1/8 inch (3.5 mm)
mini-jack headphones.
The Audio Out speakers are muted when you plug in the
headphones, but S/PDIF does not mute.
Connecting a Microphone
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center has a microphone
connector on the front panel.
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To select a sound recording device:
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Choose Control Panel.
3 Click Sounds and Audio Devices (or Sounds,
Speech, and Audio Devices). The Sounds and
Audio Devices window opens.
5 In the Sound Recording area, click the Volume
button, and then choose the source for sound
recording.
6 Click OK.
7 Close the window.
4 Click the Audio tab. The window opens.
This window is easier to read on a monitor. You can
lower the display resolution to read the window. You
will need the keyboard and mouse.
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Audio distortion may occur if recording
volume is set too high.
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Selecting recording devices
Adjusting the Volume
To adjust speaker volume, use the:
Locating the volume icon
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Remote control
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TV
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AV receiver
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Buttons on the keyboard
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Volume knob on the speakers
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Volume knob on the subwoofer
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Volume knob on the monitor (if connected)
Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window
opens.
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Volume controls within a program,
such as the volume buttons on the Media Center
navigation bar or on the remote control
This window is easier to read on a monitor. You can
lower the display resolution to read the window. You
will need the keyboard and mouse.
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Volume icon on the taskbar
Double-click and adjust the volume.
If you do not see the Volume icon on the taskbar:
1 Click Start, and then Control Panel. Click
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Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, if it is
available.
2 Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices. The
3 Click the Volume tab. Place a check in the Place
volume icon in the taskbar check box.
4 Click Apply, and then click OK. The Volume icon
appears in the taskbar.
Ensure that the mute box is not checked.
Some applications may play back at low volume, even
when the volume knob is turned to the maximum position.
If this is the case, double-click the Volume icon on the
taskbar and increase the volume.
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Volume cannot be controlled from the
HP Digital Entertainment Center remote
control if the S/PDIF digital audio out
connects to your AV receiver. Control the
sound from your AV receiver.
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Configuring Audio Output
You must adjust the audio settings in two places after you
have installed and connected the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your audio system.
Configure both the Media Center speaker settings and
audio for the DVD player.
The following table shows which procedures to perform
for your audio system. If you set up speakers using the
Media Center Optional Components wizard, then set up
the audio for the DVD player only.
Media Center
speaker
settings
(TV Audio)
DVD audio
setting
Procedure
2
(default)
2 speakers;
Dolby Surround
Compatible
(default)
Default, no audio output configuration required.
5.1
5.1
Change settings. See “Configuring audio for Media Center” on
page 140 and “Configuring audio for the DVD player” on page 140.
7.1
7.1
Change settings. See “Configuring audio for Media Center” on
page 140 and “Configuring audio for the DVD player” on page 140.
Digital Audio
S/PDIF on
(default)
Digital Audio
S/PDIF off
(default)
Change settings. See “Configuring audio for the DVD player” on
page 140.
If you use digital audio, the Media Center S/PDIF default setting is on,
but the DVD Player S/PDIF default setting is OFF. You must change the
DVD S/PDIF default setting to ON to hear all channels in DVD digital
audio.
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Configuring audio for Media Center
To configure multichannel audio output for Media Center
audio:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click Settings, General, Media Center Setup,
and then Setup your Speakers. The Speaker
Setup screen displays.
3 Click Next.
4 Under Specify how many speakers you have, select
the speaker number that matches your system. For
example, select 5.1. Click Next.
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Reduce the volume level before changing
channels. Exercise particular caution when
changing from ATSC to NTSC channels. Your
analog NTSC channel audio levels may be
noticeably higher than your SD/HDTV
channel audio levels. The channel sound
volume is controlled by the content provider.
5 Select Test. If you hear tones from all your speakers,
click Next. If you do not hear tones from all your
speakers, follow the onscreen instructions.
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6 Click Finish.
If your speaker configuration is not
displayed, click the Sound Effect (speaker)
icon in the desktop system tray.
Configuring audio for the DVD player
To configure multichannel audio output for the Media
Center DVD playback:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click Settings, DVD, Audio, and then
Configuration.
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3 Set sound output to match your speaker system.
For example, select 5.1 for analog audio
connections. If you have a digital audio connection,
select S/PDIF.
4 Click Save.
You may have to optimize your HP Digital Entertainment
Center video configuration to get the best image on your
TV/display screen.
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“Configuring Video Output” on page 141
“Dual screen” on page 142
“Adjusting the Desktop Display” on page 144
“Finding ATSC HDTV and Standard TV Channels” on
page 151
“Tuning the Desktop Display” on page 151
Configuring Video Output
You can configure your HP Digital Entertainment Center
video for dual-display. For instance, you can view the
screen on your TV and your monitor if both are
connected. You can also set up additional displays. See
“Video Out to TV and Monitor” on page 67 to connect
your TV and monitor.
If you have a multichannel sound system, and the
broadcast is only 2-channel, you may not hear all the
sound; you may need to change your audio settings to
2.0/2.1. Then change the settings back for multichannel
broadcasts.
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Your TV and monitor must be connected to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center before
turning on the power to see the display on
two screens.
Video software can change periodically; check HP
Support for updates. Go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number.
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Configuring Video
Dual screen
The HP Digital Entertainment Center can connect more
than one display device (CRT monitor, flat panel monitor,
TV, and so on) to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
The display defaults to the monitor after turn on if you
have two displays connected. You must set up the TV
manually. This is also called “cloning”. The screen
resolution may change if you switch to two displays.
See “Viewing the screen image on a second display” on
page 142.
Changing screens
Once you have configured for dual screen, you can
quickly change where the HP Digital Entertainment Center
desktop appears by pressing Alt+F5. (Press the Alt key
and the F5 key on the keyboard at the same time.)
Each time you press the Alt+F5 key combination, the
HP Digital Entertainment Center desktop appears on the
next device. If Alt+F5 does not work, restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center and try again.
Viewing the screen image on a second display
To view your HP Digital Entertainment Center screen
image on a second TV or monitor:
.
1 Make sure the video and audio cables are
connected before you turn on the TV and the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
2 Turn on the TV. Press the Video/TV button on the
TV remote control to select the Video input.
3 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
4 Right-click on the desktop, and click nVidia
Display in the dialog box. The Properties window
opens.
Properties window
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left side list.
6 Select Clone from the nView Display Mode drop
8 Click Apply.
9 When the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the
setting. You have 15 seconds to accept this new
setting before it reverts to the previous setting.
down menu.
7 Select the Primary and secondary displays from the
drop down menu.
10 Click the OK button to save changes. Click OK
again to close the window.
Disabling the dual screen option
When you want to disconnect the TV from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, you may need to disable the dual
screen option to return your HP Digital Entertainment
Center display to its original resolution.
To disable the TV or monitor dual screen option and view
your HP Digital Entertainment Center image on the
original display:
1 Right-click on the desktop, and click nVidia
Display in the dialog box. The Properties window
opens.
2 Ensure nView Display Settings is selected in the
left side list.
3 Select Single Display from the nView Display
4 When the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the
setting. You have 15 seconds to accept this new
setting before it reverts to the previous setting.
5 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click
OK again to close the Display Properties window.
Mode drop down menu.
Disconnecting the TV
To disconnect the TV:
1 Disable the TV option. See “Disabling the dual
screen option” on page 141.
3 Remove the video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center Video Out and TV In.
2 Turn off the TV and the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
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5 Ensure nView Display Settings is selected in the
Adjusting the Desktop Display
Some tasks on the HP Digital Entertainment Center require
that you leave Media Center and use the Windows XP
desktop. Because Windows XP is not specifically
designed for TV, some messages and dialogs on the
desktop may be difficult to read on some TVs.
Lowering the display resolution can make messages and
dialogs easier to read by enlarging the text.
This procedure is an example only and may vary
depending on your TV/display type, supported formats,
and video out connections. You may have to perform the
procedure more than once to optimize the image.
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This setup procedure is advanced. Knowledge
of video concepts and computer terms is
helpful. Follow the steps carefully. Your TV/
display may require settings and
configurations different than those listed in
the following procedures.
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You can adjust the display using:
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The Media Center wizard. See “Adjusting the
Display in Media Center” on page 145.
Or
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From the desktop. See “Adjusting the Display from
the Desktop” on page 149.
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You may have to perform this procedure
before and after playing a commercial DVD
video in component video, due to copy
protection measures.
Before you begin, verify that the video equipment is
properly connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center
and turned on, and ensure that your TV screen is set to
normal mode (not letter-box, wide, or re-sized).
To adjust the video settings in Media Center:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
3 Click Display/Connection Wizard.
4 Verify that the video equipment is properly connected
to the HP Digital Entertainment Center and turned on.
Check the boxes. Click Next.
Video Settings.
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Use the arrow keys to select Next if the lower
buttons are not visible.
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5 Verify the TV/display type. Click Next.
Flat panel
display
shown.
6 Verify the video out connection type. As required,
select the correct connection to match the back
panel, by clicking on a video out connector such as
video (composite), S-video, component video, VGA
or DVI. Click Next.
Component
video output
shown.
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7 Select the screen resolution definition type that is
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supported by your TV/display. Click Next.
This screen may vary or not appear, depending on
the type of TV/display and video connection.
Your settings
may vary.
8 Verify that the settings are correct. Click Preview.
The changed video settings display.
Your settings
may vary.
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9 Click Yes to apply the settings. The screen may
flicker for a few seconds while the settings change.
If the new setting is not correct, wait for 15 seconds
and the previous screen will display.
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You may also need to perform the HDTV
Overscan procedure, depending on the type
of TV/display and video connection.
10 Click Finish.
DVD Playback
You may have to perform the Adjusting the Desktop
Display procedure before and after playing a commercial
DVD video in component video, due to copy protection
measures.
To play a commercial DVD video in component video, the
resolution format must be set to 480i or 480p. The DVD
will not play after it is inserted into the drive, and you
may see an error message when you try to play the DVD
in component video and the resolution format is set above
480i or 480p.
To play a commercial DVD video, in component video, in
Media Center:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
Video Settings.
3 Click DVD Mode (480p). (Select this mode only if
your TV supports 480p mode.)
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You may have to perform the “Adjusting the
Desktop Display” procedure before and after
playing a commercial DVD video in
component video, due to copy protection
measures.
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4 After playing the commercial DVD video in
component video, perform the Adjusting the Desktop
Display procedure to return the desktop image and
Media Center to a higher resolution format. See
“Adjusting the Desktop Display” on page 144.
You can also use the following procedures to adjust the
TV video settings. These procedures are examples only
and may vary depending on your TV/display type,
supported formats, and video out connections. You may
have to perform the procedure more than once to
optimize the image.
You can use this window to adjust the TV video image in
composite, S-video, or component video out. This window
is not available for single displays in DVI or VGA video
out. Use the Media Center HP Settings wizard to adjust
these displays.
Before you begin, verify that the video equipment is
properly connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center
and turned on, and ensure that your TV screen is set to
normal mode (not letter-box, wide or re-sized).
To adjust the video settings from the Windows desktop:
1 Right-click on the desktop, and click nVidia
Display and the TV/display in the dialog box.
The GeForce window opens.
2 Select TV Settings from the left side list.
3 Select the Signal format to a type that is supported
by your TV/display. (For commercial DVD playback
in component video, select: 480i or 480p.)
4 Click Apply (or click OK to save changes).
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If the lower buttons are not visible, right-click
the top bar and select move to move the
window and access the buttons.
5 Perform HDTV Overscan Configuration, as required.
See “HDTV Overscan Configuration” on page 150.
The HDTV Overscan Configuration window may
open, depending on the type of TV/display and
video connection.
6 When the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the
setting. The screen may flicker for a few seconds
while the settings change.
You have 15 seconds to accept this new setting
before it reverts to the previous setting. If the new
setting is not correct, wait for 15 seconds and the
previous screen will display.
7 Click the OK button to save changes. Click OK
again to close the window.
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Adjusting the Display from the Desktop
HDTV Overscan Configuration
To use underscan to show the entire Windows desktop:
1 Right click on the desktop, select nVidia Display,
and click HDTV Overscan Configuration in the
dialog box. The HDTV Overscan Configuration
window opens.
This screen may vary or not appear, depending on
the type of TV/display and video connection.
2 Select Use underscan to show the entire
Windows desktop.
3 Click Apply (or click OK to save the changes).
4 When the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the
setting. You have 15 seconds to accept this new
setting before it reverts to the previous setting. If the
new setting is not correct, wait for 15 seconds and
the previous screen will display.
5 Click the OK button to save changes. Click OK
again to close the window.
You cannot use HDTV Overscan Configuration for 480i
or 480p.
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After you complete the Media Center and Digital TV setup
wizards and then download your TV Program Guide, the
Media Center TV Program Guide may display incorrect
ATSC DTV channels. Some channels may have an
incorrect channel number and other channels may not be
displayed at all. These HDTV channels may be available
in your area, but they may not be listed in the Media
Center TV Program Guide.
To view or record HDTV content, you need an HP Digital
Entertainment Center with ATSC tuner (included) and
UHF/VHF antenna (sold separately).
A more complete ATSC TV channel guide may be
available from third party providers, such as Titan TV. For
more information, see the Media Center Online Spotlight.
Broadcasters sometimes use two channels:
one for Standard TV (NTSC) and one for HDTV
(ATSC DTV). An HDTV channel can broadcast
several programs at the same time.
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Tuning the Desktop Display
The HP Digital Entertainment Center desktop default
screen resolution is 800 by 600 pixels. In the default
format, the Windows desktop on your TV/display screen
may show a black border around it. You may also see
that the video image is larger than your TV/display
(overscan).
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Only advanced users should attempt to
perform this procedure. If you cannot see a
screen image, go to http://www.hp.com/
support and select your model number for
detailed information on advanced video setup.
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Finding ATSC HDTV and Standard TV
Channels
Adjusting the Video Image
To optimize the HP Digital Entertainment Center video
image so it best fits your TV screen, do the following:
1 Right-click on the desktop, and click nVidia
Display in the dialog box. The Properties window
opens.
2 Select Screen resolutions and refresh rates
from the left side list. Adjust the Screen resolution
and Monitor settings as required.
3 Click Apply.
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to accept this new setting before it reverts to the
previous setting.
5 Select Color Correction from the left side list.
Adjust the brightness and contrast slider bars as
required.
6 Click Apply.
7 Click Yes to keep the setting. You have 15 seconds
to accept this new setting before it reverts to the
previous setting.
8 Close the Properties window.
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4 Click Yes to keep the setting. You have 15 seconds
Configuring the System
You can customize your HP Digital Entertainment Center
system settings.
See:
“Configuring the Keyboard Buttons” on page 154
“Registering with HP” on page 155
“Setting Up Virus Protection” on page 155
“Transferring Information from Your Old PC to Your HP
Digital Entertainment Center” on page 155
“Installing Software” on page 156
“Utility Programs” on page 156
Configuring the Keyboard Buttons
You can configure some of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center shortcut keyboard buttons.
1 Click Start on the taskbar, choose Control Panel,
and then click Printers and Other Hardware, if
it is available.
2 Double-click Keyboard.
3 In the Keyboard Properties window that opens, click
the Buttons tab.
4 Double-click the button you want to change.
5 Choose the button capability from the drop-down list.
Enter the Display label and Address information.
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For a Web site, enter the complete Web site URL
in the Address box. Example:
http://www.hp.com/support
6 Click OK.
7 On the Buttons tab, click Apply. Repeat steps 4
through 6 for other buttons.
8 Click OK when you are finished.
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To register with HP to receive changes, updates, and
support:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Support, and then
3 Follow onscreen instructions, using the keyboard and
trackball.
You can also register with HP in the following ways:
■
Double-click the registration icon on your desktop,
and follow onscreen instructions.
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Register online at:
Register Now.
http://register.hp.com
Setting Up Virus Protection
You should use virus protection if you connect to the
Internet. Refer to the Media Center Edition 2005 Software
Guide to set up the virus protection software.
Transferring Information from Your Old PC
to Your HP Digital Entertainment Center
See the built-in Microsoft Windows Help and Support
Center; search for transfer wizard and select the overview
article, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Overview. This
information describes a Microsoft solution for moving
your files to your new HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Registering with HP
Installing Software
After you turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center the
first time and then restart it, you can install any additional
software programs that came on CDs or DVDs included in
the HP Digital Entertainment Center box (select
models only).
Choose software that is compatible with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center; check the operating system,
memory, and other requirements listed for the new
software for compatibility with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
You may wish to install additional software programs or
hardware devices on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center after
installation.
Install the new software according to the directions
provided by the software manufacturer. Check the
manufacturer’s documentation or customer service
information for help if you need it.
Utility Programs
HP Settings
HP provides special utility programs in the HP Digital
Entertainment Center Media Center that configure the
desktop display, adjust front panel brightness, and setup
the HP Personal Media Drive.
To use Media Center utility programs:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs and then HP Settings.
3 Select a program or folder:
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DVD
■
Front Panel
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HP Media Drive
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Video Settings
HP provides special utility programs in the PC Help &
Tools folder that display support information and initiate
Application or System Recovery.
To use utility programs:
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, and then PC
Help & Tools.
2 Select a program or folder:
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HP Application Recovery
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HP Support Information
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HP PC System Recovery
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PC Doctor
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Safety and Comfort Guide
■
System Restore
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System utilities
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Troubleshooting
Chapter Contents:
To solve audio problems, see “Audio” on page 160.
To solve video problems, see “Video” on page 162.
To solve system problems, see “System” on page 164.
For other sources of information, see “Getting Help” on
page 170.
Troubleshooting
This section contains possible solutions for some problems
you may be experiencing with the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Problems and Solutions
Audio
Find the description that most closely matches your audio
problem, and try the corresponding solution.
Problem
Solution
I don’t have sound
from my speakers.
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Use active, powered speakers or speakers with an amplifier.
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Verify sound cable connections.
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Check Volume and Mute settings. See “Adjusting the Volume” on page 138.
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Reconfigure the software for surround sound. See “Configuring Audio Output” on
page 139.
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Reinstall the sound card drivers by using Application Recovery. See the Warranty
and Support Guide that came with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
I have low volume
sound from my
speakers.
■
Check volume and mute settings. See “Adjusting the Volume” on page 138.
■
Some programs may result in low volume, even when the volume setting within the
program is turned to the maximum position. If this is the case, double-click the
Volume icon on the taskbar and increase volume.
My TV audio
volume increases
or decreases when
I change channels.
Reduce the volume level before changing channels. Exercise particular caution when
changing from ATSC to NTSC channels. Your analog NTSC channel audio levels may
be noticeably higher than your SD/HDTV channel audio levels. The channel sound
volume is controlled by the content provider.
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Solution
The HP Digital
Entertainment
Center doesn’t
make any sound.
■
Check that the AV receiver or powered speakers are turned on and are set to the
proper input.
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Increase the volume on the AV receiver or the HP Digital Entertainment Center
remote control.
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Press the Mute button on the HP Digital Entertainment Center keyboard or on the
remote control to see if the Mute feature is turned on.
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Use the keyboard controls to increase the volume.
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Click the Volume icon on the Windows taskbar. Increase the volume, and make
sure the Mute box is not checked.
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Double-click the Volume icon on the Windows taskbar. The Play Control window
opens. Make sure none of the Mute check boxes are selected. Adjust the volume
slide bars to increase volume.
■
If your speakers have a Power button, check whether it is turned on and whether
the power supply is connected to the power source.
■
Check the speaker connections.
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Remove any connected headphones.
Surround sound
isn’t working.
Troubleshooting
Problem
See “Configuring Audio Output” on page 139.
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Video
Find the description that most closely matches your
problem, and try the corresponding solution.
Problem
Solution
I am using a TV with
the HP Digital
Entertainment
Center, but I cannot
see anything.
■
Check that the correct input source is selected on the TV.
■
Check that the TV is connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Video
Out to TV” on page 64.
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Check that the TV Out image is enabled. See “Configuring Video” on page 141.
I cannot see
anything on the TV. I
can hear it, though.
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If the Video Output S-video and composite connections are not connected to a TV
or Video Input when the HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned on, the S-video
and composite jacks will turn off automatically. You must turn off, by pressing and
holding down the On/Standby (power) button for 4 seconds, and restart your HP
Digital Entertainment Center to ensure Video Out connection to your TV or AV
receiver.
■
Check your input switches.
My HDTV displays a
distorted screen
instead of a blank
screen (blue or
dark). The screen
may be cropped or
display dark
borders.
■
Refer to http://www.hp.com/support for additional information on
adjusting the display or updating the drivers.
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If you see a blank screen, you cannot perform recovery or certain activities with
DVI. Change your Video Out connection to VGA or S-video, recover your system,
and then reconnect the DVI connection.
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Connect a monitor to your HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Video Out to TV
and Monitor” on page 69.
My screen flickers
during startup.
If your TV is connected with S-video or composite video out connection, the screen
may flicker/flash during power-on to windows desktop process. Wait; the screen
should display normally after the desktop displays.
The HP Digital
Entertainment Center
doesn’t recognize
my digital video
camera.
See “Recognizing the digital video camcorder” on page 111.
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Solution
My remote control
doesn’t work.
■
Check that the remote control indicator light on the remote lights up when you
press a button. If it does not, replace the batteries.
■
Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed
correctly.
■
Make sure the front of the remote sensor on the HP Digital Entertainment Center is
not blocked (behind display window).
■
Point the remote control at the HP Digital Entertainment Center (not at the TV)
within a 45-degree angle range, and less than 26 feet (8 meters) away.
■
If a pressed key repeats itself (or sticks), try altering the lighting conditions in the
room or moving the location of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
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
HP Digital Entertainment Center, and then open Media Center again.
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If the remote control works in Media Center but not when changing channels, you
need to reconfigure the Media Center software settings for the cable set-top box
or satellite receiver. Refer to the Media Center Edition 2005 Software Guide.
My remote sensor is
not receiving a
signal from the
remote control.
If a faint red light does not appear when you point the remote control at the front
panel remote sensor and press a button, try the following:
■
Check that the remote control indicator light on the remote lights up when you
press a button. If it does not, replace the batteries.
Or
1 Click Start on the desktop, right-click My Computer, and then select
Properties.
2 Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
3 Click the plus (+) sign next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
4 If the eHome Infrared Receiver is listed under Universal Serial Bus Controllers,
Windows is properly detecting the IR receiver. If it is not listed, go to the next step.
5 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Remove all external USB devices.
Remove the power cord for 30 seconds. Then reconnect external devices and
power. Repeat steps 1–4.
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Problem
System
Find the description that most closely matches your
problem, and try the corresponding solution.
Problem
Solution
My HP Digital
Entertainment Center
won’t turn on at all.
■
When you press the On button on the front of the HP Digital Entertainment
Center, the following events should happen:
a The HP On/Standby (power) button should light and the front display
should light up.
b The hard disk drive and fans spin.
c
■
The HP Digital Entertainment Center makes one beep, indicating it is
operating properly.
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center doesn’t go through the previous
procedure, check the following:
a The power cord and all cables are securely plugged into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
b The power cord is plugged into a grounded outlet. Check to see whether
the outlet works by plugging another item into it.
c
Look inside the rear fan. If you see a green LED, then AC power is
available.
d The TV or monitor is connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center,
plugged in, and turned on.
e Make sure that the HP Digital Entertainment Center is not too hot, and that
vents are not blocked.
I installed a new printer
or other device, and it
won’t work.
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■
Be sure that you installed the device drivers that came with the new device.
■
You may need an updated driver for Windows XP. For non-HP peripherals,
contact the vendor directly. For HP peripherals, visit the HP Web site. Refer to
the Warranty and Support Guide for details.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Problem
Solution
The HP Digital
Entertainment Center
(or part of it) doesn’t
seem to be working.
■
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is in standby mode (the On button power
indicator light is solid amber). Press the Standby button on the keyboard or
the Standby button on the remote control to turn on the unit.
■
Make sure the keyboard syncs with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
“Syncing the Keyboard” on page 130.
■
Try restarting the HP Digital Entertainment Center as follows:
n
b Click Turn Off Computer.
c
■
Click Restart.
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center shows no response to mouse or
keyboard actions, reset the HP Digital Entertainment Center:
a Press and hold the On button for more than 4 seconds until the HP Digital
Entertainment Center turns off.
b Wait a few seconds, and turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center back on.
■
A software program, software driver, or the operating system software may
be corrupted, erased, or damaged. You can use Application Recovery or
System Recovery to reinstall the software. Refer to the Warranty and Support
Guide that came with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
It’s possible that a voltage spike, power outage, or brownout has occurred.
Symptoms of voltage spikes include a flickering video display, unexpected
HP Digital Entertainment Center startups, and the HP Digital Entertainment
Center not responding to your commands. A voltage spike can occasionally
corrupt or destroy files, so it is a good idea to consistently make backup
copies of your data files. Prevent voltage spikes by installing a surge
suppressor between the power outlet and the HP Digital Entertainment Center
power cord.
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Troubleshooting
Using the On
button to reset
the HP Digital
Entertainment
Center is not
recommended
and should be
used only as a
last resort.
a Click Start on the taskbar.
Problem
Solution
When I push one of the
special or multimedia
buttons on the
keyboard, nothing
happens.
■
Check that the standard keyboard keys and mouse work properly.
Or
■
Check the button configuration.
To configure the button:
1
2
3
4
5
Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, if it is available.
Double-click Keyboard.
In the Keyboard Properties window that opens, click the Buttons tab.
Double-click the button you want to change. The button configuration window
opens.
6 Choose the button capability from the drop-down list. Enter the Display label
and the Address information. (For a Web site, enter the complete Web site URL
in the Address box.)
7 Click OK and then on the Buttons tab, click Apply.
8 Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each button you want to configure.
9 Click OK when you are finished configuring the keyboard.
My keyboard or the
trackball doesn’t work
even though the HP
Digital Entertainment
Center and TV or
monitor seem to work.
■
Make sure the keyboard syncs with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
“Syncing the Keyboard” on page 130.
■
Try restarting the HP Digital Entertainment Center as follows:
a Click Start on the taskbar.
b Click Turn Off Computer.
c
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Click Restart.
Problem
Solution
The TV or monitor
doesn’t work, even
though the HP Digital
Entertainment Center
appears to.
■
Make sure the TV or monitor is turned on — it has its own Power button.
■
Make sure the proper TV or monitor input is selected.
■
Check the cable connection between the monitor and the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. The cable connectors must be pushed in all the way
prior to powering on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Ensure that the cables to your monitor and your TV connect to the Video Out
connectors on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Make sure the monitor power cord is plugged into a grounded outlet. Check
to see whether the outlet works by plugging another item into it. (If the light
on the front of the monitor is lit, the monitor is getting power.)
■
Try restarting the HP Digital Entertainment Center as follows:
a Click Start on the taskbar.
c
■
Click Restart.
Adjust the brightness and contrast controls on the monitor.
My software
stopped working.
Refer to the Warranty and Support Guide that came with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to reinstall a software program. If your program came on
a CD, follow the instructions that came with the software to reinstall it.
I cannot remove a
CD or DVD.
You cannot remove a CD or DVD after you have turned off the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and press the
Eject button to extend the tray.
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b Click Turn Off Computer.
Problem
Solution
The memory card
reader won’t read my
memory cards.
■
The memory card reader is a device that uses the Safely Remove Hardware
task. This appears as a Windows system tray icon next to the time. Do not
click Stop in the Safely Remove Hardware window. If you do click Stop, the
drive is disconnected. If this happens, restart the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
■
Do not insert or remove memory cards when the in-use light is flashing. To do
so may cause data loss, or it may permanently damage the card reader.
■
Format a memory card before you use it. Click Start, and then click My
Computer. Under Removable Storage, right-click the memory card icon and
select Format. Click Start. Click OK on the Format Complete Window, and
then click Close to finish.
■
Some cards have a read/write or security switch on the card. Make sure
the read/write switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write
data to it.
■
Make sure the amount of data you are storing has not exceeded the storage
limit of the card.
■
Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash I/II
and Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia, Secure
Digital, SmartMedia, or /xD.
■
Make sure the memory card is fully inserted into the correct slot.
■
Remove the memory card when the light is not flashing, and shine a flashlight
into the empty slot. If any of the pins are bent, have the HP Digital
Entertainment Center serviced if a pin is touching another pin.
■
Inspect the ends of the memory cards for dirt or material closing a hole or
spoiling a metal contact. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small
amounts of isopropyl alcohol. Replace the memory card if necessary.
■
Your file may be corrupt or in an unsupported format. Open the video file in
a video editor such as WinDVD Creator, and then resave the file in a
supported format.
■
There may be a problem with the codec. For more information, look in
Windows Media Player Help, and then search for codec.
My video is
experiencing errors.
Codec errors are
occurring when I
play certain files.
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Codec is an abbreviation for compressor-decompressor. A codec is software or
hardware used to compress and decompress digital media.
If you get a codec error when playing an audio file, open the file in Windows
Media Player. Configure Windows Media Player to automatically download
codecs. You must be connected to the Internet to download the codec file.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Solution
My DVD
won’t play.
■
You can put data files on a DVD to store them or transfer them to another
HP Digital Entertainment Center. However, data files on a DVD do not play in
a DVD player. Rerecord your files to a file format that can be read by some
DVD players.
■
If you are using component video output, you may need to change the
configuration. See “Component Video Settings” on page 60. Refer to
http://www.hp.com/support for additional information on using
component video.
■
Check your DVD country/region.
My DVD won’t play a
DVD audio disk.
This format is not supported by the DVD player.
I keep running out of
disk space.
■
Burn some big files to DVD and remove them from your hard disk drive.
■
Upgrade your hard disk drive. The hard disk drive is user replaceable.
I am getting disk
errors.
■
Run disk recovery.
■
Replace your hard disk drive. The hard disk drive is user replaceable.
My music files
don’t appear in the
Media Library.
■
Make sure you use Windows Media Player to add your music files to the
Media Library.
■
Check whether the Windows Media Player setting for access rights of other
applications is set to No access. It must be set to Read only or Full access for
your music files to appear. Refer to Windows Media Player Help for more
information
■
Use supported audio file formats. Refer to the HP Tunes library.
n
If you need more information about using or
troubleshooting Media Center, refer to the
Media Center online Help or Help and
Support in the Start menu.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Getting Help
Help and Support Center
For help, press the Help button on your
keyboard, or click Start on the taskbar and
select Help and Support.
The Help and Support Center is onscreen
Help information about your HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Here you can find:
■
Links to reinstall drivers.
■
Access to technical support options.
■
Answers to commonly asked questions about your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To open the Help and Support Center:
1 Press the Help button on your keyboard (the ?
button).
Or
Start Media Center. Click the Help (?) icon at
the top left of the screen.
Or
Click Start on the taskbar, and click Help and
Support.
HP Support
HP Support provides important support information
about your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Here you can find:
■
Your product number, model number, and serial
number.
■
Registration information and link (monitor, keyboard,
and mouse recommended).
■
Where to find more information about your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To open HP Support:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, and then HP Support.
3 Select a program or folder:
■
Register Now
■
An HP Digital Entertainment Center hardware test.
■
Learn More
■
How to contact HP.
■
Test Hardware
■
Contact HP
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Warranty and Support Guide
See the HP Digital Entertainment Center Warranty and
Support Guide, included with the documentation, for
detailed information on:
■
HP Web site Support addresses
■
Application and System Recovery programs
■
HP Support telephone numbers
■
The terms of your HP limited warranty
■
HP Customer Care information
■
License information
■
HP Web site Online Guide addresses
■
Software patches
■
Online Information and technical support for your
HP Digital Entertainment Center
■
Online manuals for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center
HP Web Site Support
■
Supplemental information about the HP Digital
Entertainment Center and products
■
HP Support contact information
■
Software updates
To use the HP Web site:
1 Connect to the Internet:
3 Select your country/region from the drop-down list.
Press the arrow button next to the list.
Open your Web browser.
Or
Press Connect on your keyboard.
4 Use the Web site addresses listed in the Warranty
and Support Guide for information about your
HP Digital Entertainment Center and your technical
support needs.
2 Access the HP Support Web site. Type
http://www.hp.com/support into the Web
browser address box. Press Enter.
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The HP Web site provides:
HP Customer Care
You can get help over the telephone from HP. When you
call HP Customer Care, have your model number and
serial number available.
See the keyboard or the Warranty and Support Guide for
the support telephone numbers.
Online Guides
You can find online guides and information for your
HP Digital Entertainment Center. To view online manuals
for your HP Digital Entertainment Center, go to the
Support Web address that is listed in the Warranty and
Support Guide that came with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, and then search for your product
name and number.
Online manuals are associated with specific HP Digital
Entertainment Center model numbers. Some models may
not have online manuals.
Application and System Recovery Programs
The HP Digital Entertainment Center uses the operating
system and installed software programs during normal
operation. If your HP Digital Entertainment Center works
improperly or stops because of the software, you may be
able to repair it by restarting the HP Digital Entertainment
Center, using System Restore, or using other methods
including the System Recovery programs.
Recovery discs (DVDs) are included with the HP Digital
Entertainment Center system. You need recovery discs for
some repairs that use the system recovery programs.
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For instructions on using recovery discs, repairing and
recovering your software, and more information, refer to
the Warranty and Support Guide that came with your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Problems with software programs may be caused by
corruption or damage to an individual program
(application or software driver) or to part of the operating
system software.
Updates from HP
HP may send updated information or patches to your
desktop (not available in all countries/regions). You must
be connected to the Internet to receive these updates. If
you have turned off the Updates from HP feature, you will
not receive these updates.
To turn updates back on:
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, and then
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Help & Tools.
2 Click Updates from HP, and then click
Re-enable Updates from HP.
Microsoft Web Site
Search the Microsoft Web site
(http://www.support.microsoft.com) for
Knowledge Base articles and updates on Microsoft®
Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004.
You can also use the Online Spotlight link to get to the
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Web site.
To get the latest news and information about your
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center program:
1 Press the Media Center button on your remote
control.
2 Select Online Spotlight from the Media Center
Start menu.
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Appendix A:
Replacing the Hard Disk Drive
Important Information About
Recorded TV Programs
When you replace the hard disk drive, you lose any files
or software that you created, saved, or installed on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. Because of this, you also
lose a special code that Microsoft includes in the files of
recorded TV programs. Without the code, Media Center
cannot play TV programs previously recorded to disk or
copied to DVD or to other media.
For more information about safeguarding your recorded
TV programs, refer to the Media Center Edition 2005
Software Guide.
Procedure
Before you begin
Replace the internal hard disk drive only if it has failed.
Do not replace the internal hard disk drive until HP
support has diagnosed it as the point of failure. HP
recommends to upgrade hard disk drive capacity using
the HP Personal Media Drive.
w
Before you begin to replace the internal hard disk drive:
1 Make sure you have the recovery discs (DVDs)
included with the HP Digital Entertainment Center
system.
2 Back up your data to the Personal Media Drive or
burn it to DVD.
3 Close Media Center and all other programs that may
4 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
5 Disconnect the power cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
6 Disconnect all other cables from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
be accessing the hard disk drive.
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Appendix A: Replacing
the Hard Disk Drive
Only advanced users should attempt to
perform this procedure.
Removal
To remove the internal hard disk drive:
1 Turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center
4 Disconnect the hard disk drive cables.
upside down.
2 Remove the hard disk drive cover from the chassis.
After loosening the screw, slide the hard disk drive in
the direction of the screw.
A
B
5 Remove the hard disk drive screws.
A
3 Lift up the hard disk drive from the chassis.
B
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To replace the internal hard disk drive:
1 Replace the old hard disk drive with the new hard
disk drive.
4 Place the hard disk drive into the chassis. Position the
metal tabs.
2 Replace the hard disk drive screws. Tighten the
screws an additional half-turn only after the screws
contact the rubber washer.
B
A
3 Reconnect the hard disk drive cables.
5 Replace the hard disk drive cover on the chassis.
A
Appendix A: Replacing
the Hard Disk Drive
B
Appendix A: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive
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6 Turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center right
side up.
7 Reconnect the power cable and all other cables to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
8 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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9 Test the HP Digital Entertainment Center for proper
operation.
10 Recover your system using the recovery disk.
11 Restore your data.
Index
1/4 inch headphones 136
1394 7, 109
2.0 multichannel audio system 41
2.1 Home Stereo Installation 42
2.1 home stereo installation 41, 42
2.1 multichannel audio system 42
2.1 powered speaker 49
4.1 Home Theater Audio 43
4.1 powered speaker 50
5.1 home theater audio 44
5.1 multichannel audio system 44
5.1 powered speaker 51
5/4.1 home audio installation 43
7.1 Home Theater Audio 45
7.1 multichannel audio system 45
7.1 powered speaker 52
802.11 b/g 117
9-in-1 card readers 5
A
active (powered) speakers 48
Additional equipment 32
adjusting
desktop display resolution 144
front panel brightness 135
speaker volume 138
Adjusting the Volume 138
Alt+F5 142
Analog Camcorder 112
Antenna (ATSC) 81
Antenna (NTSC and ATSC) 82
Antenna Connection 80
for FM radio 56
antennaweb.org 73
Application and System Recovery 172
Application Recovery 157
ATSC 73, 74
antenna 73
from VHF/UHF antenna 78
HDTV Channels 151
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out 6
audio configuration 136
Audio Connection
Typical 38
audio files
codec errors 168
do not appear in Media Library 169
Audio In connection 55
Audio Output 139
Audio Problems and Solutions 160
audio settings 139
Audio system equipment 32
Audio/Video flow 21
Index
Numerics
B
back panel
location of connections 6
system diagram 22
video connector locations 76
Basic Setup 27
Basic TV audio setup (2.0) 39
batteries 13
installing in keyboard 128
installing in remote control 16
replacing in keyboard 13
type
for keyboard 13
for remote control 16
before you start
additional items necessary 32
cables you may need 31
components supplied 29
safety information 17
Benefits 2
Brightness 135
brightness, adjusting front panel display 135
broadband Internet 113
Broadband Internet equipment 32
button functions, remote control 14
buttons
configuring keyboard 154
Index
179
C
Cabinet back 26
Cabinet Front 25
Cable (NTSC) and UHF Antenna (ATSC) 83
cable box 71
cable modem 119, 120
cable modem, connecting 119
Cable Only (NTSC) 88
cable receiver
dual tuner option 72
setting up using Media Center 132
Cable/Antenna In 8
cables
included 30
not included 31
Camcorder 104
camcorders 101
camera
connecting digital still 121
connecting digital video 109
capture 112
Center/Subwoofer 6
Changing screens 142
clearances, space for HP Digital Entertainment Center 28
cloning 142
Coaxial Splitter 30
codec errors 168
Color Correction 153
combination of Video 69
combinations 69
CompactFlash I/II 5
component video 60
Component Video Out 7
Component Video Settings 60
Composite 7
composite 75
Configuring Audio 136
for Media Center 140
for the DVD player 140
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configuring Media Center
audio settings 139
for cable or satellite receiver 132
for DVD player 140
for multichannel audio 140
for optional display 133
for your speaker setup 133
for your TV tuner and program guide 133
front panel display brightness 135
selecting recording devices 137
Configuring the Keyboard Buttons 154
Configuring the System 154
Configuring Video 141
Configuring Video Output and Source 141
Connecting
headphones 136
TV Audio 39
VCRs 101
connecting
2.0 speaker system 41
2.1 speaker system
with passive speakers 42
with powered speakers 49
4.1 speaker system
with passive speakers 43
with powered speakers 50
5.1 speaker system
with digital input on AV receiver 46
with digital speakers 53
with passive speakers 44
with powered speakers 51
7.1 speaker system
with passive speakers 45
with powered speakers 52
antenna, broadcast TV 80, 81, 82
cable boxes, two 86, 91
digital audio to AV receiver 46
DSL/cable modem 119
DVD player 103
D
data files on DVDs, troubleshooting 169
Desktop Display 151
Desktop resolution 60
Device Manager 111
Digital 5.1 multichannel audio system 47
digital audio cable 46
digital audio system 53
digital audio, 5.1 supported formats 46
Digital home theater audio 46
Digital powered speaker 53
Digital Speakers 53
connecting 53
Digital Still Camera 121, 122
connection 121
Digital TV for Windows 74
Digital Video Camcorder 109
back panel 110
front panel 110
Digital Video Camera 122
Digital Video Out 7
Disabling the dual screen option 143
disconnect the TV 143
Display Overview 61
Display/video configuration 63
documentation
how to find HP support information 171
how to find online manuals 172
Dolby Digital 46
DSL 119, 120
connecting 119
order of powerup 17
DTS Digital encoded audio 46
DTV 74
channels 151
dual displays 61
configuring with Media Center 133
disabling 143
switching between 142
Dual-tuner 72
DVD audio setting 139
DVD playback 60
DVD player 103
configuring audio settings 139
configuring using Media Center 140
location of connectors 103
troubleshooting 169
use with data files 169
DVD recovery discs 29
DVI 7
Index
microphone 136
monitor speakers 54
powered speakers 48
router, to Internet through 119
satellite receiver, one 93
satellite receivers 95
tape player using Audio In connections 55
TV displays 58
TV to watch one channel and record on another 72
VCR with direct connections 105
video analog camera 112
video digital camera 109
video, overview 104
Connections 20
system diagram 22
Connections Don’t Work 135
connector locations
for audio output 34
for video output 59
on back panel 6
on front panel 3
contacting HP
Customer Care by telephone 172
using the Web 171
Customer Care 172
E
error messages
codec error when playing certain files 168
from hard drive 169
Ethernet 7
External hard disk drive 122
Index
181
F
FAQs, how to find 170
Fast Ethernet (100BaseT) 116
feature overview 2
Finding ATSC HDTV and Standard TV Channels 151
FireWire (IEEE 1394) 109
FireWire input-output, location on front panel 4
flashlight 99
FM Antenna, connecting 56
FM radio antenna 56
Found New Hardware 121
Front 3, 6
Front Panel 3, 23, 156
Front Panel Display Brightness 135
front panel, adjusting display brightness 135
G
Getting Help 170
Gigabit Ethernet (1000BaseT) 116
Guide, Television Program 151
H
hard drive
connecting HP Personal Media Drive 123
location on front panel 3
replacing 175, 176, 177
running out of disk space 169
troubleshooting 169
Hardware 111
hardware test, for HP Digital Entertainment Center 170
HDTV 74
antenna 73, 81
channels 75
HDTV (ATSC) In 8
HDTV and standard signal source — TV antenna 82
HDTV/SDTV Ant. In 77
headphones 136
location of output on front panel 4
help
how to find 170
Microsoft Web site 173
Help and Support Center 170
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High definition capable plasma, LCD, or HDTV display 58
high-definition TV 73
how to configure Media Center
for cable or satellite receiver 132
for optional display 133
for your speaker setup 133
for your TV tuner and program guide 133
how to connect
2.0 speaker system 41
2.1 speaker system
with passive speakers 42
with powered speakers 49
4.1 speaker system
with passive speakers 43
with powered speakers 50
5.1 speaker system
with digital input on AV receiver 46
with digital speakers 53
with passive speakers 44
with powered speakers 51
7.1 speaker system
with passive speakers 45
with powered speakers 52
broadcast antenna 80, 81, 82
cable boxes, two 86, 91
camera, digital still 121
camera, digital video 109
digital speakers 53
DSL/Cable modem 119
DVD player 103
FM radio 56
HP personal media drive 124
monitor speakers 54
powered speakers 48
remote IR 99
router, to a LAN through 120
satellite receiver, one 93
satellite receivers, two 95
USB devices 122
VCR 105
I
Indicator light 10
Infrared Transmitter 97
Infrared Transmitter cable 99
Infrared Transmitter connection (one set-top box) 98
Infrared Transmitter connection (two set-top boxes) 98
Infrared Transmitter Installation 99
Infrared Transmitter sensor 99
Initial Configuration 127
initial Microsoft Windows setup screen 131
Initial Setup Wait Time 131
Installation Overview 19
installing
additional software and devices 156
batteries in keyboard 16
batteries in remote control 128
HP Personal Media Drive 124
software 156
internal splitter 76
Internet
connecting DSL/cable modem 119
connecting through a router 120
connection 117
service contract 117
typical configurations 116
iPod 122
IR Blaster 97
irrecoverable data loss ii
K
keyboard 122
batteries (Initial) 128
buttons 154
configuring buttons 154
function keys 10
replacing batteries 13
synchronizing 130, 166
troubleshooting 130, 166
Keyboard Connect button 12, 130
Index
183
Index
how to find
FAQs 170
help 170
HP Digital Entertainment Center hardware test 170
utility programs 156
how to obtain updates 173
how to register for updates 155
how to replace
batteries in keyboard 13
batteries in remote control 16
hard drive 175, 176, 177
how to switch
inputs using your monitor 69
how to switch between audio and video
using your monitor 68
using your receiver 66
using your TV 64
how to switch between dual displays 142
how to synchronize, the keyboard 130
how to transfer PC data to HP Digital Entertainment
Center 155
HP Application Recovery 172
HP Customer Care 172
contacting by telephone 172
HP Digital Entertainment Center
box contents 29
recovery after a power outage 165
reset procedure 165
support for 170
HP Help and Support Center 170
HP Media Drive 124, 156
HP Personal Media Drive 123
automatic on and off feature 123
disconnecting 125
installing 124
running the media drive utility 124
utility 124
HP Settings 156
HP Support 170
HP Web site 171
HP Web Site Support 171
L
LAN 117, 120
LED 5
light-emitting diode (LED) 5
location 24
M
Media Center
adjusting desktop display resolution 144
configuring audio settings 139
dual displays option
disabling 143
enabling 142
Microsoft Web site 173
obtaining update information 173
registering for updates 155
testing system connections 135
utility programs 156
viewing on a second display 142
Media Center First Run 132
Media Center Setup Wizard 134
Media Center speaker settings 139
Media Center TV Program Guide 151
Media Center wizard 135
Media Library
music files not displaying 169
troubleshooting 169
memory card reader
location of slots on front panel 5
troubleshooting 168
Memory Stick (MS) 5
Microdrive 5
microphone 136
connecting 136
location of inputs on front panel 4
Microsoft Web site 173
information about Media Center 173
microsoft.com 74
mixer 55
MMC/SD 5
184
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monitor 58
connecting 69
troubleshooting 167
Monitor Out 68
monitor speakers 54
Mouse 122
Mouse button 10
moving your files 155
MP3 player 122
MS/MS-Pro 5
MultiMediaCard 5
multiple audio/video inputs 64
N
network 113
connections 116
connections supported 113
connectors
location on back panel 115
on back panel 114
equipment 113
no picture 64
notes ii
NTSC 72, 74
analog cable 78
cable 79
from VHF/UHF antenna 78
satellite 79
NTSC cable and ATSC antenna 78
NTSC cable and ATSC VHF/UHF antenna 83
nVidia 142
O
On/Standby 10
On/Standby (power) button 129
One Cable Box (NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC) 84
One Cable TV box 89
One Cable TV or Digital Cable box (NTSC) 90
one satellite receiver 94
Online Guides 172
Online Spotlight 173
accessing using Media Center 173
Open cabinet 25
open-back 24
optical cords 46
Optional set-up 133
overview
connecting audio devices 34
connecting video equipment 104
features 2
TV signal source 72
video input connections 75
video out connections 58
P
PC Doctor 157
PC Help & Tools 157
PC System Recovery 157
PDA 122
Performance and Maintenance 111
Peripheral Connection 114
peripheral devices 122
Personal Media Drive 123
pixels 151
Placement 25
power outage, recovery from 165
powered speaker 48
Powered speakers 54
premium channels 75
printer 122
connecting 122
troubleshooting 164
problems 159
Problems and Solutions 160
Product features 2
Program Guide, Television 151
Progressive scan 60
R
receiver/amplifier 40
Recognizing the camcorder 111
Recorded TV Programs 175
recorded TV programs, protecting 175
recording devices 137
configuring with Media Center 137
recovery disc
about 172
as used after replacing hard drive 178
supplied 29
recovery discs 172
recovery programs, using 157
registering for updates 155
Registering with HP 155
remote control 62, 97
button functions 14
installing batteries 16
maximum range 16
troubleshooting 163
using with your TV 62
Remote Control Batteries 16
Remote Control Buttons 14
remote IR transmitter cable connection
connecting 99
importance of placement 97
location 98
relation to cable box and satellite receiver 97
troubleshooting 163
remote receiver 97
remove the HP Personal Media Drive 125
removing
CD/DVD 167
personal media drive 123
replacing
batteries in keyboard 13
batteries in remote control 16
hard drive 175, 176, 177
Replacing the Hard Disk Drive 175
Required Setup 132
requirements, network connections 113
reset procedure, HP Digital Entertainment Center 165
resolution 60
resolution, adjusting desktop display 144
retail VHS tapes 105
RJ-45 119
router 120
Router Internet connection 120
router, connecting to 120
Index
185
S
Safely Remove Hardware wizard 123
Safety and Comfort Guide 157
safety information 17
satellite receiver 71, 93
connecting one unit 93
connecting two units 95
dual tuner option 72
setting up using Media Center 132
Scan for hardware changes 111
Scanner 122
scanner
connecting 122
SDTV 74
second display 142
select recording device 137
sensor, remote IR transmitter cable connection,
connecting 99
set-top box 75
Setup 27
signal conversion 75
Signal Source 72
Single-tuner 72
SmartMedia (SM) 5
SmartMedia/xD 5
software 127, 156
speaker types, supported 35
speaker volume 138
speakers
2.0 system setup 41
2.1 system setup
with passive speakers 42
with powered speakers 49
4.1 system setup
with passive speakers 43
with powered speakers 50
5.1 system setup
with digital speakers 53
with passive speakers 44
with powered speakers 51
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7.1 system setup
with passive speakers 45
with powered speakers 52
configuring audio settings 139
configuring using Media Center 133
connecting monitor speakers 54
testing using Media Center 140
troubleshooting surround sound 161
troubleshooting volume problems 160
Standard definition television 58
Start Here booklet 19
Starting the HP Digital Entertainment Center for the
First Time 128
subwoofer
for digital speaker setup 53
for monitor speaker installation 54
support for HP Digital Entertainment Center 170
supported
5.1 digital audio formats 46
network connection types 113
speaker types 35
surge protector 32, 129
Surround 6
Surround Back 6
surround sound, troubleshooting 161
S-video 75
adapter 75
connection requirements 58
jack and cable compatibility 103
location on front panel 4
to composite adapter 102
S-video Out 7
Switching 61
switching
between dual displays 142
switching audio video
using your monitor 68
using your receiver 66
using your TV 64
synchronizing the keyboard 130, 166
Syncing the Keyboard 130
system components, inventory of 29
System Integration 20
System Problems and Solutions 164
System Recovery 172
System Restore 157, 172
System utilities 157
T
tape player 55
connecting 55
Television Program Guide 151
testing
audio settings using Media Center 140
system connections using Media Center 135
Titan TV 151
transfer wizard 155
transferring data from PC to HP Digital Entertainment
Center 155
troubleshooting 159
audio problems 160
DVD player 169
hard drive 169
keyboard 166
memory card reader 168
monitor 167
music files 169
power up of HP Digital Entertainment Center 164
printer 164
remote control 163
remote sensor 163
removing CD/DVD 167
speaker volume 160
special keyboard buttons 166
surround sound 161
system connections using Media Center 135
TV problems 162, 167
unexpected startups 165
video errors 168
tuner configurations 72
Tuning the Desktop Display for S-video and Video
(Composite) Connections 151
turning on
location of power button 3
troubleshooting 164
turntable 55
TV
adjusting desktop display resolution 144
antenna 80
Audio Connection 39
configuring with Media Center 133
disconnecting 143
Display 134
Program Guide 151
Source 71
Source Connectors 75, 76
Titan 151
troubleshooting 162, 167
viewing PC image on a second TV 142
TV and Monitor Out 70
TV Out (through AV receiver) 67
TV Source 1 In 8
TV Source 2 In 8
TV Source In 71
Two Cable Boxes (NTSC) and Antenna (ATSC) 86
Two Satellite Receivers 95
two screens 141
U
UHF 73
Updates from HP 173
upmix 46, 52
USB 121
USB 2.0 7
USB 2.0 connectors 5
USB device
connecting 122
USB device connection 122
USB drive 122
utility programs 156
location 156
Index
187
V
W
VCR 101, 104
connecting 105
Direct in 105
Ventilation 25
VGA Out 7
VHF 73
VHF Antenna (NTSC) 80
video analog camera, connecting 112
Video Camera 109
video configuration 141
video digital camera
connecting 109
FireWire connection 4
troubleshooting connections 162
video display flickering 165
Video Equipment 32, 101
Connections 104
Overview 102
video image 152
video input 112
Video Out 58
Video Out Connectors 59, 63
Video out to high-definition capable HDTV 65
Video out to standard TV 65
Video Out to TV 64
Video Out to TV and Monitor 69
Video Problems and Solutions 162
video projector 64
video system
errors 168
location of output connectors 58
Viewing the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
on the TV 142
virus protection 155
need for 155
volume icon 138
locating on task bar 138
volume of speaker, adjusting 138
Wall clearance 26
wall outlet 129
Wall to set-top box VCR to TV 108
Wall to VCR to TV 106
warnings ii
against removing media while LED is blinking 5
disconnecting disk drive while it is operating 125
loss of recorded programs 175
moving personal media drive while it is operating 123
order of power connection 17
use of correct AC power source 17
Warranty and Support Guide 171
about 171
Web address
for Media Center information 173
for registering your HP Digital Entertainment
Center 155
Web site support, HP Customer Support 171
Welcome 1
Wi-Fi accessory box 118
Wi-Fi antenna 118
Windows Welcome 131
Wireless access point 117
wireless keyboard, location of LED 4
Wireless LAN 8, 117
Wireless network 117
Wireless or Ethernet (10BaseT) 116
wireless router 117
X
xD media 5
XP Media Center Edition 2005 74
Y
Y adapter cables 48
required for speakers 48
Y, Pb, Pr 58
Y/C video 77
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