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HP Pavilion Slimline s3330f Desktop PC
Getting Started
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Table of Contents
Getting Help ............................................................................................1
Finding Onscreen Guides ........................................................................................1
Finding Guides on the Web.....................................................................................1
Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center ............................................................2
Using the PC Help & Tools Folder .............................................................................2
Using the hardware diagnostic tools ....................................................................2
Using HP Total Care Advisor Software ......................................................................3
Turning On the Computer for the First Time ..............................................5
Turning Off the Computer ........................................................................................6
Using Shut Down ...............................................................................................6
Using Lock ........................................................................................................7
Using Sleep mode .............................................................................................7
Using Hibernate mode .......................................................................................8
Automatic Sleep, Hibernate, or Away mode .........................................................9
Restarting the Computer ..........................................................................................9
Connecting to the Internet ......................................................................................10
Using the Computer with Safety and Comfort ...........................................................11
Setting Up User Accounts ......................................................................................11
Protecting the Computer ........................................................................................12
Using passwords .............................................................................................13
Using antivirus software....................................................................................14
Using firewall software.....................................................................................14
Configuring the computer for automatic Microsoft software updates.......................15
Installing critical security updates.......................................................................16
Guidelines for Installing Software and Hardware Devices..........................................16
Transferring Files and Settings from an Old Computer to a New Computer..................17
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Using the Keyboard ...............................................................................19
Identifying Keyboard Features................................................................................19
Alphanumeric keys ..........................................................................................19
Function keys ..................................................................................................20
Edit keys.........................................................................................................20
Arrow keys .....................................................................................................21
Numeric keys ..................................................................................................21
Keyboard indicators ........................................................................................22
Special keyboard buttons .................................................................................22
Identifying Special Keyboard Buttons ......................................................................23
Customizing the keyboard buttons .....................................................................25
Keyboard Shortcuts...............................................................................................26
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Troubleshooting.......................................................26
Synchronizing a wireless mouse and keyboard ...................................................26
Using the Mouse ....................................................................................29
Using the Mouse Buttons .......................................................................................30
Scrolling.........................................................................................................30
Autoscrolling...................................................................................................30
Panning..........................................................................................................31
Changing Mouse Settings......................................................................................31
Switching mouse button functions.......................................................................31
Changing mouse pointer speed .........................................................................31
Changing the double-click speed .......................................................................32
Turning on the ClickLock option .........................................................................32
Changing the scroll wheel speed .......................................................................32
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Troubleshooting.......................................................33
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Configuring Speaker and Sound Options ...............................................35
Adjusting speaker volume .................................................................................36
Selecting a microphone ....................................................................................37
Configuring audio output..................................................................................37
Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi Fatality audio card............................38
Configuring the FlexiJack connector ...................................................................39
Sound Blaster X-Fi configuration modes ..............................................................39
Configuring speakers with Realtek HD Audio Manager ........................................40
The Realtek HD Audio Manager control screens ..................................................41
Configuring sound for recording with the Realtek HD Audio Manager....................43
Retasking front panel audio connectors ..............................................................44
Configuring multistreaming audio ......................................................................45
When to use multistreaming audio .....................................................................46
Setting up multistreaming audio.........................................................................46
Configuring audio for Windows Media Center ...................................................47
Selecting recording devices ..............................................................................48
Resolving sound issues .....................................................................................48
Using the Windows Media Center Remote Control ..................................49
Remote Control Buttons Overview ...........................................................................50
About the Remote Control......................................................................................52
Troubleshooting the Remote Control ........................................................................53
Remote sensor is not receiving a signal from the remote control .............................53
Introducing Your Computer Software .....................................................55
Learning More About Software...............................................................................55
Using the Desktop.................................................................................................55
Removing desktop icons ...................................................................................56
Retrieving desktop icons ...................................................................................56
Removing files permanently...............................................................................56
Using the Windows Start Button Menu ....................................................................56
Using the All Programs menu ............................................................................56
Organizing the All Programs list ........................................................................57
Using the Control Panel.........................................................................................57
Resizing Windows................................................................................................58
Working with Digital Images .................................................................................58
About the Internet .................................................................................................59
Using a Browser...................................................................................................60
Searching the Internet ......................................................................................60
Restricting Internet content.................................................................................61
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Using the Norton Internet Security Antivirus Software ................................................62
Configuring and registering Norton Internet Security software ...............................62
Manually running a scan ..................................................................................62
Setting a Full System Scan time .........................................................................63
Setting up a Custom Scan time ..........................................................................63
Sending and Receiving E-Mail................................................................................64
Using Windows Mail .......................................................................................64
Using the e-mail program provided by your ISP ...................................................64
Software Quick Reference Table.............................................................................65
Managing Files ......................................................................................69
Organizing Files with Folders.................................................................................69
Creating Folders...................................................................................................70
Moving Files ........................................................................................................70
Finding Files ........................................................................................................71
Renaming Files.....................................................................................................72
Deleting Files .......................................................................................................72
Retrieving Files from the Recycle Bin .......................................................................72
Copying Files.......................................................................................................73
Using a Printer .....................................................................................................73
Using CD and DVD Media Drives ............................................................75
Using the CD and DVD Drives................................................................................75
Handling CDs and DVDs ..................................................................................76
Inserting and removing CDs and DVDs...............................................................76
Compatibility Information ......................................................................................78
Disc Features and Compatibility Table ....................................................................79
Optical Drive Quick Reference Table ......................................................................80
Using Blu-ray and HD Disc Drives ...........................................................................81
Using the Memory Card Reader .............................................................83
Media Insertion Guide ..........................................................................................84
Understanding the Activity Light .............................................................................87
Formatting a Memory Card ...................................................................................87
Troubleshooting the Memory Card Reader...............................................................88
Using the HP Personal Media Drive and HP Pocket Media Drive .............89
Connecting the Drive ............................................................................................90
Inserting the Drive into an HP Drive Bay ..................................................................90
Connecting the Drive to a Computer Without a Drive Bay .........................................91
Locating the Drive and Assigning a Drive Letter ........................................................92
Using the Drive ....................................................................................................93
Transferring files to another computer manually ...................................................93
Disconnecting the Drive.........................................................................................94
Troubleshooting the HP Media Drive .......................................................................95
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Using Windows Media Center ................................................................97
Setting Up Windows Media Center ........................................................................98
Completing the setup wizard.............................................................................98
Windows Media Center Start Menu......................................................................100
Windows Media Center Start menu items ......................................................... 100
Windows Media Center Features ......................................................................... 101
Watch and record live TV............................................................................... 102
The right music for the moment ........................................................................ 103
Playing FM or Internet radio............................................................................ 103
Sharing your digital memories......................................................................... 103
Transforming your living space into a theater .................................................... 104
Online media................................................................................................ 104
Navigating Windows Media Center ..................................................................... 104
Opening Windows Media Center with a mouse................................................104
Opening Windows Media Center with the Windows Media Center remote control105
Using the Windows Media Center menu bars ................................................... 105
Selecting items in Windows Media Center........................................................ 106
Windows Media Center control menu .............................................................. 107
Changing Windows Media Center Settings ...........................................................108
Windows Media Center Settings categories...................................................... 108
Using Windows Media Center power settings................................................... 109
Playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs .................................................................111
Using Music....................................................................................................... 111
Using Music with Windows Media Center............................................................. 112
Using the music library........................................................................................ 113
Adding music to the music library .................................................................... 113
Adding music files from the hard disk drive....................................................... 113
Adding music files from a CD.......................................................................... 114
Deleting music files from the music library......................................................... 115
Using supported music file types ......................................................................115
Playing Music Files in Windows Media Center....................................................... 116
Changing the visualization settings .................................................................. 117
Playing an album in Windows Media Center .................................................... 117
Playing a song in Windows Media Center ....................................................... 118
Creating a Queue in Windows Media Center........................................................ 118
Finding and Playing an Album in Windows Media Center ...................................... 119
Using album details ....................................................................................... 119
Using Search in Windows Media Center............................................................... 120
Searching for music tracks and files ................................................................. 120
Creating a Playlist in Windows Media Center........................................................ 120
Copying Music Files to CD in Windows Media Center............................................ 122
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Listening to Online Radio Stations......................................................................... 123
Listening to FM Radio Stations.............................................................................. 124
Setting Up the TV Signal...................................................................................... 125
Playing FM Radio Stations ................................................................................... 126
Organizing and Using Preset Radio Stations .......................................................... 128
Using preset radio stations.............................................................................. 129
Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal at the Same Time......................................... 129
Playing Music CDs ............................................................................................. 129
Playing CDs with Windows Media Player.............................................................. 130
Playing DVDs ..................................................................................................... 130
Using Windows Media Center to play DVDs..................................................... 131
Troubleshooting poor playback when playing DVDs .......................................... 131
Using country/region codes............................................................................ 132
Playing DVD Movies in Windows Media Center .................................................... 132
Changing the DVD Settings.................................................................................. 133
Changing the DVD movie language................................................................. 133
Changing DVD remote control options ............................................................. 134
Changing DVD closed captioning.................................................................... 135
Changing DVD Audio Settings ............................................................................. 136
Playing DVDs with Windows Media Player............................................................ 136
Using DVD Play to Play DVDs, Videos, High-Definition DVDs, and Blu-ray DVDs......... 137
Playing Video CDs (VCDs)................................................................................... 139
Playing video CDs (VCDs) with Windows Media Player .....................................139
Creating Audio and Data Discs .............................................................141
Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording ............................................................ 142
Working with Audio CDs ....................................................................................142
Audio CD tips ...............................................................................................143
Before you begin creating discs....................................................................... 143
Creating audio CDs ....................................................................................... 144
Creating video discs ...................................................................................... 144
Copying a disc ............................................................................................. 145
Creating data discs........................................................................................ 146
Making a disc label using LightScribe Technology ............................................. 147
Making a paper disc label.............................................................................. 149
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Working with Pictures and Videos .......................................................151
Working with Digital Images ............................................................................... 151
Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center .......................................................... 152
Adding Pictures in Windows Media Center ...........................................................152
Adding picture files from the hard disk drive ..................................................... 152
Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center .......................................................... 153
Viewing pictures as a slide show ..................................................................... 154
Viewing a slide show with music ..................................................................... 154
Using supported picture file types in Windows Media Center.............................. 155
Editing Pictures in Windows Media Center ............................................................ 156
Fixing red eye or contrast ............................................................................... 156
Cropping pictures in Windows Media Center ................................................... 156
Rotating pictures............................................................................................ 157
Printing Pictures in Windows Media Center ...........................................................158
Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs in Windows Media Center ................................ 158
Playing Videos in Windows Media Center ............................................................ 159
Playing digital videos..................................................................................... 159
Using supported video file types ......................................................................160
Transferring and Recording Video Files ................................................................. 160
Recording analog and digital video files .......................................................... 160
Creating a DVD from Video Files in Windows Media Center ................................... 161
Creating Movies by Using muvee autoProducer....................................163
Basic steps for making a movie ....................................................................... 163
Using muvee autoProducer .................................................................................. 165
Getting started .............................................................................................. 165
Capturing video from a digital video camera .................................................... 167
Adding videos...............................................................................................168
Adding pictures............................................................................................. 170
Adding music................................................................................................ 171
Selecting the style .......................................................................................... 171
Changing the settings..................................................................................... 171
Making the movie.......................................................................................... 173
Previewing the movie ..................................................................................... 173
Modifying the movie ...................................................................................... 174
Saving the movie project ................................................................................ 175
Recording the movie project to disc ................................................................. 176
Upgrading muvee autoProducer ......................................................................177
Supported muvee autoProducer output file types ................................................177
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Watching and Recording TV Programs .................................................179
Navigating TV + Movies ..................................................................................... 179
Watching TV ..................................................................................................... 181
Watching live TV........................................................................................... 181
Controlling TV playback .................................................................................182
Using the remote control in TV + Movies...........................................................183
Using the Television Program Guide ..................................................................... 184
Using Windows Media Center without the guide............................................... 184
Television Program Guide errors......................................................................185
Viewing the Television Program Guide ............................................................. 186
Setting up how Windows Media Center downloads the guide ............................ 187
Adding a postal code to receive the correct guide ............................................. 188
Adding missing channels to the guide .............................................................. 188
Editing and removing channels in the guide ...................................................... 189
Searching for TV Programs .................................................................................. 189
Searching for TV programs by using categories................................................. 190
Recording TV Programs ....................................................................................... 191
Recording TV by using the guide ..................................................................... 192
Recording programs manually without using the guide ....................................... 192
Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space ......................................... 193
Watching TV programs stored on the HP Media Drive ....................................... 194
About recording TV to the HP Media Drive ....................................................... 195
Recording TV programs to the HP Media Drive.................................................. 195
Changing the TV recording path to the HP Media Drive .....................................196
Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive ............................... 196
Add TV recording folder for Windows Media Center to find ............................... 197
Changing disk space for recording TV programs ............................................... 197
Updating recorded TV list after removing the HP Media Drive ............................. 197
System requirements to view recorded TV programs on other computers...............198
Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD.................................................. 198
Media copy protection ................................................................................... 199
Playing Recorded TV Programs............................................................................. 200
Playing DVDs in Windows Media Center .............................................................. 200
Index...................................................................................................201
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Getting Started (features vary by model)
Getting Help
Finding Onscreen Guides
Onscreen guides are available in the User’s Guides folder (select models only).
1 Click the Windows Start Button®
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click User Guides.
4 Click an item to view it or use it.
NOTE: If there are no guide titles listed in the folder, your computer has no onscreen
guides.
Finding Guides on the Web
You can find guides and information for your computer by using the Internet to access the
Support Web site.
1 Go to http://www.hp.com/support in your Web browser.
2 Select your country/region and language.
3 Click Support and Drivers.
4 Enter the model number of your computer, and then click Search
.
5 Click Manuals.
6 Locate the manual you want, and then do one of the following:
Click the title to display the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader (which you can
download from the Manuals page if it is not currently installed on your computer).
Right-click the title, click Save Target As, specify a location on the computer
where you want to save the file, rename the file (retaining the .pdf extension), and
then click Save.
Getting Help
1
Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center
Information about your computer is in the onscreen Help and Support Center (select
models only). Here, you can find links to driver updates, access to technical support
options, and information about commonly asked questions.
To open the Help and Support Center:
Press the Help button (select models only) on your keyboard.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
and Support.
on the taskbar, and then click Help
Using the PC Help & Tools Folder
The PC Help & Tools folder contains special utilities for computer owners, such as
support information and programs.
To see the items in the PC Help & Tools folder:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click PC Help & Tools.
4 Click Hardware Diagnostic Tools to view or use these tools.
Using the hardware diagnostic tools
The hardware diagnostic tools help you to do the following:
2
View the computer system information, such as memory usage, drive capacity
and CPU usage.
Find alerts about your computer.
Show information, and run diagnostic tests on computer hardware and some
computer peripheral hardware, such as printers, monitors, speakers, and
network adapters.
Run a computer system test.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Using HP Total Care Advisor Software
HP Total Care Advisor is a desktop tool you use to monitor and access system health
information about key areas of your computer. HP Total Care Advisor has four major
areas:
PC Health & Security provides a dashboard view of the status of key areas of
your computer.
PC Action Center receives messages and alerts that inform you of changes in
the status of your computer health.
PC Help provides simple access to help and support information for your
computer.
Products Showcase provides a listing of products and services available for
your computer, and presents comparison shopping information about those
items.
To open HP Total Care Advisor:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click HP Total Care Advisor.
Getting Help
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4
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Turning On the Computer for the First Time
After you have completed the steps on the setup poster, you are ready to turn on the
computer.
1 Press the Power button on the monitor.
2 Press the On button on the front of the computer.
3 Turn on the speakers, if they are present.
4 Set up the computer by following the onscreen instructions. If prompted, select the
country/region in which you are physically located, and wait while the computer
makes preparations. (When you select an alternate language, it may take up to
30 minutes for this one-time language setup on the computer.)
5 Set up Microsoft® Windows Vista® by following the onscreen instructions.
6 Follow the onscreen instructions to register with HP or Compaq, sign up for updates,
and get online. If you do not want to set up an Internet connection at this time, you can
do so later by manually starting Easy Internet Services. See “Connecting to the
Internet.”
7 Norton Internet Security automatically opens. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up
this tool, which protects the computer and your privacy.
NOTE: If you stop the setup procedure, when you are ready to finish, double-click the
Easy Setup icon on the desktop to run the first-time wizard.
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Turning Off the Computer
For best results, when using Microsoft Windows Vista, do not shut down the computer,
except when you must turn off the power for safety reasons, such as to make repairs, install
new hardware or cards in the computer chassis, or change a battery.
As an alternative to shutting down the computer, you can lock it or put it into either Sleep
or Hibernate mode, if it is available. You can set the power management timers to put the
computer automatically into Sleep or Hibernate mode.
Sleep and Hibernate modes are power states. Sleep mode saves your work to memory, so
you can resume quickly; saves your work to the hard disk; and then goes to a
reduced-power state. During Sleep mode, the computer hardware light remains on, and
the computer is ready to wake quickly and resume your work where you left off. Hibernate
mode saves the system memory to a temporary file on the hard disk and then turns off the
hardware.
Some computers also have a reduced-power state called Away mode. Away mode turns
off the display and mutes the audio, but otherwise keeps the computer operational. During
Away mode, the computer can perform tasks such as recording a scheduled TV program
or streaming video and music files to a remote location.
Using Shut Down
For best results, when using Windows Vista, turn off the computer without pressing any
buttons on the computer chassis.
NOTE: For information on the Windows Start Button
Button Menu.”
, see “Using the Windows Start
1 Close any open software programs by clicking the X at the upper-right corner of each
program window.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
3 Click the Arrow button next to the Lock button.
4 Click Shut Down.
5 Turn off the monitor.
To turn on the computer after a shut down:
1 Press the power button on the monitor.
2 Press the On button on the front of the computer.
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Using Lock
If you lock the computer, only you or the administrator can log on to it.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Lock button.
3 To unlock this computer, you must enter your password.
Using Sleep mode
When the computer is in Sleep mode, it goes into a reduced-power state. The monitor is
blank, as if it were turned off. By using Sleep mode:
You save time, because you do no have to wait for the computer to go through the
normal startup routine when you wake it again. The next time that you use the
computer, any programs, folders, and documents that were open before you put the
computer into Sleep mode are available.
The computer can receive faxes, if you set it to do so.
The computer can retrieve e-mail messages and download information from the
Internet automatically, if you set it to do so.
To put the computer into Sleep mode manually:
Press the Sleep button on the keyboard, if it is present.
Or
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Power button.
Or
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Arrow button next to the Lock button.
3 Click Sleep.
To wake the computer from Sleep mode:
Press the Sleep button on the keyboard.
Or
Quickly press the On button on the front of the computer.
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If the computer does not work properly when you wake it from Sleep mode, restart the
computer.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Arrow button next to the Lock button.
3 Click Restart.
Or
Quickly press the On button on the front of the computer.
Using Hibernate mode
Hibernate mode is available as an advanced power setting. When the computer is in
Hibernate mode, it saves to the hard disk drive everything that is in computer memory,
turns off the monitor and the hard disk drive, and then turns itself off. When you turn on the
computer again, your programs, folders, and documents are restored to the screen.
To put the computer into Hibernate mode manually:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Arrow button next to the Lock button.
3 Click Hibernate, if it is present.
NOTE: If Hibernate is not present, you can set up the computer to go into Hibernate
mode automatically; see “Automatic Sleep, Hibernate, or Away mode.”
To wake the computer from Hibernate mode, press the On button on the front of the
computer.
If the computer does not work properly when you wake it from Hibernate mode, restart the
computer.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Arrow button next to the Lock button.
3 Click Restart.
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Automatic Sleep, Hibernate, or Away mode
You can set the computer to go into Sleep, Hibernate, or Away modes automatically when
it is idle for a specified number of minutes. To put the computer into a mode automatically,
modify the power management settings.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click System and Maintenance.
4 Click Power Options.
5 Click Change when the computer sleeps.
6 For Sleep or Away mode, select an option from the Put the computer to sleep
drop-down menu, and click Save changes.
Or
For Hibernate or Away mode:
a
Click Change advanced power settings.
b
Click the plus sign (+) next to Sleep.
c
Click an item and make selections, and then click Apply.
d
Click OK.
Restarting the Computer
When you restart the computer, the computer clears some settings and starts over using the
operating system and software in its memory. Restarting is the easiest and most effective
way to solve many software issues for the computer.
Also, you may want to install additional software programs or hardware devices onto the
computer, and doing so may require that you restart the computer after installation.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click the Arrow button next to the Lock button.
3 Click Restart.
Or
Quickly press the On button on the front of the computer.
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Connecting to the Internet
The computer can connect to the Internet through the telephone modem. There are other
ways to connect to the Internet that do not use the telephone modem, such as a LAN (local
area network) or DSL (digital subscriber line). Check with your Internet Service Provider
(ISP) for specific information on the connection. See “About the Internet” for more
information about using the Internet.
Refer to “Setting Up the Computer” in the other setup information that came with your
computer to make the hardware connections: for a modem, see “Connecting a Modem”
and for a network see “Setting Up a Local Area Network.”
To connect to the Internet, you must have:
A computer.
A dial-up modem, a cable modem, or a DSL modem for high-speed broadband
connections. Contact your ISP for any specific software and hardware that you
may need.
Internet service with an ISP.
A Web browser.
To connect to the Internet:
1 Sign up with an ISP. If you already have an account with an ISP, skip this step and
follow the instructions provided by the ISP.
2 If you did not set up for Internet service during the initial setup of the computer, set it
up now by using Easy Internet Services.
a
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
b
Click All Programs.
c
Click Online Services and then click Easy Internet Services.
d
Follow the onscreen instructions to select an ISP and set up Internet service.
NOTE: Easy Internet Services provides a list of ISPs; however, you may choose
another ISP or transfer an existing account to this computer. To transfer existing
accounts, follow the instructions provided by the ISP.
3 Connect to the Internet. You must connect through your ISP.
Double-click the ISP-provided icon on the desktop, and log in.
4 Open your Web browser and browse the Internet.
You can use any Web browser; most computers have Microsoft Internet Explorer. To
open Internet Explorer:
a
Click the Windows Start Button
b
Click Internet Explorer.
on the taskbar.
NOTE: If you have questions, contact your ISP directly.
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Getting Started (features vary by model)
Using the Computer with Safety and Comfort
WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious injury, read the Safety & Comfort
Guide. It describes proper workstation setup, posture, and health and work
habits for computer users. It also provides important electrical and mechanical
safety information.
Before you begin using the computer, arrange the computer and your work area to
maintain your comfort and productivity. Refer to the Safety & Comfort Guide for important
ergonomic information:
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, click All Programs, click
User Guides, and then click Safety & Comfort Guide.
Or
Type
http://www.hp.com/ergo
into the Web browser address box, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
Setting Up User Accounts
User accounts enable you to set the privileges for each user of the computer. For example,
you can set the software programs that each user is allowed to access.
Windows Vista provides three types of user accounts:
Administrator:
Is allowed to change account types for other users, change passwords, change
system-wide settings, access all files on the computer, and install software and drivers
that are compatible with Windows Vista.
Limited - Standard User:
Is not allowed to change other user settings or passwords. A Limited account may
not be able to install or run some software.
Is allowed to change the limited account picture, and to create, edit, or delete the
account password.
Guest:
Is allowed to use most software and change system settings that do not affect other
users or the security of the computer.
Is not allowed to change other user settings or passwords, or install software.
Does not have access to password-protected files, folders, and settings.
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Creating multiple user accounts on the same computer has certain advantages, as well as
some drawbacks.
Advantages to multiple user accounts:
Ability to create individual user settings
Ability to limit access to software for certain users
Drawbacks to multiple user accounts:
More memory (RAM) usage
Multiple Temporary Internet Files folders to remove during Disk Cleanup
More data to back up
Longer time to complete virus scan
Protecting the Computer
Protect the computer, personal settings, and data from a variety of risks by using:
Passwords.
Antivirus software.
Firewall software.
Critical security updates.
NOTE: Security solutions are designed to act as deterrents, but they may not be able to
prevent software attacks or to prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen.
Computer risk
Security feature
Unauthorized use of the computer
or user account
User password
Computer viruses
Norton Internet Security software (antivirus
program)
Unauthorized access to data
Norton Internet Security software (firewall program)
Windows Vista updates
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Unauthorized access to Setup
Utility, BIOS settings, and other
system identification information
Administrator password
Ongoing or future threats to the
computer
Critical security updates from Microsoft
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Using passwords
A password is a group of characters that you choose to secure the computer information.
Several types of passwords can be set, depending on how you want to control access to
your information. Passwords can be set in the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system
on the computer.
CAUTION: To avoid being locked out of the computer, record each password
you set. Because passwords are not displayed as they are set, changed, or
deleted, it is essential to record each password immediately and store it in a
secure place.
Use the following list as a basic guide when choosing a password:
Choose a password that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.
Choose a long password (minimum of six characters).
Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Don’t use personal information that others can easily figure out, such as your birthday,
child’s name, or phone number.
Don’t write down passwords unless you store them in a secure place away from the
computer. Do not store passwords in a file on the computer.
You can use the same password for more than one Windows Vista security feature.
A password can have any combination of up to eight letters and numbers, and it is not
case sensitive.
A password must be set and entered with the same keys. For example, if you set the
password with number keys on the keyboard, the password is not recognized if you
subsequently try to enter it with the embedded numeric keypad.
NOTE: Select models include a separate numeric keypad, which functions exactly like
the keyboard number keys, except in the case of passwords.
A password set in Windows Vista must be entered at a Windows Vista prompt.
The following table lists the Windows Vista passwords and describes their functions. For
information on how to set passwords, see “Using passwords.” For additional information
on Windows Vista passwords, such as screen saver passwords, type passwords into the
Search Help box in the Help and Support Center.
Password
Function
Windows Vista Administrator
password
Protects administrator-level access to
computer contents.
Windows Vista User password
Protects access to a Windows Vista user account and
the computer contents. It must be entered when you
resume from Sleep or Away mode.
CAUTION: If you forget the Administrator password, you cannot access
Setup Utility.
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Using antivirus software
When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, you expose it to
computer viruses. Computer viruses can disable the operating system, software programs,
or utilities, or cause them to function abnormally.
Antivirus software can detect most viruses, destroy them, and in most cases repair any
damage that viruses may have caused. To provide ongoing protection against newly
discovered viruses, antivirus software must be kept up to date.
The Norton Internet Security program, which is preinstalled on the computer, includes
antivirus and firewall components. The software includes a free update period. It is
strongly recommended that you protect the computer against new viruses beyond the free
period by purchasing extended update service. Instructions for using and updating Norton
Internet Security software, and for purchasing extended update service, are provided
within the program.
To open and access Norton Internet Security:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click Norton Internet Security, and then click Norton Internet Security in
the list.
See “Using the Norton Internet Security Antivirus Software” for more information about
using the Norton antivirus software.
For more information about computer viruses, type viruses into the Search Help box in the
Help and Support Center.
Using firewall software
When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, unauthorized persons
may be able to gain access to information about you, the computer, and your data. To
protect your privacy, use firewall software. Microsoft Windows Vista includes firewall
software preinstalled on the computer. Also, Norton Internet Security, which is preinstalled
on the computer, includes a firewall program.
Firewall features include logging, reporting, and automatic alarms to monitor all incoming
and outgoing communications.
To open and access Norton Internet Security:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click Norton Internet Security, and then click Norton Internet Security in
the list.
Under some circumstances, a firewall can block access to Internet games, interfere with
printer or file sharing on a network, or block authorized e-mail attachments. To solve the
problem temporarily, disable the firewall, perform the task that you want to perform, and
then enable the firewall again. To resolve the problem permanently, reconfigure the
firewall.
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Configuring the computer for automatic Microsoft
software updates
Microsoft continually updates the Windows Vista operating system. HP recommends that
you run Windows Vista Update monthly to install these updates. One way to keep the
operating system up to date is to use the Automatic Updates feature.
When you are connected to the Internet, Windows Vista Update automatically notifies you
through a pop-up message or icon in the notification area when critical updates are
available. When you see the Windows Vista Update message, allow the updates to
download to your system. If you update the system weekly, or even monthly, the time
required for download is minimal.
To configure Automatic Updates:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Security.
4 Click Windows Update.
5 Click Change settings.
6 Select the desired configuration:
Install updates automatically (recommended) — This is the default
setting, and it enables you to specify a day and time to automatically download
and install recommended updates.
Download updates but let me choose whether to install them
Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and
install them
Never check for updates (not recommended) — This option makes the
computer more vulnerable to security threats and performance problems and is not
recommended.
7 Click OK.
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Installing critical security updates
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of information damage or loss from security
breaches and computer viruses, install all critical updates from Microsoft as
soon as you receive an alert.
Additional updates to the operating system and other software may have become
available after the computer was shipped. Download all available updates and install
them onto the computer.
To get the latest updates for the computer:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Help and Support, and then click Software, drivers, and BIOS
updates.
3 Follow any onscreen instructions to complete downloading and installing the
latest updates.
Guidelines for Installing Software and Hardware
Devices
After you set up the computer, you may want to install additional software programs or
hardware devices. Keep in mind the following important guidelines:
Before installation, make a restore point by using the Microsoft System Restore
program.
a
Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator.
b
Click the Windows Start Button
c
Click Control Panel.
d
Click System and Maintenance.
e
Click Backup and Restore Center.
f
Click Create a restore point or change settings.
g
In the System Properties window, on the System Protection tab, click Create.
Follow the onscreen instructions.
on the taskbar.
The restore point is a snapshot of the computer settings. By using System Restore, you
ensure that you have a stable set of settings to use. For information on System Restore,
go to the Microsoft Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide
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Choose software that is compatible with the computer; check the operating system,
memory, and other requirements listed for the new software.
Install the new software according to the directions provided by the software
manufacturer. If you need help, check the manufacturer’s documentation or customer
service information.
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If you need to restore factory settings after you install a program that is incompatible:
a
Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator.
b
Click the Windows Start Button
c
Click Help and Support.
d
Click Recover factory settings.
e
Choose an option, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
on the taskbar.
For antivirus software, uninstall the existing software program before reinstalling it or
installing a new antivirus program.
NOTE: Use only licensed original software. Installing copied software may be illegal, or it
may result in an unstable installation or infect the computer with a virus.
Transferring Files and Settings from an Old
Computer to a New Computer
You can copy files from the old computer to a new computer by using media such as CDs
or DVDs, memory sticks, or personal media drives. You can also copy certain settings such
as Web browser Favorites and address books by using Windows Easy Transfer software,
which is included with Microsoft Windows Vista.
To transfer your files and settings:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Help and Support.
3 Type transfer files into the Search Help box.
4 Click the overview article Transfer files and settings from another computer.
This article describes a Microsoft solution for moving your files to your new computer.
5 Click Windows Easy Transfer.
6 Follow the onscreen instructions in the Windows Easy Transfer wizard to transfer your
files from an old computer to a new one.
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Using the Keyboard
IMPORTANT: Please see the documentation that came with the keyboard for additional
information about using the keyboard, customizing keyboard buttons, and using any
special keyboard keys. You may need to install keyboard software and drivers to access
all the special features and functions of the keyboard.
Your computer may include either a standard keyboard or a wireless keyboard. Using the
keyboard is the primary way that you enter text and commands for the computer.
A standard keyboard connects to the keyboard connector in the back of the computer.
A wireless keyboard (select models only) uses a receiver/transmitter, instead of a
connector cable, to communicate with the computer. A light on the receiver indicates
receiver activity.
Identifying Keyboard Features
The keyboard contains an arrangement of standard keys, indicator lights, and special
buttons (select models only). Your keyboard may vary from the illustrations that follow.
Alphanumeric keys
The alphanumeric keys are the main keys found on a standard typewriter.
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Function keys
The function keys, located above the main keys, are labeled F1 through F12. Most function
key operations vary by software program. F1 and F3 are available at all times:
Pressing F1 opens a Help window for the software program being used.
Pressing F3 opens a search window.
Edit keys
The edit keys are Insert, Home, Page Up, Delete, End, and Page Down. Use these keys to
insert and delete text, and to quickly move the cursor on the screen. The edit keys function
differently with some software programs.
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Arrow keys
The arrow keys are controls for moving up, down, right, and left. You can use these keys
instead of the mouse to move the cursor for navigation on a Web page, in a document, or
in a game.
Numeric keys
Press the Num Lock key to lock and unlock the numeric key functions:
When the Num Lock light on the keyboard is on, the numeric keys work in the same
way as the number keys and arithmetic functions found on a basic calculator.
When the Num Lock light on the keyboard is off, the numeric keys are directional keys
used to move the cursor or play games.
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Keyboard indicators
Each keyboard indicator is a light labeled with a name or with an icon for its status:
Icon
Name
Description
Num Lock
When lit, numeric keys are locked as number keys and
arithmetic functions.
Caps Lock
When lit, alphanumeric keys are locked to uppercase.
Scroll Lock
When lit, scroll function is locked.
Special keyboard buttons
There are special buttons (select models only) at the top of the keyboard. These buttons
operate a CD or DVD player, control speaker volume, connect you to the Internet, or
provide quick access to specific functions. (Some keyboard models have some of these
special buttons to the left side of the main keys, some do not have the Internet buttons, and
some use a different layout on the top right.)
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Identifying Special Keyboard Buttons
Your keyboard may not include some of the buttons listed.
NOTE: The number, location, and labeling of buttons vary by keyboard model.
Access buttons
Icon
?
Feature
Description
Sleep
Puts computer into or out of power-saving
mode. It may take 10–30 seconds before
screen reappears.
User
Switches between computer users.
Information
Opens Help and Support Center.
Pictures
(Photos)
Opens imaging software program. Can be
reconfigured.
Music
Opens music software program. Can be
reconfigured.
Video
Opens video software program. Can be
reconfigured.
Internet
Opens an Internet browser. Can be
reconfigured to open any Web site or
software program.
Search
Opens page designed to search the Internet.
Can be reconfigured to open any Web site
or software program.
E-mail
Opens e-mail program. Can be reconfigured
to open any Web site or software program.
HP Club
Links to HP Web site.
Compaq
My Presario
Links to Compaq Web site.
Or
Or
Or
Or
hp Or
Compaq
Or
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Icon
Or
Feature
Description (continued)
Shopping
Goes to a shopping Web site. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Sports
Goes to a sports Web site. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Finance
Goes to a finance Web site. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Connect to
Internet
Goes to an Internet browser page. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Search
Goes to a search engine. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Chat
Goes to chat Web site. Can be reconfigured
to open a site or software program.
Entertainment
Goes to a entertainment Web site. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Offers
Goes to popular Web site. Can be
reconfigured to open a site or software
program.
Calculator
Opens calculator. Can be reconfigured.
Or
Or
Or
Or
Or
Media control or playback buttons
Icon
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Label
Description
Eject 1 and
Eject 2
Opens or closes upper and lower optical drive trays.
Rec
Starts recording to selected media.
Stop
Stops media.
Play/Pause
Plays or pauses media.
Prev
Rewinds media.
Next
Fast-forwards media.
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Icon
Label
Description (continued)
Volume
Volume knob controls speaker volume: Turn clockwise to
increase speaker volume and counterclockwise to decrease
volume.
NOTE: The Volume knob can continue to be turned, even
after maximum volume has been reached.
Volume Up and Down buttons control speaker volume:
Press the Volume Up button to increase volume and the
Volume Down button to decrease volume.
Or
–+
Mute
Turns speaker sound on and off.
Or
Customizing the keyboard buttons
You can customize some of the special buttons on the keyboard (select models only) to
open different programs or files or go to favorite Web sites.
If you cannot customize the keyboard buttons using the following procedure, see the
documentation that came with the keyboard.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present.
4 Click Keyboard.
5 Click the Buttons tab, and then double-click the button that you want to change.
NOTE: You can click the Speed tab to adjust the character repeat delay speed or the
cursor blink rate. You can also click the Hardware tab, and then click the
Properties button to view keyboard information.
6 For the button configuration, click the Down arrow to the right of the list and choose
the button capability, such as Complex remote page with label or Simple
local file with label.
7 Enter a display label and the address information. For a Web page, enter the URL.
8 Click OK.
9 On the Buttons tab, click Apply.
10 Repeat steps 5 through 9 for each button that you want to customize.
11 Click OK to finish.
NOTE: Click the Restore Defaults button on the Buttons tab to restore all of the buttons
to the factory settings.
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Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys that you press simultaneously to perform
specific actions. For example, from the Windows Vista desktop, press the Alt (alternate)
key, the Ctrl (control) key, and the S key (the letter S) to display support information for the
computer (including the model number, serial number, and service ID). You see this
combination of keys represented as Alt+Ctrl+S. In Windows Vista, press Ctrl+C to copy an
item that you’ve highlighted or selected, Ctrl+V to paste a copied item, or Ctrl+Z to undo
the previous action. These shortcuts perform the same actions that you can perform
through menus, but they save you time and mouse clicks.
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Troubleshooting
Synchronizing a wireless mouse and keyboard
If the wireless mouse and keyboard do not respond, use this procedure to resynchronize
the devices.
1 Plug the receiver into a USB port on the computer. If you have a choice, a USB port on
the front of the computer is best if it will be closer to the mouse and keyboard.
2 Push the Connect button (A) on the receiver, and hold it for 5 to 10 seconds until the
blue light starts to flash.
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3 Push and hold the Connect button (B) on the underside of the mouse until the blue LED
on the receiver stops flashing.
NOTE: The receiver connection session times out after 60 seconds. To ensure the
connection was established instead of the receiver timing out, move the mouse and check
for response.
After the mouse connection is established, repeat the procedure with the keyboard:
1 Push the Connect button on the receiver, and hold it for 5 to 10 seconds until the blue
light starts to flash.
2 Push and hold the Connect button (C) on the underside of the keyboard until the blue
LED on the receiver stops flashing.
For additional mouse and keyboard troubleshooting tips, refer to the Troubleshooting and
Maintenance Guide.
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Using the Mouse
IMPORTANT: Please see any documentation that came with the mouse for additional
information about using the mouse, customizing mouse buttons, and using special buttons
or features that are included with the mouse. You may need to install mouse software and
drivers to access all the special features and functions of the mouse.
Your computer includes a mouse for directing the cursor (pointer) on the Windows Vista
desktop. The mouse uses a roller ball or optics (a light and sensor) to sense movement and
cause the cursor on the screen to move. Use the mouse on a flat surface.
NOTE: The optical mouse cannot work on a glass, translucent, or reflective surface.
A wireless mouse (select models only) is an optical mouse that uses a receiver/transmitter,
instead of a connector cable, to communicate with your computer. A light on the receiver
indicates receiver activity.
NOTE: The wireless mouse goes into a sleep or suspend mode after 20 minutes of
inactivity. Click a button on the mouse to wake it. (Moving the wireless mouse does not
wake it.)
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Using the Mouse Buttons
The mouse has two or three buttons on the top:
Click the left mouse button (A) to position the cursor or select
an item.
Click the right mouse button (C) to display a menu of
commands for the item you clicked.
On select models, use the scroll wheel button (B) in the center
for scrolling and panning.
NOTE: Your mouse may look different from the one
shown here.
You see these terms for using the mouse:
Click means to press and release the left mouse button once.
Double-click means to click the left mouse button and then
quickly click it again.
Right-click means to press and release the right button once.
To select an item, click it.
To select sequential items in a list or group, click the first item in the list, and then press and
hold the Shift key on the keyboard while you click the last item.
To select non-sequential items, click the first item, and then press and hold the Ctrl key on
the keyboard while you click the additional items.
You can switch the function of the left and right buttons for left-handed use. See “Changing
Mouse Settings.”
Scrolling
Click the left mouse button to place the cursor in a document, and then:
To scroll toward the beginning of the document, roll the scroll wheel button up
(away from you).
To scroll toward the end of the document, roll the scroll wheel button down
(toward you).
Autoscrolling
1 Place the cursor anywhere in the document, and then press the scroll wheel
button once. An autoscroll icon appears.
2 Move the mouse in the direction you want to scroll. The farther you move the
mouse from the starting point, the faster the document scrolls.
3 To stop autoscrolling, press the scroll wheel button again.
NOTE: Autoscrolling does not work with some software programs.
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Panning
1 Place the cursor anywhere in the document, and then press and hold down the scroll
wheel button.
2 Slowly move the mouse in the direction you want to pan. The farther that you move the
mouse from the starting point, the faster the document pans.
3 To stop panning, release the scroll wheel button.
NOTE: Panning works only if the horizontal scroll bar in the window is active. Panning
does not work with some software programs.
Changing Mouse Settings
Switching mouse button functions
To switch the functions of the right and left mouse buttons for left-handed use:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present.
4 Click Mouse.
5 Click the Buttons tab, and check Switch primary and secondary buttons.
6 Click Apply (using the new primary button), and then click OK.
Changing mouse pointer speed
To change the speed of the cursor on the screen relative to the motion of the mouse:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present.
4 Click Mouse.
5 Click the Pointer Options tab.
6 In the Motion area, use the slider to adjust the pointer speed. You can select other
pointer options by placing a check in the check box next to the setting that you want.
7 Click Apply, and then click OK.
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Changing the double-click speed
To change the double-click speed of the right mouse button:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present.
4 Click Mouse.
5 Click the Buttons tab.
6 In the Double-click speed area, use the slider to adjust the double-click speed.
7 Click Apply, and then click OK.
Turning on the ClickLock option
ClickLock enables you to highlight or drag an object without holding down the
mouse button.
To turn on the ClickLock option:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present.
4 Click Mouse.
5 Click the Buttons tab.
6 In the ClickLock area, place a check in the Turn on ClickLock check box.
7 Click Apply, and then click OK.
Changing the scroll wheel speed
To change the scroll wheel speed:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present.
4 Click Mouse.
5 Click the Wheel tab.
6 In the Vertical Scrolling area, adjust the number of lines per scroll by clicking the
arrow buttons.
Or
In the Horizontal Scrolling area, adjust the number of lines per scroll by clicking the
arrow buttons.
7 Click Apply, and then click OK.
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Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Troubleshooting
If the wireless mouse and keyboard do not respond, see “Synchronizing a wireless mouse
and keyboard” in the “Using the Keyboard” chapter to resynchronize the devices.
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Configuring Speaker and Sound Options
Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only), or they are sold separately.
For details about connecting stereo speakers to the computer, see the setup poster. For
details about connecting multichannel speakers, see “Connecting Speakers or
Microphone” in the Advanced Setup Guide.
NOTE: Speakers may be passive (no power button or power cord) or active (power button
or power cord). Your computer supports only active (powered) speaker systems; the
speaker system must have its own power cord.
A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel speaker system. A multichannel audio
speaker system is a system with more than two channels, and it may include a subwoofer.
For example, a 5.1 channel speaker system, referred to as six-speaker mode, uses two
front speakers (left-right), two rear speakers (left-right), a center speaker, and a subwoofer.
If your computer has multichannel audio speaker capacity (select models only), you can
connect four channels for four-speaker output, or six channels for 5.1 speaker output.
Your model may include one of three analog sound connector types on the back of
the computer:
Three connectors (Realtek Audio)
Six connectors (Realtek Audio)
Audio sound card (Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi and X-Fi Fatality, or Analog Devices,
Inc (ADI))
Your system may also have a separate Digital Out connector (select models only).
See “Connecting Speakers or Microphone” in the Advanced Setup Guide for more
information about connecting your speaker system, and then configure the audio software
for sound output as described in this section.
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Adjusting speaker volume
Use the Volume icon on the taskbar to set speaker volume. Then, you can adjust the volume
by using:
The Volume knob or buttons on the keyboard (select models only).
The Volume knob on the speakers (select models only).
There are two ways to use the Volume icon:
1 Click the orange Realtek HD Audio Manager Volume icon on the
taskbar.
2 Select a tab, such as Digital Output, and then adjust the volume by clicking
the slider and moving it.
3 When you are satisfied with the sound level, click outside the Volume window to
close it.
Or
1 Right-click the white Microsoft Volume icon on the taskbar, and then click
Open Volume Mixer. The Volume Mixer settings window opens.
2 Adjust the volume by clicking the slider and moving it.
3 When you are satisfied with the sound level, click the Close box (the X in the
upper-right corner) to close this window.
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Selecting a microphone
Your computer comes with one microphone connector on the back of the computer. Some
models have a second microphone connector on the front of the computer. Only one
microphone connector works at a time, and the back connector is ready to use unless you
have the multichannel audio speakers option. For computers with the multichannel audio
speakers option, the microphone connector on the front of the computer, if it is present, is
ready to use.
To use a microphone connected to the front of your computer (select models only), select
the working microphone:
NOTE: If you connect your microphone to the back of your computer, you do not need to
perform this procedure.
1 Right-click the white Microsoft Volume icon on the taskbar, and then click
Recording Devices. The Sound window opens.
2 Select the Recording tab.
3 Double-click Microphone, and select the General tab.
4 Click the microphone connector that you want to use, and then click Apply.
5 Click OK.
Adjusting microphone volume
To adjust the volume of the microphone:
1 Right-click the orange Realtek HD Audio Manager Volume icon on the
taskbar, and then click Audio Devices.
2 Click the Recording tab.
3 Double-click Microphone, and then click the General tab.
4 Click the microphone connector that you want to use.
5 Click the Levels tab.
6 Adjust the volume for the microphone by clicking the slider and moving it.
7 Click OK, and then click OK again.
Configuring audio output
You can configure your speaker audio output by using the following software. Use the
software that applies to your computer model:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi Fatality Speaker Settings Configuration
(audio card)
Realtek HD Audio Manager (multistreaming audio)
Windows Media Center (all systems)
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Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi
Fatality audio card
This section provides an overview of configuring and recording with the Creative Sound
Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi Fatality audio card (select models).
Configuring the audio card software
After you have installed and connected the speakers, follow these steps to configure
multichannel audio output for computers:
NOTE: Three modes are available; Entertainment Mode is selected here. For information
about the other modes, see “Sound Blaster X-Fi configuration modes.”
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Point to All Programs.
3 Click Creative, Sound Blaster X-Fi, and then click Creative Console
Launcher.
4 The Entertainment Mode window opens. If a different mode displays, click the Mode
button, and then select Entertainment Mode.
5 Click the Windows Start Button
Creative Console Launcher.
, All Programs, Creative, and then
6 Click the Speakers button.
7 Click Auto Detect. Creative automatically detects the type of speakers that
are connected to your system.
8 Click X to close the window.
Now that you have configured the audio card software, you must configure audio output
for your media software program. The procedure is different for each program. Refer to
the instructions that came with the media software program.
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Configuring the FlexiJack connector
Your audio device may have a FlexiJack connector that supports both microphone and Line
input. If so, you can change the FlexiJack mode, if necessary. To do this, you must select
the function in the Creative Console Launcher after you connect the audio cable to the
FlexiJack connector on the audio card.
NOTE: If you are using the FlexiJack as your Digital In connection, and you want to
connect digital speakers as your output device, you need a special connector from
Creative.
1 Connect your audio cable to the FlexiJack connector on the audio card.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
Creative Console Launcher.
, All Programs, Creative, and then
3 Click the Jacks button.
4 Under FlexiJack Mode, select either Digital I/O or Mic-In/Line-In.
5 Close the window.
Sound Blaster X-Fi configuration modes
The Sound Blaster X-Fi audio card includes three modes: Audio Creation Mode,
Entertainment Mode, and Game Mode.
The main functions, such as speaker configuration, equalizer, and volume control, are
available in all three modes. However, each mode optimizes the audio card resources to
provide the best audio performance for different activities.
Using Audio Creation Mode
The Audio Creation Mode enables advanced recording functions.
Available features:
Recording from several audio sources
Applying studio-quality effects
Mixer settings
Equalizer settings
Using Entertainment Mode
The Entertainment Mode optimizes the audio card for playing movies and music.
Available features:
Configuring speakers and headphones
Configuring surround sound, DTS, and THX
Volume, bass, and treble controls
Mixer settings
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Using Game Mode
The Game Mode optimizes the audio card for playing games.
Available features:
Volume, bass, and treble controls
Mixer settings
Configuring speakers and headphones
Configuring surround sound
More information
For more information about configuring and using the audio card, go to the Creative
Sound Blaster X-Fi documentation:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Point to All Programs.
3 Click Creative, Sound Blaster X-Fi, and then click Documentation.
4 Click Online Manual.
Configuring speakers with Realtek HD Audio
Manager
After you have installed and connected your speakers, complete the following steps if your
computer model has type 6 connectors and is capable of multistreaming audio:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound.
4 Click Realtek HD Audio Manager. The window opens.
NOTE: You must have your speakers connected for Realtek to display the
Speakers tab.
5 Click the Speakers tab to open that control screen.
6 Click the Speaker Configuration tab.
7 Select your type of speakers from the drop-down menu.
8 Click OK.
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The Realtek HD Audio Manager control screens
Digital Output: Enables you to select the Environment and Equalizer settings. You
can select an environment, such as Stone Room or Auditorium. Under Equalizer,
you can either click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the
settings and then save them for easy selection later.
Speakers: Enables you to select the number of speakers, view whether the
connectors are analog or digital, and select the digital audio output and digital audio
input devices. Only speakers that are currently being used are displayed.
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Microphone: Enables fine control over the recording volume and playback volume
of the microphone. Includes buttons for noise suppression and acoustic echo
cancellation.
Line In (Digital Input): Enables control over volume, playback, mute, recording,
and multistreaming audio.
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HDMI Output: Enables you to select the Environment and Equalizer settings. You
can select an environment, such as Stone Room or Auditorium. Under Equalizer,
you can either click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the
settings and then save them for easy selection later.
Configuring sound for recording with the
Realtek HD Audio Manager
The microphone connector is ready to use for recording sound. If you want to use another
connector for recording, such as the Digital Audio In connector, complete the following
steps to select it:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, and then Realtek HD Audio Manager.
4 Click the Line In tab.
5 Click Digital In tab, and then select Set Default Device.
6 Click OK to close the window.
NOTE: You can retask the front pink, blue, and green connectors to perform other audio
functions; see “Retasking front panel audio connectors.”
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Retasking front panel audio connectors
You can retask the Line In, Mic In, Headphone, and Front Speaker Out connectors on the
front of the computer, as necessary.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Click Hardware and Sound, and then click Realtek HD Audio Manager.
4 Click a front connector icon that you want to retask.
NOTE: Only the connectors that are not dimmed are able to be retasked.
5 Place a check in the device check box that you want to select, and then click OK.
You can now use the front connectors as either input or output devices.
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Configuring multistreaming audio
The Realtek HD Audio Manager software enables you to listen to two different audio
sources on two different speaker sets.
For example, you can hear one audio source through a rear-panel speaker connection,
and a second source through a front-panel headphone or speaker connection. You must
configure multistreaming audio for the system if you want to hear two audio sources on
separate speakers.
Audio output overview
The front-panel audio output is the green stereo headphone connector only.
The rear-panel outputs are the speaker connectors that can be set up as multichannel out
from stereo 2.0 to 7.1 (select models only) configurations. Refer to your user
documentation for information about setting up powered speakers or your AV receiver.
Audio input overview
You can select two of the following audio sources to play through front-panel headphone
and rear-panel speaker connectors:
1 From an externally connected device source, such as:
A microphone with cable connected to Mic In (pink).
An MP3 player with cable connected to Line In (blue).
2 From an internal source inside, or directly connected to, the computer, audio files may
reside on: hard disk drives, DVDs, CDs, USB drives, HP Personal Media Drives, or
any connected device. Play internal media files through programs such as:
Microsoft Windows Media Player.
Other installed media player software.
NOTE: Digital Audio In cannot be multistreamed.
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When to use multistreaming audio
You may multistream two audio sources as described in the following typical examples:
1 For online gaming:
You hear 5.1 game sound on AV receiver or powered speakers.
You also hear gaming conversation on a headset.
See “Example 1: For online gaming.”
2 For digital home entertainment:
You hear DVD sound on a living room TV/display or AV receiver from the
rear-speaker connections.
You also hear sound on the computer or powered speakers that are connected to
the front-panel green headphone jack, from one of the following external
computer audio sources:
a
Front-panel Line In
b
Internal source residing on a hard disk drive, DVD, CD, USB drive, or other
external device
See “Example 2: For digital home entertainment.”
Setting up multistreaming audio
Example 1: For online gaming
To configure multistreaming audio output for online gaming with Realtek HD Audio
Manager, you must enable Voice-over-IP software (software used to converse over the
Internet). Other players hear your voice from the microphone via the Internet, and you hear
the game audio from the rear speakers.
1 Connect the audio input and output connectors as follows:
A headphone set to the front Headphone Out (green) connector
A microphone to the front Mic In (pink) connector for online conversation
A set of powered stereo 5.1 or 7.1 speakers to the rear Speaker Out connectors
for gaming sound output
2 Click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the taskbar to open the
Realtek HD Audio Manager window.
3 Click the Device Advanced Settings button.
4 Select Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio
streams simultaneously.
5 Place a check in the Output Mic In/Line In to front panel check box, and
click OK.
Or
Place a check in the Output Mic In/Line In to rear panel check box, and
click OK.
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Example 2: For digital home entertainment
To configure multistreaming audio output for digital home entertainment with Realtek HD
Audio Manager:
1 Connect the audio output connectors as follows:
A headphone set or powered speakers to the front Headphone Out (green)
connector for stereo music playback
A set of powered stereo 5.1 or 7.1 speakers to the rear Speaker Out connectors
for DVD playback sound output
2 Click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the taskbar to open the
Realtek HD Audio Manager window.
3 Click the Device Advanced Settings button.
4 Select Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio
streams simultaneously.
5 Place a check in the Output Mic In/Line In to front panel check box, and then
click OK.
Or
Place a check in the Output Mic In/Line In to rear panel check box, and then
click OK.
Configuring audio for Windows Media Center
After you have installed, connected, and configured the speakers, follow these steps to
configure multichannel audio output for Windows Media Center:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Windows Media Center.
3 Under Tasks, click settings, General, and then click Windows Media
Center Setup.
4 Click Set Up Your Speakers. The Welcome to Speaker Setup window opens.
5 Click Next.
6 Choose the speaker connection type, and then click Next.
7 Select the number of speakers, and then click Next.
8 Click Test to test the speakers.
9 Click Finish.
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Selecting recording devices
(Type 6 connectors only)
To select a sound recording device:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click 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.
5 Under Sound Recording, select a recording device, such as Realtek HD Front
Pink Jack.
6 Click OK.
7 Close the window.
Resolving sound issues
If you do not have sound from the speakers, try the following:
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Check the volume and mute settings.
Use active (powered) speakers, or speakers with an amplifier.
Check the sound cable connections.
Ensure that the software program and sound software are properly configured.
Some software programs may result in low volume, even when the Volume is turned to
the maximum value. If this is the case, click the Volume icon on the taskbar, and
increase the system volume.
Reconfigure the sound software for surround sound.
Reinstall the audio card drivers by using application reinstallation program; refer to
the Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide that came with the computer.
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Using the Windows Media Center
Remote Control
(Select models only)
NOTE: The remote control is included with select models
only. Features and location may vary.
The remote control is designed to work with Windows Media
Center. You can use the remote control with Windows Media
Center to play CDs and DVDs, view pictures, and much more.
This remote control helps you navigate the Windows Media
Center windows on the computer just as a TV remote control
helps you navigate cable TV options or control the playback of
a movie in a VCR or DVD player.
The remote control can:
Navigate and control all Windows Media Center
windows.
Control the video display.
Place the computer in and out of sleep mode.
Shut down or restart the computer.
Log off from Windows Media Center or switch users.
The remote control cannot:
Navigate the Windows desktop or control other computer
programs outside of Windows Media Center.
Be used as a VCR, DVD player, or stereo remote control.
Turn on or off a TV that is connected to the computer (select
models only).
Turn on the computer.
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Remote Control Buttons Overview
1
On/Off (Sleep) — Puts the computer into and out of
a power-reduced Sleep mode. It does not turn the
computer off.
2
Visualization — Displays visual imagery that is
synchronized to the sound of the music tracks.
3
Music — Opens the Music Library window in
Windows Media Center.
4
Radio — Opens the FM Radio window in Windows
Media Center.
5
Guide — Opens the Television Program Guide.
6
Recorded TV — Opens the recorded tv window
where recorded TV programs are listed.
7
Arrows — Moves the cursor to navigate and select
actions within all Windows Media Center windows.
8
DVD Menu — Opens the Play DVD window in
Windows Media Center or opens the main menu of a
DVD movie, if available.
9
Back — Returns to the previous window within
Windows Media Center.
10
More Info — Displays available information about a
selected media file and displays other menus.
11
Start — Opens the Windows Media Center
main menu.
12
Volume — Increases (+) and decreases (–) volume.
13
Mute — Turns computer sound off. The word Mute is
displayed when Mute is turned on.
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Record — Records a selected television program and
stores it on the hard disk drive.
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Play — Plays the selected media.
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Rewind — Moves the media backward at
three speeds.
17
Skip Backward — Moves media backward
7 seconds, or to the beginning of a music track or a
DVD chapter.
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0 to 9, #, * — Enters text and numbers into a Windows Media Center search or text box. Each time
you press a number button, a different character appears. Press the Enter button to select a character.
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Clear — Deletes the last character entered.
20
LED — Activity indicator light. The LED tells you that the remote control is emitting a signal when you
press a button.
21
Print — Prints an item in Windows Media Center.
22
Picture — Opens the Pictures Library window in Windows Media Center.
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Video — Opens the Videos Library window in Windows Media Center.
24
Live TV — Displays the full-screen view of live TV. Moves a TV program forward to the end of the pause
buffer and resumes playing live TV.
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OK — Selects the desired action or window option and acts as the Enter key.
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Aspect — Changes the aspect ratio of the display. Zooms in on the picture three times then returns to
the full-screen aspect ratio.
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Slide Show — Plays a slide show of all the pictures on the hard disk drive.
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CH/PG up (+) and down (–) — Changes the TV channels or moves pages up and down, depending
on available options. Moves to the next DVD chapter.
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Eject — Ejects CD or DVD drive.
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Pause — Pauses audio and video tracks and live or recorded TV programs.
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Fast Forward — Moves media forward at three speeds.
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Skip Forward — Moves media forward 30 seconds in videos and live TV, one music track, or one
DVD chapter.
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Stop — Stops the media currently playing.
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Enter — Selects the desired action, menu, or window option.
NOTE: The remote control requires two AA batteries. The remote control operates up to 8 meters (26 feet) away
from the remote sensor. Make sure there is nothing blocking the pathway between the remote control and the
remote sensor.
NOTE: Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn down or mute the volume, for example, if you have a
scheduled recording in the middle of the night and do not want to be disturbed. The computer does not
automatically go into Sleep mode if Windows Media Center is open. It is recommended that you close Windows
Media Center before you manually place the computer in sleep mode.
NOTE: If the computer model does not include a TV tuner, some remote control buttons are inactive.
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About the Remote Control
Use the remote control to open the Windows Media Center program, and use it to view
TV, record TV programs, play previously recorded TV programs, and play music, movies,
or video.
To open Windows Media Center using the remote control, simply point it at the remote
sensor, and press the Windows Media Center Start button
.
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.
NOTE: Use alkaline batteries in the remote control.
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Troubleshooting the Remote Control
If the remote doesn’t work:
Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed correctly.
Make sure the front of the remote sensor (IR receiver) is not blocked.
Point the remote control within a 45-degree angle range and less than 8 meters
(26 feet) away.
If a pressed key repeats itself or sticks, unplug the remote sensor from the USB
connector, wait 1 minute, and plug the remote sensor back in. Try altering the lighting
conditions in the room or moving the location of the remote sensor if this continues.
Press the Enter button on the remote control after changing a channel.
Point the remote control toward the remote sensor, and press a button. A faint red light
should appear on the remote sensor. If the light appears, then the problem is probably
in the Windows Media Center software. Close Windows Media Center, restart the
computer, and then open Windows Media Center again.
If the remote control works in Windows Media Center but not when changing
channels, you need to reconfigure the Windows Media Center software settings for
the cable set-top box or satellite receiver.
Remote sensor is not receiving a signal from the
remote control
If a faint red light doesn’t appear when you point the remote control at the remote sensor
and press the OK button, try the following:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
then select Properties.
on the taskbar, right-click Computer, and
2 Click Device Manager.
3 Click the plus (+) sign next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
4 If the eHome Infrared Receiver is listed under Universal Serial Bus Controllers,
Windows is properly detecting the IR Receiver. If it is not listed, go to the next step.
5 Unplug the end of the USB cable on the remote sensor from the computer, and plug it
into the same USB port.
6 Disconnect all other USB devices, leave the remote sensor plugged in, and then restart
the computer. Plug in other USB devices after the remote sensor appears in the Device
Manager window.
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Introducing Your Computer Software
The operation of your computer is controlled by two kinds of software:
The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, which displays the desktop on the
monitor and controls your computer’s hardware, peripherals, and software programs.
Software programs that perform specific functions, such as word processing.
The software programs included with the computer may vary by model and by
country/region.
Learning More About Software
You can find information on using software and on the Microsoft Windows Vista operating
system in this guide and the onscreen Help. For Microsoft Windows Vista, you can also
open the built-in Help and Support Center.
Press the Help button (labeled with a question-mark icon) on your keyboard (select
models only).
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
Support.
on the taskbar, and then click Help and
For help with specific software, refer to the onscreen Help within the program.
Using the Desktop
The desktop is the work area that appears on the monitor screen. It includes the taskbar
along one edge, and shortcut icons that make it easy to find the things you need.
The taskbar shows the Windows Start Button
; a button for each open window, so that
you can switch between programs; and the notification area that includes the time.
A shortcut icon is a small picture that you click to open a folder or start a program. One
icon on the desktop that performs a special function is for the Recycle Bin, which collects
files or shortcuts that you delete. When you empty the Recycle Bin, the files or shortcuts are
permanently deleted. You can retrieve items from the Recycle Bin until you empty it.
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Removing desktop icons
You can remove most desktop icons by deleting them.
To delete a desktop icon:
1 Right-click the desktop icon.
2 Click Delete. The icon is placed in the Recycle Bin.
Retrieving desktop icons
1 Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop.
2 Drag the icon onto the desktop.
Removing files permanently
1 Right-click a file, and then click Delete.
2 Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, and then click Empty Recycle Bin.
Using the Windows Start Button Menu
Click the Windows Start Button
Start menu, you can:
on the taskbar to open the Start menu. From the
Open programs or documents.
Open the Help and Support Center.
Start a search.
Open the Control Panel to view or change settings.
Using the All Programs menu
To find the software programs on your computer:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
The All Programs menu displays a list of folders organized according to task
(select models only).
A folder contains a list of items. Each item is actually a shortcut, or link, to a program, a
document, or another folder. The Music folder, for example, contains shortcuts to the
programs that you use to play music CDs.
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Organizing the All Programs list
To change the name of an item:
1 Right-click the item.
2 Click Rename.
3 Type the new name, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
4 Click Yes in the message that appears.
To copy an item:
1 Right-click the item.
2 Click Copy.
3 Go to the desktop or folder, right-click an empty area, and then click Paste.
If you use Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel to delete a software program, the
shortcut in All Programs may not be removed. To remove a shortcut:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click the folder.
4 Right-click the shortcut, and then click Delete.
Using the Control Panel
The Control Panel is where you can set up or change properties and settings for the
monitor, the keyboard, the mouse, the modem, a network connection, and other
components and features of the computer. The Control Panel also provides tools for
changing system performance, adding hardware, adding or removing programs, and
other tasks.
To open the Control Panel:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel.
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Resizing Windows
All windows have three buttons in the upper-right corner. The middle
button is either the Maximize button or the Restore Down button,
depending on the state of the window.
Feature
Name
Description
Minimize
Collapses the window to the taskbar (but does not close it).
To bring the window back up, click the taskbar button with
the name of the window.
Maximize
Expands the window to the full-screen size.
Restore
Down
Reduces the window from full-screen size, so that it covers
only a portion of the screen.
Close
Closes the window, and stops the program or task.
Resize
Resizes a window (not available when window is
maximized). Move your mouse cursor over any window
border until the cursor becomes a double-headed arrow.
Click and hold down the left mouse button. Drag the border
to the left or right to change the width. Drag the border up or
down to change the height.
Scroll bar
Appears in a window when the information does not fit on
one screen. Clicking and dragging a vertical scroll bar
moves the screen up and down. Clicking and dragging a
horizontal scroll bar moves the screen left and right.
Working with Digital Images
You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital camera or a digital video
camera, to the computer either directly or through a docking station. Digital picture files
that you copy or download from the device appear in the Pictures folder.
Digital cameras and other digital imaging devices use memory cards, or media, to store
digital picture files. You can copy digital picture files from the memory cards used by
digital cameras and other digital imaging devices by using the memory card reader (select
models only).
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About the Internet
This section describes connecting to and using the Internet, including how to use a Web
browser and electronic mail (e-mail).
Use the Internet to search for information or services on the Web, or to retrieve, read, or
send e-mail messages.
The Internet is a group of computers that communicate with each other through telephone
lines, digital services, or cable lines. Each Internet computer is independent, and its
operators choose which files to make available to users of the Internet. To connect your
computer to the Internet and use the information and services available there, you need an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ISPs are businesses that give you access to the Internet, and most of them provide e-mail
service. ISPs usually charge a monthly fee for their services. When your computer connects
to the Internet, it is actually communicating with the Internet computer belonging to the ISP.
The ISP verifies your account, and then provides you access to the Internet. You use a Web
browser program to search for and display Web site information. Some ISPs allow you to
choose a browser program, while others provide their own browser.
Your connection to an ISP may be through a traditional telephone dial-up modem, local
area network (LAN), cable modem, digital subscriber line (DSL), or asymmetric digital
subscriber line (ADSL). (DSL, ADSL, and cable ISPs are not available in all countries/
regions.)
The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is a public part of the Internet used
by individuals, companies, governments, and organizations. These individuals and groups
have created millions of Web sites in support of their activities. A Web site consists of one
or more Web pages. A Web page is a file or group of files that a user can access by
entering the file location, or Uniform Resource Locator (URL).
The URL identifies a Web site location, typically in the form http://www.name.extension
(for example, http://www.hp.com). The URL may include the path to a specific file
within that site. Each period, or dot, in the URL separates elements within the address. For
example, you will see the URL extension .com used by companies. When you enter the URL
into your browser address box and press the Enter key on your keyboard, the browser
contacts that location and opens the Web page for you.
Imagine that you are reading a newspaper. On page 1, you may read something like “For
more details, see page 3, column 2.” You turn the page for more information. A hyperlink
on a Web page works the same way, except that you move to the new page by clicking
the hyperlink. The way that a hyperlink links files together is what gives the Web its name,
because the Web weaves together and connects ideas from all over the world.
Your e-mail address identifies the electronic post office box where people can send you
electronic mail. E-mail addresses have the form name@domain.extension. The domain is
usually the name of the ISP or organization. The extension usually identifies the type of
organization. For example, if your name is Jane Jones, and XYZ is your ISP, your e-mail
address might be JaneJones@xyz.com, with the extension .com indicating that XYZ is a
company. For information on using e-mail, see “Sending and Receiving E-Mail.”
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Using a Browser
A Web browser program searches for and displays Web site information. How you
explore the Internet depends on whether your ISP provides the browser or allows you to
choose your own.
Once you are connected to the Internet, your browser opens the home Web page. You can
go to a different Web site by entering its address (such as http://www.hp.com) into
the address box in the browser, and then pressing Enter on your keyboard. Or you can
use the browser search feature to search for references to a specific word or phrase on
the Web.
Searching the Internet
Most Web browser programs include a search feature. You may need to click a button or
select a menu option to display the search feature, depending on the type of browser
program. Type a question, or a word that describes the information that you want to find,
into the Search box, and then press Enter.
The Windows search feature includes direct use of Internet Explorer Search.
NOTE: If your ISP provides the browser, you may not be able to use Internet Explorer to
search the Internet.
To begin a search:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Type a word or question; what you type automatically appears in the Start Search
box. As you type, the search results appear in the left pane.
3 Do one of the following:
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Click a result to open it.
Click the X in the search window to clear the results of the search and return to the
main list of programs.
Click See all results to display a list of all found search items on the computer
and for advanced options.
Click Search the Internet to search the Internet by opening your browser.
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Restricting Internet content
The Internet provides you with a wide variety of information, but some information may
not be suitable for every viewer. With Content Advisor (a feature of Internet Explorer),
you can:
Set up a password.
Control Internet access.
Set up a list of Web sites that people who use your computer cannot view.
Adjust the type of content people can view with and without your permission.
Once you set up restricted rating levels in Content Advisor, users can view Web sites and
other pages that you have specified under the rating setup. However, to view unrated Web
sites or pages, users must enter the Content Advisor password that you have set. This
means that any unrated page, even Help and Support or Internet Explorer, is not viewable
if the user does not know the password.
To enable Content Advisor:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Internet Explorer.
3 Click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
4 Click the Content tab.
5 In the Content Advisor area, click Enable.
6 Click the General tab, click Create password, and type a password.
7 Click OK, and then click OK again.
To allow access to an unrated site or page you approve of:
1 Open the Web site.
2 When the password window appears, select the Always allow viewing or
Allow viewing only this time option.
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Using the Norton Internet Security Antivirus
Software
When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, you expose it to
computer viruses. Computer viruses can disable or damage your operating system,
software programs, or computer utilities.
Antivirus software can detect most viruses, remove them, and, in most cases, repair any
damage that they have caused. To provide ongoing protection against newly discovered
viruses, you must keep antivirus software up to date.
Norton Internet Security, an antivirus software program, is preinstalled on your computer
and includes a free trial subscription of protection updates. You can enable Symantec’s
LiveUpdate™ to obtain updates automatically whenever you are online. Hewlett-Packard
strongly recommends that you protect the computer against new viruses beyond the trial
period by purchasing an extended update service.
Configuring and registering Norton Internet
Security software
When you first set up the computer, Norton Internet Security helps you to configure and
register your copy of Norton Internet Security.
Ensure that you set up Norton Internet Security before you start using the Internet.
1 Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, All Programs, Norton
Internet Security, and then click Norton Internet Security.
2 Click a task under Tasks & Scans, and then follow any onscreen instructions.
For information about using and updating the Norton Internet Security software, open
Norton Internet Security, and then click Help under Quick Links.
Manually running a scan
To select and run a scan:
1 Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop.
2 Click the Norton Internet Security tab.
3 Click the Tasks & Scans bar.
4 Click Run a Scan.
5 Select Run Full System Scan to scan your entire hard disk drives for viruses and
security risks. Depending on the number of files on your computer, this may take
several minutes.
6 When the scan is complete, click Finish.
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Setting a Full System Scan time
To schedule a time for a Norton Internet Security Full System Scan:
1 Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop.
2 Click the Norton Internet Security tab.
3 Click the Tasks & Scans bar.
4 Click Configure a Scan.
5 Click Schedule Full System Scan.
6 Click New.
7 Set the frequency and time that you want the scan to run.
8 When you are done, click OK.
NOTE: If the computer is in Sleep mode, the Norton Internet Security program does not
perform a scheduled antivirus scan.
NOTE: Performing an antivirus scan during a scheduled Windows Media Center
recording can result in a failed TV recording. Recording a TV program requires a TV tuner,
which is included with select models only.
Setting up a Custom Scan time
To create a Custom Scan for specific files, folders, and drives:
1 Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop.
2 Click the Norton Internet Security tab.
3 Click the Tasks & Scans bar.
4 Click Configure a Scan.
5 Click Manage Custom Scans.
6 Click Create Custom Scan, and then click Next.
7 Click Add Folders or Add Files. Place a check mark next to the files and folders
that you want to scan, click Add, and then click Next.
8 Type a name for your customized scan, and then click Finish.
9 Click Schedule next to the customized scan that you just created.
10 Click New.
11 Set the frequency and time that you want the scan to run.
12 When you are done, click OK.
NOTE: If the computer is in Sleep mode, the Norton Internet Security program does not
perform a scheduled antivirus scan.
NOTE: Performing an antivirus scan during a scheduled Windows Media Center
recording can result in a failed TV recording. Recording a TV program requires a TV tuner,
which is included with select models only.
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Sending and Receiving E-Mail
E-mail enables you to send and receive letters, pictures, postcards, and even music and
video clips.
NOTE: E-mail may contain a virus in the message itself or as an attachment. To protect
your computer, do not open any message that originates from an unfamiliar source or that
appears suspect to you. Instead, delete such messages.
Your computer comes with an e-mail program from Microsoft called Windows Mail (select
models only). You may also use e-mail programs from other vendors. Some ISPs provide
their own e-mail programs. You use an e-mail program to send, receive, and organize your
messages. You can organize, read, and create new messages even when you are offline
(not connected to the Internet).
Using Windows Mail
To set up Windows Mail, you first need some information from your ISP: your e-mail
address, user name, password, the names of your incoming and outgoing e-mail servers,
and perhaps some other details.
The first time you start Windows Mail, make sure the computer is connected to the Internet,
and follow the wizard to set up your account.
To add an account in Windows Mail:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click Windows Mail.
4 Click Tools, and then click Accounts.
5 Click Add, E-mail Account, and then click Next.
6 Follow the onscreen instructions to add your account.
Using the e-mail program provided by your ISP
Follow the instructions provided by your ISP to install its Web browser and e-mail program,
and to set up and use your e-mail account. You can then send and receive e-mail when
your computer is connected to your ISP.
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Software Quick Reference Table
(Select models only)
Your computer includes a number of software programs that:
Record and play CDs.
Record data CDs.
Import and edit video files.
Record video CDs and DVDs.
Organize digital media files.
The following table describes the functionality that is specific to each of these programs. Use the table to determine
which program to use to perform a task.
Note that some of the programs that are listed may not be included with your model, and that this is not a
complete list of all included software.
To open any of these programs, click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, click All Programs,
select the program folder (for example, DVD Play), and then click the program name to open the software.
With this program:
DVD Play
(select models only)
HP Photosmart
Essential
(select models only)
You can:
Play DVD movies and video CDs (VCDs).
Play Blu-ray and High-Definition DVDs if the computer has a Blu-ray and
HD DVD disc drive.
Use the Zoom and Pan features.
Create viewing bookmarks.
View, organize, and print your photos.
Share your photos with friends and family.
Create electronic photo albums.
Edit your photos: crop, resize, flip, rotate, make black and white, change the
contrast, and more.
To open this program, click the Windows Start Button
HP, and then click HP Photosmart Essential.
Rhapsody
(select models only)
, All Programs,
Play music CDs, .mp3s, and other audio files.
Record music files.
Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the computer.
Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.
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With this program:
muvee autoProducer
(select models only)
CyberLink Power2Go
(select models only)
CyberLink
PowerDirector
(select models only)
CyberLink LabelPrint
(select models only)
HP Total Care Advisor
(select models only)
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You can: (continued)
Add your own style to your movies with music, pictures, titles, scene transitions,
and captions.
Edit your home movies.
Save and burn multiple movie files to DVD.
Use the magicSpot feature to control the motion effects applied to your pictures.
Record data and music files.
Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the computer.
Create customized music CDs from CDs in your collection, or from .wav, .mp3,
or .wma files. These CDs can be played in your home or car stereo.
Copy and share data files.
Create archive CDs or DVDs from files on your computer.
Copy video files.
Verify that the disc has been created without errors.
Record movie files to create VCDs and DVDs that you can play on some DVD
players.
Copy and share video files.
Capture video files.
Edit video files.
Burn a label directly onto LightScribe-enabled CDs, DVDs, and mini-discs by
using LightScribe technology.
Burn a label directly onto the disc’s label side by using Labelflash technology.
Print labels to attach directly onto a disc.
Quickly organize the Web links you want to keep available to you on your
desktop.
Comparison-shop using the convenient shopping search engine.
Get HP software and driver updates.
Get important messages from HP.
Access PC Health and Security and PC Help tools.
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With this program:
Backup My PC
(select models only)
You can: (continued)
Create computer backup files to protect your data and other important files on
your computer.
NOTE: This software is included with the Personal Media Drive only.
Microsoft Windows
Movie Maker
(select models only)
Import audio, video, and other media files from videotape, audiotape, Web
cameras, or television broadcasts.
Record audio and video files to create a video project that becomes a
Microsoft Windows Media source file with a .wmv extension.
Edit and preview files.
Send a movie in an e-mail or upload it to a Web server.
Add music files (.mp3).
Import audio files such as .mp3, .asf, or .wma; video files such
as .wmv, .asf, .avi, or .mpg; or image files such as .jpg or .gif.
Create .avi and .wmv (Windows Media Video) files.
NOTE: You may have a software update CD included with your computer. You may need to install this CD before
using the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive. To do this, follow the installation instructions that came with the CD.
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Managing Files
A file is any unit of information that is named and stored on the computer hard disk drive
or other electronic storage media, such as a CD, diskette, or even in a digital camera. A
file can be a document, picture, music, video, or other data. Almost everything that you do
on the computer involves working with files.
The computer can copy files to other storage media within component drives, such as
diskettes, memory cards, CDs or DVDs, or it can send them to output devices, such as a
printer.
Organizing Files with Folders
In Windows Vista, folders enable you to organize the files on the computer. Like paper
folders within a filing cabinet, folders on the computer provide a way to group related files
together.
A folder can contain any type of file, and it can even contain other folders. Each file within
a folder must have a unique name, but two different folders can have files with the
same name.
There are two methods for working with files and folders on the computer:
The Computer view enables you to quickly see all the files and folders within a specific
folder on the computer. It also contains links to common tasks for managing files, such
as copying, moving, deleting, and renaming.
To open the Computer view, click the Windows Start Button
and then click Computer.
on the taskbar,
Windows Explorer enables you to quickly see all the folders and files on the computer.
It also makes it easy to move or copy files from one folder to another.
To open Windows Explorer, click the Windows Start Button
and then click Windows Explorer.
on the taskbar,
To navigate the Computer and Windows Explorer views, double-click folders to open and
display their contents. Click the Back arrow button to retrace the path through the opened
folders.
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Creating Folders
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
Explorer.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Navigate to the location where you want to place the new folder.
3 Click Organize, and then click New Folder.
4 Type a name for the folder, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
Moving Files
CAUTION: Do not move any file that is part of an installed program. Doing so
can cause the program to become unusable.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
Explorer.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Find the file that you want to move, and then click it to select it.
3 Click Organize, and then Cut.
4 Find and open the folder in which you want to put the file.
5 Click Organize, and then Paste.
NOTE: You can also move files by dragging them into a new location. (You can have two
or more Windows Explorer windows open at one time.) Select an item in Computer or in
Windows Explorer, and then press and hold the right mouse button while moving the item
into another folder. Release the mouse button and click Move Here to place the item in
the new location.
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Finding Files
To find a file, you can use the Search box at the top of every folder, or the search box on
the Windows Start Button menu, which searches the whole computer.
To search from a folder Search box:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
Explorer.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Find the folder that you want to search. Search looks in the current folder and all
subfolders.
3 Click in the search box at the top of the window, and begin to type.
The Search box filters according to what you type. It displays files if your term matches
the file name, tags, or other file properties. It displays text documents if the term occurs
in any of the text inside the document file.
To search from the Windows Start Button menu:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Type a word or question; what you type automatically appears in the Start Search
box. As you type, the search results appear in the left pane.
3 Do one of the following:
Click a result to open it.
Click the X to clear the results of the search and return to the main list of
programs.
Click See all results to show the results in a folder for advanced options.
Click Search the Internet to search the Internet by opening the browser.
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Renaming Files
CAUTION: Do not change the file name extension (the last three characters of a
file name, after the period). Doing so could make the file unrecognizable to
the computer.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
Explorer.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Find the file or folder you want to rename, and then click it to select it.
3 Click Organize, and then Rename.
4 Type the new name, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
NOTE: Another way to rename a file is to right-click the file, and then click Rename.
Deleting Files
CAUTION: Do not delete any file that is part of an installed program. Doing so
can cause the program to become unusable.
1 Find the file that you want to delete, and then click it to select it.
2 Click Organize, and then Delete.
3 Click Yes to confirm the delete and send the file to the Recycle Bin.
If you make a mistake and need to retrieve the deleted file, see “Retrieving Files from the
Recycle Bin.”
NOTE: Another way to delete a file is to right-click the file, and then click Delete.
Retrieving Files from the Recycle Bin
If you discover that you need a file that you have deleted, you can usually retrieve it from
the Recycle Bin. When a file is deleted, it goes to the Recycle Bin and stays there until the
Recycle Bin is emptied manually or it is cleared to make room for more recently
deleted files.
1 Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop.
2 Right-click the file that you want to retrieve, and then click Restore this item.
The file is removed from the Recycle Bin and goes back to its previous location.
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Copying Files
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
Explorer.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Find the file that you want to copy, and then click it to select it.
3 Click Organize, and then Copy.
4 Find and open the folder in which you want to put the file.
5 Click Organize, and then Paste.
NOTE: You can also copy files by dragging them into a new location. Select an item in
Computer or in Windows Explorer, and then press and hold the right mouse button while
moving the item into another folder. Release the mouse button, and then select Copy
Here to copy the item to the new location.
Using a Printer
For instructions on connecting and using a printer, refer to the user manual that came with
the printer.
Printers receive instructions from the computer by means of software programs called
printer drivers. In many cases, the computer automatically finds the necessary printer
driver for your particular printer to work with the computer. If it does not, follow the
instructions that came with the printer to install the specific printer driver manually.
You can print text and graphics from most software programs and Web sites if you have
a printer connected to the computer, and if the computer has the necessary software
installed for the printer.
To print:
1 Click File on the program menu bar, and then click Print.
2 Select your printing options:
Select the printer.
Choose the page range (for example: all pages, current page, or range of
pages).
Determine the number of copies.
3 Click OK or Print.
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Using CD and DVD Media Drives
Using the CD and DVD Drives
Your computer can come with several types of CD or DVD drives that allow you to perform different tasks. What
you can do depends on what kind of drive you have.
Allows you to:
CD-ROM
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD+RW/+R
Blu-ray
DVD+RW/+R
HD
DVD+RW/+R
Read data
from CDs.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Play music CDs.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Read DVDs.
Record (burn) data
or music to discs.
Play DVD movies.
Record (burn) DVD
movies.
•
•
Read Blu-ray discs.
•
Record data to
Blu-ray discs.
•
Read HD discs.
•
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The combination (combo) drive is available on select models only. It combines the functions
of two drives into one: either a DVD+RW/+R drive (DVD writer) and a CD-RW drive
(CD writer), or a DVD-ROM drive and a CD-RW drive.
Handling CDs and DVDs
To avoid damaging a disc, follow these guidelines:
Return the disc to the case when you are finished using it.
Handle the disc by its outside edges or center hole only.
Do not touch the unlabeled side of a disc or place the unlabeled side down on a desk.
Doing so could scratch the surface of the disc.
Store discs at room temperature.
Inserting and removing CDs and DVDs
CAUTION: Use only standard-shaped (circular) discs in the drives. Using
non-standard discs, such as heart-shaped discs or business-card discs, may
damage the drive.
To insert a CD or DVD:
1 With the computer turned on, press the Eject button near the front of the drive to open
the disc tray.
NOTE: On some computers, the drive is located behind a door on the front of the
computer.
2 Remove the CD or DVD from its case, holding the disc edges or center hole only.
3 Gently place the disc in the tray with the label facing up or facing right if the CD drive
is vertically positioned in the computer.
NOTE: On a double-sided DVD, read the text around the center hole to determine
which side (A versus B or Standard versus Widescreen) to play. Place the disc in the
tray with the label facing up for the side that you want to play. If the CD drive is
vertically positioned in the computer, place the disc with the label facing right for the
side that you want to play.
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4 Close the disc tray by:
Gently pushing the tray into the computer.
Or
Clicking the open/close button on the control panel for the program that controls
the drive.
Or
Pressing the media control open/close button or Eject button on the keyboard
(select models only).
Or
Pressing the Eject button on the drive, if it is accessible.
To remove a CD or DVD:
1 With the computer turned on, open the disc tray by pressing the Eject button.
2 Holding on to the disc edges or center hole only, lift the CD or DVD out of the tray.
3 Place the disc in its case.
4 Close the disc tray by gently pushing the tray into the computer.
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Compatibility Information
An important feature of a DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is its high level of compatibility
with other optical drives and CD and DVD players:
The CDs that you create play in most home and car stereos as well as most computer
DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drives.
The DVDs that you create are compatible with some DVD video players and with most
computer DVD-ROM drives.
CD-R discs are more compatible with home and car stereos than CD-RW discs are.
Blu-ray disc drives are required to play Blu-ray discs.
Blu-ray disc drives can read Blu-ray discs and record to Blu-ray discs.
HD disc drives are capable of playing HD discs but not recording HD data to disc.
The DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is able to read from and record to almost every type of
optical disc. Writing speed rates for the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive are fast, allowing
quick recording times.
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Disc Features and Compatibility Table
Disc
CD-ROM
File type
Can be
recorded
onto
Plays in
computer
Plays in
home or car
stereo
Plays in
home DVD
player
Data
No
Yes
No
No
Music
No
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
Music
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
Music
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Varies by model
Data
No
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Yes
Data
Yes
Varies by model
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
DVD+R and
DVD-R
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
Double-layer
DVD+R/DVD-R
Data
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
DVD movie
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
DVD+RW and
DVD-RW
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
Blu-ray DVD
Data
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
Movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
Data
No
Yes
No
Varies by model
Movie
No
Yes
No
Varies by model
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Varies by model
CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD-RAM
HD DVD
VCD
NOTE: Some computers come with the double-layer DVD Writer. It supports single-layer and double-layer DVD media. Double-layer
technology gives you greater capacity and allows you to store up to 8 GB* of data on double-layer DVD+R or DVD-R media.
Double-layer is a new technology. Double-layer media compatibility varies widely with some home DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.
*1 GB is defined as 1 billion bytes. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity
is less.
For the latest disc compatibility information for your computer, go to the HP Support Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support
NOTE: Double-layer DVD technology is supported by select models only.
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Optical Drive Quick Reference Table
Optical
drive can:
CD-ROM CD-RW
DVDROM
DVDRAM
DoubleDVD+RW/+R layer
DVD-RW/-R DVD
Combo
CD-RW/
DVD
LightScribe
BD HD
DVD+RW/+R DVD+RW/+R
Read CDs,
CD-Rs, and
CD-RWs.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read DVDs.
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read data on
a CD.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Play music.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record data
or music to
disc for
storage or
backup.
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
View DVD
movies.
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record DVD
movies.
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Play games.
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Create
LightScribe
label.
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Play
Blu-ray DVD.
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Play
HD DVD.
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Record
data to
Blu-ray disc.
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Record HD
data to DVD.
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
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Using Blu-ray and HD Disc Drives
If the computer came with a Blu-ray (BR) and high-definition (HD) disc drive, there are three
programs that are designed specifically for use with this drive:
DVD Play plays Blu-ray, high-definition (HD), and regular commercial DVD discs.
PowerDirector is a video editing program for creating Blu-ray or DVD discs.
PowerToGo is a Blu-ray disc recording (burning) program for different types of data
storage, such as video, music, pictures, and other data. This program enables you to
record data to Blu-ray, HD DVD, and other recordable DVD discs.
NOTE: The BD HD DVD+RW/+R drive does not support recording high-definition data
to disc.
For more information about using these programs, see “Playing DVDs” and “Creating
Audio and Data Discs.”
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Using the 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 (select models only) can read from
and 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 computer. It has four or two
horizontal card slots, which accept the memory cards and the Microdrive disk drive.
You can place media in one or more of the card slots and use each media independently.
Place only one piece of media in a slot at one time.
Each card slot has its own drive letter and icon. When you insert media, the display label
may change to the title of the media, if a title is present.
When you insert media, the Safely Remove Hardware window may appear. If it opens, or
if you open the Safely Remove Hardware window by mistake, click Close.
CAUTION: Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove Hardware window with the
USB Mass Storage Device selected. Doing so removes the operating system
recognition of the memory card reader from your computer, and you must
restart the computer to see your memory card reader again.
To use the memory card reader:
1 Insert the media into the card slot until it stops.
The activity light (A) on the memory card reader lights, and the computer
automatically detects the media.
NOTE: You must insert media correctly. Note the direction of the notched corner on
the media. For more information, see “Media Insertion Guide.” CompactFlash and
Microdrive are keyed and cannot be inserted incorrectly. Insert the receptacle edge
(holes) of this media into the slot.
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2 Select a program to access your files. The computer opens a program, so that you can
access the media contents. You can copy files from or to the media.
Or
If the AutoPlay window does not open, click the Windows Start Button
on the
taskbar, click 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, click Eject, check that the activity
light is on but not blinking, and then remove the media. A steady activity light
indicates that the computer is not reading or writing the media card.
CAUTION: Do not try to remove media when the activity light is blinking. Doing
so may cause loss of data.
Media Insertion Guide
4-slot memory card reader (select models only)
A Activity light
B Upper-left slot
C Lower-left slot
D Upper-right slot
E
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Lower-right slot
Card
Insert the media
4-slot reader
location
SmartMedia (SM) memory card
Facing up
B (upper-left) SM
xD media
Facing up
B (upper-left) xD
CompactFlash Type I media
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left) CF/l
CompactFlash Type II media
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left) CF/II
Microdrive disk drive
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left) MD
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Card (continued)
Insert the media
4-slot reader
location
Secure Digital (SD) memory card
Facing up
D (upper-right) SD
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Memory Card*
Facing up
D (upper-right)
MiniSD
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Facing up
D (upper-right) MMC
Reduced size MultiMediaCard
(RSMMC)*
Facing up
D (upper-right)
RSMMC
MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC +)*
Facing up
D (upper-right)
MMC Plus
MultiMediaCard Mobile
(MMC Mobile)*
Facing up
D (upper-right)
MMC Mobile
Memory Stick (MS) memory card
Facing up
E (lower-right) MS
Memory Stick (MS-Pro)
memory card
Facing up
E (lower-right) PRO
Memory Stick (MS-Pro Duo)
memory card*
Facing up
E (lower-right)
PRO Duo
Memory Stick (MS-Duo)
memory card*
Facing up
E (lower-right)
MS Duo
*Select models only. Not available in all countries/regions.
NOTE: Some memory cards, such as CF Ultra/III, are not compatible with the memory
card reader that came with the computer.
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2-slot memory card reader (select models only)
A Activity light
F
Upper slot
G Lower slot
Card
Insert the media
2-slot reader
location
Secure Digital (SD)
Memory Card
Facing up
(gold connector fingers down)
F (upper)
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Facing up
(gold connector fingers down)
F (upper)
Memory Stick (MS)
Memory Card
Facing up
(gold connector fingers down)
F (upper)
Memory Stick (MS-Pro)
Memory Card
Facing up
(gold connector fingers down)
F (upper)
SmartMedia (SM)
Memory Card
Facing down
(gold connector fingers up)
F (upper)
xD media
Facing up
(gold connector fingers down)
F (upper)
IBM Microdrive disk drive
Receptacle edge (holes)
G (lower)
CompactFlash Type I media
Receptacle edge (holes)
G (lower)
CompactFlash Type II media
Receptacle edge (holes)
G (lower)
NOTE: Do not use SM and xD media in the memory card reader at the same time. Only
the first one that is inserted is recognized by the memory card reader.
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Understanding the Activity Light
The memory card reader activity light is off when there are no media cards plugged into
the 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 computer.
Formatting a Memory Card
If you have not used the memory card before, or if the card has become corrupted, you
may need to format the card before using it.
NOTE: Some memory cards have a lock position. To view or edit your picture files, make
sure that the memory card is in the unlocked position.
1 Format the memory card in your digital camera. Follow the instructions that came with
your digital camera.
Or
Insert the media into the correct card slot on the reader until it stops and locks into
place. The activity light on the memory card reader lights, and the computer
automatically detects the media.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
3 In the Devices with Removable Storage area, right-click the correct memory card icon.
4 Select Format, and then type a label name into the label box.
5 For best compatibility, select FAT as the file system settings.
6 Click Start.
7 Click OK in the Format Complete window, and then click Close.
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If you are having problems reading from or writing to a memory card, try the following:
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Some cards have a read/write or security switch on the card. Make sure that the
read/write switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write data to the card.
Make sure that the amount of data that you want to store is not larger than the storage
limit of the memory card.
Make sure that the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash
Type I and II, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure
Digital, SmartMedia, or xD media.
Make sure that the memory card is fully inserted into the correct slot.
Remove the memory card when the activity light is not blinking, and shine a flashlight
into the empty slot. If any of the pins are bent, replace the memory card reader, or
have the computer serviced if a pin is touching another pin. To straighten slightly bent
pins, use the tip of a fine-point retracted ballpoint pen with the computer off.
Inspect the ends of the memory cards for anything that could be blocking a proper
connection. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small amounts of alcohol.
Replace the memory card, if necessary.
The memory card reader is a device that uses the Safely Remove Hardware task. This
appears as a taskbar icon next to the time. Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove
Hardware window. Doing so disconnects the drive. If this happens, restart
the computer.
Do not insert or remove memory cards when the activity light is blinking. Doing 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.”
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Using the HP Personal Media Drive and
HP Pocket Media Drive
The HP Personal Media Drive and the HP Pocket Media Drive (HP Media Drives) can be
used as internal or external USB hard disk drives designed to quickly and easily increase
the storage capacity and to transfer media files such as digital photos, music, videos, and
other important files. You can also use the HP Media Drives to back up other drives on the
computer.
NOTE: The HP Personal Media Drive and the HP Pocket Media Drive are included with
select models only. Both drives are sold separately.
The HP Media Drives are designed to:
Work with computers that have a USB port.
Store large media files and personal files from digital cameras, digital video
camcorders, and MP3 players.
Quickly transfer files between PCs.
Play media files.
Back up your files. Perform system backups for added data security.
For more information about using HP Media Drives with Windows Media Center, refer to
the documentation on the HP Support Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support
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Connecting the Drive
The HP Media Drive is designed to work with most computers as an external drive that is
connected by using a USB cable, but it also can be inserted into specifically designed
HP computers. These computers have a special horizontal or vertical drive bay that
connects to the drive by using an internal USB connector. The drive can be easily inserted
and removed from the hard disk drive bay without turning off the computer. This is
sometimes referred to as warm-swappable.
The drive turns on when it is plugged into an active USB port. If the computer is turned on
with the drive connected, the drive automatically turns on. When the USB cable for the
drive is not plugged in or when the USB power from the computer is turned off, the drive
automatically turns off. When the computer is in sleep mode (a reduced-power state), the
drive remains turned on.
WARNING: Do not move the computer with the HP Media Drive inserted in the
bay or connected to a USB port on the computer. This can cause both damage
to the drive and data loss.
Inserting the Drive into an HP Drive Bay
1 Turn on the computer.
2 In the horizontal position, insert the drive with the HP logo facing up and the HP
product name right-reading. In the vertical position, the drive’s flat side is down, and
the rounded side is up. Do not force the drive into the bay; it should slide easily into
the bay.
3 Slide the drive all the way into the drive bay until the drive is firmly connected to the
internal connections. With the computer turned on and the drive inserted correctly, the
power LED (B, D) on the front of the drive is lit.
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HP Media Drive fronts
A Drive activity
indicator light
B Power on
indicator light
C HP Personal
Media Drive guide
ridges
D Power/drive
activity LED
indicator
HP Personal Media Drive (A, B, C)
HP Pocket Media Drive (D)
Connecting the Drive to a Computer Without a
Drive Bay
The HP Media Drives are designed to work with most computers as an external hard disk
drive that you connect by using a USB 2.0 cable. If the computer has USB 1.1 ports, use
two USB ports to insure that enough power is supplied. Most USB 2.0 ports can supply
enough power so that only one USB connection is required.
When connecting the drive to a computer without a drive bay, the HP Personal Media
Drive requires a separate power supply in addition to a USB 2.0 connection. The
HP Pocket Media Drive does not require a separate power supply because power is
supplied through the USB 2.0 connection.
NOTE: The HP Personal Media Drive comes with a built-in fan; the HP Pocket Media Drive
does not come with a fan.
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To connect the drive:
1 Turn on the computer.
2 Plug the rectangular end of the USB 2.0 cable (E) into an available USB port on the
computer. Plug the square end of the USB 2.0 cable (F) into the USB connector on the
back of the HP Media Drive.
NOTE: USB 2.0 uses only one USB connector. USB 1.x systems use both USB
connectors.
3 Install the software and drivers. Refer to the HP Media Drive documentation for more
information.
Locating the Drive and Assigning a Drive Letter
When you plug the drive into an USB 2.0 connector or insert it into an HP Media Drive
bay, the operating system automatically assigns a letter to the hard disk drive. The
assigned letter depends on other storage devices connected to the computer.
To locate the drive:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Computer.
3 Select the drive under Hard Disk Drives or Devices with Removable Storage. The
default volume name of this drive is HP Personal Media Drive or HP Pocket
Media Drive.
You can rename the drive in the Computer window by right-clicking the drive, selecting
Rename, and then typing in a new name. HP recommends renaming a drive if you have
more than one external hard disk drive.
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You can permanently assign a drive letter to avoid the letter changing when you connect
and disconnect this drive and other devices. Also, it is easier for a software program to
locate the files on the HP Media Drive if a drive letter is assigned. Some programs may not
be able to find files if the drive has a new drive letter.
It is always best to remove the drive safely to avoid errors. See “Disconnecting the Drive.”
To assign a drive letter:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Right-click Computer.
3 Select Manage.
4 Click Disk Management.
5 Right-click HP Media Drive.
6 Select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
NOTE: To avoid multiple hard disk drives from using the same drive letter when
connecting and removing the drives, assign the letter Z.
7 Click Change.
8 Select a letter from the drop-down menu, and then apply the changes by clicking OK.
Using the Drive
When running for long periods of time, the aluminum case of the HP Media Drive may
become very warm. This is part of the HP Media Drive’s advanced design and is
completely normal.
The built-in, low-noise fan is designed to turn on automatically at pre-set temperatures. If
you are using the HP Media Drive connected externally to the computer, place the drive in
a well-ventilated area.
Transferring files to another computer manually
You can transfer your computer profile information, which includes how the computer
looks, as well as the personal files such as photos, music, or video you have created.
To transfer your files manually:
1 Connect the drive to the computer.
2 Select your files, and then drag and drop them to the HP Media Drive in the Computer
window.
3 Disconnect the drive and then connect it to another computer.
4 Select your files and then drag and drop them to the new computer’s hard disk drive.
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Disconnecting the Drive
CAUTION: To avoid hardware damage and data loss, always disconnect the
HP Media Drive safely when it is not saving or transferring files.
You can safely remove the drive when it is not active. When the amber activity light is
blinking, the drive is active, saving or transferring data. Removing the drive while the light
is blinking may cause data loss or damaged files.
To disconnect the HP Media Drive safely:
1 Close all programs that may be accessing the HP Media Drive. Make sure that the
activity light on the drive is off.
2 Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray at the
bottom of the desktop. If this icon is hidden, click the arrows on the taskbar to
display it. The Safely Remove Hardware window opens.
NOTE: For some computers, this may be called the Unplug Hardware or Eject
Hardware icon.
3 Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate the HP Media Drive. USB Mass
Storage Device may be listed twice. One may contain a memory card reader or other
mass storage drive. Look for the label of this drive.
4 Select HP Media Drive, and then click OK. The name of the drive may be different
if you renamed it, or it may appear as Generic Volume followed by the assigned drive
letter.
A Safe to Remove Hardware message appears in the system tray, letting you know
that the device is safe to disconnect.
5 Click Stop to make sure the HP Media Drive is not active, and then click Close.
6 Disconnect the drive from the computer.
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Troubleshooting the HP Media Drive
Microsoft updates
Make sure you have the latest Microsoft operating system service packs and other
Windows updates installed on your system before you try to troubleshoot a drive problem.
These service packs are issued to fix bugs, add drivers, and enhance the security features
of your system. See http://support.microsoft.com for details about how to install
service packs and Windows updates in your system. Contact Microsoft Customer Service
for information about obtaining these system enhancements if you do not have Internet
access.
Drive does not appear on my computer
Try the following solutions in the order listed:
1 Check to see if the drive is on. The power LED on the front of the drive should be lit.
2 Check that the USB cable is securely and properly connected to the drive and the USB
connector on the computer.
3 While the computer is turned on, unplug the USB cable. Wait 10 seconds, and then
reconnect the USB cable.
4 See if the computer is recognizing the USB port you are using by checking in the
Device Manager window. See the documentation that came with the computer for
more information.
Data transfer rate seems slow with my USB 2.0 adapter card
The HP Media Drive operates as fast as the host adapter card allows (up to the maximum
burst rate of 480MB/sec.). If you are having performance issues, make sure that the
USB 2.0 card drivers are the most current available and are installed properly.
HP Media Drive software has stopped working
Reinstall the software. Refer to the software and drivers installation instructions that came
with the HP Media Drive.
Write Cache Enable does not stay enabled
For protection of your data, Write Cache Enable is turned off with the HP Pocket Media
Drive. For more information, go to: http://www.hp.com/support
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Administrator privilege for installing software
Depending on the operating system, you may need to be logged on as the administrator to
install software.
To change a user’s account:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety, and then click User
Accounts.
3 Click Manage another account, and then click the account you want to change.
4 Click Change the account type, select the account type you want, and then click
Change Account Type.
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Using Windows Media Center
Microsoft Windows Media Center lets you do amazing things with your computer. With a
full range of easy-to-use digital entertainment features, you can experience movies, music,
and photos like never before.
Windows Media Center is simple and convenient to use. You can easily find and choose
your media. You can play movies, listen to music, and view photos with a single remote
control (select models only). Combine the powerful features of your computer with a home
theater receiver to enjoy an even more dynamic entertainment experience.
Windows Media Center is optimized for widescreen and high-definition displays. With the
new onscreen layout of your photos, music, and videos, you can now see up to three times
more content on a widescreen display than with previous versions of Windows Media
Center.
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Setting Up Windows Media Center
The first time that you start Windows Media Center on the computer, a Windows Media
Center setup wizard opens. You must complete each step in the setup wizard to be able to
use all the features in Windows Media Center. The Windows Media Center setup wizard
may take several minutes to complete. If there are steps that you still need to complete, you
can go to the Settings menu to do so. See “Completing the setup wizard.”
NOTE: For more information about setting up the computer, refer to the setup instructions
that came with the computer.
Completing the setup wizard
NOTE: You must select either analog or digital TV signals in the setup wizard for the TV
tuner to work properly (select models only).
If you did not complete the Windows Media Center setup wizard steps the first time
through, you can complete or change your selections by using the following procedure.
You need to complete all of the required setup steps to access all of the Windows Media
Center features.
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Scroll up or down to the Tasks menu, and then select settings. Use the arrow keys on
the keyboard or on the remote control to scroll right and left to see all of the Tasks
menu items.
3 Select General, Windows Media Center Setup, and then Run Setup Again.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the wizard.
NOTE: You can change the Windows Media Center settings in the Settings menu.
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The following are some of the items that are included in the setup wizard:
Check for your Internet connection. An Internet connection allows you to
access media links, display information about your music CDs and DVDs, and
download the Television Program Guide if your computer came with a TV tuner.
NOTE: You must subscribe to an Internet Service Provider to have an Internet
connection.
Optimize how Windows Media Center looks on your display. You can:
Change display settings such as brightness, contrast, color, and centering.
Test and adjust the display settings of the monitor, TV, or other display.
Use the Windows Media Center video to help you change onscreen centering,
sizing, aspect ratio (shape), brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness of the
display with either the TV remote control or the monitor controls.
Set up your speakers. Select how many speakers you have, and test them.
Speakers are sold separately for some models.
Set up your Music, Picture, and Video Libraries. Set up Windows Media
Center to scan your Music, Picture, and Video folders for new media files. Windows
Media Center can then automatically add these files to your media libraries. You can
have Windows Media Center scan other folders or stop scanning a folder.
Configure TV tuner, TV signal, and Guide. You need to provide information
about the TV signal source and the TV signal equipment (set-top box, cable, and
so on). This step makes sure your computer receives the correct TV signal and TV
Program Guide information. If you have a cable box or satellite receiver, the setup
wizard programs the Windows Media Center remote control to work with them.
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Windows Media Center Start Menu
A Open the Windows Media Center Start menu.
B Go back one screen.
C Minimize the Windows Media Center window.
D Resize the Windows Media Center window.
E
Close the Windows Media Center window.
F
Use arrow keys to scroll up and down, left and right through the submenu items.
G Use media playback controls: Play, Stop, Pause, Skip, Fast-forward, Replay, Rewind,
Record, Volume Up/Down, Mute, and Channel Up/Down.
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TV + Movies — Watch, record, and play back TV shows. See “Watching TV.”
HD DVD Play or Play DVD — See “Playing DVD Movies in Windows Media
Center.”
Online Media — Get access to various photo, video, radio, TV, and various media
providers.
Pictures + Videos — View digital pictures, play a slide show, or print photos.
Watch home videos. See “Playing video CDs (VCDs) with Windows Media Player.”
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Music — Play music files or music CDs, create and edit playlists, and record music
files to CD. See “Using Music with Windows Media Center” and “Copying Music
Files to CD in Windows Media Center.” Play Internet and FM radio stations. See
“Listening to FM Radio Stations.”
Tasks — Change program settings. See “Changing Windows Media Center
Settings.” Add a Windows Media Center Extender device. Synchronize content from
another device with the computer. Burn CDs and DVDs. See “Copying Music Files to
CD in Windows Media Center.” Find utilities and programs.
Shutdown — Get access to the Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Close, Log Off, and
Media Only menus. Media Only mode gives you access to Windows Media
Center, but not to the rest of the computer. See “Windows Media Center
control menu.”
NOTE: Some of the features and programs that are listed are for select models only.
Windows Media Center Features
You can control the Windows Media Center functions and navigate Windows Media
Center windows by using the remote control (select models only), keyboard, or mouse. You
can easily switch back and forth between them by either moving the mouse, or by pressing
a button on the remote control or the keyboard.
NOTE: Some of the Windows Media Center features listed are for select models only.
Some of the components listed in the computer documentation, such as speakers and TV
tuners, are optional or sold separately.
You can run Windows Media Center side-by-side with other Windows software programs.
It is possible to browse through your pictures, watch videos, and play music while using
other Windows programs.
With Windows Media Center, you can:
Watch, record, and play back television programs.
Pause, rewind, and fast-forward TV programs.
Watch an instant replay.
Play back your digital videos.
View your digital pictures or play them as a slide show with music.
Easily print your photos.
Browse, select, and play music CD files with full-screen visualizations.
Record CD tracks to your media library.
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Play DVD movies. Resume playing your DVDs where you left off.
NOTE: If your computer came with a rewritable DVD drive, the drive is able to read
and record to DVD+/-R/-RW media.
Listen to Internet and over-the-air FM radio stations.
Access streaming music and video subscription services. Some music and video
subscription services may not be available in all countries/regions.
NOTE: The Television Program Guide (Internet service required) is not available in all
countries/regions.
Record your TV shows automatically while you are doing something else.
Open specific windows in Windows Media Center by using the shortcut buttons on
the remote control.
Easily back up your media files to CD, DVD, or another hard disk drive, such as the
HP Personal Media Drive and HP Pocket Media Drive (sold separately).
Use the Optimization setting to keep the computer running smoothly.
Use Sleep mode to save power when the computer is not in use. Then, you can
display the computer desktop instantly by touching a keyboard key or a remote
control button.
Watch and record live TV
With Windows Media Center you can watch, pause, advance frame by frame, skip
ahead, or use instant replay to catch every moment of live TV. Use fast-forward to bypass
unwanted content. When you are not able to watch your favorite show, you can use
Windows Media Center to record it.
Windows Media Center supports multiple TV tuners, so that you can record and watch TV
on different channels simultaneously. Multiple tuners can give you a varied and flexible
home entertainment system.
Record TV with ease by using the Television (Electronic) Program Guide (Internet service
required) to select the shows that you want to record. You can record one show or an
entire series, and watch it when it is convenient for you. You will never miss a moment of
your favorite shows.
If you are constantly channel surfing, the miniguide in Windows Media Center is another
feature that allows you to scroll through channels without interrupting your show. The
channels are displayed at the bottom of the screen, so that you can surf without missing
any key moments.
Windows Media Center also offers built-in support for archiving TV shows to DVD and fast
performance when interacting with large libraries of digital media.
For customers in the United States, High Definition Digital Cable is supported when using
Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver (OCUR) devices.
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The right music for the moment
In the Music section, you can quickly browse the entire music library by artist, song, or
album title, as well as by genre, composer, or year. Windows Media Center automatically
downloads thumbnails of album art, giving you a very visual way to find the albums that
you want to hear. You can shuffle and repeat your music, create playlists, apply
visualizations, and burn playlists to CD or DVD with the push of a button.
You can also start a picture slide show directly from your music library when you are
selecting or playing your music. If you subscribe to music services, you can now add this
option directly to the Start menu, next to the Music Library.
It is easy to search for and add music to your library from another Windows-based
computer in your home.
Playing FM or Internet radio
Windows Media Center can also play FM or Internet radio. You can access various
Internet radio Web sites and you can also easily select your favorite over-the-air FM radio
stations as presets.
Sharing your digital memories
With Windows Media Center, you can turn your simple photo collection into a cinematic
slide show that can be shared on the computer or the television in the living room. The Play
All option on the Start menu enables a full slide show of photos at the click of a button, and
you can even enjoy the slide show with music from your music collection for a truly
memorable experience.
If you want to create a slide show with a soundtrack, you can easily create a playlist of
photos and music to burn to DVD.
In the Picture Library, you can navigate easily through your photos by folder or by the date
on which they were taken, with thumbnails and highlighting that help you quickly identify
the specific images or folders that you want to see. You can also perform basic editing
functions, such as rotating or touching up pictures, either from within the Picture Library or
during a slide show.
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Transforming your living space into a theater
In the Videos Library, you can easily play any of the home movies that have been imported
from your video recorder. Windows Media Center has built-in support for
high-definition video.
Whether you are watching a DVD movie or your own home videos, Windows Media
Center delivers a rich viewing experience with a high-quality digital sound system. Sit
back, and enjoy the show.
Online media
Online Media is a link to various media providers, where you can find various media
offers and services. The Online Media window is periodically updated by Microsoft. Some
of the services that are listed may not be available in certain countries/regions.
Your computer must be connected to the Internet to access the Online Media Web sites.
Navigating Windows Media Center
Opening Windows Media Center with a mouse
You can use either the remote control or the mouse to open and navigate Windows
Media Center.
To use the mouse:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
.
2 Move the mouse over the Windows Media Center Start menu items, and click a
category to select it. To scroll the list of Start menu items, move the mouse pointer over
the list until an item is selected, then continue moving the pointer up or down the list to
see the items that are not displayed.
3 After you select a menu category, scroll the mouse left or right, and then click an item
to open that window.
4 Move the mouse to display the Windows Media Center menu bar, and then
click the back arrow at the top of the window to go to a previous window.
5 Click the Windows Media Center Start
icon at the top of the Windows
Media Center window to return to the Windows Media Center Start menu.
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Opening Windows Media Center with the
Windows Media Center remote control
You can use either the remote control or the mouse to open and navigate Windows
Media Center.
To use the remote control:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control.
2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select a Windows Media Center menu.
3 Press the OK button to enter your selection and open that window. To scroll the list of
Start menu items, use the arrow buttons until the item is highlighted, and then continue
moving the arrow buttons down the list to see the items that are not displayed.
4 Press the Back button on the remote control to go to a previous window.
5 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
Windows Media Center Start menu.
on the remote control to return to the
Using the Windows Media Center menu bars
When you move the mouse, the Windows Media Center menu bars appear. These menu
bars allow you to access:
Media controls (play, fast-forward, rewind, stop, and others).
The back arrow.
Window-control icons (minimize, maximize, and close).
The Windows Media Center icon that takes you to the main Windows Media
Center menu.
If you use the remote control, or if you stop using the mouse (after 5 seconds), the
Windows Media Center menu bars become hidden.
NOTE: You can use the resize buttons to switch to the desktop or to run Windows Media
Center side-by-side with another program.
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Selecting items in Windows Media Center
You can control the Windows Media Center functions and navigate Windows Media
Center windows by using the remote control, the keyboard, or a mouse.
In the Windows Media Center windows, a selected item such as a folder, file, or menu
item is either highlighted or moves to a zoomed-out position.
To select items in Windows Media Center, use the mouse, the arrow keys on the keyboard
or the arrow buttons on the remote control, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard
or the OK button on the remote control to enter your selection.
If you have media playing, such as music or a slide show, it appears in an inset window in
the lower-left corner. To switch from watching media in the inset window to watching it in
full-screen mode, use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the
keyboard to select it, and then press the OK button on the remote control or the Enter key
on the keyboard.
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Full-screen mode
Windows Media Center control menu
To access the control menu in Windows Media Center, move the mouse to display the
menu bars:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click shutdown to open the window with the menu
items that are listed in the following table. Use the arrow keys on the remote
control or the keyboard to scroll to the right or left of the screen to select the
other options.
Icon
Action
Closes Windows Media Center.
Logs off and ends your Windows Media Center session and switches
users.
Shuts down the computer.
Restarts the computer.
Puts the computer in a power-reduced or Sleep mode.
Puts the computer in Media Only mode, which gives you access to
Windows Media Center, but not to the rest of the computer.
NOTE: This option is listed in the Tasks menu.
NOTE:
If you are recording a TV program and then put the computer into Away, Hibernate,
or Sleep mode, the recording will stop.
If the computer is in Away, Hibernate, or Sleep mode and a recording is about to
begin, the computer wakes from Sleep and records the program.
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Changing Windows Media Center Settings
In the Windows Media Center settings window, you can change settings for viewing your
pictures and slide shows, and for controlling sound and the display of all of the Windows
Media Center windows.
To change your Windows Media Center settings:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 From the Tasks menu, select settings.
3 Select a settings category.
4 Select one of the settings listed. Then, use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the
arrow buttons on the remote control to select an option, or follow the onscreen
instructions.
5 Select Save to save your changes.
Windows Media Center Settings categories
General
Startup and Window behavior.
Visual and Sound Effects to set transition animations, sounds, and
background colors when navigating in Windows Media Center.
Program Library Options to allow programs in the Program Library to control
the media experience and access media information in Windows Media Center.
Also, you can hide Internet security warnings.
Windows Media Center Setup to configure an Internet connection and
speakers, run Windows Media Center setup again, and configure the TV display
or monitor.
Parental Controls to block unwanted TV channels and movie ratings, change
access code, and reset parental controls.
NOTE: The parental controls, captions display, radio, and TV settings listed in
Windows Media Center do not apply to computer models that do not include a
TV tuner.
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Automatic Downloads Options to get media information about CDs, DVDs,
and movies from the Internet.
Optimization to keep the computer running smoothly by performing various
tasks on a regularly scheduled basis. The Optimization setting closes and then
opens Windows Media Center at a specific time each day that you determine.
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TV to set up TV signal, audio, and closed captioning (not all channels support closed
captioning). You can download or edit the Television Program Guide, set hard disk
drive recorder storage space, configure the display, and set recording defaults.
Pictures to set slide show settings.
Music to select visualizations or song information to display when playing a song.
DVD to select a language for subtitles, audio tracks, and menus of your DVDs;
program the Skip and Replay buttons on the remote control for your DVDs; and select
closed captioning.
Library Setup to have Windows Media Center scan specified computer folders for
media files.
Radio to organize or delete preset radio stations.
To view information for your computer, go to the Support Web address that is listed in the
Limited Warranty and Support Guide, and search for your model’s name and number. The
product model is on the lower front of the computer.
To find the online documentation for your product, search for your model number, and then
click Manuals.
NOTE: Information and guides are associated with specific computer model numbers.
Some models do not have guides or manuals available on the Web site.
Using Windows Media Center power settings
When the computer is in Sleep mode, it appears off, but you can actually still perform
tasks such as recording TV programs or music files. Sleep mode turns off the display and
mutes the audio.
NOTE: The audio or video of TV recordings is not affected when the computer is in
Sleep mode.
You can activate Sleep mode by pressing the Sleep button on the computer,
keyboard, or remote control.
You can return to the desktop almost instantly by pressing any Sleep button again,
by pressing any key on the keyboard, by moving the mouse, or by pressing any button on
the remote control.
To change the computer power settings:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Panel.
on the taskbar, and then click Control
2 Click System and Maintenance.
3 Click Power Options.
4 Select the Balanced, Power saver, or High performance option.
5 Click Change plan settings.
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6 Click the drop-down arrow next to turn off the display to select a time span to turn off
the display.
7 Click the drop-down arrow next to put the computer to sleep to select a time span for
putting the computer into Sleep mode.
8 Click Save changes.
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Playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs
This section describes how to play CDs, DVDs, or VCDs by using Windows Media Center,
Windows Media Player, or other audio and video programs.
This section also describes using Music and radio, and changing DVD and audio settings.
Using Music
The Music area in Windows Media Center is a great way to play, organize, and back up
your music files. It is designed to work with the Windows Media Player program.
You can find and play your favorite music files and CDs that you have added to the music
library and the Windows Media Player music library. In addition, you can listen to various
Internet radio stations.
There are several Windows Media Center music menus from which you can choose:
Music library
Play all
Radio
Search
All these menu options are described in detail in this section.
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Using Music with Windows Media Center
You can copy digital music files and organize a music library by using music library in the
Windows Media Center or by using the Windows Media Player program.
Music files that are added to music library in the Windows Media Center and in the
Windows Media Player are accessible from within Windows Media Center and the
Windows Media Player.
In Windows Media Center Music, you can:
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Play CDs or selected music tracks from your created music library in the Windows
Media Center or the Windows Media Player.
Select and edit a personalized list of songs in the playlist from the music library.
Delete songs from a music library or a queue list.
Burn your favorite songs to CDs.
Back up your music tracks to a DVD or to an HP Personal Media Drive or other
storage device.
Listen to Internet Radio (select models only).
Search music tracks and files.
Organize your music by artist, album, song, composer, year, playlist, and genre.
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Using the music library
Adding music to the music library
When you add music files to the music library, they are placed into the music library in the
Windows Media Center and the Windows Media Player. The added music files can
immediately be found and played back using Music in Windows Media Center or the
Windows Media Player.
You can also add music files to the music library from within the Windows Media Player
program. For more information about adding and deleting music files to the library, use
the Windows Media Player Help menu.
Adding music files from the hard disk drive
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 Click Library Setup.
4 Click Add folder to watch, and then click Next.
5 Click Add folders on this computer, and then click Next.
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6 Use the arrow buttons on the keyboard or the remote control to select a location.
When you find the folder that contains the music folder, select it by making sure an
arrow appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add additional folders, click
Next, and then click Finish.
7 Click OK.
Adding music files from a CD
To add the CD tracks to the Windows Media Center music library:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Music.
3 Click music library.
4 Insert a CD into the CD drive.
5 Select albums.
6 Select the album CD you want to add to the music library.
7 Click Copy CD. The first time that you copy a music CD, you must select the
copy-protection option, and then follow any onscreen instructions.
8 After selecting the choices for copy options in the next few windows, click Next.
9 Click Yes to begin copying tracks to the music library. This process may take several
minutes, depending on the length of the music tracks.
10 Click OK.
NOTE: You can select Play Album, Add to Queue, Burn (CD/DVD), Edit Info,
and Delete in the album details window from any of these options by clicking any album.
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Deleting music files from the music library
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Music.
3 Click music library.
4 Click albums.
5 Select the album that you would like to delete, and then click Delete.
6 Click Yes when the Confirm Delete window is displayed.
NOTE: To delete individual songs, click songs, right-click a song and then click Delete.
Using supported music file types
You can play the following types of digital audio files in Music. Refer to Windows Media
Player Help for more information about supported file types.
File extension
File type
.cda
Audio CDs
.wav
Windows audio file
.mp3, .m3u
MP3 audio file
.wma, .asx, .wmx, .wm
Windows Media Audio file
NOTE: Only supported audio file types are displayed in the Music window. Unsupported
file types do not display or play.
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Playing Music Files in Windows Media Center
To open Windows Media Center, select Music by scrolling up or down in the Windows
Media Center window, and then by clicking music library. You will find a few music
albums and tracks listed in the Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player music
library.
To play music, click one or more songs, and then click play. You can also click play all
to hear all of the tracks that are stored in Music.
NOTE: You may not find any audio files when you click playlists for the first time unless
you have already added audio files to your Windows Media Center and Windows Media
Player music libraries. When you copy music files using Windows Media Center or
Windows Media Player, the CD information is copied and displayed in Windows Media
Center and in the Windows Media Player music library.
NOTE: You can place all your music files into the Music folder or into other folders on the
hard disk drive, but you need to add those files to the Windows Media Center or
Windows Media Player music library for either program to be able to find and play them.
If you insert a music CD when Windows Media Center is not open, the AutoPlay window
appears and lists various options. You can select the Audio CD options by using the
Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player. If you have another program set as
the default audio player, Windows opens the program and begins playing the CD. You
can set the AutoPlay defaults in the Control Panel.
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Changing the visualization settings
You can change the visualization settings such as the alchemy, bars and waves, and
battery settings. You can also set the visualization options to start visualizations when the
music plays at the beginning of the song, always, or never.
Click the Windows Start Button
Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media
1 From the Tasks menu, click settings, and then click Music.
2 Click Visualizations or Visualization Options.
3 After making the changes, click Save.
Playing an album in Windows Media Center
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Music.
3 Click music library.
4 Insert a music CD into the CD drive.
5 Click albums.
6 Select the album that you want to play.
7 Click Play Album.
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Playing a song in Windows Media Center
You can play a song from anywhere in Music. You can select it from the songs list, or from
the albums, artists, genres, composers and other lists. You can also play a single song from
a playlist:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Music.
3 Click music library.
4 Click songs. The list displays all of the songs in the library.
5 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard or
select a song by moving the mouse and clicking the song.
6 Click Play Song to play it.
NOTE: You can select View Queue, Visualize, Play Slide Show, Shuffle,
Repeat, and Buy Music in the now playing window while you play a music track.
You can select Add to Queue, Buy Music, Edit Info, and Delete in the song details
window while you play a song.
Creating a Queue in Windows Media Center
A queue is a temporary list of songs that is created in Music as you select songs, albums,
or playlists to play. You can continue to add songs, or you can delete songs from
the queue.
You can create a queue and save it as a playlist that you can access in Windows Media
Center or the Windows Media Player.
1 From the Music window:
Select music library, select songs, and then use the arrow keys to select a song
you want, or move the mouse over the songs. Click the song that you would like to
add to the queue, and then click Add to Queue.
Or
Select albums or playlists, select an album or a playlist, and then select Add
to Queue to add the entire album or playlist to the queue.
2 Use the Back button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the
keyboard to go back to the songs, albums, or playlists menus if you want to
select more songs to add to the queue list. Repeat step 1. Or click the mouse on
the left arrow on the top left of the screen to go back.
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3 After you add the last song for the queue list, select play all. All of the songs in the
queue list are played in the order you have selected them.
4 While the queue is being played, you can view the queue by selecting
View Queue. You can edit or clear a queue, save it as a playlist or burn a queue list
on a CD or a DVD. You can also select to shuffle the songs in the queue list.
Finding and Playing an Album in
Windows Media Center
1 From Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click music library.
2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control, or the arrow keys on the keyboard or the
mouse, to select an album, and then press OK on the remote control. Press the Enter
key on the keyboard or click the album to select the album and see the album details.
Using album details
In the album details window, you can select from:
Play to play the album.
Add to Queue to add to a queue list.
Burn to burn the tracks on a CD or a DVD.
Edit to edit the information of the album.
Delete to delete the album.
1 Click Play Album to play the album from the album details window.
2 The now playing window opens, and the album starts playing.
3 In the now playing window, you can also select:
View Queue to view an ordered list of all tracks that will be played on the
album.
Visualize to view a moving picture while listening to a song.
Play Slide Show to play a slide show while the album is playing.
Shuffle to rearrange the play order.
Repeat to play the album again.
Buy Music to connect to the Internet, find CD information, and buy music CDs.
To go back to Windows Media Center, press Start on the remote control, or click
the left arrow on the top left of the screen.
4 To return to the previous window, press the Back button on the remote control
or the Backspace key on the keyboard, or click the left arrow on the top left of
the screen to go back.
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Using Search in Windows Media Center
Searching for music tracks and files
You can search for music files if you cannot locate them:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Music, and then double-click search.
3 To search, enter letters by using either the alphanumeric keypad on the remote or the
keyboard. The search begins when you enter the first letter.
Creating a Playlist in Windows Media Center
A playlist is a customized list of songs that you can keep to play later or record to a CD.
Using playlists, you can group various digital music files together and determine the order
in which you want the files to play.
You can create a playlist that includes several tracks from various CDs or even a playlist
that contains background music for a slide show.
You can create playlists in Windows Media Center or the Windows Media Player.
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To create a playlist:
1 Select Music, select music library, and then select either albums, artists,
playlists, songs, or genres.
2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control, or the arrow keys on the keyboard, or
use the mouse to navigate to and select the music that you want to add to the playlist.
3 Press OK on the remote control, or press the Enter key on the keyboard, or click the
selection to select a song.
4 Click Add to Queue to add the music to the list of music in the queue.
5 Go back to the Windows Media Center. Click the mouse on the left arrow on
the top left of the screen to go back to Windows Media Center.
6 Click play all.
7 Click View Queue.
8 Click Save As Playlist, and give the playlist a name.
9 Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a name for the playlist, and then click Save.
NOTE: If the computer is connected to the Internet, the CD track titles and cover art
appear in Windows Media Center.
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Copying Music Files to CD in Windows Media Center
To copy the music files to CD:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd.
3 A message opens asking you to insert media. Insert a blank CD-R disc, and then click
Retry.
4 Select a disc format, either Audio CD or Data CD, and then click Next.
5 Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the Untitled text box.
6 Use the alphanumeric keypad buttons on the remote control or the keyboard to enter a
name for the CD, and then click Next. This will take you to the Choose Music
window.
7 Use the arrow keys to scroll through songs. You can select more songs by clicking
albums, playlists, and other music menu options. A check mark appears next to
the song when it is selected. Press the Back button on the remote control or click Add
More in the Review & Edit List to select more songs from different menus. You can also
change the name of the CD by clicking Change Name, and clear all selections by
clicking Clear All in this window.
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8 Click Next when you have selected all the songs to record to CD.
9 Click Burn CD to record your music to disc.
10 Click Yes to confirm you want to burn a disc with these files.
11 Click OK to do other things while the disc is being burned.
12 Click Done when the recording is complete.
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
NOTE: For more information about writable media, refer to “Disc Features and
Compatibility Table.”
Listening to Online Radio Stations
In the radio area of Windows Media Center, you can play, listen, and preset various
online radio stations.
1 From the Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click radio twice.
2 Click presets to preset and organize your favorite radio stations.
3 By clicking sources, you can access the Music and Radio menu.
4 Click the right mouse button to view a list and to go to the settings menu.
5 Click the right mouse button for the icons to appear to go to the previous menu.
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Listening to FM Radio Stations
If your HP computer is equipped with a radio tuner input (FM Tuner In), Windows Media
Center can play FM radio stations. The Radio window in Windows Media Center makes it
easy to play FM radio stations by using the remote control or the mouse.
NOTE: Make sure you connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the HP computer
before selecting an FM radio station. This antenna is included for select models only.
In the Radio window, you can:
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Listen to FM radio stations.
Set up presets of your favorite radio stations.
Delete or organize your radio station presets.
Use the time-shifting features: pause, rewind, and fast-forward up to 30 minutes of
radio programs.
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Setting Up the TV Signal
To listen to the FM radio stations you will need to set the TV signal.
NOTE: You must set up the TV signal before you can play your FM radio stations.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings, and then click TV.
3 Click Set Up TV Signal, and then click Next.
A TV Signal Setup dialog box appears, informing you these settings will affect TV
recording and might interrupt TV or radio on an Extender device.
4 Click Yes, and then click Next to set up the TV signal.
5 Confirm your country/region for the TV signal, and then click Next.
6 Windows Media Center will automatically detect and configure the TV signal. Select
Configure my TV signal automatically (Recommended) and click Next.
The process might take a few minutes to complete.
7 Once the TV signals are configured, click Finish.
8 You can now play your FM radio stations.
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Playing FM Radio Stations
Once the TV signal is set you can play and listen to FM radio stations.
NOTE: You must go through the TV tuner setup wizard before you can play your radio
stations.
1 Connect the FM radio antenna to the connector labeled FM Antenna In, on the back of
the HP computer.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
3 Click Music, and then click radio.
4 Click the FM RADIO button.
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on the taskbar, and then click Windows
5 Enter a radio station number by using the numeric keypad on the remote control or the
keyboard.
Or
Select the Seek (–) or (+) button for Windows Media Center to find the next playable
station.
Or
Select the Tune (–) or (+) button to find a station manually.
Or
Select the Preset (–) or (+) button to find a preset station.
6 Click Save as Preset to save the radio station as one of your preset stations.
7 Type in the name of the radio station, and then click Save.
8 You can edit a preset station by clicking Edit Preset.
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9 Use the playback controls on the remote control, such as Pause, Rewind, and
Fast-forward, to control radio playback. If you press the Pause button, Windows
Media Center continues to record the program for up to 30 minutes. Press Play to
resume listening to the program where you left off.
10 Click the left arrow on the top left of the screen to return to the previous
window.
11 Click presets to view all of your preset radio stations.
Organizing and Using Preset Radio Stations
You can easily access and play your favorite preset radio station once all your preset radio
stations are organized.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Music, and then click radio twice.
3 Click presets.
All of your preset radio stations display.
4 Click the FM RADIO button to edit or add a preset radio station.
5 Use the numeric keypad on the remote or the keyboard to enter a name for the new
radio station.
6 Click Save to save your changes.
7 Click Delete to delete a preset radio station.
8 Click Cancel if you do not want to save your settings.
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Using preset radio stations
1 You can listen to a preset radio station by clicking presets from the radio menu.
All of your preset FM radio stations will be listed.
2 Use the playback controls on the remote control, such as Pause, Rewind, and
Fast-forward, to control radio playback. If you press the Pause button, Windows
Media Center continues to record the program for up to 30 minutes. Press Play to
resume listening to the program where you left off.
Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal at the
Same Time
The FM radio signal and TV tuner input signal share a single tuner card. This means that
you are unable to watch or record TV and listen to FM radio at the same time unless you
have two TV tuners. When Windows Media Center is scheduled to start a recording, a
warning appears that says FM radio stops when the TV recording starts. If you do not
select Cancel recording, Windows Media Center automatically stops radio and begins
recording TV.
Playing Music CDs
To play music CDs, you must have either a CD or DVD drive.
Insert the music CD into the CD or DVD drive.
The default audio program opens. If a dialog window opens, choose the program you
want to use from the list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see all
available programs.
The music CD automatically begins to play.
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Playing CDs with Windows Media Player
NOTE: Some commercial music CDs are copy-protected and cannot be played with
Windows Media Player. Such CDs come with their own (built-in) player that must be used.
1 Insert the music CD or DVD movie into the drive.
When the AutoPlay window opens, select Windows Media Player from the
list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see Windows Media Player.
Or
If the Windows Media Player window does not automatically open, click the
Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, click All Programs, and then click
Windows Media Player.
2 To play the CD or DVD, click the Now Playing tab on the Windows Media Player
taskbar. You can also control playback by using the media control buttons on the
keyboard (select models only).
NOTE: The computer must have a connection to the Internet to see CD information such as
artist name, song titles, and album art.
For more information on using Windows Media Player, click the drop-down arrow on the
Player taskbar, and then click Help.
Playing DVDs
The computer must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies. Some computer models include
a DVD drive that can also play Blu-ray DVDs (BD) and High-Definition DVDs (HD DVD).
To play a DVD, you must have a DVD drive:
1 Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
2 When the DVD dialog window opens, choose the program you want to use from the
list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see all available programs.
Or
If the dialog window does not appear, click the Windows Start Button
on the
taskbar, click All Programs, and then click HP DVD Play or DVD Play BD/HD,
or Power Cinema depending on the type of DVD drive and computer model that
you have.
3 Use the controls in the DVD program to play the DVD.
4 To reduce the DVD Play window, double-click anywhere in the window. To return the
display to full-size, double-click anywhere in the window again.
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Using Windows Media Center to play DVDs
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click Windows Media Center to open Windows Media Center.
3 Scroll to TV+ Movies, and then click HP DVD Play.
4 Use the mouse to operate the media controls to control the movie.
5 To play the DVD in full-screen mode, double-click anywhere in the DVD Play window.
Troubleshooting poor playback when
playing DVDs
If you experience poor playback, such as skipping, when playing DVDs with DVD Play or
Power Cinema, try the following solutions in the order listed:
1 If the computer includes Windows Media Center, try playing the DVD from within
Windows Media Center. Windows Media Center automatically adjusts the display for
the best screen resolution to allow optimal DVD playback.
a
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, click All Programs, and
then click Windows Media Center.
b
Scroll up to the TV + Movies menu, and then select HP DVD Play.
c
Use the DVD controls to play the movie.
2 Change the resolution of the display until the issue is resolved.
a
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, click Control Panel, and
then, under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution.
b
Move the Resolution slider to a slightly lower resolution, and then click Apply.
c
Click Yes.
d
Try playing the DVD again. If the playback is still poor, repeat steps a to d until a
better display resolution is found.
3 Try reducing the size of the playback window.
NOTE: Having a higher-end computer graphics (video) card and increasing computer
memory may also improve DVD playback.
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Using country/region codes
Most DVD discs have country/region codes embedded in the disc data that limit where the
DVD movie can be played.
The country/region number is usually placed over a world globe that is printed on the
DVD packaging and disc. DVDs without country/region codes play on any player or drive
in any country/region.
WARNING: You can change countries/regions only five times before the
country/region code locks and becomes permanent. Once the code locks, you
can play DVDs from that country/region only. If the country/region code locks
and you need help, contact Support.
Playing DVD Movies in Windows Media Center
(Select models only)
Watching DVDs in Windows Media Center allows you to control the playback with the
remote control. If you play the DVD in another program outside of Windows Media
Center, you will not be able to use the remote control.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Insert the DVD into the drive. If you have other media playing, Windows Media
Center asks if you want to play the DVD. Select HP DVD Play. If you don’t select an
option, the DVD automatically plays in full-screen mode after a few seconds.
NOTE: To view more information about a DVD that you are watching, such as the
DVD title, chapter title, genre, parental rating, length, and current position, press the
i (More information) button on the remote control.
Or
If the DVD is already in the drive, select HP DVD Play. The DVD movie begins
playing in full-screen mode.
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3 If a DVD menu appears, use the remote control or the mouse to select the DVD menu
items and control the DVD movie playback.
4 To stop playing the DVD, press Stop on the remote control or move the mouse to
display the media controls, and then click the Stop button.
5 Move the mouse for other icons to appear.
NOTE: To view additional controls, click the right mouse button. A window pops up,
displaying additional options such as: zoom, movie details, title menu, eject, and settings.
Changing the DVD Settings
You can change the DVD settings such as the DVD language, closed captioning, and
remote control options.
Click the Windows Start Button
Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media
1 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
2 In the Settings window, select DVD.
3 Click DVD Language, Closed Captioning, or Remote Control Options.
4 Select the settings, and then click Save.
Changing the DVD movie language
To select DVD language settings for subtitles, audio track and menu:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings, DVD, and then DVD Language.
3 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to
select (+) or (–). Press OK on the remote control, or press the Enter key on the
keyboard, to scroll through the languages available.
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4 When you find the language you want, click Save.
5 To return to the main settings window, press the Backspace key on the
keyboard or press the Back button on the remote control, or click the left arrow
on the top left of the screen.
Changing DVD remote control options
To change the DVD remote control options:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 In the settings window, click DVD.
4 In the DVD Settings window, click Remote Control Options.
5 After making the changes, click Save.
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Changing DVD closed captioning
You can change the DVD closed captioning options:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 In the settings window, click DVD.
4 In the DVD Settings window, click Closed Captioning.
5 After making the changes, click Save.
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Changing DVD Audio Settings
To select DVD audio settings for viewing the DVD:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 Click TV.
4 Click Audio. The TV Audio window opens.
5 Select the speaker and sound options. Select the speaker output and the channel
mode, if applicable. Click Save.
Playing DVDs with Windows Media Player
The computer must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies.
1 Insert the DVD movie into the drive.
When the AutoPlay window opens, select Windows Media Player from the
list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see Windows Media Player.
Or
If the Windows Media Player window does not automatically open, click the
Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, click All Programs, and then click
Windows Media Player.
2 To play the DVD, click the Now Playing tab on the Player taskbar, and then click the
Play button. You can also control playback by using the media control buttons on the
keyboard (select models only).
For more information on using Windows Media Player, click the drop-down arrow on
the Player taskbar, and then click Help.
3 In the List pane, click a DVD title or chapter name. You can double-click a chapter to
begin playing the movie at that point. You can also right-click a chapter and click
Find DVD Info to find online information about the movie.
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Using DVD Play to Play DVDs, Videos,
High-Definition DVDs, and Blu-ray DVDs
Depending on the type of DVD drive that is included with the computer, you can play
DVDs, HD DVDs, or Blu-ray discs. The front of the drive is labeled with the type of discs
that the DVD drive can play. Some drives can play both Blu-ray and HD DVDs. This means
a better movie viewing experience, greater picture quality, and more bonus content.
Keep the following in mind when playing Blu-ray and HD DVDs:
The DVD Play BD/HD DVD player software is capable of playing standard DVD
movie discs; however, the enhanced features are available only with Blu-ray and
HD DVD discs.
HD DVD and Blu-ray movies play only through the DVD Play BD/HD DVD software.
CPU power is dedicated to support HD DVD and Blu-ray playback functions. It is
recommended that you close all other applications before and during HD DVD and
Blu-ray playback.
AACS keys are integrated into the computer for copy protection purposes. Occasional
renewal of the AACS key is required, and easily done by connecting to the Internet.
Some HD DVD and Blu-ray advanced features may not be supported.
As HD DVD and Blu-ray are new formats containing new technologies, certain disc,
digital connection, compatibility, and/or performance issues may arise, and do not
constitute defects in the product. Flawless playback on all systems is not guaranteed.
For some HD-DVD and Blu-ray titles to play, they may require a DVI or HDMI digital
connection, and the display may require HDCP support.
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To play a DVD, you must have a DVD drive:
1 Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
The default DVD program opens. If the DVD wizard window opens,
choose the program that you want to use from the list. You may have to
scroll down the window to see all available programs.
2 Use the controls in the DVD program to play the DVD.
NOTE: To use the DVD Play controls, you must use the mouse.
NOTE: The Advanced Access Content System (AACS) key that DVD Play uses must be
updated every seventeen months in order for it to play DVD titles. For more information
about playing video clips, click the ? (Help) button in the DVD Play control bar.
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Playing Video CDs (VCDs)
To play a VCD you must have either a CD or DVD drive:
1 Insert the VCD into the CD or DVD drive.
The default video CD program opens. If the Video CD wizard window opens, choose
the program you want to use from the list. You may have to scroll down in the window
to see all available programs.
2 Use the controls in the VCD program to play the VCD.
Playing video CDs (VCDs) with
Windows Media Player
To play VCDs with Windows Media Player you must have either a CD or DVD drive:
1 Insert the (VCD) into the DVD or CD drive.
2 Select Play using Windows Media Player, and then click OK.
Or
If the program doesn’t open, click the Windows Start Button
Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
, click All
3 To play the VCD, click the Now Playing tab on the Player taskbar, and then click
Play VCD. You can also control playback by using the media control buttons on the
keyboard (select models only).
For more information on using Windows Media Player, click the drop-down arrow on
the Windows Media Player taskbar and then click Help.
4 In the List pane, double-click a VCD chapter to start playing the VCD at that point.
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Creating Audio and Data Discs
This chapter contains the procedures that you must perform to record (or burn) files to
recordable CD and DVD discs. It also includes information about labeling the discs by
using the LightScribe labeling technology that is available on select models or by creating
a paper label.
The computer includes one or more CD, DVD, or combination optical drives that are
capable of recording. Additionally, the computer may include the following software
programs for recording to CDs or DVDs:
CyberLink Power2Go (select models only)
CyberLink PowerDirector (select models only)
CyberLink LabelPrint (select models only)
Windows Vista
Windows Media Center
These programs include features that enable you to copy, archive, and manage music,
video, image, and data files, and then record the files to CDs or DVDs. You can also use
Windows Media Player to download and copy music files to a portable device or
memory card.
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse
or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
NOTE: Burn is an industry term used to describe the recording of information onto a DVD
or CD. Optical recording uses a laser beam to place information onto the disc, thus the
term burning.
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Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording
Previously recorded files on rewritable discs (CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW) must be
erased before recording new files. CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R discs cannot be erased.
To erase a rewritable disc in CyberLink Power2Go:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
2 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click Power2Go.
3 Click the Disc Utilities icon in the Select a Burning Task window, click Erase Disc,
and then click OK.
4 Insert the rewritable disc that you want to erase.
5 Click the Quick erase or Full erase option, and then click the Erase button.
6 Click OK when the disc has been erased.
Working with Audio CDs
You can create audio CDs that play in the car or home CD player, and on computers. You
can create two main types of music CDs:
Uncompressed — Typical CD format, like you would purchase on a commercial
CD. This type of CD holds 10 to 20 songs, depending on their length.
Uncompressed files can be burned on CD-Rs (which play in most home and
car stereos, DVD players, and computers) or CD-RWs (which play only in some
stereos, DVD players, and computers).
The procedure for creating this type of CD is described in “Creating audio CDs.”
Compressed — Files are burned to a disc using a compressed file format
(.mp3, wma, or .m4a). The smaller file format enables you to fit approximately ten
times as many songs onto the disc (depending on length and format).
Compressed files can be burned to CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, DVD-RWs, or DVD+RWs
(select models only). Compressed files can only be played on computers, CD players,
or DVD players that support the file format that you use to create the disc (.mp3 is most
commonly supported). For file format compatibility, check the documentation for the
device in which you intend to play the disc. You may hear a slight loss of sound
quality using compressed audio files.
For more compatibility information, see “Disc Features and Compatibility Table.”
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CyberLink Power2Go allows you to create closed-session or multisession CDs and DVDs.
For closed-session CDs and DVDs, you must record or copy all files on one disc in one
recording session. For multisession CDs and DVDs, you can record or copy files in several
sessions until the disc is filled or until you close the session.
NOTE: Music files can be recorded repeatedly on a rewritable CD-RW disc, but all
previously recorded files must be erased first. CD-R discs cannot be erased.
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse
or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Audio CD tips
When recording music files, it is important to note that:
As you add music files in the recording session, the software calculates and displays
the amount of recording time that is available to record additional music files. If you
try to record more than a standard CD can hold, a message opens warning you that
all the tracks may not fit on the disc.
If the recording fails, manually select a slower recording speed, if available, each time
you make a recording. Refer to the Help menu in the selected software program
for more information about selecting a slower recording speed.
If you change the write speed of the recording, run a Write Simulation test to verify
that the burner can burn to the disc at the selected speed without causing recording
errors.
You can select the “Enable buffer underrun protection” option when burning a disc to
ensure that data is written to disc without interruption. An interruption in data can
result in an unusable disc.
You can select the “Verify recorded data” option to compare recorded data to the
source data to ensure accurate burning.
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse
or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Before you begin creating discs
Save all work, and close all open programs.
Turn off the screen saver.
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Creating audio CDs
This section provides instructions for burning an audio CD that can be played in most
home and car CD players.
To create an audio CD:
1 Insert a writable CD into the disc-burning drive.
CD-R discs play in most home and car stereos, DVD players, and computers. CD-RW
discs play only in some stereos, DVD players, and computers.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
3 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click Power2Go.
4 Select the Music Disc icon.
5 Select the disc type, CD or DVD, select the content type, and then click OK.
6 Locate the music files that you want to add, and then click them and drag them to the
bottom half of the Power2Go window.
7 When you are done adding files, click the Burn icon in the toolbar.
NOTE: For more help using CyberLink Power2Go, click the Help icon in the
program.
8 Select the recording options. See “Audio CD tips.”
9 Click Burn to begin recording your music files to disc.
10 Click OK when the audio CD is completed.
Creating video discs
This section provides instructions for creating a video disc. You can create a video disc
from files on the computer hard disk drive or directly from a digital video camera.
1 Insert a writable disc into the disc-burning drive.
2 Open the CyberLink PowerDirector program by clicking the Windows Start
Button
, All Programs, and then clicking CyberLink DVD Suite.
3 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click PowerDirector.
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4 Click the File menu, select Import, and then click Media Files. Browse to your file
and click Open to import it into your video project.
Or
Click the Capture button:
a
Select a capture device, such as DV Camera, TV, PC Camera, CD, or DVD
from the toolbar.
b
Click the Play button to playback your video.
c
Click the Record button when you find the place in your file you want to add to
your video project and then click the Stop button to end the recording.
d
When the Capture File Name window opens, type in a name for your captured
video file, and then click OK. Your captured video is added to your video project.
5 After you have imported or captured all of your video files, click the Edit button. Use
the editing tools on the left side of the window to edit your video file.
6 Click the Produce button. Select your settings and then click the arrow button to
continue. Click the check mark button to begin rendering your video.
7 Select a file type, such as video file or streaming file, and then click the arrow
button to continue.
8 Select your settings and then click the arrow icon to continue.
9 Click the check mark icon to begin rendering your video.
10 Click the Create Disc button. You can add a style or menu buttons to your video.
11 Click the Burn Disc icon, and then select your recording options.
12 When ready to create the video disc, click OK.
13 When the recording is complete, click OK.
NOTE: For more help using CyberLink PowerDirector, click the Help menu, and then click
PowerDirector Help.
Copying a disc
The following section explains how to make a copy of an existing CD or DVD.
Copying a disc using two disc drives
If you have two disc drives, you can copy a CD or DVD directly from one drive to the
other. To copy a DVD by using this method, you must have two DVD drives. Otherwise, use
the steps in the next section to copy the DVD.
To copy a CD or DVD using two disc drives:
1 Insert a writable CD or DVD into a disc-burning drive.
2 Insert the disc that you want to copy into the other disc drive.
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3 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
4 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click Power2Go.
5 Click the Copy Disc icon, and then click OK.
6 Ensure that the correct disc drives are selected.
7 Click the Copy button.
NOTE: For more help using CyberLink Power2Go, click the Help icon in the
program.
Copying a disc using one disc drive
If you have only one disc drive, CyberLink Power2Go stores an image file of the disc
temporarily on the computer hard disk drive.
Use these steps to copy a CD or DVD using one disc drive:
1 Insert the disc that you want to copy into the disc-burning drive.
NOTE: If a CD-playing program opens automatically, close it before going to step 2.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
3 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click Power2Go.
4 Click the Copy Disc icon, and then click OK.
5 Select the burn options, and then click the Copy button.
Power2Go creates an image file of the disc. This file is temporarily stored on the
computer hard disk drive.
6 When you are prompted, insert a writable CD or DVD into the disc-burning drive, and
then click OK.
7 When the message Copy Disc: Completed successfully appears, click OK. The disc is
ejected automatically.
Creating data discs
This section provides instructions for burning data files onto a disc.
To create a data disc:
1 Insert a writable disc into the disc-burning drive.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
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on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
3 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click Power2Go.
4 Click the Data Disc icon.
5 Select disc type, and then click OK.
6 Locate files from the hard disk drive, and then click and drag them to the lower section
of the window.
7 When you are done adding files, click the Burn icon in the toolbar.
NOTE: For more help using CyberLink Power2Go, click the Help icon in the
program.
8 Select the recording options.
9 Click Burn to begin recording your music files to disc.
10 Click OK when the data disc is completed.
Making a disc label using LightScribe Technology
(Select models only)
The following section provides instructions for making a disc label by using LightScribe
technology. For instructions on making a paper label, refer to “Making a paper disc
label.”
What is LightScribe?
LightScribe is an innovative technology that uses a special disc drive, special media
(CDs or DVDs), and label-making software to burn labels directly onto CDs and DVDs. A
LightScribe-enabled CD or DVD disc drive uses the optical laser in the drive to burn a label
onto a thin dye coating on the label side of the disc. There is no ink to smear or paper to
curl, and there are no adhesives to loosen.
LightScribe requirements
Burning a label with LightScribe requires three things:
A LightScribe-enabled disc drive (select models only), identified by the
LightScribe logo
Labeling software that supports LightScribe
A writable LightScribe disc (sold separately)
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Making a LightScribe label by using CyberLink LabelPrint
You may burn data, music, and videos to the disc before or after labeling the disc. See
“Creating audio CDs” and “Creating data discs.”
To make a LightScribe label:
1 Place the disc into the disc drive with the top of the disc facing down. The top is the
gold non-reflective side of the disc, opposite of the side that you record data onto.
2 Close the drive.
3 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
4 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click LabelPrint.
5 Under Step 1: Select the type of label you want to print, select one of
following:
Disc Label (LightScribe label)
Or
MiniDisc Label (LightScribe label)
6 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue.
7 Under Step 2: Edit titles and other information, design the disc
label:
a
Type in a disc title, author, and date.
b
Type in song titles, artist/author and time/size of the files.
c
You can click the Import icon to import MP3 information, if desired.
8 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue.
9 Under Step 3: Select the label’s layout and background:
a
Select a layout style by clicking the arrows under Layout Style to scroll
through the different label layouts available, and then click the Select button
when you find the one that you want.
b
Select a background image by clicking the arrows under Background Image to
scroll through the different background images that are available, and then click
the Select button when you find the one that you want.
c
If you are creating a paper label, select a paper size under Paper Template by
using the drop-down arrow.
10 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue.
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11 When you are ready to create the LightScribe label, click the Print icon.
12 Click OK to create the LightScribe label. The estimated time to complete
the label displays, along with a progress bar. It is possible to continue to
work on the computer while the LightScribe label is created.
For more help using CyberLink LabelPrint, click the Help icon to open the Help
information.
Making a paper disc label
The following section provides instructions for creating a paper label for the disc. To create
a LightScribe label, refer to “Making a disc label using LightScribe Technology.”
1 Load the printer with adhesive label paper. You can purchase label paper at most
office-supply stores.
2 Click the Windows Start Button
click CyberLink DVD Suite.
on the taskbar, All Programs, and then
3 Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink
programs, and then click LabelPrint.
4 Under Step 1: Select the type of label you want to print, select one of
following:
Front Cover (paper insert label)
Back of Front Cover (paper insert label)
Disc Inlay (paper insert label)
5 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue.
6 Under Step 2: Edit titles and other information, design the disc
label:
a
Type in a disc title, author, and date.
b
Type in song titles, artist/author, and time/size of the files.
c
Click the Import icon to import MP3 information.
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7 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue.
8 Under Step 3: Select the label’s layout and background:
a
Select a layout style by clicking the arrows under Layout Style to scroll through the
different label layouts available, and then click the Select button when you find
the one that you want.
b
Select a background image by clicking the arrows under Background Image to
scroll through the different background images that are available, and then click
the Select button when you find the one that you want.
c
If you are creating a paper label, select a paper size under Paper Template by
using the drop-down arrow.
9 Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue.
10 When you are ready to create the LightScribe label, click the Print icon.
For more help using CyberLink LabelPrint, click the Help icon to open the
Help information.
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Working with Pictures and Videos
You can view, copy, edit, print, and share digital images and videos by using the
computer.
You can transfer digital images and videos to the computer by using the following
methods:
CD or DVD: Insert the disc into the CD or DVD drive.
Digital camera or digital video camera: Connect the device to the computer by using
the transfer cable that came with the device. (Select models have a digital camera
docking bay.)
Memory card: Insert the memory card into the memory card reader (select
models only).
Digital images that you copy or transfer to the computer may appear in the Pictures folder
by default.
Working with Digital Images
You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital photo or video camera, directly
to the computer or through a docking station. Most digital picture files that you copy or
download from the device appear in the Pictures folder.
NOTE: When transferring pictures from a digital photo camera to the computer, set the
camera’s USB setting to disk drive instead of digital camera.
Windows Vista detects the external device and opens a message, asking if you want to
view the images.
You can copy digital picture files from the memory cards that are used by digital cameras
and other digital imaging devices by using the memory card reader (select models only).
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Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center
With Windows Media Center, you can view, sort, edit, print, and create a CD or DVD of
the pictures from the folders that you create in the Pictures directory in Windows Explorer.
Pictures is a folder on the hard disk drive in the Documents window, and it is also a
Windows Media Center menu item that enables you to view and search for the digital
images by using the remote control or the keyboard and mouse.
The Pictures + Videos menu in Windows Media Center provides all the tools that you need
for viewing, organizing, editing, printing, sharing, and protecting the digital images.
.
Adding Pictures in Windows Media Center
Adding picture files from the hard disk drive
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Pictures + Videos.
3 Click picture library.
4 Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then click Library Setup.
5 Click Add folder to watch, and then click Next.
6 Click Add folders on this computer, and then click Next.
7 Place a check mark next to the folders that you want Windows Media Center to check,
and then click Next.
8 Click Finish.
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Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center
After you organize your pictures in the Pictures folder in Windows Explorer, open
Windows Media Center to view them:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Click Pictures + Videos and then click picture library.
3 Select a folder, tags, or date taken. The window shows a small picture image
(thumbnail) of each photo.
Select date taken to view each photo with the date it was taken.
Select folders if you have organized your pictures into folders. Each folder icon
displays a thumbnail of photos. The pictures are displayed just as you organized
them in the Pictures folder in Windows Explorer.
4 Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move through the picture files and folder files,
and select a picture.
5 Press the Enter key on the keyboard to select a picture or folder to view. The selected
picture opens in full-screen mode.
6 Press the Enter key on the keyboard again to zoom to 150 percent; press it again to
zoom to 225 percent. Use the remote control arrow buttons to pan across a picture.
Press Enter or OK a third time to return the picture to its original size.
NOTE: While viewing a picture, you can press the i (More information) button on the
remote control or Ctrl+D on the keyboard, click Picture Details, click Settings, and
then click Pictures to:
Select a slide transition, a slide time delay, and a background color.
Include picture folders you have created.
Show captions.
Display pictures randomly.
Show song information during a slide show.
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Viewing pictures as a slide show
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.
3 Select the folder of pictures that you want to view as a slide show, and then press
Enter on the keyboard.
4 Click play slide show, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
5 Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then click Picture Details. The picture name, location, and last
modification date are displayed, if they are available.
6 Press the Backspace key on the keyboard or the Back button on the remote control to
go to a previous screen.
7 Use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the arrow buttons on the remote control to
display the next or previous pictures.
If you do not select the pictures that you want to view as a slide show, Windows Media
Center uses the first folder that is listed. If you have picture files that are not stored in
folders that you created, Windows Media Center plays all of the files that are stored in the
Pictures folder.
Viewing a slide show with music
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Click Music, and then click music library.
3 Select the music that you want, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
NOTE: If the music does not start automatically, move the mouse to display the media
control menu bar, and then click the Play button, or press the Play button on the
remote control.
4 Press the Backspace key on the keyboard until you are back at the Windows Media
Center Start menu.
5 Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.
6 Select the folder of pictures that you want to view as a slide show, and then press
Enter on the keyboard.
7 Click play slide show, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard. When
Windows Media Center switches to full-screen mode, the inset window disappears,
but the music continues to play.
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Using supported picture file types in Windows
Media Center
You can view the following types of image files in Windows Media Center.
File extension
File type
.jpg, .jpeg
Joint Photographic Experts Group
.tif, .tiff
Tagged Image File Format
.gif
Graphics Interchange Format
.bmp
Bitmap
.wmf
Windows MetaFile
.png
Portable Network Graphics
Only supported image file types display in the Pictures + Videos area of Windows
Media Center. Unsupported files are skipped in a slide show.
NOTE: If the message Image cannot be displayed appears, the file may be corrupted,
or it may be an unsupported file type. You may need to edit the image with a photo
editor and save it in a supported file format.
Folder icons appear even if the images inside them cannot be displayed.
Corrupted and unsupported image file types display a generic image icon, but they
cannot be displayed.
Some file types are supported only if appropriate filters and software are installed.
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Editing Pictures in Windows Media Center
Fixing red eye or contrast
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.
3 Select a picture to edit.
4 Press the i (More information) button on the remote control or Ctrl+D on the
keyboard, and then select Picture Details.
5 Click Touch Up.
6 Click Contrast or Red Eye.
7 Click Preview to see the result.
8 After you select the options that you want to fix, click Save. The picture displays with
the new settings.
9 Click Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file.
Cropping pictures in Windows Media Center
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.
3 Select a picture to edit.
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4 Press the i (More information) button on the remote control or Ctrl+D on the
keyboard, and then select Picture Details.
5 Click Touch Up.
6 Click Crop.
7 Use the mouse and keyboard to do one or more of the following:
Select the arrows under the picture to move the picture side to side, or up
or down.
Select the magnifying glass tools to move the cropping tool in or out.
Select the rotate tool to move the cropping tool to a vertical or horizontal position.
8 After you select the settings that you want to fix, click Save. Once you save the
picture, you cannot revert to the original picture.
9 Click Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file.
Rotating pictures
If the picture appears horizontally or vertically, and you want to change the orientation,
you can change it in Windows Media Center:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Pictures + Videos.
3 Select the picture you want to rotate.
4 Press the i (More information) button on the remote control or Ctrl+D on the keyboard,
and then select Picture Details.
5 Click Rotate. Rotation occurs clockwise in 90° increments.
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Printing Pictures in Windows Media Center
NOTE: You must set up the printer before you try to print from Windows Media Center;
otherwise, by default, the file is saved to the Documents folder when you try to print the
picture.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library.
3 Select the picture that you want to print.
4 Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then click Picture Details. Click Print, and then click Print again.
5 Follow any onscreen instructions.
Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs in
Windows Media Center
NOTE: In Windows Media Center, all pictures are copied to CDs as .jpg files.
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click burn cd/dvd.
3 Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW) into the drive.
4 Click Data CD/DVD, and then click Next.
NOTE: If you are using a writable disc that contains data, you must select Erase
Disc to continue.
5 Select the Untitled area, enter the name of the disc by using the numeric keys on the
keyboard or the remote control, and then select Next. Use the Backspace key on the
keyboard or the Clear button on the remote control to delete letters.
6 Click Picture Library, and then click Next.
7 Select the pictures that you want to copy, and then click Next. A check mark appears
next to a picture when you select it.
8 Click Add More to add more pictures to the disc.
9 After you have selected all of your pictures, select Burn CD.
10 Click Yes. Windows Media Center opens a message if you need to insert an
additional disc to complete the recording. Windows Media Center opens a message
when the disc has been created.
11 Click Done when the disc has been created.
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Playing Videos in Windows Media Center
The Pictures + Videos area in Windows Media Center makes it easy to play home video
files that you created or video files that you downloaded from the Internet.
In Pictures + Videos you can:
Play videos that are stored anywhere on the hard disk drive.
Create a CD or DVD of your video files.
View your videos in full-screen mode or from an inset window in Windows Media
Center.
View small thumbnail images and the titles of your video files.
Playing digital videos
After you organize the videos in the Videos folder or Shared Video folder in Windows
Explorer, open Windows Media Center to watch them:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 Click Pictures + Videos.
3 Click video library.
4 Select the video folder that you want. The video folder opens, displaying a list of
video files. You may need to use the scroll arrows at the bottom of the window to
display all videos.
NOTE: Use the mouse to select the up arrows and down arrows at the bottom of the
window, to scroll to other pages of video files and folders.
5 Click the video file. The video plays in full-screen mode. Use the mouse to resize the
window if you want to watch the video while doing something else on the desktop.
6 To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous window, press the Back button on
the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard. The video continues to play
in the inset window.
7 When the video is finished, click Restart to replay the video, or click Done to close
the file and return to the Videos area.
NOTE: You can maximize the media that is playing in the inset window by using the
arrow buttons to select the inset window and then pressing OK on the remote control or
Enter on the keyboard, or you can just click the inset window.
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Using supported video file types
You can view the following types of video files in Windows Media Center. Other file types
are supported if the computer has the correct software installed:
File extension
File type
.avi
Windows Video file (Audio Video Interleaved)
.dvr-ms
Digital Video Recording—Microsoft (TV file format)
.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe,
.m1v, .mp2, .mpv2
Movie file
.wm, .asf
Windows Media file
.wmv
Windows Media Video file
NOTE: For more information about supported video file types, refer to Help and Support.
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Help and
Support.
Transferring and Recording Video Files
Once you capture the video by using video capture and editing software, you can use
Windows Media Center to find it and add it to the Videos area.
Recording analog and digital video files
Refer to Help and Support for more information about capturing and recording video files
from analog and digital video cameras.
To find information in Help and Support:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Support.
on the taskbar, and then click Help and
2 Type in search words such as recording video.
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Creating a DVD from Video Files in
Windows Media Center
1 Click the Windows Start Button
Media Center.
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
2 From the Tasks menu, click burn cd/dvd.
3 Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW) into the drive.
4 Select Video DVD, and then click Next.
NOTE: If you are using a rewritable disc that contains data, you must select Erase
Disc to continue.
5 Select the Untitled area, enter the name of the disc by using the numeric keys on the
keyboard or the remote control, and then click Next. Use the Backspace key on the
keyboard or the Clear button on the remote control to delete letters.
6 Click Video Library, and then click Next.
7 Select the files you want to copy, and then click Next. A check mark appears next to
a file when you select it.
8 Click Add More to add more files to the disc.
9 After you have selected all of the files, click Burn DVD.
10 Click Yes. Windows Media Center opens a message if you need to insert an
additional disc to complete the recording. Windows Media Center opens a message
when the disc has been created.
11 Click Done when the disc has been created.
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Creating Movies by Using
muvee autoProducer
(Select models only)
Creating personalized and professional-looking video movies is simple with
muvee autoProducer, a software program that is installed on the computer. The
6.0 version of muvee autoProducer includes features such as video capture
and disc recording.
Basic steps for making a movie
The basic steps for producing a movie with muvee autoProducer are the following:
1 Capture digital video: Capture live or recorded video to the hard disk drive
directly from a compatible digital video (DV) camera.
2 Add videos and pictures: Select video and still-image (picture) files from the
computer folders. You can easily add videos and still images to the movie project.
You can use the following video and picture file types in the movie project:
File
extension
File type
.dv-avi
Digital Video
.avi
Audio Video Interleaved
.mpeg-1
Motion Picture Experts Group video playback
.mpeg-2
MPEG for DVD video playback
.MP4
MPEG for high-quality video format (Web streaming, wireless
devices, and so on)
.mov
QuickTime Movie
.wmv
Windows Media AV file (movie video)
.asf
Windows Media file (Advanced Streaming Format)
.jpg, .jpeg
Joint Photographic Experts Group, still image
.gif
Graphics Interchange Format, still image
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File
extension
File type (continued)
.png
Portable Network Graphics, still image
.tif
Tagged Image File Format, still image
.bmp
Bitmap, still image
NOTE: If you upgrade muvee autoProducer, you can use the DivX video format. See
“Upgrading muvee autoProducer.”
3 Add music: Select music files on the computer to add to the movie soundtrack.
You can use the following music file types in the movie project:
File extension
File type
.aac
Advanced Audio Coding
.mp3
MPEG Layer 3
.m4a
MPEG-4 Audio layer (unprotected AAC)
.wav
Windows Audio
.wma
Windows Media Audio
4 Select a style: Apply a movie style editing template for different effects and picture
transitions in the movie.
5 Add captions: Personalize the movie with an opening title and closing credits.
6 Make the movie: Automatically analyze the videos, pictures, music, movie style,
and captions that you added to the project, and save the project to the computer hard
disk drive before recording it to disc.
7 Modify the movie: Make final changes to the movie before you save it.
8 Burn to disc: You can record the movie to DVD, VCD, or SVCD.
The following sections provide detailed instructions for each of these steps.
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Using muvee autoProducer
Getting started
To open muvee autoProducer (select models only):
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs, muvee autoProducer, Home movies made easy!, and
then click Launch muvee autoProducer 6 to open muvee autoProducer.
3 On the File menu, select either New Project to start a new project or Open Project
to open an existing project.
NOTE: By default, muvee autoProducer opens ready to start a new project.
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4 Select one of the following buttons:
Button
Enables you to:
See
Get Video from
Camera
Open the muvee Video Capture window to
capture (copy) live or recorded video.
“Capturing video from a
digital video camera.”
Add Video
Open the Add Video window to add existing
video files to the project.
“Adding videos.”
Add Pictures
Open the Add Pictures window to add existing
still-image files to the project.
“Adding pictures.”
Add Music
Open the Add Music window to add existing
music files to the project.
“Adding music.”
Personalize
Open the muvee Personalize Settings window
to adjust audio and video production settings
for the movie.
“Changing the settings.”
Title/Credits
Open the muvee Title and Credits window to
enter an opening title and closing credits to the
movie.
“Changing the settings.”
NOTE: You must open the Personalize window
to access the Title/Credits button.
Make muvee
Open the Make muvee window to create and
preview the movie automatically.
“Making the movie.”
Save and share
your muvee
Open the Listed muvee Files window to save
the finished movie to the computer hard disk
drive, or to record the finished movie to a disc.
“Saving the movie project.”
Tweak muvee
Make quick final changes to the movie before
saving it.
“Modifying the movie.”
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“Recording the movie project
to disc.”
Capturing video from a digital video camera
You can use muvee autoProducer to capture (copy) digital video files to the hard disk drive
in either of the following ways:
Live (known as camera mode), by using a compatible digital video (DV) camera. See
“Capturing live video from a DV camera.”
Recorded (known as VCR mode), by using a recorded tape in the DV camera. See
“Capturing recorded video from a DV camera.”
Captured video files are automatically added to the movie project. To remove a file
from the movie project, select it in the list of captured video files, and then click the
trash can icon.
When capturing video, it is important to be aware of the amount of available free space
on the computer hard disk drive. Capturing video can use a large amount of disk space.
The amount of free disk space displays in the Capture Video window while you are
capturing video.
Capturing live video from a DV camera
Capturing live video in camera mode enables you to create a video file without even
having a tape in the camera.
To capture live video to the hard disk drive by using muvee autoProducer:
1 Connect the DV camera to the FireWire® (IEEE 1394) port on the computer.
2 Turn on the camera, and set it to VCR mode. Refer to the instructions in the
manufacturer’s documentation.
3 Click the Import video/pictures from a device button.
4 Select From My Camcorder.
5 Browse to the camera, and then click Open. Your video appears in the
Video/Pictures area.
6 Click Import Now to start capturing the live image directly to the hard disk drive.
7 Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.
8 Click Done to add a captured video file automatically to the movie project.
Capturing pictures from a DV camera
To transfer pictures to the hard disk drive by using muvee autoProducer:
1 Connect the DV camera to the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port on the computer.
2 Turn on the camera. Refer to the instructions in the manufacturer’s documentation.
3 Click the Import video/pictures from a device button.
4 Select From My Camera/Device.
5 Under Import my pictures/video, select the camera in the drop-down list.
6 Click Media Screen.
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7 Click Browse to select a place to save the files, and then click OK.
8 Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.
9 Click Done to add the captured video file automatically to the movie project.
Capturing recorded video from a DV camera
For best results when using muvee autoProducer, capture only video footage that you are
most interested in using in the movie project.
To capture recorded video to the hard disk drive:
1 Connect the DV camera to the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port on the computer.
2 Turn on the camera, and set it to VCR mode. Refer to the instructions in the
manufacturer’s documentation.
3 Click the Import Video/Pictures from a device button.
4 Select From My Camcorder.
5 Click the Play button to start viewing the video.
6 Click Start Capture when you see the start of the video footage that you want to use
in the movie project.
7 Click Stop Capture to stop capturing.
8 Repeat steps 5 and 6 to capture additional sections of video footage.
9 Click Capture Folder to specify a folder for the captured video file.
10 Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.
11 Click Done to automatically add the captured video files to the movie project.
Adding videos
To add video files to the movie project:
1 Click the Add video button in the Video/Pictures area. The Add Video
window opens.
2 Browse the folders on the hard disk drive to select existing video files for the
movie:
Add up to three video files.
Select multiple video files by pressing and holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard
while you select the files.
3 Adjust the order of the video files by dragging and dropping the files.
NOTE: To remove a clip from the project, select it, and then click the trash can icon.
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4 You can use the magicMoments feature in muvee autoProducer to mark specific scenes
in a video clip that you want to include in, or leave out of, the final movie:
a
Select a video file in the Select Video/Pictures window, and then click the
magicMoments button. The magicMoments window opens.
b
Click the Play button to start viewing the video.
c
Use the magicMoments controls to mark the video scenes to include and exclude:
Click and hold down the green thumbs-up button to mark scenes that must
be included in the movie.
Click and hold down the red thumbs-down button to mark scenes that
must be left out of the movie.
NOTE: Press the Shift key on the keyboard, and then click the scene to undo
scenes that were marked with the thumbs-up or thumbs-down buttons.
Click and hold down the gray thumb button to unmark one second of a
selected scene.
Click and hold down the arrow buttons to navigate backward and forward
through the video footage.
Video footage left unmarked is still analyzed when you make the movie, and you
can decide at that time whether to include it in the final version of the movie.
For best results when using the magicMoments feature:
d
Keep each magicMoment to less than 10 seconds.
Keep the total duration of magicMoments to less than 50 percent of the
duration of the movie. It is recommended that you select only a few scenes.
When you are done marking scenes, click OK. The window closes. Note that the
video clip is marked on the lower-left side.
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Adding pictures
To add still-image picture files to the movie project:
1 Click the Add pictures button in the Video/Pictures area. The Add Pictures
window opens.
2 Browse the folders on the hard disk drive to select existing still-image files for
the movie:
Add up to 50 picture files.
Select multiple picture files by pressing and holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard
while you select the files.
Click Open to add pictures to the Video/Pictures area.
3 Adjust the order of the picture files by dragging and dropping them.
NOTE: To remove a picture from the project, select it, and then click the
trash can icon.
4 Click the Rotate Image Clockwise button to rotate a picture.
5 You can use the magicSpot feature in muvee autoProducer to control the pan
and zoom motion that is applied to the picture:
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a
Click the magicSpot button to open the magicSpot window.
b
Click the Manual button to display two overlapping frames over the
picture.
c
Move the frames around to set the start and end points for motion. The arrow in
the frames shows the direction of motion.
d
When you are done, click OK.
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Adding music
To add music files to the movie project as a soundtrack:
1 Click the Add music button in the Music area. The Add Music window
opens.
2 Browse the folders on the hard disk drive to select existing music files for the
movie:
Add up to three music files.
Select multiple music files by pressing and holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard
while selecting the files.
Click Open to add the music files to the Music area.
3 Adjust the order of the music files by dragging and dropping the files.
NOTE: To remove music from the project, select it, and then click the
trash can icon.
Selecting the style
The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of style templates for setting the pace,
scene-transition effects, and caption fonts. The style that you use also affects how
muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture, and music files in the movie project to
produce the final movie.
For example, using the Back-in-Time style results in a movie that is in a scratchy sepia to
black-and-white format.
To select a style, just click it in the list. A sample of the style is displayed in the Select Style
window.
Changing the settings
IMPORTANT: Each time that you make a change to a movie project, you must click the
make muvee button again to add that change to the movie.
To adjust the audio and video project settings for the movie:
1 Click the Personalize button. The Personalize window opens.
2 Click the Duration tab to set preferences for the length of the video production. Click
one of the following settings:
Fit to music: The produced version may reuse or drop some video and pictures.
This option automatically selects material from the video and pictures to fit the total
duration of the music track(s).
Best fit for videos and pictures: The produced version may repeat or trim
music. This option uses as much of the material as possible.
User defined: Use this option to select the duration for each picture (2, 3, 4, 5,
or 6 seconds).
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3 Click the Video/Pictures tab to set preferences for the video and still images
(pictures). Click one of the following settings:
Style default: Select this style to sequence still images and video clips.
Keep shots in sequence: Select this style to use the sequence of still images
and video clips as they appear in the Add Video/Pictures area.
Shuffle settings: Select this style to determine the frequency of sequencing still
images and video clips by moving the slider.
Place a check in the Interleave pictures check box to blend still images
with video clips at intervals.
Place a check in the Use every picture once check box to prevent pictures
from being dropped.
4 Click the Audio tab to set the sound preferences. Click one of the following settings:
Use every music track: Select this style to use the sequence of sound files in
the Add Music window.
Seamlessly transition between multiple music tracks: Select this style to
automatically remove silence between music tracks.
Sound check: Select this style to automatically adjust audio playback volume to
the same level.
5 Click the Superstyle tab to customize the style that you selected in the main
muvee autoProducer window. You can select the following settings:
Response to music
Cutting rate
Film color
6 Click the Title tab to type in the movie title.
Select the animation style of the title.
Choose the background color or image style. Click the Use image button to
browse for an image that you want to use with the title.
Type in the title. Select Use Font, and then click the Use Font button to open the
Font window. Select a font, and then click OK.
7 Click the Credits tab to type in the movie credits.
Select the animation style of the credits.
Choose the background color or image style. Click the Use image button to
browse for an image that you want to use with the credits.
Type in the credits. Select Use Font, and then click the Use Font button to open
the Font window. Select the font, and then click OK.
8 When you are done adjusting the settings for the movie project, click OK.
Or
Click Cancel to undo any settings.
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Making the movie
After you have added at least one video or picture file to the movie project, you can have
muvee autoProducer make the movie.
The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by combining the video, picture, and
music files that you have selected, along with the style of movie, to produce a
professional-looking movie in just a few steps.
1 Click the make muvee button.
2 Click OK, as required.
3 After making a movie, you can preview it in the muvee autoProducer Preview window.
Use the controls in the Preview window to play, pause, and stop the movie preview.
You can revise and preview the movie as often as you want, to experiment with
different styles and with the content of the movie.
IMPORTANT: Each time that you make a change to a movie project, you must click
the make muvee button again to add that change to the movie.
Previewing the movie
After you have made the movie, you can preview how it looks and sounds, and take
snapshots of frames in the movie.
1 Click the Start Playback button. The movie starts playing.
2 Use the Stop and Previous Frame/Next Frame buttons to navigate
through the movie.
3 Click the Take a Snapshot button to save the current frame as a picture file
(.jpeg, .bmp, or .gif format).
4 Click the Go to the source of the segment button to open the magicSpot
window. For more information about using magicMoments, see “Adding
videos.”
5 Click the Full-screen preview button to view the movie in the
full-screen mode.
6 Click the Audio mix button to adjust sound levels for the movie.
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Modifying the movie
After you have created the movie, muvee autoProducer enables you to make some quick
final changes to the project before you save it. You can also have muvee autoProducer
replace pictures or videos with other similar or contrasting ones. Alternatively, you can
manually choose the replacement shots.
To modify a movie:
1 Click the tweak muvee button. The Tweak muvee window opens.
2 Click the Start Playback button. The movie starts playing.
3 Click the Pause Playback button to stop the movie at any time.
4 You can also click on the seek bar or drag the slider to move to a particular
point in the movie.
5 Use the controls in the Tweak muvee window to modify the movie project:
NOTE: In the Tweak muvee window, you can replace a video segment only with
another video segment from the original footage; likewise you can replace pictures
only with other pictures. You cannot expand the duration of the selected clip or the
replacement clip.
Click the Auto-replace with similar button to automatically
replace a picture or video segment with another similar picture or
video segment.
Click the Auto-replace with different button to automatically
replace a picture or video segment with a completely different
picture or video segment.
Click the Manually replace the selected segment button to
replace a picture or video segment with a picture or video
segment of your choice.
Click the Start recording voiceover button to record your
voice-over content. When you are finished recording, click the
Stop recording voiceover button.
You can click the Remove voiceover button to delete voice from
a segment of the movie.
Click the Undo or Redo button as needed.
6 When you are done modifying the movie project, click OK to save the changes
and close the Tweak muvee window.
Or
To close the Tweak muvee window without saving the changes, click Cancel.
7 Click the make muvee button to save the changes to the movie.
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Saving the movie project
After you are satisfied with the look of the movie project, you are ready to save the movie
as a file on the hard disk drive:
1 Click the muveeShare button. The Listed muvee Files window opens,
with all the muvee files listed.
2 Remove the check mark next to any muvee files that you do not want
to save.
3 Edit the muvee files before you save them:
Click the Rename button to change the name of the selected muvee file.
Click the Move up or Move down button to change the
order of the selected muvee file in the list.
Click the Select all or Deselect all button to save all
muvee files or to save none of them, respectively.
Click the trash can icon to delete the selected file.
4 The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the format,
click the name of the current format, and then select the correct format in the window
that opens.
5 Click Save Now. The muveeShare window opens.
6 Choose where you want to save the movie (disc, e-mail, Web streaming, PC, or
Mobile Device) by clicking one of the icons at the top of the window, and then
select the settings.
7 When you are done, click Close.
Or
Click Open output to see where the files are saved.
Or
Click Play muvees.
8 When you are done, click Close.
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Recording the movie project to disc
To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc of the movie project:
1 Click the muveeShare button. The Listed muvee files window opens with
all the muvee files listed.
2 Remove the check mark next to any muvee files that you do not want
to save.
3 Edit the muvee files before you save them:
Click the Rename button to change the name of the selected muvee file.
Click the Move up or Move down button to change the
order of the selected muvee file in the list.
Click the Select all or Deselect all button to save all
muvee files or to save none of the muvee files, respectively.
Click the trash can icon to delete the selected file.
4 Click the disc icon to create copies of all of the picture and video files that are
used to create the muvee file.
5 The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the
format, click the name of the current format, and then select the correct format in the
window that opens.
6 Under Disc title, type a title for the disc.
7 Select the disc menu theme in the drop-down list. You can preview the different themes
in the window.
8 Select the CD or DVD burner drive in the drop-down list.
9 Click Burn Now.
10 Select the type of video disc that you want to create: DVD, VCD, or SVCD. The
window shows the disc capacity, the disc capacity used, and available disc space.
11 If you want to create more than one disc of the same muvee file:
a
Click a number next to Number of copies, and then click OK.
b
Select the number of copies to record, and then click OK.
12 Insert a disc into the DVD recording drive.
13 Click Burn Now to start recording the movie to disc.
NOTE: For best disc quality, it is recommended that you not perform other computer
tasks while the movie is being recorded to disc.
Or
To save the current settings for future use, click Burn Later.
14 When the recording is complete, click OK.
15 Click Close.
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Upgrading muvee autoProducer
You can purchase an upgraded version of muvee autoProducer. The upgraded version
enables you to use unlimited video clips, audio clips, and still images in the movie project.
It also includes support for DivX file types, so that you can import or create DivX-format
movies. (Purchasing DivX videos from DivX services may require a subscription.)
To see muvee autoProducer offers for HP customers:
1 At the top of the muvee autoProducer window, click Help.
2 Click Check for updates. The program accesses the Internet and displays
muvee autoProducer offers.
Supported muvee autoProducer output file types
The supported muvee autoProducer file types are the following:
File extension
File type
.dv-avi
Digital Video
.avi
Audio Video Interleaved
.mpeg-1
Motion Picture Experts Group video playback
.mpeg-2
MPEG for DVD video playback
.wmv
Windows Media AV file (movie video)
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Watching and Recording TV Programs
Windows Media Center is where you can watch live TV or record your favorite programs
for later playback with a few clicks of the remote control. You can use the Television
Program Guide to find the program that you want to watch or record. You can also record
a program while watching another prerecorded program.
NOTE: Digital video recording features and the Television Program Guide are for select
models only.
Navigating TV + Movies
From the TV + Movies menu, you can search for and play your favorite TV programs. Use
the following menu items to help you locate what you want to do:
live tv: Watch, pause, fast-forward, or rewind your favorite TV programs. You
can watch recorded TV programs while recording another program. Use the
i (More information) button on the remote control to display TV program information,
record the program, zoom, and access TV settings.
recorded tv: View a list of recorded programs by date recorded or title, view a list
of programs scheduled to be recorded, find information about a recorded program,
play a recorded program, or add a TV recording.
search: Quickly find a TV program or a series to watch or record by entering a
descriptive word, program title, program category, movie actor, or movie director.
guide: (Not available in all countries/regions.) Scroll through the Television Program
Guide (Internet service required) to find programs to watch and record. You can
record specific TV programs or a whole series to the hard disk drive or an
HP Media Drive (select models only).
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movies guide: Go online to find movies to watch either now or later. Get the latest
information about movies on TV: read reviews, see cast lists, find other times at which
the movie is broadcast, view the DVD cover, browse for related movies, and find other
movies that have the same cast members.
play dvd: Play DVD movies.
NOTE: The Movies online information feature is available for some countries/regions.
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Watching TV
Before you can watch TV by using Windows Media Center, make sure:
The computer is set up correctly for your TV signal source. Refer to the setup
instructions that came with your computer for more information.
You have completed the Windows Media Center setup wizard. If you have not
completed the setup wizard, refer to “Completing the setup wizard.”
NOTE: You can change the channel by using the remote control while in full-screen mode
or when the inset window is selected.
You can go to live TV from anywhere in Windows Media Center by pressing the Live TV
button on the remote control.
While in the Television Program Guide, you can select a channel to see upcoming
programs for that channel by pressing the arrow buttons on the remote control.
Watching live TV
1 Press the Live TV button on the remote control or click TV + Movies from the main
Start menu. Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select live tv, and then
press OK. The last channel selected or the first channel available begins playing.
2 Select a channel by using the CH/PG (+) or (–) button or the numeric keypad on the
remote control. The channel number and program information display in the window.
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3 Press the i (More information) button to open another menu that features the
following options and information:
Program information, such as channel number and station, title and time period of
program, actual time, and a brief summary of the program and TV rating, if
available.
Record a program.
Record a program series.
Access to the Windows Media Center Settings windows.
4 Press the media buttons on the remote control, such as Pause, Stop, and Fast-forward
to control the playback of live TV.
5 To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous window, press the Back button on
the remote control.
Controlling TV playback
The digital video recording functionality lets you record a single program or capture an
entire series for later viewing.
When you open the live TV window and begin watching live TV, Windows Media Center
automatically begins recording and playing back the selected program in the background.
This allows you to pause or review a live TV program for up to 60 minutes. To replay a
program longer than the allotted 60 minutes, you must select to record the program.
You can return to the live broadcast by pressing the Live TV button on the remote control.
When you change the channel, Windows Media Center deletes the previously recorded
portion and begins recording again after a short delay.
NOTE: The 60-minute pause buffer applies only when pausing, rewinding, and
fast-forwarding live TV. Windows Media Center allows you to record a program for longer
than 60 minutes when you select to record the program.
NOTE: You cannot pause a live TV program, then rewind to the beginning of the pause
buffer, and then begin recording. You can only begin recording a TV program from
real-time live TV as soon as you switch to a channel.
NOTE: The digital video recording features are for select models only.
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Using the remote control in TV + Movies
Button
Action
To freeze the live TV image, press Pause. While paused, Windows
Media Center continues to record a pause buffer for up to
60 minutes. To resume watching TV where you left off, press Play.
To stop live TV or a recorded program, press Stop. To resume
watching the program, press Play.
To move forward in a live TV program that has been paused, or in a
recorded program, press Fast-forward (Fwd). To speed up the
fast-forwarding, press Fast-forward two or three times. Fast-forward
allows you to skip 3 hours in the Television Program Guide.
To play a recorded TV program or to resume watching a program
after pressing the Pause, Fast-forward, Rewind, Replay, or Skip
buttons, press Play.
To advance in live TV or in a recorded program by 30 seconds, press
Skip once. You can repeatedly skip forward, but only to the end of
the pause buffer or the recorded program. Skip allows you to
advance 12 hours in the guide.
To move backward in live TV or a recorded program, press Rewind
(Rew). To speed up rewinding, press Rewind three times. To resume
watching the program, press Play. Rewind allows you to move back
3 hours in the guide.
To move backward in live TV by 7 seconds, press Replay. You can
repeatedly rewind with the instant replay option, but only to the
beginning of the pause buffer or recorded program. Replay allows
you to move back 12 hours in the guide.
Live TV (TV)
To maximize the TV viewing window to full-screen mode, press Live
TV. Also, to advance to the end of the pause buffer and resume
watching the live TV broadcast, press Live TV.
Recorded TV
To open the recorded tv window, press the Recorded TV button. From
this window, you can search for recorded TV programs by title or the
date recorded, and then play them.
i (More
information)
To see the channel number, station identifier, title of program, time
slot, and category of program, press the i (More information) button
while in full-screen mode. If you select a recorded program and then
press the i (More information) button, you can access more
information about a program and access TV settings.
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Button
Action (continued)
CH/PG
To move to the next channel or page in the guide, press the CH/PG
(+) or (–) button.
Guide
To open the Television Program Guide, press the Guide button. While
in the guide window, press the i (More information) button, and then
select Category to view a program categories menu. To filter the
guide to display only programs in a category, you can select a
category, such as Movies, Sports, or News.
Using the Television Program Guide
The Television Program Guide (Internet service required) is a free service from Microsoft
that provides TV listings information, such as channel, network, program title, program
summary, and scheduled broadcast times. This service is currently not available in some
countries/regions. You can go to http://www.microsoft.com to find out if the guide
is available in your country/region, and for the terms and conditions of the Television
Program Guide service.
In countries/regions in which the guide is not available, refer to “Using Windows Media
Center without the guide” and see “Recording programs manually without using
the guide” for more information about recording TV programs.
By using the guide, you can scroll through a list of the current and upcoming television
programs and channels that are available from your television service provider. The guide
displays the channel and network, as well as the program title, scheduled time block, and
a brief description of the program. The number of days that are displayed depends on
your television service provider; most providers display up to 14 days. By selecting a
program title, a detailed description of the program appears at the bottom of the window.
NOTE: The computer requires a connection to the Internet to access the guide.
Using Windows Media Center without the guide
Before using Windows Media Center, it is important that you complete the Windows
Media Center setup wizard. This wizard takes you through steps to identify your TV signal
source and scan for channels that you are able to receive from your TV service provider.
By scanning for channels, you can manually select TV programs to watch and record, even
if your country/region is unable to download the guide.
The Television Program Guide data might not be available in your country/region. You
can still record TV programs without a guide; see “Recording programs manually without
using the guide.”
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If you have already completed the setup wizard, but want to change the settings or scan
for TV channels again:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, General, Windows Media Center Setup,
and then Run Setup Again.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions to scan for your channels.
Television Program Guide errors
If there is no guide data available when you try to download or search for guide
information, the following messages might appear:
Download incomplete. We were unable to locate any Television Program Guide
information for the following reason: Guide data is not available for the
country/region setting that you selected in the Control Panel Settings.
Search is unavailable, because there is no guide information.
The current lineup and/or location selected for the guide is not supported.
The guide information is either missing or corrupt.
No data available.
Channel information is currently not available.
If you receive any of these messages, the guide data is not available in your
country/region, and you cannot use Television Program Guide features. Check back
periodically to see if guide data has been provided.
WARNING: Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet and Windows
Media Center is properly set up before you try to change the guide settings.
NOTE: The Television Program Guide (Internet service required) is not available in all
countries/regions.
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Viewing the Television Program Guide
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Press the Guide button on the remote control.
Or
From the TV + Movies menu, click Guide.
3 Use the arrow buttons to select a channel, and then use the arrow buttons to scroll
through up to 2 weeks of programming for that channel.
NOTE: When you select a channel and then press OK on the remote control, you can
view up to 2 weeks of programming information. Use the scroll arrows at the bottom
of the window.
4 Select a program, and then press OK to watch it. Press the Record button on the
remote control to record the program.
NOTE: If you press the i (More information) button on the remote control while you
are already in the guide, you can select one of the guide filter categories, such as
Movies, to search for a specific program.
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Setting up how Windows Media Center
downloads the guide
The computer must have a connection to the Internet, and you must select a TV listings
provider in the Windows Media Center setup wizard before you can use and download
the guide information. You can set up Windows Media Center to download the guide
information when you connect to the Internet, or you can select to download the guide
manually.
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, General, Automatic Download Options,
and then:
Download when connected: Connect to the Internet, and Windows Media
Center automatically downloads the guide.
NOTE: If the computer has a digital subscriber line (DSL) connection, the
computer is always connected. The guide is downloaded at a specified time every
few days. The download interval varies, depending on the Internet service
provider.
Or
Manual download: Connect to the Internet, and then manually download the
guide in Windows Media Center TV Settings menu.
3 Click Download Now, and then click OK.
4 When the message, Guide listings were downloaded successfully, appears,
click OK.
NOTE: When the Television Program Guide starts downloading from the Internet, it can
take between 1 and 30 minutes, depending on the amount of data to download and the
speed of the Internet connection.
NOTE: The message, No data available, appears next to each channel if the guide has
not been downloaded. This can occur if the computer does not have an Internet connection
or if there is no service available in your country/region.
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Adding a postal code to receive the correct guide
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Guide, and then click Set Up Guide
Listings.
3 Click Next.
4 Click Yes, use this region to configure TV services, and then click Next.
5 Click Yes, and then click Next. Microsoft downloads current updates.
6 Click Yes, and then click Next.
7 Click I agree, and then click Next.
8 Select Download when connected or Manual download, and then
click Next.
9 Enter the postal code, and then click Next for Windows Media Center to determine
which TV/program guide listings are available for your country/region. Microsoft
downloads the program guide.
10 Click Finish.
Adding missing channels to the guide
If some program channels do not appear in the guide, you can add them. To add the
names and numbers of the channels that are missing, or to change the association
between channel numbers and lineups:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Guide, and then Add Missing Channels to
add the call letters and numbers of the channels that you are missing.
3 Click Add Channel.
4 Use the numeric keypad on the remote control or the keyboard to enter the name of
the missing channel, and then click Next.
5 Enter the correct channel number, and then click Add.
6 Click Assign channel to assign a new channel number.
Or
Click Share channel to share the channel number with another channel.
7 Repeat steps 3 through 6 to add additional channels.
8 Click Done when you have added all the channels.
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Editing and removing channels in the guide
Some program channels might not appear correctly in the guide information. To edit the
channel numbers that are incorrect for your TV service provider information:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Guide, and then Edit Channels to edit the
channel numbers that are currently assigned by Windows Media Center.
3 Click Edit Numbers.
4 To remove a channel, select the check next to a channel that you want to remove, and
then press the OK button on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard to
remove the channel from the lineup.
Click Assign channel to assign a new channel number.
Or
Click Share channel to share the channel number with another channel.
5 To edit a channel, use the numeric keypad on the remote control or keyboard to enter
the number of the correct channel, and then press OK on the remote control or the
Enter key on the keyboard.
Click Assign channel to assign a new channel number.
Or
Click Share channel to share the channel number with another channel.
6 Click Save when you have edited all the channels.
7 If you need to go back to the channel numbers automatically assigned by Windows
Media Center, click Restore Default from the Edit Channels window, and then
click Yes.
Searching for TV Programs
To find a TV program, you can enter a title or keyword or select a category in the guide by
using the remote control or the keyboard and mouse.
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 From the TV + Movies menu, click search twice.
NOTE: Using categories to search can help you find, for example, all football games.
A title or keyword search displays every program that has “football” in the title or
description.
The TV search results do not include previously recorded TV programs.
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3 Click Title. Use the numeric keypad on the remote control or the keyboard to enter a
program title word, and then press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on
the keyboard.
Or
Click Keyword. Use the numeric keypad on the remote control or the keyboard
to enter a descriptive word that would appear in a title or program description,
and then press OK on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard.
NOTE: To delete letters, you can use the Clear button on the remote control, the Clear
button on the screen, or the Backspace key on the keyboard.
4 To scroll through search results, use the arrow buttons to select a program, and then
press OK. If multiple times for the program display, select a time, and then press OK
on the remote control.
5 To begin watching the program in full-screen mode, select the program, and then
press OK on the remote control. If the program is not currently playing, select Record
or Record Series, and then press OK on the remote control.
Searching for TV programs by using categories
You can search the guide to find a TV program by selecting a category. Some categories
are not available in all countries/regions.
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 From the TV + Movies menu, click search twice.
3 Click Categories.
4 Select a category of program types, such as Movies.
5 Select a category type, such as Drama.
6 Select a sorting option, such as Sort by Date or Sort by Name.
7 Use the arrow buttons onscreen to scroll through search results and to find a program.
Then, press OK on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard to select the
program.
8 Select an option to find out more about the program, watch the program, schedule a
recording, or view other showings of the program.
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Recording TV Programs
Windows Media Center allows you to record TV programs, so that you can watch them
when it is convenient. You can record the program that you are watching, or you can
record a future program or series from the Television Program Guide, the search, or the
recorded tv window in the TV + Movies menu. You can record two programs at the same
time, if the computer has two TV tuners that have the same type of TV signal input (select
models only).
WARNING: If you turn off the computer, Windows Media Center will not record
a scheduled program. The computer must be turned on or be in sleep mode to
record a TV program. The computer will not automatically go into sleep mode
if Windows Media Center is open.
Make sure that you turn off the monitor and turn down or mute the volume if,
for example, you have a scheduled recording in the middle of the night and do
not want to be disturbed.
If a recording error occurs, the program will not be recorded unless the error is corrected.
If you try to schedule a recording and another is already scheduled for the same time, a
conflict window appears and gives you the option to record the new program or record
the previously scheduled program.
To make sure that a program is being recorded, click TV + Movies, recorded tv, and
then View scheduled. The Record icon also appears next to the program in the guide
while you are recording. The Record icon disappears when the recording is complete.
Recording icons
Description
The Record icon appears in the Television Program Guide next to
the program that is scheduled to be recorded.
The Record Series icon appears in the Television Program Guide
next to each occurrence of a program in a series that is scheduled
to be recorded.
The Record Conflict/Error icon appears in the Television Program
Guide and the taskbar if another program is scheduled to be
recorded at the same time.
To record a series means that you select to record each episode of that program from one
channel. Windows Media Center will not record duplicate episodes. Windows Media
Center also looks for alternative times to record an episode, if a recording conflict arises.
NOTE: For more information about recording to the HP Personal Media Drive, see “About
recording TV to the HP Media Drive.”
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Recording TV by using the guide
To record a current or future program or series by using the Television Program Guide:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Click TV + Movies, and then click guide twice.
3 To find the program that you want to record, use the arrow buttons on the remote
control, and then select the program. You can also use the numeric keypad on the
remote control or the keyboard to enter a channel number. Press the right arrow button
in the guide to select a program broadcasted in the future.
4 Click the program to select it, and then click Record or Record Series.
Or
Press the Record button on the remote control.
The Record icon
record a series.
appears next to the program in the guide. Press Record twice to
The Record Series icon
cancel the recording.
displays to indicate a series. Press Record again to
5 To return to the previous window, press the Back button on the remote control or the
Backspace key on the keyboard.
6 If there is a recording conflict, Windows Media Center opens a message and allows
you to select which program that you want to record.
Recording programs manually without using
the guide
You do not need to use the Television Program Guide to record TV. You can record a TV
program by pressing the Record button on the remote control while watching live TV, or
you can select a specific date, channel, and recording time period in Windows Media
Center.
For some programs, you might want to begin recording before the scheduled beginning
and after the scheduled ending of the program.
NOTE: Recorded TV programs that have been copied to a DVD can be played on the
computer and on some DVD players.
Recorded TV programs can be backed up as part of a full system backup and restored to
the same HP computers, but not to other computers.
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To record a program manually:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, press the Live
TV button, and then press the Record button to begin recording the program.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center, or press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote
control, click TV + Movies, recorded tv, and then click add recording.
2 Click Channel and Time.
3 Select the channel number box, and enter the channel number by using the numeric
keypad on the remote control or the keyboard.
4 Select the (+) or (–) buttons, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard or the OK
button on the remote control to scroll through choices and to enter the recording
frequency, date, start and stop times, and storage and quality options.
5 To set the recording and return to the recorded tv window, click Record in the
window, and then press the OK button on the remote control or the Enter key on the
keyboard.
6 To return to the previous window, press the Back button on the remote control or the
Backspace key on the keyboard.
Recording quality and hard disk drive
storage space
The space that is available for recording TV programs depends on the size of the hard disk
drive, the percentage of hard disk drive space that is allocated to recorded TV, and the
recording quality setting.
To get the maximum recording time, change the recording quality to Fair instead of the
default setting of Best.
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To change these settings:
1 Open Windows Media Center.
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recorder Storage.
3 Under Recording quality and Maximum TV limit (storage for TV recordings), select the
settings by clicking the (+) or (–) next to the item that you want to change.
4 Click Save.
5 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recording Defaults.
6 Select the settings by clicking the (+) or (–) next to the item that you want to change.
7 Click Save.
Quality of recording
Approximate hard disk drive space used*
Best
2.7 GB/hour
Better
2.1 GB/hour
Good
1.4 GB/hour
Fair
1.2 GB/hour
*This table shows approximate sizes of recorded TV program files. Some files might be smaller or larger.
1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity is smaller.
Watching TV programs stored on the
HP Media Drive
NOTE: Refer to Help and Support for more information about recording errors, advanced
recording features, and TV settings.
An HP Media Drive is purchased separately.
To play recorded TV files that are stored on the HP Media Drive, you must:
1 Connect the HP Media Drive to the computer with the power turned off.
2 Turn on the computer, and then open Windows Media Center.
3 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recorder Storage.
4 Under Record on drive, select the HP Media Drive, and then click Save. A
Recorded TV folder is created and placed in the HP Media Drive. Recorded TV
programs must be placed in this folder for you to access them by using Windows
Media Center.
NOTE: You must close Windows Media Center before removing or connecting the
HP Media Drive for the stored TV files to update properly.
5 Under Record on drive, select the local hard disk drive, and then click Save.
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6 Move or copy your recorded TV programs to the Recorded TV folder on the HP Media
Drive. Now, you can view your stored TV programs in Windows Media Center, or
you can double-click the file and view the program in Windows Media Player.
7 Close Windows Media Center before disconnecting the drive.
When you connect the drive, stored TV files appear a few seconds after you open
Windows Media Center.
About recording TV to the HP Media Drive
The computer is set up to record TV programs to the local hard disk drive when you use
Windows Media Center. It is possible to change the recording path to an HP Media Drive,
but several errors can occur if the drive is unexpectedly or improperly removed.
It is recommended that you record TV programs to the local hard disk drive and then copy
the files over to an HP Media Drive.
If you decide to change the recording path to the HP Media Drive, consider the following:
The TV recording path does not revert to the local hard disk drive after the HP Media
Drive is disconnected. This means that scheduled recordings might not be recorded. If
the recording message Low Disk Space appears, the program will not be recorded.
See “Changing disk space for recording TV programs” for more information about
changing the hard disk space settings.
When the drive is disconnected, the disk allocation for recorded TV programs reverts
to 10%, and your recorded programs can be lost if you have selected the Keep until
space is needed setting. See “Changing disk space for recording TV programs” for
more information about changing the allocation.
If you disconnect the drive while live TV is active, a video error can occur.
Recorded TV programs are not updated in Windows Media Center when the drive is
removed.
The drive might be assigned a different drive letter, which prevents Windows Media
Center from recognizing the recording path or the stored recorded TV files.
When you set the TV recording path to the HP Media Drive, Windows Media Center
stores the recording buffer data for pausing live TV on the drive. This means that if live TV
is playing, you won’t be able to remove the drive safely.
To avoid this scenario, change the recording path back to the local hard disk drive, and
then restart the computer before disconnecting the HP Media Drive.
Recording TV programs to the HP Media Drive
1 Change the recording path to the HP Media Drive. See “Changing the TV recording
path to the HP Media Drive.”
2 Open Windows Media Center.
3 Record TV programs. The programs are recorded to the HP Media Drive.
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4 Before disconnecting the drive:
Make sure that there are no scheduled recordings or recordings in progress, to
avoid losing data.
Change the recording path back to the local hard disk drive. See “Changing the
TV recording path to the local hard disk drive.”
5 Disconnect the HP Media Drive safely. See “Disconnecting the Drive.”
Changing the TV recording path to the
HP Media Drive
If you decide to change the recording path to record directly to the HP Media Drive,
Windows Media Center creates a Recorded TV folder on the drive:
1 Assign a drive letter to the HP Media Drive. See “Locating the Drive and Assigning a
Drive Letter.”
2 Open Windows Media Center.
3 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recorder Storage.
4 Under Record on Drive, select (+) to select the HP Media Drive. You can also set the
disk allocation and recording quality settings in this window.
NOTE: HP recommends that you:
Record TV programs directly to the local hard disk drive and then transfer your
recorded programs to the HP Media Drive, if you so desire.
Know the drive letter assigned to and the storage amount of the HP Media Drive.
5 Click Save.
To change the TV recording path back to the local hard disk drive, follow this procedure
and select the hard disk drive in step 4 of the previous procedure.
Changing the TV recording path to the local hard
disk drive
To change the Windows Media Center TV recording path to the local hard disk drive:
1 Open Windows Media Center.
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recorder Storage. You
can also set the disk allocation and recording quality settings in this window.
3 Select the local hard disk drive (C:).
4 Click Save.
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Add TV recording folder for Windows Media
Center to find
1 Open Windows Media Center.
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then More TV Locations.
3 Select Add folder to watch, and then click Next.
4 Select folder by clicking the (+) by the drive or folder, and then click Next.
5 Click Finish.
Changing disk space for recording TV programs
If you get a Low Disk Space message, and you want to change the disk allocation to
a higher percentage for the HP Media Drive:
1 Open Windows Media Center.
2 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recorder Storage.
3 Under Maximum TV limit, change the amount of space that is used to store recorded
TV programs by selecting the (+) or (–) button.
4 In the Tasks menu, click settings, TV, Recorder, and then Recording Defaults.
5 Select the settings by clicking the (+) or (–) next to the item that you want to change.
6 Click Save.
Updating recorded TV list after removing the
HP Media Drive
If you want to update the recorded TV list after removing the drive:
1 Close Windows Media Center.
2 Open Windows Media Center.
3 If this does not update the files, restart the computer.
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System requirements to view recorded TV
programs on other computers
To play recorded TV files (.dvr-ms files) that were recorded on your HP computer onto
another non-Windows Media Center computer, the computer must have the following items
installed:
Windows Vista operating system or Windows XP operating system.
Windows XP Service Pack 1 (needed only for Windows XP).
Windows Media Player 9 or later.
Software to play DVDs.
The audio and video codec file, which allows Windows Media Player to play
recorded TV programs (.dvr-ms files). You can find this file in Windows Update. Click
the Windows Start Button
, click All Programs, and then click Windows
Update. If you want more information about this code file (QB10243), you can go to
the Microsoft Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com
Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD
You can record TV programs to DVD or CD in Windows Media Center to create a backup
copy or to save space on the hard disk drive, by using the following procedure. These
discs can be played from an HP computer and from some set-top DVD players.
NOTE: TV programs that have been encrypted (protected) by the broadcaster cannot be
copied and played on any player other than the HP computer that recorded the program.
The HP computer includes several other recording software programs that you can use to
create CDs and DVDs. You can use CyberLink PowerDirector to record the recorded TV
program to a format that can be played from an HP computer and from some set-top DVD
players.
For more detailed information about recording CDs and DVDs, refer to information on the
HP Support Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support
To copy a recorded TV program to CD or DVD:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 In the Tasks menu, click burn cd/dvd.
3 Insert a blank writable disc that is compatible with the CD or DVD recorder.
4 Click Burn files to disc using Windows.
5 Type a disc title or date, and then click Next. Windows may need to format the disc.
If so, follow the onscreen instructions.
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6 Select the disc format, and then click Next. Windows opens a message telling you if
the disc needs to be erased. If so, click Erase Disc.
7 Enter a title for the disc by using the numeric buttons on the remote control or the
numeric keypad on the keyboard, and then click Next.
8 Click Recorded TV or Video Library, and then click Next.
9 Select the recorded TV programs that you want to copy to CD or DVD. A check mark
appears in the corner of the program when it is selected, and then click Next.
10 Click Burn DVD.
11 Click Yes.
12 Click OK to do other things while the disc is being burned.
13 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recording of your TV program to disc.
Media copy protection
Media content, such as DVDs or TV programs, might place restrictions on rights to
distribute or copy the content, depending on what is permitted by the copyright owner.
Such restrictions protect copyrighted media files from being illegally copied and used. If
you try to record a program that contains such restrictions, the following message
appears: Recording Canceled. Manual Recording cannot be recorded. Restrictions that
are set by the broadcaster and/or originator of the content prohibit recording of this
program. When you record certain music or video files, they might retain copy-protection
restrictions that will prevent copying or distribution, including technology that encrypts
media content and/or limits access only to people who have a license to play the content.
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Playing Recorded TV Programs
The recorded tv window in Windows Media Center is where you can access all of your
recorded programs. In the recorded tv window, you can sort your programs by name,
date, or category. You can also delete a recorded program or series of programs, and
check for any recording errors.
Your recorded TV programs are automatically stored on the primary hard disk drive in a
public folder.
To find and play the recorded TV programs from the hard disk drive:
1 Click the Windows Start Button
on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
2 Double-click the local disk.
3 Click Users, Public, and then double-click Recorded TV.
4 Right-click the recorded TV program, and then click Play with Windows Media
Center. Windows Media Center opens and begins playing the program.
To play the recorded TV programs from within Windows Media Center:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 From the TV + Movies menu, click recorded tv.
3 To organize all of the previously recorded programs, click date recorded or title.
4 To begin watching the program, select the recorded program that you want to watch,
and then click Play.
Windows Media Center places recorded TV programs in the Recorded TV folder that is
located in the Shared Documents folder on the hard disk drive.
Playing DVDs in Windows Media Center
The TV + Movies window in Windows Media Center is where you can select to play a
DVD from the DVD drive.
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
mouse, click the Windows Start Button
Windows Media Center.
on the remote control, or, with the
on the taskbar, and then click
2 Insert a DVD into the DVD drive.
3 If no other media is playing, the DVD automatically begins playing. If other media is
playing, Windows Media Center opens a dialog window with the options to begin
playing the DVD.
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Index
A
adding
CD tracks to the music library 114
music files to the music library
from the hard disk drive 113
antivirus, installing program 17
audio connector
retasking (multistreaming) 44
autoscroll 30
B
batteries
installing in remote control 52
type for remote control 52
Blu-ray
compatibility 78
DVD 81
using a Blu-ray drive 75, 79, 81
burning
audio and data disc 142–146
buttons
keyboard, customizing 25
media control or playback 24
Off, See turning off computer 6
remote control 50
C
cable modem, using 10, 59
card reader, memory 83
carpal tunnel syndrome 11
CDs
erasing rewritable 142
playing 119
change the speed of the cursor 31
CompactFlash media 84
troubleshooting memory card reader 88
CompactFlash Type I 86
CompactFlash Type II 86
computer
Help & Tools 2
transferring files 17
turning off 6
country/region codes 132
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card
audio modes 39
configuring 38
cursor speed 31
customizing keyboard buttons 25
CyberLink LabelPrint
creating a LightScribe label 148
features 66
CyberLink Power2Go
copying a disc 146
erasing discs 142
features 66
CyberLink PowerDirector
creating video disc 144
D
desktop
switching from Windows Media Center 105
digital images 151
digital picture 83, 151
digital video camera
recording videos 144, 167
digital video camera capture 167
discs
drive compatibility 78
erasing rewritable 142
features and compatibility 79
documentation, onscreen 1
DV camera capture 167
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DVD movies
changing
audio settings 136
language 133
playing
in Windows Media Center 132
DVD Play, features 65
DVDs
erasing rewritable 142
High-Definition 80
playing Blu-ray DVDs 130
playing HD DVDs 130
E
erasing rewritable discs 142
error messages
Channel information is currently not available 185
common recording errors 200
Download Incomplete 185
Image cannot be displayed 155
Low Disk Space 195, 197
No data available 185
Search is unavailable because there is no guide
information 185
The current lineup and/or location selected for the guide is
not supported 185
The guide information is either missing or corrupt 185
errors
reducing recording speed 143
Help and Support 2
High-Definition 81
disc drives 79
home videos 144, 167
HP Media Drive 89
activity and power lights 90
automatic on and off feature 90
disconnecting the drive 94
inserting a drive 90
location and drive letter 92
HP Photosmart Essential 65
HP Pocket Media Drive 89
HP Total Care Advisor 3
I
IBM Microdrive 86
Internet security 14, 62
K
keyboard
customizing buttons 25
shortcuts 26
types of buttons 19
using 19
L
LightScribe, creating a LightScribe disc label 147
M
F
file type
music 115, 164
picture 155, 163, 164
video 160, 163, 177
FireWire 167, 168
FM Radio 124
FM Antenna In 126
FM Tuner In 124
preset radio stations 127, 128, 129
radio tuner input 124
TV Signal 125
FM radio, see radio
G
Guide, see Television Program Guide
202
H
Getting Started (features vary by model)
magicSpot 170
memory card reader 151
card types 83
in-use light 87
troubleshooting 88
using 83
memory card, formatting 87
Memory Stick (MS) 85
Memory Stick (MS-Duo) 85
Memory Stick (MS-Pro Duo) 85
Memory Stick (MS-Pro) 85
Microdrive disk drive 84
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD) 85
mouse
autoscroll 30
cursor speed 31
panning 31
switching button functions 31
MultiMediaCard (MMC) 85
MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC +) 85
Music 111
deleting music from the Music library 115
finding and playing an album 119
playing a song 118
supported file types 115
music
playing with Windows Media Player 130, 136
music library
adding CD tracks 114
creating 113
Mute button 25
muvee autoProducer
adding a title and credits 166
adding music 166
adding pictures 166, 170
adding video 166, 168
basic steps to create a movie 163
changing settings 171
copying a movie to disc 176
features 66
getting started 165
getting video from a camera 166
making a movie 173
previewing a movie 173
rotating images clockwise 170
selecting style 171
setting the duration of video 171
upgrading 177
using the magicMoments feature 169
N
Norton Internet Security
configuring 62
registering 62
O
Off button, See turning off computer 6
optical drive quick reference 80
Optimization setting 102, 108
P
panning with the mouse 31
pictures 151
copying pictures to CD 158
editing 156
printing 156
rotating 157
turning captions on or off 153
types of files it can display 155
viewing 153
viewing a slide show with music 154
viewing pictures as a slide show 154
playing
digital music files 116
digital videos 159
DVDs in Windows Media Center 132
music CDs 129
music CDs in Windows Media Center 116
songs 119
playlist
creating in Music 120
PowerDirector, features 66
Program Guide, see Television Program Guide
R
Radio
connecting antenna to computer 124
getting reception 124
organizing radio station presets 128
playing FM stations 124
playing radio in Media Center 124
recording
options 192
radio programs 128
videos from digital video camera 144, 167
with Realtek HD Audio Manager 43
recording icons 191
recording TV
how to stop recording 191
making sure a program is being recorded 191
manually 192
recorded TV 200
single program or series, canceling 191
sleep mode 107
TV programs 191
using the guide 192
when two are scheduled for the same time 192
Index
203
reduced size MultiMediaCard (RSMMC) 85
remote control
buttons 50
range 52
type of battery to use 52
using 52
using in TV + Movies 183
remote sensor 53
using 52
repetitive strain injury (RSI), see Safety & Comfort Guide
rewritable discs, erasing 142
S
Safety & Comfort Guide 11
safety warnings 11
scrolling with the mouse 30
searching for programs 189
Secure Digital (SD) memory card 85
settings
for sound 108
general 108
Internet connections 108
remote control and remote sensor 53
Shared Video folder 159
shortcuts
keyboard 26
shutting down computer 6
sleep mode button 23
slide show
displaying information about pictures 154
viewing pictures 154
viewing with music 154
software programs
CyberLink LabelPrint 66, 148
CyberLink Power2Go 66, 142
CyberLink PowerDirector 66, 144
DVD Play 65
Windows Movie Maker 67
speakers
multichannel audio
connecting 40
resolving sound issues 48
Start menu
Windows Media Center 104
SVCD 176
switching mouse button functions 31
204
Getting Started (features vary by model)
T
Television Program Guide
no data available 185
recording TV programs 192
searching for TV programs 189
setting up a download method 187
using the More information button 186
viewing 186
transferring information to your new computer 17
troubleshooting
remote sensor 53
turning off computer 6
TV
adding missing channels to the guide 188
advanced recording options 192
editing channels in the guide 189
manually downloading the guide 187, 188
playback, time shifting 182
playing recorded TV programs 200
recording icons 191
recording TV from the guide 192
recording TV manually 192
removing channels from the guide 189
searching for TV programs 189
searching for TV programs by category 190
sorting programs 200
Television Program Guide errors 185
time shifting 182
using digital video recorder while watching 182
using the remote control 182
watching 181
watching TV programs 181
U
update, Windows Vista 15
updating, system 15
user accounts
creating 12
V
VCD 176
playing with Windows Media Player 139
video capture
live 167
recorded video 167
video editing
getting started with muvee autoProducer 165
video movies
transferring and recording 160
videos 159
creating a DVD 161
playing 159
playing digital videos 159
transferring videos 160
visualization settings 117
volume
controls 25
W
Windows Media Center
menu bars 105
navigating 106
opening with remote control 52
playing DVDs 132
playing videos 159
resizing window 105
using with another program open 105
viewing your pictures 153
what you can do
in Music 111
in Radio 124
in TV + Movies 179, 180
Windows Media Player
playing DVDs 136
playing music CDs 130
playing video CDs 139
setting as default player 115
types of files 115
Windows Movie Maker, features 67
Windows Vista update 15
working in comfort 11
X
xD media 86
Index
205
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