HP Media Center PC Getting Started Guide

HP Media Center PC

Getting Started Guide

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents......................................... iii

Before Getting Started.................................. 1

PC Setup Tips....................................................................... 1

Utility Programs.................................................................... 1

Important Safety Information About Your HP Media Center PC ... 2

Safety and Comfort............................................................... 2

Online Guides ..................................................................... 2

Starting the PC for the First Time............................................. 2

Selecting an Internet Service Provider...................................... 3

HP Products Work Better Together .......................................... 3

Transferring Old PC Information to a New PC.......................... 3

Protecting the PC .................................................................. 4

Installing Software ................................................................ 4

Setting Up the PC ......................................... 5

Front-Panel PC Connectors..................................................... 5

Back-Panel PC Connectors ..................................................... 6

Connecting a Digital Video Camera to the PC ........................ 9

Connecting to Other Devices .............................................. 10

Connecting the Television Signal ................. 11

Using TV Cables................................................................. 11

Audio and Video Cables Included ........................................ 11

Optional Audio and Video Cables Not Included .................... 12

Using the Analog Video Cable............................................. 13

Connecting the TV Signal Source ......................................... 15

Connecting the Remote Sensor ............................................. 16

Connecting the TV Signal Source

When You Have an Existing Setup................................... 17

Using the TV as a Monitor ................................................... 22

Using the Media Center Setup Wizard for

Optional Setup of Your TV Display................................... 24

Changing the Display for a GeForce 6600 Graphics Card...... 25

Changing the Display for an ATI Graphics Card .................... 25

Configuring Speaker and Sound Options .... 29

Sound Connector Types.......................................................29

Speaker Configurations .......................................................31

Connecting 2/2.1 Audio Speakers .......................................32

Connecting 4.1 Audio Speakers...........................................33

Connecting 5.1 Audio Speakers...........................................34

Connecting 7.1 Audio Speakers...........................................36

Connecting 7.1 Speakers to a Sound Card............................37

Connecting the PC to a Home Audio System ..........................38

Connecting Digital Audio ....................................................42

Configuring Audio Output ...................................................43

Configuring Audio Output with Multi-channel

Sound Manager.............................................................44

Sound Effect Manager.........................................................46

Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager ............47

Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card........................49

Configuring Audio for Media Center.....................................50

Configuring Audio for WinDVD Player ..................................50

Using Headphones .............................................................51

Resolving Sound Issues ........................................................52

Using the PC Hardware .............................. 53

Using the Keyboard ...........................................................53

Special Keyboard Buttons ...................................................53

Using the Remote Control ....................................................55

Memory Card Reader .........................................................56

Using Your Storage or Docking Bay ......................................59

Connecting the Wireless LAN...............................................64

Troubleshooting ......................................... 65

Audio................................................................................65

Video ................................................................................65

System and Hardware.........................................................67

Index ......................................................... 69

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HP Media Center PC User’s Guide

Before Getting Started

This guide can help you get started using your new

HP Media Center PC. You may want to browse some of the other documentation that came with your HP Media Center PC.

1

Read the “Safety Information” section in the documentation that came with your PC.

2

Identify the items included with your HP Media

Center PC.

3

Follow the setup information that came with your PC to connect your PC.

4

Read this guide for information about using your HP Media Center PC.

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A warning describes information you need to avoid possible personal injury or damage to equipment or data.

Read and follow all warnings.

PC Setup Tips

Choosing a PC setup location

If you intend to connect your PC to your TV, a set-top box, or a surround sound system, HP recommends that you choose a clear working area with easy access to the connectors of these devices. If your TV is wall-mounted, make sure that you have access to the rear ports on the TV before attempting to connect it to the PC.

Choosing a display

HP recommends using a PC monitor to initially set up the PC because it may be difficult to view text and images on a TV due to the higher resolution of

Microsoft

®

Windows

®

XP.

Using additional video cables

If you plan to connect your TV to the PC, you may need additional cables that are not included with your PC. HP Media Center PC models have different video output options, depending on your PC model.

The options are: S-Video, composite video, component, VGA, and DVI. For best video quality use the DVI then VGA, then component option (only available on a digital TV). The next best option is

Svideo, followed by composite video. Check the documentation that came with your PC and TV to determine which cables you need. HP does not recommend video cable lengths over 1.5 meters

(4.9 feet).

Using additional sound cables

If you plan to connect the PC audio to an amplifier or a TV, you may need additional sound cables that are not included with your PC. Your PC is able to output sound in several modes. Your PC has 3.5 mm female stereo headphone jacks for most outputs.

Many amplifiers have RCA inputs. You need one

3.5 mm male-to-RCA stereo cable for stereo sound.

You need three 3.5 mm male-to-RCA cables for surround sound. Check the documentation that came with your audio equipment for the best input method.

Using a video game console

If you are using a video game console device, HP recommends that you connect it directly to your display device using video signal switching hardware (not included) or connect it to a separate

TV, rather than connecting it directly to the PC.

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A note describes important information you need.

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Component video output is available on select models only.

Utility Programs

HP provides special utility programs in the

PC Help & Tools folder that display support information and initiate Application or System

Recovery.

Before Getting Started

1

To find these programs, click Start, choose All

Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then select a program or folder.

Updates from HP

HP may send 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 it back on, click Start, choose All

Programs, PC Help & Tools, Updates from

HP, and Re-enable Updates from HP.

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Please read the

“Safety Information” section in the other documentation that came with your PC before installing and connecting your PC to the electrical power system.

Important Safety Information About Your HP Media Center PC

This product has not been evaluated for connection to an “IT” power system (an AC distribution system with no direct connection to earth, according to

IEC 60950).

Safety and Comfort

After assembling your PC, but before using it, make sure the computer and your work area are properly set up to maintain your comfort and productivity.

See the Safety & Comfort Guide for important ergonomic information. Click Start, choose All

Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then click

Safety & Comfort Guide.

You can find important ergonomic information on the Internet. Just type http://www.hp.com/ergo into your Web browser address box, and then press

Enter on the keyboard.

Online Guides

You can find online guides and information for your

PC. To view online manuals for your PC, go to the

Support Web address that is listed in the other documentation that came with your PC, and then search for your product name and number.

Online manuals are associated with specific PC model numbers. Some models do not have online manuals.

Starting the PC for the First Time

Read the safety information included with your HP

Media Center PC before you turn on the PC.

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Selecting an Internet Service Provider

As part of the startup screens, you can select an

Internet service provider (ISP). Before you can connect to the Internet, you must sign up with an ISP.

You must have an Internet connection to use some of the Media Center features.

Easy Internet Sign-up helps you sign up for a new

Internet account, set up an existing account, or configure Internet access using a LAN (local area network), cable modem, or DSL (digital subscriber line).

Open Easy Internet Sign-up:

Double-click the Easy Internet

Sign-up icon on the desktop.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, choose Online Services, if available, and then click Easy Internet

Sign-up.

The Easy Internet Sign-up screen appears.

Follow the onscreen instructions.

HP Products Work Better Together

HP computers include preloaded software for select

HP All-In-One, camera, scanner, and printer peripheral products. Preloaded software simplifies and speeds product setup for HP peripherals.

Simply connect the HP peripheral product and turn it on, and your HP PC automatically configures it so it is ready to use.

Transferring Old PC Information to a New PC

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 onto your new PC.

Or as an alternative, double-click the PC Tune Up & Repair icon

(select models only) on your desktop, and review the products and services offered under

Backup Data.

Before Getting Started

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Protecting the PC

HP provides a virus-scanning software program to help protect your PC (select models only).

The virus-scanning program manufacturer provides free virus scan updates through your Internet connection for an initial period after your PC purchase. You can purchase a subscription service for updates after the initial free period expires.

New types of viruses are invented all the time.

Protect your PC by getting regular updates of your virus-scanning software from the program manufacturer.

If a software program or the operating system gets damaged, reinstall the software. Refer to “Using

Application Recovery and System Recovery” in the other documentation that came with your PC for more information.

When your PC has software problems, it is possible that a voltage spike, power outage, or brownout has occurred. Symptoms of voltage spikes include a flickering video display, unexpected PC startups, and the PC not responding to your commands. A voltage spike can occasionally corrupt or destroy files, so it is a good idea to consistently make backup copies of your data files. Prevent voltage spikes by installing a surge suppressor made for use with PCs between the power outlet and the PC power cord.

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After you’ve completed registering, install any software programs that may have come on CDs or

DVDs included in the

PC box.

Installing Software

After you turn on the PC the first time and restart it, you can install any software programs that came on CDs or DVDs included in the PC box (select models only).

You may wish to install additional software programs or hardware devices on your PC.

Restart the PC after installation.

Choose software that is compatible with your PC; check the operating system, memory, and other requirements listed for the new software for compatibility with your PC.

Install the new software according to the directions provided by the software manufacturer. Check the manufacturer’s documentation or customer service information for help if you need it.

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Setting Up the PC

Follow the steps in the setup poster to set up the PC and then read the topics in this section to find out more about the location of components and connectors on your PC, and to find out about some setup alternatives.

Most of the hardware devices such as the monitor, keyboard, printer, and mouse can be connected at the back of the PC. Some peripheral devices, such as a digital video camera, can be plugged into the connectors on the back or the front of the PC.

Front-Panel PC Connectors

Connector Icon/label

S-video 2

Composite video 2

L audio 2

Description and function

S-video connector to connect your VCR, video camera, or other analog source to the PC

Composite video connector to connect VCR, video camera, or other analog source to the PC

Left audio input connector

R audio 2

Right audio input connector

Headphones Out

Microphone In

Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) for mouse, keyboard, digital cameras, or other devices with USB connectors

FireWire

®

(IEEE 1394) connector for video cameras and other high-speed devices

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Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.

Back-Panel PC Connectors

Connector Icon/label Description and function

Power connector

Mouse

Keyboard

SERIAL

Serial port for digital cameras or other serial devices

(Select models only)

Printer (parallel)

1394

Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) for mouse, keyboard, digital cameras, or other devices with USB connectors

FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector for video cameras and other high-speed devices

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Connector Icon/label

ETHERNET

Description and function

Ethernet LAN connector

The network interface adapter (also called a network interface card, or NIC) connects to an Ethernet (10BaseT) or Fast

Ethernet (100BaseT) network hub. Connect this adapter in your PC to your local area network (LAN) hub or any broadband connection.

Plug a network cable into the Ethernet (RJ-45) port on the back of the PC. Plug the other end of the network cable into a 10BaseT or 100BaseT port on the network hub.

The green LED indicates a valid connection.

Digital video output connector for TV/monitor

See the documentation that came with your display device.

Microphone In (pink connector)

Audio Line Out (powered speakers, green connector)

OUT

Audio Line In (blue connector)

IN

Center

Rear

Side

S-Video

Center/Subwoofer audio (gold)

L – R rear audio (black)

L – R side audio (gray)

S-video In from set-top box output connector

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Connector Icon/label

Composite Video

Description and function

Composite Video In from set-top box connector

L audio

Left audio input from set-top box connector

R audio

Right audio input from set-top box connector

TV/Cable Ant

FM Ant

LINE

Analog Video

VGA

TV In (TV antenna or cable input from wall outlet with no set-top box)

FM In (radio antenna input)

Plug the FM radio antenna cable into the FM In port on the back of the PC. The FM connector is found on the TV tuner card. You may want to extend the ends of the cable to improve your FM radio signal reception.

Modem (Line In RJ-11)

Plug the modem cable (provided in the PC box) into the computer modem connector on the back of the PC. Plug the other end to your telephone line wall jack connector.

Analog Video Out, S-video, composite video, or component video (select models only)

VGA display output

Digital audio

In and Out

Digital audio input

Digital audio output

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Connecting a Digital Video Camera to the PC

When connecting an analog camera to the PC, use the Video and Audio In connectors on the front of the PC. The following instructions only apply to digital cameras.

See the documentation that came with your digital video camera.

1

Turn on the PC, and wait for Windows XP to start.

2

Connect the video camera transfer cable into the camera and then into an open port on the front or back of the PC. Most digital video cameras use either the FireWire (IEEE 1394) or the USB port.

3

A Found New Hardware message appears.

Wait 2 or 3 minutes for Windows to make the necessary settings for the new device. When installation is complete, a message appears telling you the camera is ready to use.

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If the PC doesn’t recognize your digital video camera:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click

Control Panel.

2

Click Performance and Maintenance, if available, and then double-click the

System icon.

3

Click the Hardware tab, and then click the

Device Manager button.

4

Click the plus sign (+) next to imaging devices. If the name of the camera appears under imaging devices the device is ready. If the name is not there, try the following:

Click Action, and then Scan for

hardware changes. Look in Device

Manager for a new addition under imaging devices.

Unplug the video camera’s transfer cable from the PC, and plug it into a different port. Look in Device Manager for a new addition under imaging devices.

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If a Digital Video

Device Auto Play window appears when you connect your camera, click

Cancel.

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Some peripheral devices are not included with the PC.

Connecting to Other Devices

Other peripheral devices can be connected to the front or back of your HP Media Center PC by using

USB or FireWire ports. You can connect peripheral devices such as a printer, scanner, video camera, digital camera, memory card reader, and PDA

(personal digital assistant) or handheld computer to the PC. See the documentation that came with your device.

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Connecting the Television Signal

Using TV Cables

You may need purchase some cables separately, depending on your TV and the TV signal setup you choose. For example, when your TV has an S-video connector, you may want to use an S-video cable to connect the TV out on the PC to your TV.

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An S-video cable provides separate color and black-and-white image signals and delivers a sharper image than a composite video cable does.

Audio and Video Cables Included

Your HP Media Center PC comes with the following cables.

Cable Name

Composite video

Description

RCA yellow end. Plug cable into an RCA connector such as Composite Video Out or TV Source In connector.

Remote IR cable. Used for set-top boxes.

Infrared transmitter

(1 with single TV tuner or 2 with dual-tuner option)

TV coaxial cable

Analog video cable (select models only)

AC power

Used for TV source input from cable set-top boxes, or antennas.

Used with analog video output connector. Provides S-video, composite video, and component video input.

(select models only)

Black 125V 10A.

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Select the signal source for TV in the

Media Center program settings.

You must purchase additional cables separately.

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Optional Audio and Video Cables Not Included

You might need the following extra cables. Your HP

Media Center PC does not come with the following cables.

Cable

2 Way Splitter

Name

Splitter

Description

Used with coaxial cable for VHF and UHF antenna combinations.

DVI-I or DVI-D Digital Video Out. Connect to DVI-I or DVI-D input of the HDTV capable TV or monitor.

RCA stereo

Component video

S-video

RCA red, white ends. Used for Audio In/Out connectors.

RCA red, blue, green ends. Plug cable into a connector such as Component Video Out.

Used for progressive scan component video.

Y/C, 4-pin. Plug cable into an S-video connector such as S-video Video Out or TV

Source In connector.

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Using the Analog Video Cable

(Select models only)

D

E

If you are using the analog video cable to connect your PC display to your PC, you need to connect the cable and then set the Output switch on the cable to match the correct video output. If you are using component cables, you must also set the resolution of your TV or other video display on the analog video cable.

To use the analog video cable:

1

Make sure the PC power is disconnected.

2

Connect the analog video cable to the Analog

Video Output connector on the back of the PC.

3

If you are using a composite or S-video cable to connect your display to the PC, set the switch labeled Output near the arrows toward the S-video and composite (A) connectors.

See (D) above. Go to step 7.

Analog Video

4

If you are using Component video cables to connect your display to the PC, set the switch labeled Output near the arrows toward the three (Y, Pb, and Pr) component connectors

(B). See (E) above. Go to step 5.

B

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Refer to the Start

Here guide for more information about the various display connection options.

A

5

Check the documentation for your display to find out the optimal resolution.

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6

Set the switch to match your display resolution. Move 2 (1080i), or 3 (720p), or

4 (480p/576p) to the On position (C). Or leave all of the switches in the Off position for

480i/576i only resolution.

C

7

Connect the S-video, composite, or component video cables to the analog video cable and then to the back of the PC.

8

Connect the power and turn on the PC.

9

If the resolution is not correct, turn off the PC and disconnect the power.

10

Move the correct switch to the On position on the analog video cable to match the new resolution.

11

Connect the power, and then turn on the PC.

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Connecting the TV Signal Source

Connect the signal source for the TV by using the

TV In coaxial connector or the composite/S-video In connector.

Plug the other end of the cable into your set-top box or other device that is providing the signal source for the TV.

Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from your TV or from your TV cable into the TV/Cable Ant connector on the back of the PC, and then turn the connector to tighten it.

Or

Plug a cable into the S-video or composite video In connector on the back of the PC; use an S-video cable (not provided) or the composite video cable.

You must also plug audio cables (not provided) from your set-top box into the Audio In right (red)

connector and the Audio In left (white) connector on

the back of the PC, if you are using a set-top box

with S-video or composite video output.

Refer to “Front-Panel PC Connectors” on page 5 and

“Back-Panel PC Connectors” on page 6.

You must also connect the Remote Emitter cable if you are using a set-top box. See “Connecting the

Remote Sensor” on page 16.

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Location and number of connectors may vary by model.

Connecting a dual tuner

(Select models only)

If your HP Media Center PC has the dual tuner option, you must connect a second set of inputs if you are using a cable or satellite set-top box. If you are using an antenna or standard cable connecting the signal is routed to both tuners internally.

Otherwise, connect a second set-top box to the second set of back-panel connectors

For dual-tuner configurations, both TV sources must be of the same type: either cable TV, digital cable

TV, satellite TV, or antenna. The TV sources must also have the same, identical channel lineup; for example, if you are using two satellite TV sources they must provide the exact same channels. All TV viewing and scheduling is provided through the

Television Program Guide in Media Center, so both

TV sources must have identical Television Program

Guides.

The HP Media Center PC records television and allows you to control the television channels. The HP

Media Center PC has two tuner configurations available: n

The Television

Program Guide is not available in all countries/regions.

Single-tuner TV Source

Dual-tuner option

A single tuner allows you to watch or record one program at a time.

You can have dual TV inputs, if your PC includes the two TV tuner option. You can watch a show on one channel while Media Center records another show on a different channel. Or you can record two different programs at the same time.

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Connecting the Remote Sensor

The remote sensor is a small device that connects to the PC and allows the remote control to work with the Media Center program.

1

If you have a cable TV set-top box, a satellite set-top box, or other set-top box that controls your TV signal, connect the remote control sensor cable (emitter) (A) into connector (1) on the back of the remote sensor.

2

Remove the paper from the backing tape on the end of the cable (B), and then press the end of the cable over the remote infrared (IR) receiver window on your cable TV set-top box (C).

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3

Plug the remote control sensor cable into a

USB connector (D) on the back of the PC.

4

Place the remote sensor so that you can easily point at it with the remote control. (An ideal spot would be on top of the monitor or desk.)

C

A

2

1

B

D

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Connecting the TV Signal Source

When You Have an Existing Setup

This section describes how to connect the PC to an existing setup for your TV signal source.

Wall to VCR to TV using coaxial cable

Remove the coaxial cable at the input to the VCR, and connect it to the input of a coaxial cable signal splitter (not included; available at electronics stores).

Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.

Connect one of these cables to the input of the VCR and the other one to the TV connector on the back of the PC.

Existing setup

A

B

Add the PC with a splitter

A

B

C

G

C

H

C

D

C

D

J

E

F

C

E

F

C

A Wall

B Cable

C Coaxial cable

D VCR In

E VCR Out

F TV In

G Splitter In

H Splitter Out

J TV In on back of PC

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Wall to cable TV set-top box or satellite box to VCR to TV using coaxial cable

Remove the coaxial cable at the input to the VCR, and connect it to the input of a coaxial cable signal splitter (not included; available at electronics stores).

Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.

Connect one of these cables to the input of the VCR and the other one to the TV connector on the back of the PC. Be sure to connect the remote control sensor cable (emitter) and position it on your set-top box or satellite box. This allows the PC to change the

channel on the box. See “Connecting the Remote

Sensor” on page 16.

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Existing setup

A

B

C

D

E

C

F

G

C

H

Add the PC with a splitter

A

B

C

D

M

J

E

C

K

C

L

F

N

G

C

H

A Wall

B Cable

C Coaxial cable

D Set-top box/Satellite In

E Set-top box/Satellite Out

F VCR In

G VCR Out

H TV In

J Splitter In

K Splitter Out

L TV In on back of PC

M Remote control sensor cable

N Remote control sensor

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Wall to cable TV set-top box or satellite box to VCR and TV using S-video cable or composite video cable between the box and the VCR or TV

1

Do not detach any cables from your existing setup.

2

Connect an additional cable:

Using S-video cable (not included):

Connect an additional S-video cable to a second output on the set-top box or satellite box. Plug the other end of the cable into the S-video In connector on the back of the PC.

3

When using a composite video or S-video cable, you must also plug audio cables (not provided) from your satellite or set-top box into the Audio In right (red) and Audio In left

(white) connectors on the back of the PC.

4

Be sure to connect the remote sensor control cable and position it on your set-top box or satellite box. This allows the PC to change the

channel on the box. See “Connecting the

Remote Sensor” on page 16.

Or

Using composite video cable: Connect an additional composite video cable to a second output on the set-top box or satellite box. Connect the other end of the cable to the S-video to composite video adapter cable; connect the adapter to the S-video In connector on the back of the PC.

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Existing setup

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

E

H

Add the PC

A

B

C

D

J

F

G

H

L

M

K

A Wall

B Cable

C Set-top box/Satellite In

D Set-top box/Satellite Out

E S-video or composite cable

F VCR In

G VCR Out

H TV In

J Add an S-video or composite cable with adapter

K S-video In on back of PC

L Remote control sensor cable

M Remote control sensor

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Using the TV as a Monitor

If your Media Center PC has TV-out capability (select models only), you can connect it to a TV to view the

PC image on a TV screen. With the TV-out feature, you can view the PC image, watch DVD movies, or play games on your TV. This is an optional feature.

Cables for connecting to a TV

To connect a TV to the PC, you will need a video cable and an audio cable. The type of video cable you need depends on your TV:

If your TV has an S-video input jack, you need an S-video cable.

If your TV has a composite video jack, you need a composite video cable, and depending on the jacks on the back of your

PC, you may also need an S-video adapter cable.

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There may be two

S-video connectors on the back of the PC:

S-video Out on the video card (select models only) and

Video In on the TV tuner card.

Connecting to a TV

1

Turn off the PC.

2

Connect the TV cable using one of the following arrangements, depending on the connection jacks on your TV.

3

If your TV has an S-video jack, connect an S-video cable (A) (not provided) from the S-video In jack on the TV to the S-video

Out jack (B) on the back of the PC (select models only).

A

B

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4

If your TV has a composite video jack and your PC has a composite video jack, connect a composite video cable (A) to the Video

In jack on the TV and to the composite video out jack (C) on the back of the PC

(select models only).

.

A

5

Turn on the TV and select the TV In video source; refer to the documentation for your

TV set.

6

Enable the image for the TV.

B

C

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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.

Using the 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.

This automatic adjustment is available during the

Optional Setup, within the “Optimize how Media

Center looks on your display” option. Instead of using the wizard for automatic adjustment, set the

TV display by using the Windows Desktop

Properties.

The following procedure describes what to do within the Media Center setup wizard and how to use the

Windows Desktop Properties to adjust settings for your TV display:

1

During the Media Center setup wizard, at the

Optional Setup, after you select Optimize

how Media Center looks on your

display, select the display type for Identify

Your Display Type, and then select the connection type for your TV display by proceeding as described below:

If you choose the option Composite or

S-video, click Next, and then continue with step 2 that follows.

If you choose the options DVI or VGA or

Component (YPbPr), you do not need to continue with this procedure. Continue using the wizard to adjust your TV display.

2

On the next screen, select Keep my current

settings and continue, and then click

Next. Do not select the option Preview

Automatic Adjustment.

3

Continue using the wizard until finished, and then either close or minimize Media Center.

4

Right-click a free area of the Windows desktop, and choose Properties.

5

Click the Settings tab, and then click the

Advanced button on that tab.

6

Select the GeForce 6600 or the ATI

Displays tab, depending on your PC model.

If you have a GeForce 6600 tab, see

“Changing the Display for a GeForce 6600

Graphics Card” on page 25. If you have an

ATI Displays tab, see “Changing the Display for an ATI Graphics Card” on page 25.

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Changing the Display for a GeForce 6600 Graphics Card

1

Follow the “Using the Media Center Setup

Wizard for Optional Setup of Your TV

Display” on page 24.

2

Click the GeForce 6600 tab.

3

Click nView Display Settings.

4

Select the Device Settings button, and then you can select the various screen adjustment settings.

5

Click Apply, and then click OK.

6

Click OK again to close the window.

Changing the Display for an ATI Graphics Card

1

Follow the “Using the Media Center Setup

Wizard for Optional Setup of Your TV

Display” on page 24.

2

Click the ATI Displays tab.

3

Click the TV button (the small bar above the

TV icon). The TV Properties window opens.

(Your TV must be connected to the system.)

4

6

Click the Adjustments tab.

5

Adjust the screen position or screen size, and then click Apply.

Click OK as needed to close the windows.

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You may need to click the On button (at the left corner of the TV button bar) to make the On button green, and then click Apply.

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The type of video card on your PC determines how the

PC selects the TV-out option. Some options and menus in this procedure may be different for your PC.

Viewing the PC image on the TV

To view your PC image on the TV:

1

Make sure the video and audio cables are connected before you turn on the TV and the PC.

2

Turn on the TV. Make sure the Video input setting is selected, not the TV setting.

3

Turn on the PC.

4

When the Windows desktop appears, right-click an empty area of the desktop, and choose Properties. The Display Properties window opens.

5

Click the Settings tab.

6

Click the Advanced button.

7

Look at the tabs and follow the steps that apply to your PC:

If you see the nView tab, continue with the

“nView Tab” procedure.

If you see Ge Force FX xxxx tab, continue with the “Ge Force FX Tab” procedure.

(FX xxxx is the video card number.)

If you see the Displays tab, continue with the “Displays Tab” procedure.

nView tab

1

Click the nView tab.

2

To view the PC image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, in the nView Display

Mode area, select Clone.

Or

To view the PC image on just the TV, in the area nView Display Mode, select Standard

[Dualview], click the Current display drop-down list, and then select TV.

3

Click the OK button.

4

When the PC image appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have

15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

5

Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the Display

Properties window.

Ge Force FX tab

1

Click the Ge Force FX xxxx tab. (FX xxxx is the video card number.)

2

To view the PC image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, in the nView Modes area select Clone from the drop-down list.

Or

To view the PC image on just the TV, in the area nView Modes, select Single display from the drop-down list, and then, if necessary, in the Current display area select

TV from the drop-down list.

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3

Click the Apply button.

4

When the PC image appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have

15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

5

Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the Display

Properties window.

Displays tab

1

Click the Displays tab. This tab shows a monitor and a TV. The upper-left corner of each display icon is a button and a status indicator. A red corner indicates an inactive display; a green corner indicates an active display.

2

To view the PC image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, click the upper-left corner of the TV icon so that it is green. Click

Apply.

Or

To view the PC image on just the TV, click the

TV corner so it is green, and then click the monitor corner so it is red. Click Apply.

3

When the PC image appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have

15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

4

Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the Display

Properties window.

n

Your TV must be connected to the PC to change the display.

Disabling the TV option

When you want to disconnect the TV from the PC, you may need to disable the TV option to return your

PC display to its original resolution.

To disable the TV option to view your PC image on the original display:

1

Right-click an empty area of the screen, and choose Properties.

2

Click the Settings tab.

3

Click the Advanced button.

4

Look at the tabs and follow the steps that apply to your PC:

If you see the nView tab, continue with

“nView Tab (Disabling)” procedure.

If you see the Ge Force FX xxxx tab, continue with the “Ge Force FX Tab

(Disabling)” procedure. (FX xxxx is the video card number.)

If you see the Displays tab, continue with the “Displays Tab (Disabling)” procedure.

nView tab (disabling)

1

Click the nView tab.

2

If you viewed the PC image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, in the

nView Display Mode in the list on the left, select the Standard [Dualview] option.

Or

If you viewed the PC image on just the TV, click the nView Display Mode in the list on the left, select Standard [Dualview], click the

Current display drop-down list, and then select the Analog Display option.

3

Click the OK button.

4

When the PC image appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have

15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

5

Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the Display

Properties window.

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Ge Force FX tab (disabling)

1

Click the Ge Force FX xxxx tab.

2

In the area nView Modes select Single

Display from the drop-down list. In the area

Current display select Analog Display or

Digital Display.

3

Click the Apply button.

4

When the PC image appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have

15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

5

Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the Display

Properties window.

n

Your TV must be connected to the PC to change the display.

Displays tab (disabling)

1

Click the Displays tab. This tab shows a monitor and a TV. The upper-left corner of each display icon is a button and a status indicator. A red corner indicates an inactive display; a green corner indicates an active display.

2

Click the upper-left corner of the TV icon so it is red, and then click the upper-left corner of the monitor icon so it is green. Click the

Apply button.

3

When the PC image appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have

15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

4

Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the Display

Properties window.

Disconnecting the TV

1

Disable the TV option. See the previous

procedure, “Disabling the TV option” on page 27.

2

Turn off the TV and the PC.

3

Remove the video cable from the TV and the PC.

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Configuring Speaker and Sound Options

HP Media Center PCs support many different audio options, sound connections, and speaker configurations. You may set up your PC for two stereo speakers or for multichannel audio speaker systems. Connect your speaker system to the PC, and then configure the audio software for sound output. For more details about connecting stereo speakers to the PC, see the setup poster.

This chapter describes the most typical options. Your system may have different components.

Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only) or are sold separately. n

For additional information on connecting the speakers, refer to the setup poster that came with the PC and the documentation that came with your speakers.

Sound Connector Types

Your model may include one of three analog sound connector types on the back of your PC:

Three connectors

Six connectors

Sound card

The connectors are1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jacks that connect from the back of your PC to speakers and microphones.

Your system may also have a separate Digital Out connection (select models only).

Software configuration is different for each connector type, as noted in the instructions.

Connector

Three connectors

Six connectors

Description

Your PC model may include three sound connectors. You can connect up to a

5.1 audio system to the PC. If you want to connect multichannel audio, follow the instructions carefully.

Your PC model may include six sound connectors on the back of your PC. You can connect up to a 7.1 audio system to the PC.

Illustration Type

3

6

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

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Connector

Sound card connector

Description

Your PC may include a sound card. You can connect up to a 5.1 audio system

(7.1 audio system for select models) or digital speakers to the sound card on the PC.

Illustration

See below.

Type

S

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

Use the sound connectors that match your PC model when installing cables, as shown in the installation procedure steps.

The following table shows the sound connectors on the back panel of PC systems.

Sound connector

3 6 S Description

Line Side (gray) for side speakers in an eight-speaker system (7.1).

A

Line C/Sub (gold) for center/subwoofer speakers in a multichannel audio configuration.

B

Line Rear (black) for rear speakers in a multichannel audio configuration.

Line Out (lime-green) for front speakers.

C

D

Mic (pink) connects to microphone.

(3: Also functions as center/subwoofer Line Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.)

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Sound connector

3 6 S

E

DIGITAL

AUDIO OUT

DIGITAL

AUDIO OUT

F

Description

Line In (light blue) connects to an analog audio device such as a CD player for input into PC.

(3: Also functions as rear Line Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.)

Digital Out (orange) connects to a digital audio device with digital input (such as a home audio receiver/amplifier) or digital speakers (select models only).

Speaker Configurations

You may set up your HP Media Center PC for the following supported configurations:

Name

Headphones

2 (stereo)

2.1

4.1

6/5.1

8/7.1

Home audio system

Digital audio

Speaker system

None, muted.

Left speaker, right speaker.

Left speaker, right speaker, and a subwoofer.

Two front speakers, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer.

Two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer.

Two front speakers, two rear speakers, two side speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer (select models only).

Home stereo or home theater audio system with passive speakers.

Digital speakers or digital input connector on audio system.

See

“Using Headphones” on page 51.

“Connecting 2/2.1 Audio Speakers” on page 32.

“Connecting 2/2.1 Audio Speakers” on page 32.

“Connecting 4.1 Audio Speakers” on page 33.

“Connecting 5.1 Audio Speakers” on page 34.

“Connecting 7.1 Audio Speakers” on page 36.

“Connecting the PC to a Home Audio

System” on page 38.

“Connecting Digital Audio” on page 42.

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Speaker types

Speakers may be included with the monitor (select models only) or are sold separately. Refer to the product documentation for your speakers.

Your PC supports only an active (powered) speaker system. An active speaker system must have its own power cord. A home audio system does not require active speakers because the receiver provides amplification.

A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel speaker system. A multichannel audio speaker system has a left-right front and left-right rear channel, and it may include a subwoofer and a center speaker. Side speakers are included in more advanced systems. A subwoofer provides enhanced bass sounds.

“.1” indicates a subwoofer. For example, 7.1 channels refers to an eight-speaker mode and uses two front speakers (left-right), two side speakers

(left-right), two rear speakers (left-right), a center speaker, and a subwoofer.

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

n

Always turn on the

PC before you turn on the speaker system.

Connecting 2/2.1 Audio Speakers

To connect simple left/right stereo active speakers:

Or

To connect two speakers and a subwoofer for 2.1 speaker output:

1

Turn off the PC.

2

Connect the speaker cable to the lime-green

Audio Line Out connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

6

S

3

Connect the cable to the audio system.

For 2.1 speakers that were shipped with your PC (select models only), connect the

Audio Line Out connector to the subwoofer.

4

Connect the left and right speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker documentation.

5

Turn on the PC.

6

Plug in the speaker system power.

7

Turn on the speaker system.

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Step 8 is optional for a two-speaker setup.

8

After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model:

3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Multi-channel Sound

Manager” on page 44.

The following diagram shows a typical 2.1 audio installation:

6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47.

Sound card: See “Configuring Audio

Output with a Sound Card” on page 49.

Connecting 4.1 Audio Speakers

To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer for four-channel (4.1 speaker) output:

1

Turn off the PC.

.

2

Connect the front speaker cable to the limegreen Audio Line Out connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

6

S

3

6

S

For 3-connector systems, the blue audio line in connector functions as a rear line out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

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4

Connect the cables to the audio system.

5

Connect the front and rear speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker documentation.

6

7

8

Turn on the PC.

Plug in the speaker system power.

Turn on the speaker system.

9

After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model:

3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Multi-channel Sound

Manager” on page 44.

6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47.

The following diagram shows a typical 4.1 audio installation:

Sound card: See “Configuring Audio

Output with a Sound Card” on page 49.

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

Connecting 5.1 Audio Speakers

To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer for six-channel

(5.1 speaker) output:

1

Turn off the PC.

.

2

Connect the front speaker cable to the limegreen Audio Line Out connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

6

S

3

6

S

For 3-connector systems, the blue audio line in connector functions as a rear line out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.

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4

Connect the center/subwoofer speaker cable

3

to the gold (or pink Mic) connector that matches the back of your PC.

6

S

7

Turn on the PC.

8

Plug in the speaker system power.

9

Turn on the speaker system.

10

After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model:

For 3-connector systems, the pink Mic connector functions as a center/subwoofer speaker Line Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.

5

Connect the cables to the audio system.

6

Connect the front, rear, and center speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker documentation.

The following diagram shows a typical 5.1 audio installation:

3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Multi-channel Sound

Manager” on page 44.

6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47.

Sound card: See “Configuring Audio

Output with a Sound Card” on page 49.

n

Always turn on the

PC before you turn on the speaker system.

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n

6 is six connectors

Connecting 7.1 Audio Speakers

If your PC has 6 connectors or an Audigy2 ZS sound card (select models only), you can install an

8/7.1 audio system. To connect two front speakers, two side speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer for eight-channel

(7.1 speaker) output:

(Select models only)

1

Turn off the PC.

.

2

Connect the front speaker cable to the lime-green Audio Line Out connector on the back of your PC.

5

Connect the center speaker and subwoofer speaker cable to the gold connector on the back of your PC.

n

Always turn on the

PC before you turn on the speaker system.

3

Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector on the back of your PC.

4

For 6 connectors only, connect the side speaker cable to the gray connector on the back of your PC.

6

Connect the cables to the audio system.

7

Connect the front, rear, side, and center speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker documentation.

8

Turn on the PC.

9

Plug in the speaker system power.

10

Turn on the speaker system.

11

After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model:

6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47.

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The following diagram shows a typical 7.1 audio installation:

Connecting 7.1 Speakers to a Sound Card

If you have a sound card and you want to connect

7.1 speakers, you must purchase Creative Inspire

T7700 speakers.

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Y adapter and extension cables are purchased separately.

Connecting the PC to a Home Audio System

You can connect your HP Media Center PC to your home stereo or home theater multichannel audio receiver/amplifiers using your existing speakers.

For example, see “2.1 home stereo installation” on

page 39, or “6/5.1 home audio installation” on page 40.

Y adapter cables

Most home receiver/amplifiers have

RCA-type input connectors. You may need to connect Y adapter cables between your PC and your receiver/ amplifier. Y adapter cables have one

1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack on one end and two RCA connectors on the other end. These cables are purchased separately.

The number of Y adapter cables you need to connect to your home stereo system depends on the number of speakers you install:

2/2.1 speaker system: 1 Y adapter cable

4/4.1 speaker system: 2 Y adapter cables

6/5.1 speaker system: 3 Y adapter cables

8/7.1 speaker system: 4 Y adapter cables

Connecting a home stereo to a PC typically requires audio cables that are long enough to connect from the PC to the stereo. You may also need to purchase

RCA or mini-extension cables.

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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 and plugs into a home stereo standard left and right input.

This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different.

A

B

C

A: PC back-panel connectors (3, 6, or sound card)

B: Y adapter cables

C: Receiver/amplifier

D: Subwoofer

E: Front speakers (left and right)

D

PC to 2.1 multichannel audio system connection

E

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6/5.1 home audio installation

The following diagram shows a typical advanced home theater audio six-channel 6/5.1 speaker installation that requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier.

This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different. n

A: PC back-panel connectors (3,

6, or sound card)

B: Y adapter cables

C: Receiver/amplifier

D: Subwoofer

E: Center speaker

F: Front speakers

(left and right)

G: Rear speakers

(left and right)

A

B

C

D E

PC to 5.1 multichannel audio system connection

F G

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6/5.1 home audio installation procedure

To connect a six-channel (5.1 speaker) home audio system to the PC:

1

Turn off the PC.

2

Turn off the receiver/amplifier.

3

Connect the front stereo mini-jack end of a

Y adapter cable into the lime-green Audio Line

Out connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

connector or the center speaker/subwoofer

(gold) connector that matches the back of your PC.

6

S

n

Receiver/amplifier input connectors may be labeled Surround,

5.1, or 6 Channel inputs, CD, DVD, or

DVD In.

3

6

S

Connect the left and right ends of the

Y adapter cable into the front left (L) and right (R) inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier.

4

If you have rear speakers, connect the rear stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable into the audio line in (blue) or the rear speaker out

(black) connector that matches the back of your PC.

3

6

S

Connect the left and right ends of the

Y adapter cable into the rear left (L) and right (R) inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier.

5

If you have a 2/2.1 or higher channel home stereo system, connect the stereo mini-jack of a Y adapter cable into the microphone (pink)

Connect the left and right ends of the

Y adapter cable into the center/subwoofer inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier

(6/5.1 or higher channel system).

Plug the Y adapter cable into the subwoofer connector on the back of the receiver even if a subwoofer is not used.

6

Turn on the receiver/amplifier.

7

Select the receiver/amplifier input that the

Y adapter cables are plugged into.

8

Turn on the PC.

9

After the audio system is connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model:

3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Multi-channel Sound

Manager” on page 44.

6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47.

Sound card: See “Configuring Audio

Output with a Sound Card” on page 49.

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

n

Always turn on the

PC before you turn on the speaker system.

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Connecting Digital Audio

(Select models only)

If you have a sound card and you are connecting your home stereo AV receiver via Digital Out, plug the 3.5 mm stereo plug into the digital out connector on the sound card. Connect the red RCA stereo plug on the 3.5 mm Y cable to the AV receiver’s digital input connector. If the red RCA stereo plug does not work, try the white stereo plug. One of the connectors is not used.

n

3 is three connectors

6 is six connectors

S is sound card

To connect digital audio, your PC must include a digital out connector on the sound card or on the back panel. You do not need to connect multichannel speaker outputs if you connect the digital output.

To connect digital audio speakers:

1

Turn off the PC.

2

Connect the digital out connector on the back panel of your PC to the digital input (S/PDIF) on digital speakers or a digital audio system.

3

DIGITAL

AUDIO OUT

3

4

5

6

DIGITAL

AUDIO OUT

Turn on the PC.

Plug in the speaker system power.

Turn on the speaker system.

S

6

After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model:

Audio card with digital output and

3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Multi-channel Sound

Manager” on page 44. Follow the

instructions to enable digital audio output.

Audio card with digital output and

6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio

Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47. Digital audio output is already

enabled as the default.

Sound card: See “Configuring Audio

Output with a Sound Card” on page 49.

Follow the instructions to enable digital audio output.

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Configuring Audio Output

You can configure your speaker’s audio output with the following software. Use the software that applies to your PC model:

Multi-channel Sound Manager (3 connectors)

Sound Effect Manager (6 connectors)

Creative Speaker Settings (Sound card)

Media Center (all systems)

WinDVD Player (all systems)

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Configuring Audio Output with Multi-channel Sound Manager

Follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers, if your PC model has

3 Connectors.

To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with

Multi-channel Sound Manager:

1

Click Start on the taskbar.

2

Choose All Programs.

3

Click Multi-channel Sound Manager.

The Multi-channel Audio Configuration window opens with one of five control screens.

Sound Effect Select the environment settings.

Equalizer Equalize the audio frequencies.

Speaker Configuration Select the number of speakers. An Audio Connector

Switch indicates the speaker configuration.

Speaker Test Test all connected speakers for correct configuration.

General View driver and audio information.

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4

Click the Speaker Configuration tab near the top of the window to open the control screens. (Your speakers may need to be plugged in to see this tab.)

5

Select the option describing the number of speakers in your system, in a range from 2/2.1 speaker mode to

6/5.1 speaker mode.

6

Enable digital audio if you want digital audio

output. See “Enabling digital audio output with Multi-channel Sound Manager (optional)” on page 45.

7

Click OK.

8

Test the speakers. Click the Speaker Test tab. Follow the instructions.

9

Configure audio output for the Media Center.

See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on page 50.

10

Configure audio output for the WinDVD

Player. See “Configuring Audio for WinDVD

Player” on page 50.

Enabling digital audio output with Multi-channel Sound Manager (optional)

Your PC must include a digital audio out connector on the back panel.

To enable digital audio output:

1

Follow steps 1 through 5 of the previous

procedure, “Configuring Audio Output with

Multi-channel Sound Manager.”

2

Place a check next to Enable digital audio

output. The Output digital and analog option is automatically selected.

3

Connect the digital audio output connector on the back of your PC to your home audio system’s digital audio input.

4

Select your stereo system’s digital audio input.

5

Click OK.

6

Test the speakers, by playing a CD, for example. (If you test using a DVD, you need to

configure WinDVD first. See “Configuring

Audio for WinDVD Player” on page 50.)

7

Configure audio output for the Media Center.

See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on page 50.

8

Configure audio output for the WinDVD

Player. See “Configuring Audio for WinDVD

Player” on page 50.

If you select Enable digital audio output, the microphone volume setting becomes not muted, and the recording source is fixed in Stereo Mix. If you place the microphone too close to the speakers, feedback can occur.

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Sound Effect Manager

Sound Effect Manager displays one of the following control screens:

Sound Effect Select the environment and the equalizer settings. You can select an environment, such as Under Water or

Auditorium. To use the equalizer, click the

Power button in the center of the circular equalizer control to turn on the equalizer. You can click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the settings and save them for selection later.

Speaker Configuration Select the number of speakers, show the Connection

Guide, and test the speakers by clicking the

Speaker Test button. A connector with grayed text in the Connection Guide indicates that the connector is not used for the selected

speaker configuration. See “Configuring

Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager” on page 47.

Digital Audio Select or disable the digital audio output and digital out frequency.

See “Disabling digital audio output with

Sound Effect Manager (optional)” on page 48.

Audio Wizard Assists the user with front-

panel audio connections. See “The Sound

Effect Manager control screens” on page 47.

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Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager

Follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers, if your PC model has

6 connectors.

To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with

Sound Effect Manager:

1

Click Start on the taskbar.

2

Click Control Panel.

3

Click Sounds, Speech and Audio

Devices (or Sounds and Audio Devices).

4

Click Sound Effect Manager. The window opens.

5

Click a button near the top of the window to see that control screen.

The Sound Effect Manager control screens

Sound Effect — selects the Environment and the Equalizer settings. You can select an

Environment such as Under Water or

Auditorium. To use the Equalizer, click the

Power button in the center of the circular equalizer control to turn on the Equalizer. You can click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the settings and then save them for easy selection later.

Digital Audio — selects the digital audio output and digital audio frequency for the digital audio connectors on the PC.

Audio Wizard — opens a window that shows the connector panel on the front of the

PC. To close the window without enabling the wizard, click OK.

To enable the Audio Wizard:

Speaker Configuration selects the number of speakers, shows the Connection

Guide, and had the Speaker Test button to test the speakers. A connector with no descriptive text in the Connector Guide indicates that the connector is not used for the selected speaker configuration.

Make sure the Enable auto detection check box is selected to enable the wizard. Click OK to close the window.

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If you do not see the device for your configuration, change the speaker selection in the Speaker

Configuration window.

Using the Audio Wizard in the Sound Effect Manager (6 connector)

The Sound Effect Manager Audio Wizard can help you connect front-panel audio.

To use the Audio Wizard:

1

Turn on the PC.

2

Click Start on the taskbar.

3

Choose Control Panel.

4

Click Sounds, Speech and Audio

Devices (or Sounds and Audio Devices).

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5

Click Sound Effect Manager. The window opens.

6

Click Audio Wizard. A window opens that shows the connector panel on the front of the PC.

7

Place a check in the Enable jack detection check box to enable the wizard.

8

Connect the speaker system audio cable plugs into the connectors on the front of your PC.

The panel display highlights a cable that is properly inserted in a connector.

9

Close the window.

Retasking front-panel connectors

To retask using the Audio Wizard (6-connector)

With the Audio Wizard enabled, both the microphone connector and the headphones connector on the front of the PC can be retasked to perform a different audio function. These two connectors are universal audio jacks. When you plug in a cable, the wizard asks you to select the function for the cable from a list, and then it sets the universal audio jack to perform as the selected function. The functions are:

Stereo speaker (out)

Microphone (in)

Headphone (in)

Audio line in

1

Follow steps 1 through 7 of the procedure,

“The Sound Effect Manager control screens.”

2

When you plug in a cable, the wizard asks you to select the device you plugged in from a list.

3

Close the window.

Disabling digital audio output with Sound Effect Manager (optional)

To disable digital audio output:

1

Follow steps 1 through 6 of the procedure

“Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect

Manager” on page 47.

2

Click the Digital Audio button. Select

Digital output off (you can also select

Digital-in to Digital-out pass through

mode).

3

Close the window.

If you select Enable digital audio output, the microphone volume setting becomes not muted, the recording source is fixed in Stereo Mix, and if you place the microphone too close to the speakers, feedback can occur.

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Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card

Follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers.

To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy sound card:

1

Click Start on the taskbar.

2

Choose All Programs.

3

Choose Creative, SoundBlaster

Audigy 2. Click Creative Speaker

Settings. The speaker settings window opens.

4

Select a speaker setting from the Speaker/

Headphone Selection drop-down menu. Enter a speaker configuration from 2/2.1 to 2/7.1.

5

Enable digital audio if you want digital audio

output. See “Enabling digital audio output with a sound card (optional)” on page 49.

6

8

Click the Channel button to test the speakers.

7

Adjust the speaker volume settings on the PC.

Click the Calibrate button. The wizard starts.

Follow the wizard basic instructions.

Close the window.

9

Configure audio output for the Media Center.

See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on page 50.

10

Configure audio output for the WinDVD

Player. See “Configuring Audio for WinDVD

Player” on page 50.

Enabling digital audio output with a sound card (optional)

To enable digital audio output:

1

Follow steps 1 through 4 of the previous

procedure, “Configuring Audio Output with a

Sound Card.”

2

Place a check mark in the Digital Output

Only check box.

3

Connect the digital audio output connector on the back of your PC to your home audio system’s digital audio input.

4

Select your stereo system’s digital audio input.

5

Play a DVD to test the speakers.

6

Adjust the speaker volume settings on the PC.

Click the Calibrate button. The wizard starts.

Follow the wizard basic instructions.

7

Close the window.

8

Configure audio output for the Media Center.

See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on page 50.

9

Configure audio output for the WinDVD

Player. See “Configuring Audio for Media

Center” on page 50.

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Configuring Audio for Media Center

Follow these steps after you have installed, connected, and configured your speakers.

To configure multichannel audio output for the

Media Center:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, scroll down, and select Media Center.

2

Click Settings, click DVD. Scroll down and click Audio.

3

Select Speaker Configuration.

4

Select your Speaker Configuratiuon by clicking on the (+) or (). If you select

Analog-2 Channel, then select the channel mode by clicking the (+) or ().

5

Click Save.

6

Close the window.

Configuring Audio for WinDVD Player

Follow these steps after you have installed, connected, and configured your speakers.

The InterVideo WinDVD program (select models only) is set up for two-speaker (stereo) output. To hear all speakers from DVD movies recorded with multichannel audio, change the audio properties for WinDVD to match your speaker configuration

(if your InterVideo WinDVD program supports more than two channels).

If you want to play a stereo DVD, you may change the audio properties of WinDVD to match the recorded DVD audio output.

1

Insert a DVD

Or

Click Start, choose All Programs,

InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo

WinDVD Player, and then click

InterVideo WinDVD. The WinDVD video window opens.

2

Right-click anywhere in the WinDVD video window, and then click Setup. The Setup window opens.

3

Click the Audio tab.

4

Select Audio Output Configuration.

Choose Analog or Digital (S/PDIF).

Click Apply.

5

Select Audio Speaker Configuration.

Click the option for the number of speakers to match your multichannel speaker system.

6

You can click the Test button to test the speakers. You should be able to hear the speakers. Click Stop, and then click OK.

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Using Headphones

Your PC comes with a headphones connector

(lime-green) on the front of the PC. The headphones connector is labeled with a headphones icon.

You can also connect headphones to the

Line Out connector (lime-green) on the back of your PC.

Using a 2.1 speaker system

For select models with the 2.1 speaker system, look for the headphones connector on the right side of the main speaker. When headphones are plugged in, the sound to the speakers and the subwoofer is muted.

Using a 6/5.1 to 8/7.1 speaker system

For select models that include a 5.1 or higher speaker system, a headphones connector is located on the right side of the control tower.

If the control tower displays HP (for headphones), the headphones are enabled; the sound to the speakers and the subwoofer is muted.

Push and hold the On button on the control tower for several seconds to enable sound from the speakers.

Press the On button briefly to enable the headphones.

Selecting recording devices

(6 connectors only)

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.

4

Click the Audio tab. The window opens.

5

In Sound Recording, select a recording device, for example, Realtek HD Front

Pink Jack.

6

Click OK.

7

Close the window.

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Resolving Sound Issues

If you don’t have sound from your speakers, check the following:

Check volume and mute settings. See “Using

Headphones” on page 51.

Verify sound cable connections.

Reinstall the sound card drivers by using

HP Application Recovery. See “Application

Recovery” in the Warranty and Support

Guide.

Reconfigure the sound software for surround sound.

Use active, powered speakers, or speakers with an amplifier.

Some programs may result in low volume, even when the Volume knob is turned to the maximum position. If this is the case, double-click the Volume icon on the taskbar, and increase the volume.

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Using the PC Hardware

Using the Keyboard

Your PC may include a standard keyboard or a wireless keyboard.

A standard keyboard connects to the keyboard connector in the back of the PC.

A wireless keyboard (select models only) uses a receiver/transmitter, instead of a connector cable, to communicate with your PC. A light on the receiver indicates receiver activity.

The keyboard has an arrangement of standard keys, indicator lights, and special buttons.

Special Keyboard Buttons

Your keyboard may not include some of the buttons listed.

Access buttons

Icon

?

Feature

Standby

INFO

Internet

Description or function

Puts PC into or out of power-saving mode. May take

10–30 seconds before screen reappears.

Opens the Help and Support Center.

Opens your Internet browser. Can be reconfigured to open any

Web site or software program.

Search

E-mail

HP Club

Opens a Web page designed to search the Internet. Can be reconfigured to open any Web site or software program.

Opens an e-mail program. Can be reconfigured to open any

Web site or software program.

Links to an HP Web site.

Club hp

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The Volume knob can continue to be turned, even after maximum sound has been reached.

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The number, location, and labeling of buttons may vary by keyboard model.

Media control or playback buttons

Icon

+

Prev

Next

Volume

Or

Volume

Label

Eject 1 and Eject 2

Rec

Stop

Play/Pause

Description

Opens or closes upper and lower optical drive trays.

Starts recording to selected media.

Stops media.

Plays or pauses media.

Rewinds media.

Fast-forwards media.

Volume knob controls speaker volume.

Volume buttons

Mute Turns speaker sound on and off.

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Clicking the Restore

Defaults button on the Button tab restores all of the buttons to factory settings.

Configuring the keyboard buttons

1

Click Start on the taskbar, choose Control

Panel, and then click Printers and Other

Hardware, if it is present.

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 dropdown list. Enter the Display label and Address information. (For a Web site, enter the complete Web site URL in the Address box.)

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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Using the Remote Control

Use the remote control to open the Media Center program, and use it to view TV, record TV programs, play previously recorded TV programs, and play music, movies, or video.

Use the remote control at a maximum distance of

8 meters (26 feet) from the remote sensor and at a maximum of 22.5 degrees (45 degrees total) from the center of the remote sensor.

Troubleshooting the remote control

If your remote doesn’t work:

Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed correctly.

Make sure the front of the remote sensor

(IR Receiver) is not blocked.

Point the remote control within a 45-degree angle range and less than 8 meters

(26 feet) away.

If a pressed key repeats itself or sticks, unplug the remote sensor from the USB connector, wait 1 minute, and plug the remote sensor back in. Try altering the lighting conditions in the room or moving the location of the remote sensor if this continues.

Press the Enter button on the remote control after changing a channel.

To use the remote control, simply point it at the remote sensor and press the Start button.

45˚

26 feet

(8 meters)

Point the remote control toward the remote sensor and press a button. A faint red light should appear on the remote sensor. If the light appears, then the problem is probably in the Media Center software. Close Media

Center, restart the PC, and then open Media

Center again.

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Use alkaline batteries in the remote control.

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Do not try to remove media when the inuse light is blinking.

Doing so may cause loss of data.

Memory Card Reader

Digital cameras and other digital imaging devices use memory cards, or media to store digital picture files. The optional memory card reader can read and can write to a variety of types of memory cards and the IBM Microdrive disk drive.

The card reader is accessible directly on the front of the PC. It has four horizontal card slots, which accept the memory cards and the Microdrive disk drive.

A B C

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Some memory cards, such as CF Ultra/III, are not compatible with the memory card reader that came with your HP

Media Center PC.

D

A SmartMedia/xD

B In-use light (indicates data is being read or written)

C MMC/SD (MultiMedia Card/Secure

Digital)

Card

CompactFlash Type 1 media

CompactFlash Type II media

IBM Microdrive disk drive

Secure Digital (SD) memory card

MultiMedia Card (MMC)

Memory Stick (MS) memory card

Memory Stick (MS-Pro) memory card

SmartMedia (SM) memory card xD media

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Facing up

Facing up

E

D CompactFlash I/II or Microdrive

E MS/MS-Pro (Memory Stick or Memory

Stick Pro)

Insert the media

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

4-slot reader location

D (Lower-left slot)

D (Lower-left slot)

D (Lower-left slot)

C (Upper-right slot)

C (Upper-right slot)

E (Lower-right slot)

E (Lower-right slot)

A (Upper-left slot)

A (Upper-left slot)

Formatting a memory card

If you have not used the memory card, you may need to format it first.

1

Format your memory card in your digital camera. Follow the instructions that came with your digital camera. HP recommends formatting your memory card in your digital camera.

Or

1

Insert the media into the correct card slot on the reader until it stops and locks into place.

The light on the reader lights, and the computer automatically detects the media.

2

Click Start, and then click My Computer.

3

Under Devices with Removable Storage, right-click the correct memory card icon.

4

Select Format, and then type a label name into the label field. For best compatibility, select FAT as the file system settings.

5

Click Start.

6

Click OK on the Format Complete window, and then click Close.

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Some memory cards have a lock position.

To view or edit your photos, make sure the memory card is in the unlocked position.

Using the memory card reader

If you have not used the memory card, you may

need to format it first. See “Formatting a memory card” on page 57. You can insert various media

cards simultaneously in their appropriate slots. Each drive has its own drive letter. When you insert the media, the display label may change to the title of the media, if the title is present.

1

Insert the media into the correct card slot on the reader until it stops. The in-use light on the memory card reader lights, and the PC automatically detects the media.

2

An Autoplay window opens. Select a program to access your files. The PC opens a program so you can access the media contents. You can copy files from or to the media.

Or

If the Autoplay window does not open, you can click Start, click My Computer, and then double-click the memory card icon to display the files on the memory card.

3

When you are finished, right-click the drive icon, select Eject, check that the in-use light is on but not blinking, and then remove the media. A steady light indicates that the PC is not reading or writing the media.

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Do not try to remove media when the inuse light is blinking.

Doing so may cause loss of data.

Understanding the in-use light

The memory card reader in-use light is off when there are no media cards plugged into the four slots.

The light turns on when a media card is inserted into a slot. The light blinks when data is being transferred between the card and the PC.

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CompactFlash and

Microdrive are keyed and cannot be inserted incorrectly.

Insert the receptacle edge (holes) of this media into the slot.

Troubleshooting the memory card reader

If you are having problems reading to or writing to a memory card, try the following:

Make sure the read/write switch on the memory card, if available, is set to Write

Enabled.

Make sure the amount of data you want to store is not larger than the capacity of the memory card.

Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash Type I and II,

IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick

Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital,

SmartMedia, or xD media.

Make sure the memory card is fully inserted into the correct slot.

Remove the memory card and shine a flashlight into the empty slot to see if any pins are bent. Replace the memory card reader, or have the PC serviced if a pin is bent to the point of touching another pin. Straighten slightly bent pins with the PC off using the tip of a fine tip retracted ballpoint pen.

Inspect the ends of the memory cards for anything that could be blocking a proper connection. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small amounts of alcohol. Replace the memory card, if necessary.

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Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove

Hardware window while the USB Mass

Storage Device is selected. Doing so removes the operating system recognition of the memory card reader from your PC. You must restart the PC to use your reader again.

Safely Remove Hardware Utility

If you inadvertently open the Safely Remove

Hardware window, click Close.

If you click Stop while the USB Mass Storage

Device is selected, the operating system will not recognize the memory card reader. You will need to restart the PC for it to recognize the memory card reader.

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Using Your Storage or Docking Bay

Your PC may have a docking bay (select models only) on the top of the PC. You can use the docking bay to:

Store CDs, DVDs, or memory cards.

Dock a peripheral device in the back, such as a digital camera docking station.

Install a special cover (optional) and an HP digital camera and HP digital camera docking station. (Both the HP digital camera and the camera docking station are sold separately.)

Install a special cover (optional) and an iPod

Dock for use with an iPod. (Both the iPod and iPod Dock are sold separately.)

The top bay design of the PC allows you to place a device and thread a FireWire (IEEE 1394) data cable and the power cord underneath the rear top cover to the connectors on the back of the PC.

Installing an HP Camera Docking Station

HP Media Center PCs come with a camera docking bay and two camera docking bay lids. This bay is designed to hold an HP camera docking station and several HP digital cameras.

To install the HP camera docking station:

1

Gently press down the CD storage lid and slide it open.

2

Place the camera docking station (A) on the top of the PC.

3

Place the camera bracket (B) that came with your digital camera on the camera docking station.

B

A

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The camera bracket clips onto the camera dock base. This bracket comes with the digital camera.

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4

Thread the cables (C) that came with your camera docking station through the cable tunnel, starting from the back of the PC and threading them to the front of the PC. Pull cables to the center.

DC IN

C

5

Connect the cables:

Plug the USB cable into the back of the PC.

(The location of USB ports varies by PC model.)

Plug the red and yellow connectors (not shown) into a TV if you want to view the camera images on a TV (optional).

Plug the power cord into a power outlet.

Refer to the instructions that came with the

HP camera docking station.

.

IN

OUT

DC IN

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Place the correct camera docking station lid

(D) on top of the PC. Gently guide the edge of the lid into the top of the PC.

7

Place the HP digital camera (E) into the camera docking station.

8

Follow the instructions that came with your camera docking station.

Installing an iPod Dock

To install the iPod dock:

1

Gently press down the CD storage lid, and slide it open.

2

Place the iPod Dock (H) on the top of the PC.

E

D

H

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3

Thread the USB cable that came with your iPod Dock through the cable tunnel, starting from the back of the PC and threading them to the front of the PC. Pull cable to the center and connect them to the back of the iPod

Dock (K).

4

Connect the USB cable into the back of the PC.

Refer to the instructions that came with the iPod.

IN

OUT

K

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5

Place the iPod Dock lid (L) on top of the PC.

Gently guide the edge of the lid into the top of the PC.

6

When you want to use it, place the iPod (M) into the docking station.

7

Follow the instructions that came with your iPod.

SmartMedia

xD

/

Compac tFlash /

I/II

MMC / SD

Memory Stick /

M

L

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The wireless LAN antenna connector is located either below the fan or in one of the I/O slots on the back of the PC.

Connecting the Wireless LAN

(Select models only)

You can connect the HP Media Center PC to an

802.11b/g wireless network. An external antenna is supplied with your system. You must connect this antenna to connect to the wireless network. You need an existing wireless LAN with an Internet connection (consult your ISP for further information).

You can establish a wireless network using your

HP Media Center PC as a Wireless Access Point or you can use your PC as a client if you already have a wireless network functioning.

An external antenna is supplied with your system and must be connected to the 802.11 module to increase the range and sensitivity of the radio.

1

Screw the wireless LAN antenna into the wireless LAN connector on the back of the PC.

2

You may want to move the end of the antenna away from the PC to improve your signal reception.

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Troubleshooting

For help on general and miscellaneous problems you may be experiencing with the PC, refer to:

The other troubleshooting documentation that came with your PC.

The following pages in this section.

The topics in Help and Support. Press the Help button on your keyboard, or click Start on the taskbar and select Help and Support.

Audio

I don’t have sound from my speakers.

Check Volume and Mute settings.

See“Configuring Speaker and Sound

Options” on page 29.

Verify sound cable connections.

Reinstall the sound card drivers by using

Application Recovery. See “Application

Recovery” in the other documentation that came with your PC.

Reconfigure the software for surround sound.

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I f 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.

Surround sound isn’t working.

(Select models only)

Configure the audio software for your surround

sound speakers. See the procedures in “Configuring

Audio Output” on page 43.

Video

When I push one of the special or multimedia buttons on the keyboard, nothing happens.

Check the button configuration. To configure the

button, see “Configuring the keyboard buttons” on page 54.

I am using a TV with Media Center, but I cannot see anything.

Check that the TV is connected to the PC and that

the TV out image is enabled. See “Using the TV as a

Monitor” on page 22.

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My software stopped working.

Refer to the sections about Application and System

Recovery in the other documentation that came with your PC to reinstall a software program. If your program came on a CD, follow the instructions that came with the software to reinstall it.

Codec errors are occurring when I play certain files.

Codec is an abbreviation for compressordecompressor. A codec is software or hardware used to compress and decompress audio/video files.

If you get a codec error when playing an audio file, open the file in Windows Media Player. If you have configured Windows Media Player to automatically download codecs and the correct codec is available, then your file should play. You must be connected to the Internet to download the codec file.

My PC is experiencing video errors.

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.

If the error message Files Needed To Display

Video Are Missing or Corrupt appears, follow these steps:

a

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then select Properties.

b

Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button.

c

Click the plus sign (+) next to Sound,

video and game controllers.

d

Double-click the TV tuner device.

e

Click the Driver tab, and then click the

Update Driver button.

f

Select Install from a list or a specific location, and then click Next.

g

Remove the check mark from Search

removable media.

h

Click Include this location in this

search, and then click the Browse button.

i

Click the plus sign (+) in order, next to each of the following directories:

My Computer

C:/

Drivers

j

Click OK, Next, and then click Finish after the drivers are updated.

k

Restart the PC.

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System and Hardware

My remote control doesn’t work.

See “Troubleshooting the remote control” on page 55.

My remote sensor is not receiving a signal from the remote control.

If a faint red light doesn’t appear when you point

4

If the eHome Infrared Receiver is listed under the remote control at the remote sensor and press Universal Serial Bus Controllers, Windows is the OK button, try the following: properly detecting the IR Receiver. If it is not listed, go to the next step.

1

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then select Properties.

2

Click the Hardware tab, and then click

Device Manager.

5

Unplug the end of the USB cable on the remote sensor from the PC and plug it into the same USB port.

3

Click the plus (+) sign next to Universal Serial

Bus Controllers.

6

Disconnect all other USB devices, leave the remote sensor plugged in, and then restart the

PC. Plug in other USB devices after the remote sensor appears in the Device Manager window.

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Your system is provided with a voltage select switch for use in a

115 or 230 power system. The voltage select switch has been preset to the correct voltage setting for use in the particular country/region where it was initially sold. Changing the voltage select switch to the incorrect position can damage your PC and void any implied warranty.

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The memory card reader won’t read my memory card.

The memory card reader is a device that uses the Safely Remove Hardware task. This appears as a system tray icon next to the time.

Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove

Hardware window. If you do click Stop, the drive is disconnected. If this happens, restart the PC.

Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash (1, 2, 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.

Do not insert or remove memory cards when the in-use light is flashing. To do so may cause data loss, or it may permanently damage the card reader.

Format a memory card before you use it. See

“Formatting a memory card” on page 57.

Remove the memory card when the light is not flashing, and shine a flashlight into the empty slot. If any of the pins are bent, replace the memory card reader, or have the PC serviced if a pin is touching another pin. To straighten slightly bent pins, use the tip of a fine point retracted ballpoint pen with the computer off.

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.

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.

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Index

A

analog video cable

using 13

audio connector 7

B

backing up PC data 3

batteries

installing in remote control 55 type for remote control 55

buttons

media control or playback 54

On 2

C

cables

connecting PC to TV 22

included 11

not included 12

TV 11

camera docking station, installing 59

coaxial cable

connecting the TV signal source 18

codec errors 66

CompactFlash reader 56

Composite Video In connector 8

computer

connecting the remote sensor 16

connecting the TV signal source 15

getting started 1

keyboard buttons not working 65

turning on 2

connecting

digital video camera 9, 38

headphones 51

connector

Audio Line In 7

Audio Line Out 7

Composite Video In 8

FireWire (IEEE 1394) 5, 6

FM In 8

headphones 5

keyboard 6

Microphone In 5

modem 8

monitor 7

mouse 6 printer 6

S-video In 7

TV/Cable Ant 8

USB 5, 6

connectors

back panel 6

front panel 5

D

devices

connecting 10

digital camera

connecting 9, 10

using 56

digital video camera

connecting to PC 9, 38 recording videos 9, 38 troubleshooting 9

documentation

online guides 2

drives

memory card reader 56

E

error

codec 66

Files Needed To Display Video Are Missing or

Corrupt 66 video 66

Ethernet network hub 7

F

FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector 5, 6

FM In connector 8

FM radio antenna

connecting 8

Found New Hardware message, connecting a digital camera 9

H

headphones

connector 5

using 51

home stereo system

connecting to the PC 38

home videos 9, 38

HP

updates from 2

Index

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I

installing

camera dock 59 camera docking station 59

Internet service provider 3

K

keyboard

connector 6

keys 53 using 53

keyboard buttons

access 53

configuring 54 media playback 54

not working 65

special 53

L

LAN

antenna 64

M

Media Center opening

with remote control 55

memory card reader

in-use light 57

troubleshooting 58

using 56, 57

memory card, formatting 57

Memory Stick (MS) reader 56

Memory Stick Pro (MS-Pro) reader 56

Microdrive reader 56

microphone

connector 5

modem

connector 8

monitor

connector 7

mouse

connector 6

MultiMedia Card (MMC) reader 56

Mute button 54

N

network interface adapter 7

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P

PC

choosing a setup location 1

connecting the remote sensor 16

connecting the TV signal source 15

connecting TV signal source with set-top box and VCR 18

front-panel connectors 5

protecting with virus-scanning software 4

setup tips 1

virus scanning program 4

printer

connecting 10

connector 6

R

recording

videos from digital video camera 9, 38

remote control

range 55 type of battery to use 55 using 55

remote sensor 67

connecting 16

using 55

S

Safely Remove Hardware utility 58

safety information 2 ergonomic information 2

scanner, connecting 10

Secure Digital (SD) reader 56

serial port connector 6

settings

remote control and remote sensor 67

SmartMedia (SM) reader 56

software

installing 4

sound

using addtional sound cables 1

sound not working 65

speaker systems 29

speakers

configuring multichannel audio for Sound

Manager 44

connecting multichannel audio speakers to the

PC 30, 32–42, 47

enable digital audio output 45, 48

resolving sound issues 52

setting up digital speaker output 49

standby mode

button 53

stereo

connecting to the PC 38

S-video In connector 7

T

transfer wizard 3 transferring old PC information to a new PC 3

troubleshooting

keyboard buttons not working 65

memory card reader 68

remote control 67 remote sensor 67

sound 65

turning on computer 2

TV

connecting 22

connecting the TV signal source 15, 17, 20

disabling the TV option 27

disconnecting 28

setting up 26

using as a monitor 22

TV tuner

connecting TV to PC 22

signal source 15

U

USB

connector 5, 6

utility programs 1

V

video cable

analog 13

video errors, resolving 66

video game console

using 1 video, using additional video cables 1

videos

working with home videos 9

virus-scanning program 4

X

xD reader 56

Index

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Part Number: 5991-2313

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