Getting Started
Getting Started
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Table of Contents
Setting Up Your Computer ........................................................................1
Putting Your Computer Together ...............................................................................1
Placing the computer in the proper location ..........................................................1
Using surge protection .......................................................................................2
Connecting to the computer ................................................................................2
Connecting a Digital Camera (Photo or Video)...........................................................8
Connecting Other Devices .......................................................................................9
Storing Documentation and Recovery Discs..............................................................10
Adjusting the Monitor............................................................................................10
Setting Up a Local Area Network ...........................................................................10
Setting Up a Wired (Ethernet) Connection ...............................................................12
Integrated Wireless Devices...................................................................................12
Connecting the Wireless LAN Device......................................................................13
Checking the wireless LAN device installation .....................................................14
Using wireless security features .........................................................................14
Connecting a Modem ...........................................................................................15
Connecting Speakers or Microphone ......................................................17
Using Speakers ....................................................................................................17
Sound Connector Types ........................................................................................18
Connecting a Microphone .....................................................................................20
Speaker Configurations.........................................................................................20
Speaker types .................................................................................................21
Connecting 2/2.1 (Two Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers.........................22
Connecting 4.1 (Four Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers ............................23
Connecting 5.1 (Five Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers.............................24
Connecting 7.1 (Seven Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers ..........................26
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Connecting the Computer to a Home Audio System ..................................................28
Y adapter cables .............................................................................................28
2.1 home stereo installation ..............................................................................29
5.1 home audio installation ..............................................................................30
5.1 home audio installation procedure ...............................................................30
7.1 home audio installation ..............................................................................32
7.1 home audio installation procedure ...............................................................33
Connecting Digital Audio ......................................................................................34
Connecting Headphones .......................................................................................36
Using a 2.1 speaker system with headphones .....................................................36
Using a 5.1 to 7.1 speaker system with headphones ...........................................36
Connecting Speakers Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card .....................36
Connecting the speakers ..................................................................................37
Connecting the FlexiJack connector....................................................................38
Getting Help ..........................................................................................39
Finding Onscreen Guides ......................................................................................39
Finding Guides on the Web...................................................................................39
Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center ..........................................................40
Using the PC Help & Tools Folder ...........................................................................40
Using HP Connections or Compaq Connections .......................................................40
Getting messages ............................................................................................41
Turning off messages .......................................................................................41
Reactivating messages .....................................................................................42
Turning On Your Computer for the First Time ..........................................43
Using the Computer with Safety and Comfort ...........................................................43
Protecting Your Computer ......................................................................................43
Using passwords .............................................................................................44
Using antivirus software....................................................................................45
Using firewall software.....................................................................................46
Installing critical security updates.......................................................................46
Turning On Your Computer for the First Time............................................................47
Turning Off Your Computer....................................................................................47
Using Shut Down .............................................................................................48
Using Lock ......................................................................................................48
Using sleep mode ............................................................................................48
Using hibernate mode ......................................................................................49
Automatic sleep, hibernate, or away mode.........................................................50
Restarting the Computer ........................................................................................50
Connecting to the Internet ......................................................................................51
Signing Up for Software Updates ...........................................................................52
Setting Up User Accounts on Your New Computer....................................................53
Creating passwords .........................................................................................53
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Guidelines for Installing Software and Hardware Devices..........................................54
Transferring Files and Settings from Your Old Computer to Your New Computer ..........55
Using HP Total Care Advisor Software ....................................................................55
Using the Keyboard ...............................................................................57
Identifying Keyboard Features................................................................................57
Alphanumeric keys ..........................................................................................57
Function keys ..................................................................................................58
Edit keys.........................................................................................................58
Arrow keys .....................................................................................................58
Numeric keys ..................................................................................................59
Keyboard indicators ........................................................................................59
Special keyboard buttons .................................................................................60
Identifying Special Keyboard Buttons ......................................................................60
Customizing the keyboard buttons .....................................................................63
Keyboard Shortcuts...............................................................................................63
Using the Mouse ....................................................................................65
Using the Mouse Buttons .......................................................................................66
Scrolling.........................................................................................................66
Autoscrolling...................................................................................................67
Panning..........................................................................................................67
Switching Mouse Button Functions ..........................................................................67
Changing Mouse Pointer Speed .............................................................................68
Using the Windows Media Center Remote Control ..................................69
Remote Control Buttons Overview ...........................................................................70
About the Remote Control......................................................................................72
Troubleshooting the remote control .........................................................................73
Remote sensor is not receiving a signal from the remote control .............................73
Introducing Your Computer Software .....................................................75
Learning More About Software...............................................................................75
Using the Desktop.................................................................................................75
Removing desktop icons ...................................................................................76
Retrieving desktop icons ...................................................................................76
Using the Windows Start Button Menu ....................................................................76
Using the All Programs menu ............................................................................76
Organizing your All Programs list ......................................................................77
Using the Control Panel.........................................................................................77
Resizing Windows................................................................................................78
Working with Digital Images .................................................................................78
About the Internet .................................................................................................79
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Using a Browser...................................................................................................80
Searching the Internet ......................................................................................80
Restricting Internet content.................................................................................81
Using Antivirus Software .......................................................................................81
Configuring and registering Norton Internet Security software ...............................82
Changing the virus scan time for your Norton Internet Security program .................82
Sending and Receiving E-Mail................................................................................83
Using Windows Mail .......................................................................................83
Using the e-mail program provided by your ISP ...................................................83
Software Quick Reference Table.............................................................................84
Managing Files ......................................................................................87
Organizing Files with Folders.................................................................................87
Creating Folders...................................................................................................88
Moving Files ........................................................................................................88
Finding Files ........................................................................................................89
Renaming Files.....................................................................................................89
Deleting Files .......................................................................................................90
Retrieving Files from the Recycle Bin .......................................................................90
Copying Files.......................................................................................................90
Using a Printer .....................................................................................................91
Using CD and DVD Media Drives ............................................................93
Using Your CD and DVD Drives .............................................................................93
Handling CDs and DVDs ..................................................................................93
Inserting and removing CDs and DVDs...............................................................94
Compatibility Information ......................................................................................95
Disc Features and Compatibility Table ....................................................................96
Optical Drive Quick Reference Table ......................................................................97
Using the Memory Card Reader .............................................................99
Media Insertion Guide ........................................................................................ 100
Understanding the Activity Light ........................................................................... 103
Formatting a Memory Card .................................................................................103
Troubleshooting the Memory Card Reader............................................................. 104
Using the HP Personal Media Drive and HP Pocket Media Drive ...........105
Connecting the Drive .......................................................................................... 106
Inserting the Drive into an HP drive bay................................................................. 106
Connecting the Drive to a Computer Without a Drive Bay ....................................... 107
Locating the Drive and Assigning a Drive Letter ...................................................... 108
Using the Drive .................................................................................................. 109
Transferring files to another computer manually ................................................. 109
Disconnecting the Drive....................................................................................... 110
Troubleshooting the HP Media Drive ..................................................................... 111
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Using Windows Media Center ..............................................................113
Using Windows Media Center Features ................................................................ 114
The right music for the moment ........................................................................ 115
Play Internet radio ......................................................................................... 115
Share your digital memories ........................................................................... 115
Transform your living space into a theater......................................................... 115
Setting Up Windows Media Center ......................................................................116
Opening Windows Media Center with a mouse................................................116
Windows Media Center menu bars ................................................................. 116
Navigating Windows Media Center ................................................................ 117
Windows Media Center control menu .............................................................. 118
Using Windows Media Center Power Settings .................................................. 119
Completing the setup wizard steps................................................................... 119
Windows Media Center Start Menu......................................................................121
Windows Media Center Start menu items ......................................................... 122
Online Media .................................................................................................... 122
Changing Windows Media Center Settings ...........................................................122
Windows Media Center Settings categories...................................................... 123
Playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs .................................................................125
Using Music....................................................................................................... 125
Using Music with Windows Media Center............................................................. 126
Using the music library........................................................................................ 127
Adding Music to music library......................................................................... 127
Adding music files from your hard disk drive..................................................... 127
Adding music files from a CD.......................................................................... 128
Deleting music files from the music library......................................................... 128
Using supported music file types ......................................................................129
Playing Music Files in Music ................................................................................ 130
Changing the Visualization Settings ................................................................. 131
Playing an album in Music.............................................................................. 131
Playing a song in Music .................................................................................132
Creating a Queue in Music .................................................................................132
Finding and Playing an Album in Music ................................................................ 133
Using Album Details....................................................................................... 133
Using Search ..................................................................................................... 134
Searching for Music Tracks and Files ............................................................... 134
Creating a Playlist in Music .................................................................................134
Copying Music Files to CD in Music ..................................................................... 136
Using more music ...............................................................................................137
Using radio ....................................................................................................... 138
Playing Music CDs ............................................................................................. 139
Playing CDs with Windows Media Player.............................................................. 139
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Playing DVDs ..................................................................................................... 139
Using country/region codes............................................................................ 140
Using DVDs in Windows Media Center................................................................. 140
Playing DVD Movies in Windows Media Center .................................................... 140
Changing the DVD Settings.................................................................................. 141
Changing the DVD Movie Language ................................................................ 142
Changing DVD Remote Control Options ...........................................................142
Changing DVD Closed Captioning .................................................................. 143
Changing DVD Audio Settings ............................................................................. 144
Playing DVDs with Windows Media Player............................................................ 144
Playing Video CDs (VCDs)................................................................................... 145
Playing Video CDs (VCDs) with Windows Media Player.......................................... 145
Creating Audio and Data Discs .............................................................147
Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording ............................................................ 148
Working with Audio CDs ....................................................................................148
Audio CD tips ...............................................................................................149
Before you begin creating discs....................................................................... 149
Creating audio CDs ....................................................................................... 149
Creating jukebox discs ................................................................................... 150
Creating video discs ...................................................................................... 150
Copying a disc ............................................................................................. 151
Creating data discs........................................................................................ 152
Creating photo (slide show) discs .................................................................... 152
Making a disc label using LightScribe .............................................................. 153
Making a paper disc label.............................................................................. 154
Working with Pictures and Videos .......................................................155
Working with Digital Images ............................................................................... 155
Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center .......................................................... 156
Adding Pictures in Windows Media Center ...........................................................156
Adding picture files from your hard disk drive ................................................... 156
Viewing Your Pictures in Windows Media Center................................................... 157
Viewing pictures as a slide show ..................................................................... 158
Viewing a slide show with music ..................................................................... 158
Using supported picture file types in Windows Media Center.............................. 159
Editing Pictures in Windows Media Center ............................................................ 159
Fixing red eye or contrast ............................................................................... 159
Cropping pictures in Windows Media Center ................................................... 160
Rotating pictures............................................................................................ 161
Printing Pictures in Windows Media Center ...........................................................161
Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs in Windows Media Center ................................ 162
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Playing Videos in Windows Media Center ............................................................ 162
Playing digital videos..................................................................................... 163
Using supported video file types ......................................................................163
Transferring and Recording Video Files ................................................................. 164
Recording analog and digital video files .......................................................... 164
Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files in Windows Media Center............................. 164
Creating Movies by Using muvee autoProducer....................................165
Basic Steps to Make a Movie............................................................................... 165
Using muvee autoProducer .................................................................................. 166
Getting started .............................................................................................. 166
Capturing video from a digital video camera .................................................... 168
Adding videos...............................................................................................169
Adding pictures............................................................................................. 170
Adding music................................................................................................ 171
Selecting the style .......................................................................................... 171
Changing the settings..................................................................................... 172
Adding an opening title and closing credits ...................................................... 173
Making the movie.......................................................................................... 173
Previewing the movie ..................................................................................... 174
Modifying the movie ...................................................................................... 174
Saving the movie project ................................................................................ 175
Recording the movie project to disc ................................................................. 176
Upgrading muvee autoProducer ........................................................................... 177
Index...................................................................................................179
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Setting Up Your Computer
WARNING: The power supply is preset for the country/region in which you
purchased your computer. If you move, please check the voltage requirements
before plugging your computer into an AC power outlet.
WARNING: Please read “Safety Information” in the Warranty and Support
Guide before installing and connecting your computer to the electrical power
system.
Putting Your Computer Together
Follow the steps on the setup poster to set up your computer. Read the topics in this section
to learn more about the location of components and connectors on your computer, and to
learn about some setup alternatives.
Look in the computer box for printed details or updates regarding your computer.
Placing the computer in the proper location
When setting up your new computer, place it where ventilation openings are unobstructed.
Make sure all connections are secure and all cabling is out of the way. Do not place
cables in walkways or where it can be stepped on or damaged from placing
furniture on it.
Setting Up Your Computer
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Using surge protection
Help protect your monitor, computer, and accessories by connecting all power cords for
your computer and peripheral devices (such as a monitor, printer, or scanner) to a surge
protection device such as a power strip with surge protection or an uninterruptible power
supply (UPS). Many surge protection devices have surge protection inputs and outputs for
modem or telephone lines. Telephone lines are a common path for lightning spikes to get
into your system. Some surge protection devices have surge protection for television cable
connections as well. Use those if your computer has a television tuner installed.
Not all power strips provide surge protection; the power strip must be specifically labeled
as having this capability. Use a power strip whose manufacturer offers a damage
replacement policy that replaces your equipment if surge protection fails.
Connecting to the computer
Connect your main hardware devices, such as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, to the
back of the computer. Other peripheral devices, such as a printer, scanner, or camera,
also plug into connectors on the back of your computer. Some computers also have
connectors on the front of the computer. The table shows some, but not all, connectors.
NOTE: The location, availability, and number of connectors on your computer may vary.
Connector
Icon/label
Description and function
Mouse (PS/2 connector)
Keyboard (PS/2 connector)
Universal Serial Bus (USB) for mouse, keyboard,
digital cameras, or other devices with USB
connectors
Printer (parallel)
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Connector
Icon/label
Description and function (continued)
Monitor
Serial port for some digital cameras or other serial
devices
Serial
Audio Line Out (powered speakers)
Audio Line In
Headphones
Microphone
FireWire® (IEEE 1394) for video cameras or other
devices with very fast transfer rates
Digital audio in and digital audio out
Side speaker out
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Connector
Icon/label
Description and function (continued)
Rear speaker out
Center/subwoofer
S-video
S-Video 2
Composite
Video 2
Secondary S-video connector to connect your VCR,
video camera, or other analog source to the
computer.
Secondary Composite video connector (yellow) to
connect to a VCR, video camera, or other analog
source to the computer.
A/V In
Audio 2
L
Secondary Left audio input connector (white).
A/V In
Audio 2
R
Secondary Right audio input connector (red).
NOTE: This Audio In connector is connected to the
TV tuner. You must use the Audio In connector,
which is connected to the motherboard and located
on the back of the computer, to record audio only.
(Select models only.)
NOTE: This Audio In connector is connected to the
TV tuner. You must use the Audio In connector,
which is connected to the motherboard and located
on the back of the computer, to record audio only.
(Select models only.)
Headphones Out connector (green) to connect to
headphones.
Microphone In connector (pink) to connect to a
microphone.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 connector to connect
to a mouse, keyboard, digital camera, or another
device with a USB connector.
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Connector
Icon/label
Description and function (continued)
FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector to connect video
cameras and other devices with very fast transfer
rates.
NOTE: You must use a 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394)
transfer cable with this 6-pin connector.
Power connector
Mouse connector to connect a mouse.
Keyboard connector to connect a keyboard.
Printer (parallel) connector to connect a parallel
printer. (Select models only.)
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 connector to connect
a mouse, keyboard, digital camera, or another
device with a USB connector.
FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector to connect video
cameras and other devices with very fast transfer
rates.
NOTE: You must use a 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394)
transfer cable with this 6-pin connector.
ETHERNET
Ethernet LAN connector is a network interface
adapter (also called a network interface card, or
NIC) which connects to an Ethernet (10BaseT) or
Fast Ethernet (100BaseT) network hub. Connect this
adapter in your computer to your local area network
(LAN) hub or any broadband connection.
The green LED indicates a valid connection.
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Connector
Icon/label
Description and function (continued)
Digital video output connector to connect a TV or
monitor. (Select models only.)
See the documentation that came with your display
device.
Microphone In (Mic) (pink) to connect to a
microphone. The Mic connector also functions as a
center/subwoofer Line Out when a multichannel
audio configuration is activated.
Audio Line Out (green) to connect front speakers.
Audio Line In (blue) connector to connect to an
analog audio device such as a CD player for input
into computer. The Audio Line In connector also
functions as rear Line Out when a multichannel
audio configuration is activated.
Center
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Line C/Sub (gold) connector to connect Center/
Subwoofer speakers in a multichannel audio
configuration.
Rear
Line Rear (black) connector to connect rear speakers
in a multichannel audio configuration.
Side
Line Side (gray) connector to connect side speakers
in an eight-speaker system (7.1).
S-Video
S-video In connector to connect from a set-top box
output connector.
Composite
Video
Composite Video In connector (yellow) to connect to
a TV set-top box.
A/V In
Audio 1
L
Primary left audio input from set-top box connector
(white).
NOTE: Audio can be recorded by using this Audio
In connector, which is connected to the
motherboard. Some computers include this primary
left audio input connector on the front of the
computer. (Select models only.)
Connector
Icon/label
Description and function (continued)
A/V In
Audio 1
R
Primary right audio input from set-top box
connector (red).
TV/Cable Ant
FM Ant
NOTE: Audio can be recorded by using this Audio
In connector which is connected to the motherboard.
Some computers include this primary right audio
input connector on the front of the computer. (Select
models only.)
TV In (TV antenna or cable input from wall outlet
with no set-top box.)
FM In (radio antenna input) connects to the
FM antenna cable.
Plug the FM radio antenna cable into the FM In port
on the back of the computer on the TV tuner card.
You may want to extend the ends of the cable to
improve your FM radio signal reception.
Modem (Line In RJ-11) (select models only).
Plug the modem cable (provided in the computer
box) into the computer modem connector on the
back of the computer. Plug the other end to your
telephone line wall jack connector.
Analog Video
Analog Video Out: S-video or composite video
(select models only) connects to a TV.
VGA
Monitor/VGA (blue) display output connector
connects to a VGA monitor.
Digital audio input (white) connects to a digital
audio device with digital input (such as a home
audio receiver/amplifier) or digital speakers (select
models only).
Digital audio output (red) connects to a digital audio
device with digital output (select models only).
Digital Audio
Out
Digital Out (orange) connects to a digital audio
device with digital input (such as a home audio
receiver/amplifier) or digital speakers (select
models only).
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Connecting a Digital Camera (Photo or Video)
The following instructions apply only to digital photo cameras and digital video cameras.
NOTE: When connecting an analog video camera to the computer, use the Video and
Audio In connectors on the front or back of the computer.
Refer to the documentation that came with your digital photo camera or digital video
camera.
To connect a digital photo camera or a digital video camera:
1 Turn on the computer, and wait for Microsoft® Windows Vista™ operating system
to start.
NOTE: If a Digital Video Device Auto Play window appears when you connect your
camera, click Cancel.
2 Connect the 6-pin video camera transfer cable into the camera and then into an open
port on the front or back of the computer. Most digital video cameras use either the
FireWire (IEEE 1394) port or the USB port.
3 A Found New Hardware message appears. Wait 2 or 3 minutes for Windows Vista to
make the necessary settings for the new device. When installation is complete, a
message appears indicating the camera is ready to use.
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If the computer does not recognize the digital photo camera or the digital video camera:
1 Click the Windows Start Button® on the taskbar, and then click
Control Panel.
2 Click System and Maintenance, and then click System.
3 Click Device Manager.
4 Click the plus sign (+) next to the camera port. If the name of the camera appears, the
device is ready. If the name is not there, try the following:
Click Action, and then click Scan for hardware changes. Look in Device
Manager for a new addition under the port.
Unplug the video camera transfer cable from the computer, and plug it into a
different port. Look in Device Manager for a new addition under the port.
Connecting Other Devices
Other peripheral devices can be connected to the front or back of your computer by using
USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports. These peripheral devices include printers, scanners,
video cameras, digital photo cameras, memory card readers, and PDAs (personal digital
assistant) or handheld computers. Refer to the documentation that came with your device.
NOTE: Some peripheral devices are not included with the computer.
NOTE: You must use a 6-pin (not a 4-pin) FireWire (IEEE 1394) cable with the 6-pin
FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on your computer.
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Storing Documentation and Recovery Discs
Store all computer user manuals and warranty information in an easy-to-find, safe location.
It is a good idea to store your system recovery discs with your documentation. This allows
easy access to all important computer documents and files.
Adjusting the Monitor
To change the screen resolution:
1 Right-click an empty area of the desktop, and then click Personalize.
2 Click the Display Settings.
3 If necessary, select the monitor, and then adjust the screen resolution.
4 Click Apply.
5 Click Yes, if it is present.
6 Click OK.
NOTE: You can connect more than one display device (CRT monitor, flat panel monitor,
TV, and so on) to the computer at a time (select models only). You can quickly change
which device displays the computer desktop by pressing Alt+F5. Each time you press
Alt+F5, the computer desktop appears on the next device. If pressing Alt+F5 does not
work, restart the computer and try again.
Setting Up a Local Area Network
Your home local area network (LAN) may consist of a wired or a wireless network that you
can use to connect your computer to other devices on the network, included other
computers. The network components may include a hub or a switch, which can connect
multiple devices to the network, or a router, which can connect computers or a broadband
Internet connection to the network. This network connection also enables you to share
data, and printers or other devices among your computers. The network connection to the
Internet is usually through a dial-up or cable modem.
A wired network uses Ethernet cables to connect the devices on the network. For example,
the Ethernet cable plugs into your computer network interface adapter and the router.
A wireless network uses radio waves to connect the devices on the network. For example,
both your computer and the router have an antenna and adapter that use the same Wi-Fi
industry standard: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11a.
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The preceding illustration shows a home LAN. The desktop computer has a wired
connection to a wireless router. The desktop computer also has a printer that it shares with
the other computers on the network. Each notebook computer has a wireless connection to
the network router.
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Setting Up a Wired (Ethernet) Connection
The Ethernet connection, which may be called network interface adapter, Network
Interface Card, or NIC, provides a high-speed or broadband connection to an Ethernet
(10BaseT) or Fast Ethernet (100BaseT) network. After you connect this interface to a
network, such as a LAN, you can connect to the Internet through the network.
1 Connect an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet connector (A) on the back of the computer,
and to the network router or LAN device.
NOTE: Your computer may not come with an Ethernet connector.
A Ethernet connector (RJ-45 port)
B Ethernet indicator lights
2 With the computer turned on, check the indicator lights (B) next to the Ethernet
connector for the status:
ACTIVITY — Lit yellow during network data transfer activity
LINK — Lit green when there is a valid network connection
NOTE: Your Ethernet connector may have only one indicator light.
Integrated Wireless Devices
Wireless technology transfers data across radio waves instead of wires. Your computer
may be equipped with one or more of the following integrated wireless devices:
Wireless local area network (WLAN) devices connect the computer to
wireless local area networks (commonly referred to as wireless networks, wireless
LANs, or WLANs) in corporate offices, your home, and public areas such as airports
and restaurants. In a WLAN, each mobile wireless device communicates with a
wireless access point, which can be several hundred feet away.
Computers with WLAN devices may support one or more of the three IEEE physical
layer industry standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11a.
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Bluetooth devices create a personal area network (PAN) to connect other
Bluetooth-enabled devices such as computers, phones, printers, headsets, speakers,
and cameras. In a PAN, each device communicates directly with the other devices,
and the devices must be relatively close together — within 33 feet (10 meters) of each
other.
Wireless wide area networks (WWAN) devices provide access to
information anytime and anywhere you have cellular (data) coverage. In a WWAN,
each mobile device communicates to a public carrier’s base station. Public carriers
install networks of base stations (similar to cell phone towers) throughout large
geographic areas, effectively providing coverage across entire states, or even entire
countries/regions.
For more information about wireless technology, go to:
http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless
Connecting the Wireless LAN Device
(Select models only)
You can connect the computer to an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network by using the
external antenna that was included with your system. This device enables you to establish
a wireless network using your computer as a wireless access point, or you can use your
computer as a wireless client (Station Mode) if you already have a wireless network
running.
You need an existing wireless LAN with an Internet connection (consult your Internet
Service Provider [ISP] for further information). An external antenna is supplied with your
system; you must connect it to the 802.11 module to increase the range and sensitivity of
the radio.
To connect the wireless LAN antenna:
1 Screw the wireless LAN antenna
cable into the wireless LAN
connector on the back of
the computer.
2 For the best wireless
performance, place the antenna
on the computer or in an elevated
and open area.
NOTE: The appearance of your wireless antenna may vary.
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Checking the wireless LAN device installation
To set up your wireless network, verify that the integrated WLAN device is installed on your
computer correctly.
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Type Device Manager into the Search box, and then click Device Manager to open
the Device Manager window.
3 Click Network adapters. Your WLAN device should be listed here. The WLAN
device may include the term wireless, wireless LAN, or 802.11.
NOTE: If no WLAN device is listed, either your computer does not have an integrated
WLAN device, or the driver for the device is not properly installed.
4 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
5 Type Network and Sharing Center into the Search box, and then click Network
and Sharing Center to open the Network and Sharing Center window.
6 Click Add a device to the network and follow any onscreen instructions.
For more information about setting up a wireless network:
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click Help and Support, and
then type Setting up a wireless network into the Search Help box.
Go to: http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless
Using wireless security features
When you set up a home WLAN or access an existing public WLAN, always enable
security features to protect your network from unauthorized access. The most common
security levels are Wi-Fi Protected Access Personal (WPA-Personal) and Wired Equivalent
Privacy (WEP).
When setting up a network, you should use one or more of the following security
measures:
Enable WPA-Personal or WEP security encryption on the router.
Change the default network name (SSID) and password.
Use a firewall.
Set security on your Web browser.
For more information about setting up wireless security features, go to:
http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless
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Getting Started
Connecting a Modem
For information on connecting to the Internet, see “Connecting to the Internet” in this guide.
The modem is used for connecting to an ISP that provides a telephone dial-up connection
to the Internet.
NOTE: Your computer may not come with a modem.
Before you can use telephone dial-up to connect to the Internet and send or receive e-mail
and faxes, you must connect your telephone service line to the modem (A), which is on the
back of the computer (B). The setup poster shows you how to plug a modem/telephone
cable into the computer modem connector and into your telephone service line wall jack
connector.
A Modem connector
B Back of computer
Setting Up Your Computer
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Connecting Speakers or Microphone
NOTE: For cross-references, see “Configuring Speaker and Sound Options” in your
product information on the HP Support Web site, go to:
http://www.hp.com/support
Using Speakers
Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only) or are sold separately. For
details on connecting stereo speakers to the computer, see the setup poster.
NOTE: Speakers may be passive (no power button and no 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, 5.1 channels, referred to as a 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.
Connect your speaker system to the computer and then configure the audio software for
sound output.
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Sound Connector Types
Your model may include one of three analog sound connector types on the back of
your computer:
Three connectors
Six connectors
Sound card
The connectors are 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jacks that connect from the back of the
computer to speakers and microphones.
Your system may also have a separate Digital Out connection (select models only).
Software configuration is different for each connector type, as noted in the instructions.
Sound Connector
Getting Started
Type
Three
connectors
Your computer model may include
three sound connectors. You can
connect up to a 5.1 audio system to the
computer.
3
Six
connectors
Your computer model may include six
sound connectors on the back of your
computer. You can connect up to a 7.1
audio system to the computer.
6
Sound card
connector
Your computer may include a sound
card. You can connect up to a 5.1
audio system (7.1 audio system for
select models) or digital speakers to the
sound card on the computer.
NOTE:
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Illustration
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
See the following
illustration.
S
Use the sound connectors that match your computer model when installing cables, as
shown in the installation procedure steps.
The following table shows the sound connectors on the back panel of computer systems.
Sound connector
Type 3
Type 6
Type S
Description
Line Side (gray) for side speakers in an
eight-speaker system (7.1).
A
Line C/Sub (gold) for center/subwoofer speakers in
a multichannel audio configuration.
B
Line Rear (black) for rear speakers in a multichannel
audio configuration.
C
Line Out (lime green) for front speakers.
D
Mic (pink) connects to microphone.
(Type 3 also functions as center/subwoofer Line Out
when a multichannel audio configuration is
activated.)
E
Line In (light blue) connects to an analog audio
device such as a CD player for input into computer.
(Type 3 also functions as rear Line Out when a
multichannel audio configuration is activated.)
F
Digital Out (orange) connects to a digital audio
device with digital input (such as a home audio
receiver/amplifier) or digital speakers
(select models only).
NOTE:
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
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Connecting a Microphone
Your computer comes with one microphone connector in the back of the computer. Some
models have a second microphone connector in 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 in the front of the computer, if present, is ready
to use.
To use a microphone connected to the front of your computer (select models only), select
the working microphone. See “Selecting a Microphone.”
HP computers support many different audio options, sound connections, and speaker
configurations. You may set up your computer for two stereo speakers or for multichannel
audio speaker systems. Connect your speaker system to the computer, and then configure
the audio software for sound output. For more details about connecting stereo speakers to
the computer, see the setup poster.
This chapter describes the most typical options. Your system may have different
components.
Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only) or are sold separately.
NOTE: For additional information on connecting the speakers, refer to the setup poster
that came with the computer and the documentation that came with your speakers.
Speaker Configurations
You may set up your computer for the following supported configurations:
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Getting Started
Name
Speaker system
See
Headphones
None, muted.
“Using Headphones”
2 (stereo)
Left speaker, right speaker.
“Connecting 2/2.1 (Two Speakers and
a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers”
2.1
Left speaker, right speaker,
and a subwoofer.
“Connecting 2/2.1 (Two Speakers and
a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers”
4.1
Two front speakers, two
rear speakers, and a
subwoofer.
“Connecting 4.1 (Four Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers”
6/5.1
Two front speakers, two
rear speakers, a center
speaker, and a subwoofer.
“Connecting 5.1 (Five Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers”
Name
Speaker system
See (continued)
8/7.1
Two front speakers, two
rear speakers, two side
speakers, a center
speaker, and a subwoofer
(select models only).
“Connecting 7.1 (Seven Speakers and
a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers”
Home audio
system
Home stereo or home
theater audio system with
passive speakers.
“Connecting the Computer to a Home
Audio System”
Digital audio
Digital speakers or digital
input connector on audio
system.
“Connecting Digital Audio”
Multi-streaming
audio
Two front speakers, two
rear speakers, two side
speakers, a center
speaker, and a subwoofer
(select models only).
“Configuring Multi-streaming Audio”
Speaker types
Speakers may be included with the monitor (select models only) or are sold separately.
Refer to the product documentation for your speakers.
Your computer supports only an active (powered) speaker system. An active speaker
system must have its own power cord. A home audio system does not require active
speakers, because the receiver provides amplification.
A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel speaker system. A multichannel audio
speaker system has a left-right front and left-right rear channel, and it may include a
subwoofer and a center speaker. Side speakers are included in more advanced systems. A
subwoofer provides enhanced bass sounds.
“.1” indicates a subwoofer. For example, 7.1 channels refers to an eight-speaker mode
and uses two front speakers (left-right), two side speakers (left-right), two rear speakers
(left-right), a center speaker, and a subwoofer.
Connecting Speakers or Microphone
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Connecting 2/2.1 (Two Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers
To connect simple left/right stereo active speakers or two speakers and a subwoofer for
two-channel (2.1 speaker) output:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Connect the speaker cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector that matches
the back of your computer.
6
3
S
NOTE:
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
3 Connect the cable to the audio system. For 2.1 speakers that were shipped with your
computer (select models only), connect the Audio Line Out connector to the subwoofer.
4 Connect the left and right speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker
documentation.
5 Turn on the computer.
NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system.
6 Plug in the speaker system power.
7 Turn on the speaker system.
Step 8 is optional for a two-speaker setup.
8 After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Connecting Speakers or Microphone.”
Type 3: See “Configuring Audio Output with Multichannel Sound Manager.”
Type 6: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager.”
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card.”
The following diagram shows a typical 2.1 audio installation:
OUT
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Getting Started
Connecting 4.1 (Four Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers
To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer for four-channel
(4.1 speaker) output:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Connect the front speaker cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector that
matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
NOTE:
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
3 Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector that matches the back of
your computer.
3
6
S
For type 3-connector systems, the blue Audio Line In connector functions as a Rear Line
Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.
4 Connect the cables to the audio system.
5 Connect the front and rear speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker
documentation.
6 Turn on the computer.
NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system.
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7 Plug in the speaker system power.
8 Turn on the speaker system.
9 After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Configuring Speaker and Sound
Options.”
Type 3: See “Configuring Audio Output with Multichannel Sound Manager.”
Type 6: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager.”
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card.”
The following diagram shows a typical 4.1 audio installation:
OUT
IN
Connecting 5.1 (Five Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers
To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer for
six-channel (5.1 speaker) output:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Connect the front speaker cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector that
matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
NOTE:
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Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
3 Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector that matches the back of
your computer.
3
6
S
For type 3-connector systems, the blue Audio Line In connector functions as a Rear Line
Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.
4 Connect the center/subwoofer speaker cable to the gold (or pink Mic) connector that
matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
For type 3-connector systems, the pink Mic connector functions as a center/subwoofer
speaker Line Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.
5 Connect the cables to the audio system.
6 Connect the front, rear, and center speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker
documentation.
7 Turn on the computer.
NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system.
8 Plug in the speaker system power.
9 Turn on the speaker system.
10 After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Configuring Speaker and Sound
Options.”
Type 3: See “Configuring Audio Output with Multichannel Sound Manager.”
Type 6: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager.”
Type 6 — multi-streaming: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect
Manager.”
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card.”
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The following diagram shows a typical 5.1 audio installation:
OUT
IN
Connecting 7.1 (Seven Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers
(Select models only)
To connect two front speakers, two side speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker,
and a subwoofer for eight-channel (7.1 speaker) output:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Connect the front speaker cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector on the
back of your computer.
3 Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector on the back of your computer.
4 For type 6 connectors only, connect the side speaker cable to the gray connector on
the back of your computer.
5 Connect the center speaker and subwoofer speaker cable to the gold connector on the
back of your computer.
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Getting Started
6 Connect the cables to the audio system.
7 Connect the front, rear, side, and center speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the
speaker documentation.
8 Turn on the computer.
NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system.
9 Plug in the speaker system power.
10 Turn on the speaker system.
11 After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Configuring Speaker and Sound
Options.”
Type 6: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager.”
Type 6 — multi-streaming: See “Configuring Audio Output with Realtek HD Sound
Effect Manager.”
The following diagram shows a typical 7.1 audio installation:
Connecting Speakers or Microphone
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Connecting the Computer to a Home Audio System
You can connect your computer to your home stereo or home theater multichannel audio
receiver/amplifiers by using your existing speakers.
For examples, see “2.1 home stereo installation” or “5.1 home audio installation.”
Y adapter cables
Most home receiver/amplifiers have RCA-type input connectors. You may need to connect
Y adapter cables between your computer and your receiver/amplifier. Y adapter cables
have one 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack on one end and two RCA connectors on the
other end. These cables are purchased separately.
The number of Y adapter cables you need to connect to your home stereo system depends
on the number of speakers you install:
2/2.1 speaker system: One Y adapter cable
4/4.1 speaker system: Two Y adapter cables
6/5.1 speaker system: Three Y adapter cables
8/7.1 speaker system: Four Y adapter cables
Connecting a home stereo to a computer typically requires audio cables that are long
enough to connect from the computer to the stereo. You may also need to purchase RCA or
mini-extension cables.
NOTE: Y adapter and extension cables are purchased separately.
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Getting Started
2.1 home stereo installation
The following diagram shows a typical two-channel (2.1 speaker) installation that uses
passive stereo speakers and plugs into a home stereo standard left and right input.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different.
IN
OUT
A
B
Center
C
Front
E
Surr. Back
Sub
C
D
E
Computer to 2.1 multichannel audio system connection
A Computer back-panel connectors (type 3, type 6, or sound card)
B Y adapter cables
C Receiver/amplifier (audio input jacks)
D Subwoofer
E
Front speakers (left and right)
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5.1 home audio installation
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home theater audio six-channel (6/5.1
speaker) installation that requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different.
IN
OUT
A
B
Center
C
Front
F
E
Surr. Back
C
Sub
D
G
Computer to 5.1 multichannel audio system connection
A Computer back-panel connectors (type 3, type 6, or sound card)
B Y adapter cables
C Receiver/amplifier (audio input jacks)
D Subwoofer
E
Center speaker
F
Front speakers (left and right)
G Rear speakers (left and right)
5.1 home audio installation procedure
To connect a six-channel (5.1 speaker) home audio system to the computer:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Turn off the receiver/amplifier.
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3 Connect the front stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable into the lime green Audio
Line Out connector that matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
NOTE:
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
NOTE: Receiver/amplifier input connectors may be labeled Surround, 5.1 Channel
inputs, 6 Channel inputs, CD, DVD, or DVD In.
Connect the left and right ends of the Y adapter cable into the front left (L) and right (R)
inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier.
4 If you have rear speakers, connect the rear stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable
into the Audio Line In (blue) or the Rear Speaker Out (black) connector that matches
the back of your computer.
3
6
S
Connect the left and right ends of the Y adapter cable into the rear left (L) and
right (R) inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier.
5 If you have a center/subwoofer speaker, connect the stereo mini-jack of a Y adapter
cable into the microphone (pink) connector or the center speaker/subwoofer (gold)
connector that matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
Connect the left and right ends of the Y adapter cable into the center/subwoofer
inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier (6/5.1 or higher-channel system).
Plug the Y adapter cable into the subwoofer connector on the back of the receiver
even if a subwoofer is not used.
6 Turn on the receiver/amplifier.
7 Select the receiver/amplifier input that the Y adapter cables are plugged into.
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8 Turn on the computer.
9 After the audio system is connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Connecting Speakers or Microphone.”
Type 3: See “Configuring Audio Output with Multichannel Sound Manager.”
Type 6: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager.”
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card.”
7.1 home audio installation
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home theater audio eight-channel 8/7.1
speaker installation that requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different.
IN
OUT
A
B
Center
C
Front
F
E
Surr. Back
C
Sub
D
G
Computer to 7.1 multichannel audio system connection
A Computer back-panel connectors (type 3, type 6, or sound card)
B Y adapter cables
C Receiver/amplifier (audio input jacks)
D Subwoofer
E
Center speaker
F
Front speakers (left and right)
G Rear speakers (left and right)
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7.1 home audio installation procedure
To connect an eight-channel (7.1 speaker) home audio system to the computer:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Turn off the receiver/amplifier.
3 Connect the front stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable into the lime green Audio
Line Out connector that matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
NOTE:
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
NOTE: Receiver/amplifier input connectors may be labeled Surround, 7.1 Channel
inputs, 6 Channel inputs, CD, DVD, or DVD In.
Connect the left and right ends of the Y adapter cable into the front left (L) and right (R)
inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier.
4 If you have rear speakers, connect the rear stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable
into the Audio Line In (blue) or the Rear Speaker Out (black) connector that matches
the back of your computer.
3
6
S
Connect the left and right ends of the Y adapter cable into the rear left (L) and
right (R) inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier.
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5 If you have a center/subwoofer speaker, connect the stereo mini-jack of a Y adapter
cable into the microphone (pink) connector or the center speaker/subwoofer (gold)
connector that matches the back of your computer.
3
6
S
Connect the left and right ends of the Y adapter cable into the center/subwoofer
inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier (8/7.1 or higher-channel system).
Plug the Y adapter cable into the subwoofer connector on the back of the receiver
even if a subwoofer is not used.
6 Turn on the receiver/amplifier.
7 Select the receiver/amplifier input that the Y adapter cables are plugged into.
8 Turn on the computer.
9 After the audio system is connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Connecting Speakers or Microphone.”
Type 3: See “Configuring Audio Output with Multichannel Sound Manager.”
Type 6: See “Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager.”
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card.”
Connecting Digital Audio
(Select models only)
If you have a sound card and you are connecting your home stereo AV receiver via digital
out, plug the 3.5 mm stereo plug into the Digital Out connector on the sound card.
Connect the red RCA stereo plug on the 3.5 mm Y adapter cable to the AV receiver’s
digital input connector. If the red RCA stereo plug does not work, try the white stereo plug.
One of the connectors is not used.
To connect digital audio, your computer must include a digital out connector on the sound
card or on the back panel. You do not need to connect multichannel speaker outputs if you
connect the digital output.
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Getting Started
To connect digital audio speakers:
1 Turn off the computer.
2 Connect the Digital Out connector on the back panel of your computer to the digital
input (S/PDIF) on digital speakers or a digital audio system.
6
3
S
NOTE:
Type 3 is three connectors.
Type 6 is six connectors.
Type S is sound card.
3 Turn on the computer.
NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system.
4 Plug in the speaker system power.
5 Turn on the speaker system.
6 After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for
sound output for your computer model. See “Configuring Speaker and Sound
Options.”
Audio card with digital output and type 3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio
Output with Multichannel Sound Manager.” Follow the instructions to enable
digital audio output.
Audio card with digital output and type 6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio
Output with Sound Effect Manager.” Digital audio output is already enabled as
the default.
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card.” Follow the
instructions to enable digital audio output.
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Connecting Headphones
Your computer comes with a headphones connector (lime green) on the front of the
computer. The headphones connector is labeled with a headphones icon.
You can also connect headphones to the Line Out connector (lime green) on the
back of your computer.
Using a 2.1 speaker system with headphones
For select models with the 2.1 speaker system, look for the headphones connector on the
right side of the main speaker. When headphones are plugged in, the sound to the
speakers and the subwoofer is muted.
Using a 5.1 to 7.1 speaker system with
headphones
For select models that include a 5.1 or higher speaker system, a headphones connector is
located on the right side of the control tower.
If the control tower displays HP (for headphones), the headphones are enabled; the sound
to the speakers and the subwoofer is muted.
Push and hold the On button on the control tower for several seconds to enable sound
from the speakers.
Press the On button briefly to enable the headphones.
Connecting Speakers Using the Creative Sound
Blaster X-Fi Sound Card
This section provides an overview of connecting to the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi
sound card.
NOTE: For additional information on connecting the speakers, refer to the documentation
that came with your speakers.
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Connecting the speakers
Connector
Description
AD-Link for AD_Link X-Fi I/O Console (the X-Fi console is sold separately)
Line Out_3 (orange or yellow)
5.1 audio setup: Front center, subwoofer
6.1 audio setup: Front center, subwoofer, and rear center
7.1 audio setup: Front center, subwoofer, and side left
Line Out_2 (black)
4.1, 5.1, 6.1 audio setup: Rear left and right
7.1 audio setup: Rear left, rear right, and side right
Line Out_1 (lime green)
2/2.1 audio setup: Front left and right
FlexiJack (white) for Line In, Microphone, Digital In/Out
The FlexiJack supports three functions. You must select the function in the
Creative Console Launcher. See “Connecting the FlexiJack connector.”
To connect the X-Fi sound card to your speakers:
1 Use the audio connection table to connect your audio system to the sound card.
2 Turn on the computer.
3 Plug in and turn on the speaker system power.
After connecting the speaker system to the sound card, follow the steps in “Connecting the
FlexiJack connector” to configure the speaker settings in the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi
software.
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Connecting the FlexiJack connector
The FlexiJack connector performs three functions:
Digital Input/Output
Line In
Microphone
You must select the function in the Creative Console Launcher.
NOTE: If you are using the FlexiJack as your Digital In connection and you want to
connect digital speakers as your output device, you will need a special connector from
Creative.
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Getting Started
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 Click See support and troubleshooting information, 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 your computer
where you want to save the file, rename the file (retaining the .pdf extension), and
then click Save.
Getting Help
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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 on the taskbar, and then click Help and
Support.
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 an item to view it or use it.
Using HP Connections or Compaq Connections
HP Connections or Compaq Connections (select models only) is an Internet-based
service provided by HP to bring you important information for your computer:
Product notices
Tips
Special offers for your computer
Messages arrive while you’re connected to the Internet, and display an alert or a
notice on your desktop. Messages may also display within the HP Total Care
Advisor. You can view messages as they arrive or read them later.
Most support updates that HP Connections or Compaq Connections messages
deliver are also available to you through the support Web site under the information
for your computer model.
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Getting Started
Getting messages
After you view or close a message, it does not automatically display again.
To read a previously received message, open HP Connections or Compaq Connections:
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click PC Help & Tools.
4 Click HP Connections or Compaq Connections. HP Connections or Compaq
Connections window opens.
If HP Connections or Compaq Connections has been activated on your system,
click View messages to view a list of previously received messages. To read a
message, double-click the message title in the window. You can exit this window,
and HP Connections or Compaq Connections remains active.
If HP Connections or Compaq Connections has not been activated on your system,
the screen contains an Activate button to activate the service. Click Activate to
start the service and view a list of messages that may have been received
previously.
Turning off messages
NOTE: You cannot receive HP Connections or Compaq Connections messages, including
important information that may be critical to the operation of your computer, while the
service is off.
To turn off the HP Connections or Compaq Connections service:
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click PC Help & Tools.
4 Click HP Connections or Compaq Connections. HP Connections or Compaq
Connections window opens.
5 Click Choose preferences, and then click Deactivate to deactivate the service.
The service is turned off until you reactivate it.
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Reactivating messages
When you reactivate the HP Connections or Compaq Connections service, the service runs
whenever you are connected to the Internet, and you automatically receive messages as
they become available.
To turn on the service:
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click PC Help & Tools.
4 Click HP Connections or Compaq Connections. HP Connections or Compaq
Connections displays.
5 Click Activate to reactivate the service.
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Turning On Your Computer for the
First Time
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 your Web browser address box, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
Protecting Your Computer
Protect your 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.
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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
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
Using passwords
A password is a group of characters that you choose to secure your 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 Microsoft Windows Vista 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.
You can use the same password for more than one Windows Vista security feature.
Use the following guidelines when setting a password:
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 your
password with number keys on the keyboard, your 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 are some tips for creating and saving passwords:
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When creating passwords, follow the requirements set by the program.
Write down your passwords and store them in a secure place away from the
computer.
Do not store passwords in a file on the computer.
Do not use your name or other personal information that could be easily discovered
by an outsider.
The following table lists the Windows Vista passwords and describes their functions. For
information on how to set passwords, see “Creating passwords.” For additional
information on Windows Vista passwords, such as screen saver passwords, type
passwords into the Search 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 your Administrator password, you cannot access
Setup Utility.
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.
Norton Internet Security, which is preinstalled on the computer, includes an antivirus
program. 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
again.
For more information about computer viruses, type viruses into the Search box in the Help
and Support Center.
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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
again.
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 temporarily
solve the problem, disable the firewall, perform the task that you want to perform, and
then enable the firewall again. To permanently resolve the problem, reconfigure the
firewall.
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 your computer. To get the latest updates for your computer, click the Windows
Start Button on the taskbar, click Help and Support, and then click Software,
drivers, and BIOS updates.
Updates to Microsoft Windows Vista and other Microsoft programs are released
periodically. You can obtain updates, as they are released, from the Microsoft Web site.
You should also run Windows Vista Update monthly to install the latest software from
Microsoft.
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Turning On Your Computer for the First Time
After you have completed the steps on the setup poster, you are ready to turn on your
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 your computer by following the onscreen instructions. If prompted, select the
country/region where 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 to protect your 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.
Turning Off Your Computer
For best results, when using Microsoft Windows Vista, do not shut down your 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 they are available. You can set the power management timers to put the
computer automatically into sleep or hibernate mode.
Sleep and hibernate 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, your computer hardware light remains on, and your computer is ready
to wake quickly and resume your work where you were. Hibernate mode saves your
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 task such as recording a scheduled TV program or
streaming video and music files to a remote location.
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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, see “Using the Windows Start
Button Menu.”
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.
Using Lock
If you lock the computer, only you or your administrator can log on to it.
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Click the Lock button.
Using sleep mode
When the computer is in sleep mode, it goes into a reduced-power state. The monitor is
blank, as if it is turned off. By using sleep mode:
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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 you use the computer,
any programs, folders, and documents that were open before you put the computer
into sleep mode are available.
Your computer can receive faxes, if you set it to do so.
Your 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.
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 your computer to go into hibernate
mode automatically; see “Automatic sleep, hibernate, or away mode.”
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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.
Automatic sleep, hibernate, or away mode
You can set your 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 modes, 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 your computer.
Also, you may want to install additional software programs or hardware devices onto your
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
Your 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 ISP for specific information
on your connection.
Refer to the “Setting Up Your Computer” of this guide 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 or cable modem, or a DSL modem for high-speed broadband
connections. Contact your ISP for any specific software and hardware 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 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 Internet Explorer. To open
Internet Explore:
a
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
b
Click All Programs.
c
Click Internet Explorer.
NOTE: If you have questions, contact your ISP directly.
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Signing Up for Software Updates
Microsoft continually updates the Windows Vista operating system. It is recommended that
you check for, download, and install these updates at least once a month. 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 Updates.
5 Click Change Settings.
6 Select the desired configuration:
Automatic (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 or
install them
Never check for updates — This option makes the computer more vulnerable
and is not recommended.
7 Click OK.
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Setting Up User Accounts on Your New Computer
User accounts enable you to set the privileges for each user of your computer. For
example, you can set the software programs that each user is allowed to access.
Windows Vista provides three types of user accounts:
Administrative
Allowed to change account types for other users, change passwords, change systemwide settings, and install Windows Vista-compatible software and drivers.
Limited
Not allowed to change other user settings or passwords. A Limited account may not
be able to install or run some software.
Allowed to change the limited account picture, and to create, edit, or delete the
account password.
Guest
Not allowed to change other user settings or passwords.
Users who log on to the computer using the guest account do not have access to
password-protected files, folders, and settings.
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
Creating passwords
Passwords help protect your computer from unauthorized access, and they help ensure that
information on the computer stays private and secure. Use the following list as a basic
guide when choosing your 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.
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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
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
b
Click Control Panel.
c
Click System and Maintenance.
d
Click Backup and Restore Center.
e
Click Create restore point or change settings.
f
In the System Property window, on the System Protection tab, click create. Follow
the onscreen instructions.
The restore point is a snapshot of your 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
Choose software that is compatible with your 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.
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 your computer with a virus.
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Transferring Files and Settings from Your Old
Computer to Your New Computer
You can copy files from the old computer to your 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.
For more information:
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Click Help and Support.
3 Type transfer files into the Search box.
4 Click the overview article, Transfer files and settings from another
computer. This article describes a Microsoft solution for moving your files onto your
new computer.
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 you 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 you 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.
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Using the Keyboard
Your computer may include a standard keyboard or a wireless keyboard. The keyboard is
the primary way 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 your 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 displays a Help window for the software program being used.
Pressing F3 displays 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.
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.
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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.
Keyboard indicators
Each keyboard indicator is a light labeled with the name or with an icon for its status:
Icon
Name
Description
Num Lock
When lit, numeric keys are locked as numbers keys and
arithmetic functions.
Caps Lock
When lit, alphanumeric keys are locked to uppercase.
Scroll Lock
When lit, scroll function is locked.
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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.)
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 your Internet browser. Can be
reconfigured to open any Web site or software
program.
Or
Or
Or
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Icon
Feature
Description (continued)
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
hp Or
Compaq Or
Shopping
Or
Sports
Or
Finance
Or
Or
Connect to
Internet
Search
Goes to popular Web sites. Can be reconfigured
to open a site or software program.
Or
Chat
Or
Entertainment
Offers
Calculator
Opens calculator. Can be reconfigured.
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Media control or playback buttons
Icon
Label
Description
Eject 1 and
Eject 2
Opens or closes upper and lower optical drive trays.
Rec
Starts recording to selected media.
Stop
Stops media.
Play/Pause
Plays or pauses media.
Prev
Rewinds media.
Next
Fast-forwards media.
Volume
Volume knob controls speaker volume: 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 controls speaker volume:
Press the Volume Up button to increase volume and the
Volume Down button to decrease volume.
Or
Or
–+
Mute
Or
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Turns speaker sound on and off.
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.
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 you want to change.
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 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.
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 will see this
combination of keys represented as Alt+Ctrl+S. In Windows Vista, press Ctrl+C to copy an
item 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 you can perform through menus,
but save you time and mouse clicks.
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Using 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 “Switching
Mouse Button Functions.”
Scrolling
Click the left mouse button to place the cursor in a document, and then:
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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.
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 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.
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 OK.
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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.
7 Click Apply and then OK.
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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 your 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 your 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 your 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 your 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
i (More information) — 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.
14
Record — Records a selected television program
and stores it on the hard disk drive.
15
Play — Plays the selected media.
16
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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18
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.
19
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.
23
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.
25
OK — Selects the desired action or window option and acts as the Enter key.
26
Aspect — Changes the aspect ratio of the display. Zooms in on the picture three times then returns to
the full-screen aspect ratio.
27
Slide Show — Plays a slide show of all the pictures on your hard disk drive.
28
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.
30
Pause — Pauses audio and video tracks and live or recorded TV programs.
31
Fast Forward — Moves media forward at three speeds.
32
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 your 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 your remote doesn’t work:
Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed correctly.
Make sure the front of the remote sensor (IR receiver) is not blocked.
Point the remote control within a 45-degree angle range and less than 8 meters
(26 feet) away.
If a pressed key repeats itself or sticks, unplug the remote sensor from the USB
connector, wait 1 minute, and plug the remote sensor back in. Try altering the lighting
conditions in the room or moving the location of the remote sensor if this continues.
Press the Enter button on the remote control after changing a channel.
Point the remote control toward the remote sensor, and press a button. A faint red light
should appear on the remote sensor. If the light appears, then the problem is probably
in the 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 Windows Start Button on the taskbar, right-click Computer, and then
select Properties.
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 on the taskbar, and then click Help and
Support.
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 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 icon.
2 Click Delete.
Retrieving desktop icons
1 Open the Recycle Bin on your desktop.
2 Drag the icon onto the desktop.
Using the Windows Start Button Menu
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar to open the Start menu. From the Start
menu, you can:
Open programs or documents.
Open the Help and Support Center.
Start a search.
Run a program.
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 you use to play music CDs.
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Organizing your 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 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
A 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
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, a 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 displays the Web page for you.
Imagine 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected], 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 displays 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 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 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 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 to clear the results of the search and return to the main list of
programs.
Click Search the computer to show the results in a folder for advanced
options.
Click Search the Internet to search the Internet by opening your browser.
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, they 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 allow access to an unrated site or page you approve
of, open it and, when the password window appears, select the always allow
viewing or allow viewing only this time option.
To enable Content Advisor:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
Click All Programs.
Click Internet Explorer.
Click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Content tab.
In the Content Advisor area, click Enable.
Click the General tab, click Create Password, and type a password.
Click OK, and then click OK again.
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 or damage your operating system,
software programs, or computer utilities.
Antivirus software can detect most viruses, destroy them, and, in most cases, repair any
damage viruses may have caused. To provide ongoing protection against newly
discovered viruses, antivirus software must be kept 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 protection updates automatically whenever you are online. HP
strongly recommends that you protect the computer against new viruses beyond the trial
period by purchasing an extended update service.
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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.
Be sure to set up Norton Internet Security before you start surfing the Internet.
1 Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop.
Or
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click All Programs,
click Norton Internet Security, and then click Norton Internet Security again.
2 Click Next and follow the onscreen instructions if prompted.
For information about using and updating the Norton Internet Security software, you can
click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click Help and Support, and then
type virus into the Search Help box.
Changing the virus scan time for your Norton
Internet Security program
To change the Norton Internet Security scan time:
1 Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop.
2 At the top of the main window, click the Norton Internet Security tab.
3 Click the Tasks bar.
4 Click Run a Scan.
5 Click Run Custom Scan.
6 In the Scans dialog box, next to the custom scan you want to schedule, click
Schedule.
7 In the Schedule dialog box, if Show multiple schedules is checked, click New to turn
on the scheduling fields. If it is not checked, the fields are already enabled.
8 Set the frequency and time you want the scan to run.
9 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.
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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.
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar.
2 Click All Programs.
3 Click Windows Mail.
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 will then be able to 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 specific to each of these programs. Use the table to determine which
program to use to perform a task.
Note that some programs 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, choose 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)
You can:
HP Photosmart Essential
(select models only)
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Play DVD movies and video CDs (VCDs). (High Definition playback is
supported.)
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, All Programs, HP,
and then click HP Photosmart Essential.
With this program:
Real Rhapsody
(select models only)
You can: (continued)
muvee autoProducer
(select models only)
RealPlayer
(select models only)
Roxio Creator
(select models only)
Roxio MyDVD
(select models only)
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.
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 Magic Spot feature to control the motion effects applied to your pictures.
Play music CDs, .mp3s, and other audio files.
Play DVD movies. (RealPlayer can play DVDs only if another DVD player
program, such as DVD Play, is installed.)
Play video CDs.
Record music files.
Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.
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.
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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.
HP Total Care Advisor
(select models only)
Microsoft Windows
Movie Maker
(select models only)
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.
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 your computer hard disk drive
or other electronic storage media, such as a CD, diskette, or even in a digital camera. A
file can be an application program, a picture, music or sounds, a document, or data.
Almost everything you do on your 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 your computer. Like paper
folders within a filing cabinet, folders on your 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 the files and folders on your computer:
The Computer view enables you to quickly see all the files and folders within a specific
folder on your computer. It also contains links to common tasks for managing your
files, such as copying, moving, deleting, and renaming.
To open the Computer view, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and
then click Computer.
Windows Explorer enables you to quickly see all the folders and files on your
computer. It also makes it easy to move or copy files from one folder to another.
To open Windows Explorer, right-click Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and
then click Explore.
To navigate the Computer and Windows Explorer views, double-click folders to open and
display their contents. Click the Back arrow button to retrace your 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
Right-click Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Explore.
2 Navigate to the location where you want the new folder.
3 Click Organize and then 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
Right-click Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Explore.
2 Find the file you want to move, and click to select it.
3 Click Organize and Cut.
4 Find and open the folder where you want to put the file.
5 Click Organize and 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
Right-click Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Explore.
2 Find the folder you want to search. Search looks in the current folder and all
subfolders.
3 Click into 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 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 your browser.
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 click Computer.
Or
Right-click Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and click Explore.
2 Find the file or folder you want to rename and click it to select it.
3 Click Organize and 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.
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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 you want to delete, and click to select it.
2 Click Organize and 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 your desktop.
2 Find the file you want to retrieve, and click to select it.
3 Click Restore this item.
The file is removed from the Recycle Bin and goes back to its previous location.
Copying Files
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Or
Right-click Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Explore.
2 Find the file you want to copy, and click to select it.
3 Click Organize and Copy.
4 Find and open the folder where you want to put the file.
5 Click Organize and 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 select Copy Here to
copy the item to the new location.
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Using a Printer
For instructions on connecting and using the printer, refer to the user manual that came
with your printer.
Printers receive instructions from your computer by means of software programs called
printer drivers. In many cases your computer automatically finds the necessary printer
driver for your particular printer to work with your computer. If it does not, follow
instructions that come with your 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 your computer, and if the computer has the necessary software
installed for the printer.
To print:
1 Click File on the program menu bar, and 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.
Select all, odd, or even pages in a range.
3 Click OK or Print.
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Using CD and DVD Media Drives
Using Your CD and DVD Drives
Your computer can come with several types of CD or DVD drives that allow you to do
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
Read data from CDs
•
•
•
•
Play music CDs
•
•
•
•
•
•
Read DVDs
Record (burn) data or
music to discs
•
Play DVD movies
•
•
Record (burn) DVD movies
•
•
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 your
desk. Doing so could scratch the surface of the disc.
Store discs at room temperature.
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Inserting and removing CDs and DVDs
CAUTION: Use only standard-shaped (circular) discs in your drives. Using nonstandard discs, such as heart-shaped discs or business-card discs, may
damage your drive.
To insert a CD or DVD:
1 With your 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.
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 you want to play.
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
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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.
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 and in 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.
Your 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
File type
Can be
recorded
onto
CD-ROM
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
VCD
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Varies by model
CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD-RAM
Plays in
computer
Plays in
home or car
stereo
Plays in
home DVD
player
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.
NOTE: The Roxio Creator recording programs support the double-layer technology.
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Optical Drive Quick Reference Table
Optical
drive can:
Doublelayer
DVD
Combo
CD-RW/
DVD
LightScribe
DVD+RW/+R
CD-ROM
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD-RAM
DVD+RW/+R
DVD-RW/-R
Read CDs, CD-Rs,
and CD-RWs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read DVDs
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read data on a CD Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Play music
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
View DVD movies
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record DVD
movies
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Play games
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Create LightScribe
label
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
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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 the 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.
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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.
2 An Autoplay window opens. Select a program to access your files. The computer
opens a program so you can access the media contents. You can copy files from or to
the media.
Or
If the Autoplay window does not open, click Windows Start Button on the task
bar, 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
CompactFlash Type I media
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left)
CompactFlash Type II media
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left)
IBM Microdrive disk drive
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left)
Secure Digital (SD) memory card
Facing up
D (upper-right)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Memory Card*
Facing up
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Facing up
D (upper-right)
D (upper-right)
Reduced size MultiMediaCard
(RSMMC)*
Facing up
MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC +)*
Facing up
D (upper-right)
D (upper-right)
MultiMediaCard Mobile
(MMC Mobile)*
Facing up
Memory Stick (MS) memory card
Facing up
D (upper-right)
E (lower-right)
Memory Stick (MS-Pro) memory card
Facing up
E (lower-right)
Memory Stick (MS-Pro Duo)
memory card*
Facing up
Memory Stick (MS-Duo)
memory card*
Facing up
SmartMedia (SM) memory card
Facing up
E (lower-right)
E (lower-right)
B (upper-left)
xD media
Facing up
B (upper-left)
*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 your 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
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)
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
G (lower)
Receptacle edge (holes)
2-slot reader location
F (upper)
NOTE: Do not use SM and xD media in the memory card reader at the same time. Only
the first one 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 it before using it.
NOTE: Some memory cards have a lock position. To view or edit your photos, make sure
the memory card is in the unlocked position.
1 Format your 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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Troubleshooting the Memory Card Reader
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 the read/
write switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write data to the card.
Make sure the amount of data you want to store is not larger than the storage limit of
the memory card.
Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash Type I and
II, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital,
SmartMedia, or xD media.
Make sure 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.”
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
your 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
your 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 your 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 your 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
Your 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 your 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 provided.
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 (C) into an available USB port on your
computer. Plug the square end of the USB 2.0 cable (D) 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 your 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 your 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 your 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 your 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 your 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
your 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 your 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 your 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.
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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.
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 your computer for
more information.
Data transfer rate seems slow with my USB 2.0 adapter card
Your 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 your 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 your operating system, you may need to be logged on as the administrator
to install software.
To change a user’s account:
1 Click 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 wide-screen 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 wide-screen display than with previous versions of Media Center.
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Using 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), the keyboard, or the
mouse. You can easily switch back and forth between them by 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:
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.
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.
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Listen to Internet radio stations.
Access streaming music and video subscription services. Some music and video
subscription services may not be available in all countries/regions.
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 your computer running smoothly.
Use Sleep mode to save power when the computer is not in use, and then you can
display the computer desktop instantly by touching a keyboard key or a remote
control button.
The right music for the moment
In the Music section, you can quickly browse your 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 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 your Music Library.
It is easy to search for and add music to your library from another Windows computer in
your home.
Play Internet radio
Windows Media Center can also play Internet radio. You can access various Internet
radio Web sites.
Share 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 your 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
they were taken, with thumbnails and highlighting that help you quickly identify the
specific images or folders 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.
Transform your living space into a theater
In the Videos Library, you can easily play any of your 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.
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Setting Up Windows Media Center
The first time you start Windows Media Center on your computer, a Windows Media
Center setup wizard opens. You should 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 you still need to complete,
you can go to the Settings menu to do so. See “Completing the setup wizard steps.”
NOTE: For more information about setting up your computer, refer to the setup poster or
the Start Here guide.
Opening Windows Media Center with a mouse
You can use either your remote control or your mouse to open and navigate Windows
Media Center.
To use your mouse:
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media
Center.
2 Move your mouse over the Windows Media Center Start menu items, and click an
item to open it. Select an option by clicking 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 down the list to see the items that are not displayed.
3 Move the mouse to display the Media Center menu bar, and then click the back
arrow at the top of the window to go to a previous window.
4 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.
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)
Back arrow
Window control icons (minimize, maximize, and close)
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 Minimize and Resize buttons to switch to the desktop or to run
Windows Media Center side-by-side with another program.
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Navigating 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 in position.
To select items in Windows Media Center, use the arrow keys on the keyboard (with
Numbers Lock off) or use the arrow buttons on the remote control, and then press the Enter
key on the keyboard or press 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 your media in the inset window to watching
it in full-screen mode, use the arrow buttons on the remote control or use the arrow keys on
the keyboard to select it, and then press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on
the keyboard.
Inset Window
Full-Screen Mode
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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 on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media
Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, click Shutdown. Use your arrow keys on your remote
control or your keyboard to scroll to the right or left of the screen to select the
other options.
Icon
Action
Close Windows Media Center.
Log off and end your Windows Media Center session and switch users.
Shut down the computer.
Restart the computer.
Put the computer in a power-reduced or Sleep mode.
Put the computer in Media Only mode, which gives you access to
Windows Media Center but not the rest of your computer.
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Using Windows Media Center Power Settings
When your 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 your computer,
keyboard, or remote control.
You can return to your 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. See the following procedure.
To change your computer power settings:
1 Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2 Click System and Maintenance.
3 Click Power Options.
4 Select the Balanced, Power saver, or High performance option.
5 Click Change plan settings.
6 Next to turn off the display, click the drop-down arrow to select a time span to turn off
the display.
7 Next to put the computer to sleep, click the drop-down arrow to select a time span for
putting the computer to sleep.
8 Click Save Changes.
Completing the setup wizard steps
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
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, select settings. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard or on the
remote control to scroll right and left to see all the menu items.
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3 Select General, Windows Media Center Setup, and then Run Setup Again.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the wizard.
NOTE: You can change your Windows Media Center settings in the Settings menu.
Following are some of the items 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 with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to have an Internet
connection.
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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 your 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 your TV remote control or your 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, Pictures, and Videos Libraries. Set up Windows Media
Center to scan your Music, Pictures, and Videos folders for new media files. Windows
Media Center can then automatically add these files to your media libraries. You can
tell Windows Media Center to scan other folders or stop scanning a folder.
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 left and right through the sub-menu 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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Windows Media Center Start menu items
Play DVD — See “Using DVDs in Windows Media Center.”
Online Media — Access to various photo, video, TV and other media providers.
Pictures + Videos — View digital pictures, play a slide show, or print photos.
Watch your home videos. See “Playing Video CDs (VCDs) with
Windows Media Player.”
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 Music.” Play Internet radio stations.
Tasks — Change program settings. See “Changing Windows Media Center
Settings” below. Add a Windows Media Center Extender device. Sync content from
another device to your computer. Burn CDs and DVDs, see “Copying Music Files to
CD in Music.” Find utilities and programs.
Shutdown — Access to Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Close, Log Off, and the Media
Only menus. Media Only mode gives you access to Windows Media Center but not
to the rest of your computer. See “Windows Media Center control menu.”
NOTE: Some of the features and programs listed are for select models only.
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 listed may not be available in certain countries/regions.
Your computer must be connected to the Internet to access the Online Media Web sites.
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 the Windows
Media Center windows.
To change your Windows Media Center settings:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start Button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, select settings.
3 Select a 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.
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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 your Internet connection and
speakers, run Windows Media Center setup again and configure your TV or
monitor.
Automatic Downloads Options to get media information about CDs, DVDs,
and movies from the Internet.
Optimization to keep your 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.
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. You can also access audio settings for your speakers.
Library Setup to have Windows Media Center watch specified computer folders for
media files.
To view information for your computer, go to the Support Web address listed in the
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.
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Playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs
This section describes how to play CDs, VCDs, or DVDs by using Windows Media Center,
Windows Media Player, or other audio and video programs.
This section also describes using Music, radio, 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.
With Music, you can find and play your favorite music files and CDs you have added to
the music library and the Windows Media Player music library. In addition, you can listen
to various Internet radio stations.
The music library menu in Windows Media Center
In Music there are several menus you can choose from:
more music
music library
play all music
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 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.
Listen to Internet Radio.
Search music tracks and files.
Organize your genres of artists, albums, songs, composers, etc.
Using the music library
Adding Music to music library
When you add music files to your 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 your 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 your hard disk drive
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 Click Library Setup.
4 Select Add folder to watch, and then select Next.
5 Select Add folders on this computer, and then select 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 your music folder, select it by making sure an
arrow appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add additional folders, and select
Next and then Finish.
7 Select OK.
Adding music files from a CD
To add the CD tracks to your Windows Media Center music library:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Music.
3 Select music library.
4 Insert a CD into the CD drive.
5 Select Albums.
6 Select the Album CD you want to add to your music library.
7 Select Copy CD. The first time you copy a music CD you must select your copyprotection option and then follow any onscreen instructions. After selecting your
choices for copy options in the next few windows, click Next.
8 Select Yes to begin copying tracks to your music library. This process may take
several minutes, depending on the length of your music tracks.
9 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 on any album.
Deleting music files from the music library
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Music.
3 Select music library.
4 Select albums.
5 Select the album you would like to delete and select Delete.
6 Select Yes when the Confirm Delete window is displayed.
NOTE: To delete individual songs click on songs, select the song and right-click while the
cursor is on the song to select Delete.
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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
CD audio file
.au, .snd
Audio file
.aif, .aifc, .aiff
AIFF audio file
.wav
Windows audio file
.mp3, .m3u
MP3 file
.wax, .wma
Windows Media Audio file
.asf, .asx, .wm, .wma, .wmv, .wmp,
.wmx, .wpl, .wm, .wmd, .wmz
Windows Media file
NOTE: For more information about music file formats, use Windows Media Center Help
and Windows Media Player Help.
Only supported audio file types are displayed in the Music window. Unsupported file
types won’t play.
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Playing Music Files in Music
When you first open Windows Media Center, select Music and click on music library,
you will find a few music albums and tracks listed in your Windows Media Center and
Windows Media Player music library.
To play music, click on one or more songs and then click play. You can also click play
all music to hear all the tracks 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 library.
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 your
hard disk drive, but you need to add those files to the Windows Media Center or
Windows Media Player music library for either option to be able to find and play them.
If you insert a music CD when Windows Media Center is not open, a message appears
asking what you want to do. You can select the Audio CD options 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.
Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
1 From the Tasks menu, click settings, then click Music.
2 Click Visualizations or Visualization Options.
3 After making the changes, click Save.
Playing an album in Music
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Click Music.
3 Click music library.
4 Insert a music CD into the CD drive.
5 Click Albums.
6 Select the album you want to play.
7 Click Play Album.
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Playing a song in Music
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 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Click Music.
3 Click music library.
4 Click Songs. The list displays all the songs in your 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 on the song. 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 from any of these options while you play a music track.
You can select Add to Queue, Buy Music, Edit Info, and Delete in the song details window
from any of these options while you play a song.
Creating a Queue in Music
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
your 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 then select songs, use the arrow keys to select a song you
want, or move the mouse over the songs. Click on the song you would like to add
to the queue and then select 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 your queue list. Repeat step 1. Or click the mouse on the left arrow on
the top left of your screen to go back.
3 After you add the last song for your queue list, select Play All. All songs in your
queue list are played in the order you have selected them.
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4 While the Queue is being played you can view the queue by selecting
View Queue.
5 You can edit or clear a queue, save it as a playlist or burn a queue list on a CD
or a DVD.
Finding and Playing an Album in Music
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 Album 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 Info 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 Back on the remote control or the
Backspace key on the keyboard, or click on the left arrow on the top left of
your screen to go back.
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Using Search
Searching for Music Tracks and Files
You can search for music files if you cannot locate them.
Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
1 Click Music, and then select search.
2 To search, enter letters by using either the alphanumeric keypad on your remote or
your keyboard.
3 The search begins when you enter the first letter.
Creating a Playlist in Music
A playlist is a customized list of songs you can keep to play later or record to 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 the music you want to add to your playlist.
3 Press OK on the remote control, or press the Enter key on the keyboard, or click on the
selection to select a song.
4 Select Add To Queue to add the music to the list of music in the queue.
5 Go back to the Windows Media Center. Press Start on the remote control, or
click the mouse on the left arrow on the top left of your screen to go back to
Windows Media Center.
6 Select play all.
7 Select View Queue.
8 Select Save As Playlist and give the playlist a name.
9 Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a name for the playlist, and then select Save.
NOTE: If your 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 Music
To copy your music files to CD:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Tasks and click burn cd/dvd.
3 A message displays asking you to insert media. Insert a blank CD-R disc.
4 Select a disc format: Audio CD or Data CD, and then click Next.
5 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or 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 your CD, and then click Next.
7 This will take you to the Choose Music Window.
8 Select the music files to record. A check mark appears next to the song when it is
selected. Use the Back button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the
keyboard or click on 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.
9 Click Burn CD.
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10 Click Yes.
11 Click OK.
12 Follow the onscreen instructions.
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 the other documentation that
came with your computer.
Using more music
In more music you can play and listen to various online radio stations.
1 From the Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click more music.
2 Click the right mouse button to see a menu to select: Internet Security information,
More Info or the Settings menu.
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3 Click the right mouse button for the icons to appear that take you to the
previous menu.
Using radio
In radio you can play, listen, and preset various online radio stations.
1 From the Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click radio.
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 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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Playing Music CDs
To play music CDs, you must have either a CD or DVD drive.
1 Insert the music CD into your CD or DVD drive.
The default audio program opens. If the Audio 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 The music CD automatically begins to play.
Playing CDs with Windows Media Player
Your computer must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies.
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.
The Windows Media Player window opens. If the wizard 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, choose All Programs, and then click
Windows Media Player.
2 To play the CD or DVD, click the Now Playing tab on the Player taskbar. You can
also control playback by using the media control buttons on the keyboard (select
models).
For more information on using Windows Media Player, click a tab on the Player
taskbar and then click Help.
Playing DVDs
To play a DVD, you must have a DVD drive.
1 Insert the DVD into your DVD drive.
The default DVD program opens. If the DVD 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 DVD program to play the DVD.
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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 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.
Using DVDs in Windows Media Center
Watching DVDs in Windows Media Center allows you to control the playback with your
remote control. If you play your DVD in another program outside of Windows Media
Center, you will not be able to use the remote control.
Playing DVD Movies in Windows Media Center
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
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 play dvd. 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
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If the DVD is already in the drive, select play dvd. The DVD movie begins playing in
full-screen mode.
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 and 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.
Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
1 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
2 In the Settings window, select DVD.
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Changing the DVD Movie Language
To select DVD language settings for subtitles, audio track and menu:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 In the Settings window, click DVD.
4 In the DVD Settings window, click DVD Language.
5 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.
6 When you find the one you want, click Save, and then press OK on the remote
control or the Enter key on the keyboard.
7 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 your screen.
Changing DVD Remote Control Options
To change the DVD remote control options:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, click settings.
3 In the Settings window, click DVD.
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4 In the DVD Settings window, click Remote Control Options.
5 After making the changes, click Save.
Changing DVD Closed Captioning
You can change the DVD closed captioning options.
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
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 Press the Windows Media Center Start button
on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, click Settings.
3 Click TV.
4 Click Audio. The Audio Properties window opens.
5 Select your speaker and sound options. Select your speaker output and your channel
mode, if applicable. Select Save.
Playing DVDs with Windows Media Player
Your computer must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies.
1 Insert the music DVD movie into the drive.
The Windows Media Player window opens. If the wizard 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, choose All Programs, and then click
Windows Media Player.
2 To play the DVD, click the Now Playing tab on the Player taskbar. You can also
control playback by using the media control buttons on the keyboard (select models).
For more information on using Windows Media Player, click a tab on the Player
taskbar and then click Help.
3 In the List Pane, click a DVD title or chapter name.
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Playing Video CDs (VCDs)
To play a VCD you must have either a CD or DVD drive.
1 Insert the video CD into your 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 video CD program to play the video CD.
Playing Video CDs (VCDs) with
Windows Media Player
To play Video CDs (VCDs) with Windows Media Player you must have either a CD or
DVD drive.
1 Insert your video CD (VCD) into the DVD or CD drive.
2 Select Play using Windows Media Player, and click OK.
Or
If the program doesn’t open, click the Windows Start Button, choose All
Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
3 To play the VCD, click the Now Playing tab on the Player taskbar. You can also
control playback by using the media control buttons on the keyboard (select models).
For more information on using Windows Media Player, click a tab on the Player
taskbar and then click Help.
4 In the List Pane, double-click a VCD segment.
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Creating Audio and Data Discs
This chapter contains the procedures you must perform to record (or burn) files to
recordable CD and DVD discs. It also includes information about labeling your discs by
using the LightScribe labeling technology available on select models or by creating a
paper label.
Your computer includes one or more CD, DVD, or combination optical drives capable of
recording. Additionally, your computer may include the following software programs for
recording to CDs or DVDs:
Windows Media Player
Real Rhapsody (select models only)
Roxio Creator (select models only)
Roxio MyDVD Plus (select models only)
Windows Vista
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.
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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 Roxio Creator:
1 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking Start, All Programs, Roxio,
Creator.
2 Click Tools and then Erase Disc.
3 Insert the rewritable disc you want to erase.
4 Click the Quick Erase or Full Erase option, and then click the
Erase Disc icon.
Working with Audio CDs
You can create audio CDs that play in your 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 you use to create the disc (.mp3 is most
commonly supported). For file format compatibility, check the documentation for the
device where you intend to play the disc. You may hear a slight loss of sound quality
using compressed audio files.
The procedure for creating this type of CD is described in “Creating jukebox discs.”
For more compatibility information, see “Disc Features and Compatibility Table.”
Roxio Creator creates closed-session music CDs, which means you must record all music
files on one CD in one recording session. 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.
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or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
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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 available to record additional music files. If you try to
record more than a standard CD can hold, a message displays warning you that all
the tracks may not fit on your disc.
If your recording fails, manually select a slower recording speed, if available, each
time you make a recording. Refer to the Help menu in your selected software program
for more information about selecting a slower recording speed.
NOTE: 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 your screen saver.
Creating audio CDs
This section provides instructions for burning an audio CD that can be played in most
home and car CD players. For instructions on creating a compressed, jukebox CD, see
“Creating jukebox discs.”
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 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
3 Click the Audio tab.
4 Click Audio CD.
5 Click Add Music, and add audio files from the computer hard disk drive.
6 When done adding files, click the Burn button.
When the process is complete, you are prompted to create a disc label. For
more information on creating a disc label, refer to “Making a disc label using
LightScribe,” or “Making a paper disc label.”
For more help using Roxio Creator, refer to the Help menu in the program.
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Creating jukebox discs
This section provides instructions for burning a jukebox disc with compressed audio files.
Since files are burned directly to the disc without conversion into the standard audio
format, jukebox discs are actually data discs. Only certain CD players can play these CDs.
For instructions on creating an audio CD that plays in most car and home CD players, see
“Creating audio CDs.”
To create a jukebox disc:
1 Insert a writable disc into the disc-burning drive.
2 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
3 Click the Audio tab.
4 Click Jukebox Disc.
5 Click Add Music, and add files from the computer hard disk drive.
6 When done adding files, click the Burn button.
When the process is complete, you are prompted to create a disc label. For
more information on creating a disc label, refer to “Making a disc label using
LightScribe,” or “Making a paper disc label.”
For more help using Roxio Creator refer to the Help menu in the program.
NOTE: DVD discs can store significantly more music files than a CD. Jukebox discs
can only be played on computers, CD players, or DVD players that support the file
format you use to create the disc (.mp3 is most commonly supported).
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 Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
3 Click the Video tab.
4 Click Create DVD.
Roxio MyDVD opens.
5 In Roxio MyDVD, click Add New Movie to add a video file from the computer hard
disk drive.
Or
Click Capture/Import to add a video file from a digital video camera.
6 If desired, use the tools available in the Edit area to make changes to your video.
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7 Watch a preview of your video in the Preview area.
8 When ready to create the video disc, click Burn.
For more help using Roxio Creator and Roxio MyDVD, refer to the Help menu in the
Roxio program.
Copying a disc
The following 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 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 you wish to copy into the other disc drive.
3 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
4 Click the Copy tab.
5 Click Copy Disc.
6 Ensure the correct disc drives are selected.
7 Click the Copy button.
When the process is complete, you are prompted to create a disc label. For
more information on creating a disc label, refer to “Making a disc label using
LightScribe,” or “Making a paper disc label.”
For more help using Roxio Creator, refer to the Help menu in the program.
Copying a disc using one disc drive
If you have only one disc drive, Roxio Creator 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 you wish to copy into the disc-burning drive.
2 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
3 Click the Copy tab.
4 Click Copy Disc.
5 Click the Copy button.
Roxio Creator creates an image file of the disc. This file is temporarily stored on the
computer hard disk drive.
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6 When prompted, insert a writable CD or DVD into the disc-burning drive and
click OK.
When the process is complete, you are prompted to create a disc label. For more
information on creating a disc label, refer to “Making a disc label using LightScribe,”
or “Making a paper disc label.”
For more help using Roxio Creator, refer to the Help menu in the program.
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 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
3 Click the Data tab.
4 Click Data Disc.
5 Click Add Data, and add files from the computer hard disk drive.
6 When done adding files, click the Burn button.
When the process is complete, you are prompted to create a disc label. For
more information on creating a disc label, refer to “Making a disc label using
LightScribe,” or “Making a paper disc label.”
For more help using Roxio Creator, refer to the Help menu in the program.
Creating photo (slide show) discs
This section provides instructions for creating a slide show disc using photos on the
computer hard disk drive. To create a slide show disc:
1 Insert a writable disc into the disc-burning drive.
2 Open the Roxio Creator program by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Creator.
3 Click the Photo tab.
4 Click Slideshow.
The Slideshow Assistant window opens.
5 In the Add Content area, click Add Photos and add picture files from the computer
hard disk drive.
6 If desired, click Add Background Audio to add audio to the slide show.
7 When done adding photos, click Next.
8 Choose a transition style, and click Next.
9 Click Burn To Disc.
For more help using Roxio Creator and Slideshow Assistant, refer to the Help menu in
the program.
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Making a disc label using LightScribe
The following provides instructions for making a disc label using LightScribe technology.
For instructions on making a paper label, refer to “Making a paper disc label.”
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).
Making a LightScribe label
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 Open Roxio Express Labeler by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Express Labeler.
4 Under Step 1: Select Project, select Disc Label.
5 Under Step 2: Edit, design the disc label.
a
Click Disc Titles to set the disc title and subtitle.
b
Click Tracks to add song titles or file names.
c
Click the arrows to the left and right of Layout to view the different label layouts
available.
You can also use the mouse to drag the title, subtitle, and track names around the
label.
d
Click the arrows to the left and right of Background to view the different label
backgrounds available.
To use an image from your computer hard disk drive, click Background, and
then click Import Background. Then navigate to an image on the hard disk
drive and click Open.
6 When you are ready to create the LightScribe label, click Print.
7 Under Disc Label, select 12 cm LightScribe Disc.
8 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 Roxio Express Labeler, refer to the Help menu in the Roxio Express
Labeler program.
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Making a paper disc label
The following provides instructions for creating a paper label for your disc. To create a
LightScribe label, refer to “Making a disc label using LightScribe.”
1 Load the printer with adhesive label paper. You can purchase label paper at most
office supply stores.
2 Open Roxio Express Labeler by clicking the Windows Start Button, All
Programs, Roxio, and then click Express Labeler.
3 Under Step 1: Select Project, select Disc Label.
4 Under Step 2: Edit, design the disc label:
a
Click Disc Titles to set the disc title and subtitle.
b
Click Tracks to add song titles or file names.
c
Click the arrows to the left and right of Layout to view the different label layouts
available.
You can also use the mouse to drag the title, subtitle, and track names around the
label.
d
Click the arrows to the left and right of Background to view the different label
backgrounds available.
To use an image from your computer hard disk drive, click Background, and
then click Import Background. Then navigate to an image on the hard disk
drive, and click Open.
5 When you are ready to create the label, click Print.
6 Select the Disc Label type, the Printer, and Paper Source.
7 Click OK to create the 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 label
is created.
For more help using Roxio Express Labeler, refer to the Help menu in the Roxio Express
Labeler program.
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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 with 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 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 your external device and displays a message asking if you want to
view your images.
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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Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center
With Windows Media Center, you can view, sort, edit, print, and create a CD or DVD of
your pictures from the folders you create in the Pictures directory in Windows Explorer.
Pictures is a folder on your 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 your digital
images by using the remote control or the keyboard and mouse.
The Pictures + Videos menu in Windows Media Center provides all the tools you need for
viewing, organizing, editing, printing, sharing, and protecting your digital images.
.
Adding Pictures in Windows Media Center
Adding picture files from your hard disk drive
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos.
3 Select picture library.
4 Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then select Library Setup.
5 Select Add folder to watch, and then select Next.
6 Select Add folders on this computer, and then select Next.
7 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard (with
Numbers Lock off) to select a location.
8 Press the OK button on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard to expand
a folder.
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9 When you find the folder that contains your picture folder, select it by making sure an
arrow appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add additional folders, and then
select Next.
10 Select Finish.
Viewing Your Pictures in Windows Media Center
After you organize your pictures in the Pictures folder in Windows Explorer, open
Windows Media Center to view your pictures:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click
Windows Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos and click picture library. Select a folder, tags or date
taken. The window shows a small picture image (thumbnail) of each photo.
3 Select date taken to view each photo with the date it was taken.
4 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.
5 Use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the arrow buttons on the remote control to
move through your picture files and folder files, and select a picture.
6 Press the Enter key on the keyboard or the OK button on the remote control to select a
picture or folder to view. The selected picture opens in full-screen mode.
7 Press the Enter key on the keyboard or the OK button on the remote control 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 your
remote control or Ctrl+D on the keyboard, select Settings, and then Pictures, to:
Select a slide transition, a slide time delay, and a background color.
Include picture folders you have created.
Show captions.
Display your pictures randomly.
Show song information during a slide show.
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Viewing pictures as a slide show
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click
Windows Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos, and click picture library.
3 Select the folder of pictures you want to view as a slide show, and then press OK on
the remote control or Enter on the keyboard.
4 Select play slide show, and then press OK on the remote control.
5 Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then select Picture Details. The picture name, location, last
modification date, and resolution appear, 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 you want to view as a slide show, Windows Media Center
uses the first folder listed. If you have picture files that are not stored in folders you created,
Windows Media Center plays all files stored in the Pictures folder.
Viewing a slide show with music
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start Button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click
Windows Media Center.
2 Select Music, and click music library.
3 Select the music you want, and then press Enter on the keyboard or OK on the remote
control.
NOTE: If the music does not start automatically, move the mouse to display the media
Center menu bar, and then click the Play button, or press the Play button on the
remote control.
4 Press the Back button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard
until you are back to the Windows Media Center Start menu.
5 Select Pictures + Videos, and click picture library.
6 Select the folder of pictures you want to view as a slide show, and then press OK on
the remote control or Enter on the keyboard.
7 Select play slide show, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard or the OK
button on the remote control. 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 are displayed 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 your 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 cannot
be displayed.
Some file types are supported only if appropriate filters and software are installed.
Editing Pictures in Windows Media Center
Fixing red eye or contrast
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos, and 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.
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5 Select Touch Up.
6 Select Contrast or Red Eye.
7 Select Preview to see the result.
8 After you select the options you want to fix, select Save. The picture displays with the
new settings.
9 Select Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file.
Cropping pictures in Windows Media Center
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos, and 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 Select Touch Up.
6 Select Crop.
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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 you want to fix, select Save. Once you save the picture,
you cannot revert to the original picture.
9 Select Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file.
Rotating pictures
If your picture appears horizontally or vertically, and you want to change the orientation,
you can change it in Windows Media Center:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start Button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos, and click picture library.
3 Select the picture you want to rotate.
4 Right-click the picture, or press the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then select Rotate. Rotation occurs in 90° increments.
Printing Pictures in Windows Media Center
NOTE: You must set up your 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 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos, and click picture library.
3 Select the picture you want to print.
4 Press the Print button on the remote control.
Or
Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and then select Picture Details. Select Print, and then select Print
again.
5 Follow any onscreen instructions.
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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 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or click the
Windows Start Button on the taskbar and then select Windows Media
Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, select burn cd/dvd.
3 Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW) into the drive.
4 Select Data CD/DVD, and then select Next.
NOTE: If you are using a writable disc that contains data, you must select Erase
Disc to continue.
5 Select the Untitled area, and enter the name of your 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 Select Picture Library, and then select Next.
7 Select the pictures you want to copy, and then select Next. A check mark appears
next to a picture when you select it.
8 Select Add More to add more pictures to your disc.
9 After you have selected all of your pictures, select Burn CD.
10 Select Yes. Windows Media Center displays a message if you need to insert an
additional disc to complete your recording. Windows Media Center displays a
message when your disc has been created.
11 Click Done when the disc has been created.
Playing Videos in Windows Media Center
The Picture + 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 Videos you can:
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Play videos that are stored anywhere on your 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 your videos in the Videos folder or Shared Video folder in Windows
Explorer, open Windows Media Center to watch them:
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 Select Pictures + Videos.
3 Select video library.
4 Select the video folder 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 Select the video file. The video plays in full-screen mode. Use the mouse to resize the
window if you want to watch your video while doing something else on your 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. Your video continues to
play in the inset window.
7 When the video is finished, select Restart to replay the video or Done to close the
file and return to the Videos area.
NOTE: You can maximize the media 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.
Using supported video file types
You can view the following types of video files in Windows Media Center. Other file types
are supported if your computer has the correct software installed.
File extension
File type
.avi
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 AV 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.
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Transferring and Recording Video Files
Once you capture your video by using video capture and editing software, you can use
Windows Media Center to find it and add it to your 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 on the taskbar and then click Help and
Support.
2 Type in search words such as recording video.
Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files in
Windows Media Center
1 Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your
mouse, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Center.
2 From the Tasks menu, select burn cd/dvd.
3 Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW) into the drive.
4 Select Audio CD, Data CD or Video DVD, and then select Next.
NOTE: If you are using a rewritable disc that contains data, you must select Erase
Disc to continue.
5 Select the Untitled area, and enter the name of your 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 Select Video Library, and then select Next.
7 Select the files you want to copy. A check mark appears next to a file when you select
it. Then select Next.
8 Select Add More to add more files to your disc.
9 After you have selected all of your files, select Burn CD.
10 Select Yes. Windows Media Center displays a message if you need to insert an
additional disc to complete your recording. Windows Media Center displays a
message when your 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 on your computer. This version of
muvee autoProducer includes features such as video capture and disc recording.
Basic Steps to Make a Movie
The basic steps to produce a movie with muvee autoProducer are:
1 Capture digital video: Capture live or recorded video to your hard disk drive
directly from a compatible digital video (DV) camera.
2 Add videos and pictures: Select video and picture files from your computer
folders. You can easily add videos and still images to your movie production.
You can use the following video and still-image file types in your movie project:
File extension
File type
.dv
Digital Video
.avi
Audio Video Interleaved
.mpeg-1
Motion Picture Experts Group video playback
.mpeg-2
MPEG for DVD video playback
.mpeg-4
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
.png
Portable Network Graphics, still image
.tif
Tagged Image File Format, still image
.bmp
Bitmap, still image
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NOTE: If you upgrade muvee autoProducer, you can use DivX video format. See
“Upgrading muvee autoProducer.”
3 Add music: Select music files on your computer to add to your movie soundtrack.
You can use the following music file types in your 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 your movie.
5 Add captions: Personalize your movie with opening titles and closing credits.
6 Make the movie: Automatically analyze the videos, pictures, music, movie style,
and captions that you added to your project, and save your project to your computer
hard disk drive before recording to disc.
7 Modify the movie: Make final changes before saving.
8 Burn to disc: You can record a video to DVD, VCD, or SVCD.
The following sections provide detailed instructions.
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 Technologies, muvee autoProducer, and then
Home movies made easy! to open muvee autoProducer.
3 From the File menu, select either New Project to start a project, or Open Project
to open an existing project.
4 Select one of the button options:
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Button
Enables you to
See
Get Video from
Camera
Open the muvee Video Capture window to
capture (copy) live video or recorded video.
“Capturing video from a
digital video camera.”
Add Video
Open the Add Video window to add existing
video files to your project.
“Adding videos.”
Add Pictures
Open the Add Pictures window to add existing
still-image files to your project.
“Adding pictures.”
Add Music
Open the Add Music window to add existing
music files to your project.
“Adding music.”
Change Settings
Open the muvee Settings window to adjust
audio and video production settings for your
movie.
“Changing the settings.”
Title/Credits
Open the muvee Title and Credits window to
enter an opening title and closing credits for
your movie.
“Adding an opening title and
closing credits.”
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 on your computer hard disk
drive, or to record the finished movie to a disc.
Tweak muvee
Make quick final changes to your muvee before
saving.
“Saving the movie
project.”
“Recording the movie
project to disc.”
“Modifying the movie.”
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Capturing video from a digital video camera
You can use muvee autoProducer to capture (copy) digital video files to your 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 your DV camera. See
“Capturing video from a digital video camera.”
Captured video files are automatically added to your movie project. To remove the file
from your 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 free space available
on your 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 in
muvee autoProducer 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 your hard disk drive by using muvee autoProducer:
1 Connect your DV camera to the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port on your computer.
2 Turn on the camera and set it to VCR mode. Refer to the instructions in the
manufacturer’s documentation.
3 Click the Get Video from Camera button.
4 Click Start Capture to begin capturing the live image directly to your hard
disk drive.
5 Click Stop Capture to stop capturing.
6 Click Capture Folder to specify a folder for the captured video file.
7 Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.
8 Click Done to add captured video files automatically to your movie project.
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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 your movie project.
To capture (copy) recorded video to your hard disk drive:
1 Connect your DV camera to the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port on your computer.
2 Turn on the camera and set it to VCR mode. Refer to the instructions in the
manufacturer’s documentation.
3 Click the Get Video from Camera button.
4 Click the Play button on the screen to begin viewing the video.
5 Click Start Capture when you see the start of the video footage you want to use in
your movie project.
6 Click Stop Capture to stop capturing.
7 Repeat steps 5 and 6 to capture additional sections of video footage.
8 Click Capture Folder to specify a folder for the captured video file.
9 Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.
10 Click Done to add captured video files automatically to your movie project.
Adding videos
To add video files to your movie production:
1 Click the Add Video button in the Add Video/Pictures area. The Add Videos
window opens.
2 Browse the folders on your hard disk drive to select existing video files for your movie:
Add up to three video files.
Select multiple video files by pressing and holding Ctrl on your keyboard while
selecting the files.
3 Adjust the order of the video files by dragging and dropping the files.
NOTE: To remove a clip from the production, 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 to leave out, of your 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 magicMoment controls to mark 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 undo 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 to include it in the final version of the movie.
For best results when using the magicMoment 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 your movie. It is recommended that you select only a few scenes.
Click OK when you are done marking scenes. The window closes. Note that the
video clip is marked on the lower-left side.
Adding pictures
To add still-image files to your movie production:
1 Click the Add Pictures button in the Add Video/Pictures area. The Add
Pictures window opens.
2 Browse the folders on your hard disk drive to select existing still-image files for your
movie:
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Add up to 50 still image picture files.
Select multiple picture files by pressing and holding Ctrl on your keyboard while
selecting the files.
3 Adjust the order of the picture files by dragging and dropping the picture files.
NOTE: To remove a picture from the production, select it and then click the
trash can icon.
4 Click the Rotate Image Clockwise button to rotate still images.
5 You can use the magicSpot feature in muvee autoProducer to control the motion
that is applied to your picture:
a
Click the magicSpot button to open the magicSpot window.
b
Click the Manual button to display two overlapping frames over your
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.
Adding music
To add music files to your movie production as a soundtrack:
1 Click the Add Music button in the Music area. The Add Music window opens.
2 Browse the folders on your hard disk drive to select existing music files for your
movie:
Add up to three music files.
Select multiple music files by pressing and holding Ctrl on your keyboard while
selecting the files.
3 Adjust the order of the music files by dragging and dropping the files.
NOTE: To remove music from the production, 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 you use also affects how
muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture, and music files in your movie project to
produce the final movie.
For example, using the Cinema style results in a movie that is moderately paced, colorenhanced, and in a wide-screen format.
To select a style, just click it in the list. A sample of the style displays in the Preview
window.
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Changing the settings
To adjust audio and video production settings for your movie:
1 Click the Change Settings button. The muvee Settings window opens.
2 Click the Duration tab to set preferences and the length of your video
production. Click one of the following duration settings:
Fit to music. The produced version may reuse or drop some video and pictures.
Best fit for videos and pictures. The produced version may repeat or trim
music.
User Defined. Select the duration in minutes and seconds:
If the duration of your music is longer than the total duration of your video and
picture files, place a check in the Allow video and pictures to repeat
check box to repeat the video clips and pictures for the full duration of your
music files.
If the total duration of your video and picture files is longer than the duration
of your music, place a check in the Allow music to repeat check box to
repeat the music for the full duration of your video clips.
3 Click the Video tab to set the video and still image preferences. 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 window.
Shuffle shots. Select this style to move the slider bar to determine the frequency
of sequencing still images and video clips.
Place a check in the Interleave pictures check box to blend pictures with video
at intervals.
4 Click the Audio tab to set the sound preferences. Click one of the following settings:
Use all music. Select this style to use the sequence of sound files in the Add
Music window.
smartJoin™ multiple music files. Select this style to automatically remove
silence between music tracks.
Normalize music. Select this style to automatically adjust audio playback
volume to the same level.
Sound mix level area. Move the slider bar to adjust the sound mix level of the
music you added and the original video soundtrack. You can use either or a blend
of both.
5 Click OK when you are done adjusting the settings for your movie project.
Or
Click Cancel to undo any settings.
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Adding an opening title and closing credits
You can personalize your movie project by adding an opening title and closing credits:
1 Click the Title/Credits button. The muvee Title and Credits window opens.
2 Click the Title tab:
3
a
Select a title effect in the drop-down list.
b
In the Enter your title here box, type the text that you want to appear at the start of
your movie.
c
Click Use font to select the font, style, size, color, and effects from the Font
window.
d
Select a background image for the title.
Click the Credits tab:
a
Select a credits effect in the drop-down list.
b
In the Enter your credits here box, type the text that you want to appear at the
end of your movie.
c
Click Use font to select the font, style, size, color, and effects from the Font
window.
d
Select a background image for the ending credits.
4 Click Apply.
5 Click OK to close the muvee Title and Credits window.
Making the movie
After you have added at least one video or picture file to your 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 you have selected, along with the style of movie, to produce a professionallooking 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 the movie in the
muvee autoProducer Preview window. Use the controls in
the Preview window to play, pause, and stop the movie preview:
Each time you make a change to a movie project, you need to click the make
muvee button again to add that change to your movie.
You can revise and preview the movie as often as you want, to experiment with
different styles and the content of the movie.
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Previewing the movie
After you have made the movie, you can preview how the movie looks and sounds, and
take snapshots of frames in the movie.
1 Click the Start Playback button. The movie begins playing.
2 Use the Stop and Previous Frame/Next Frame buttons to navigate
through the movie.
3 Click the Take Snapshot button to save the current frame as a picture file
(.jpeg, .bmp, or .gif format).
4 Click the Locate Shot button to open the magicMoments window.
See “Adding videos” for more information about using magicMoments.
Modifying the movie
After you have created the movie, muvee autoProducer allows you to make some quick
final changes to your project before saving it. muvee autoProducer can automatically
replace shots with other similar or contrasting ones. Alternatively, you can manually
choose your 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 begins playing. You can click
the Pause Playback button to stop the movie at any time. You can also click
on the seek bar or drag the slider to move to a particular point in the movie.
3 Use the controls in the Tweak muvee window to modify the movie project:
NOTE: In the Tweak muvee window, you can only replace a video segment with
another video segment from the original footage, and pictures with other pictures. You
cannot expand the duration of the selected clip or the replacement clip.
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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 button to replace a picture or
video segment with a picture or video segment of your choice.
Click the Undo or Redo button as needed.
4 When you are done modifying the movie project, click OK to save your changes and
close the Tweak muvee window.
Or
To exit the Tweak muvee window without saving your changes, click Cancel.
Saving the movie project
After you are satisfied with the look of your movie project, you are ready to save the movie
as a file on your hard disk drive:
1 Click the Save and share your muvee button. The Listed muvee Files
window opens, with all your muvee Files listed.
2 Remove the check mark next to any muvee files you do not want to save.
3 Edit the muvee files before saving:
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 muvee files in the list.
Press the Select all or Deselect all button to save all
muvee files or to save none of the muvee files.
Select a muvee file and click the trash can icon to delete
the 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 Save muvee window opens.
6 Choose where you want to play the movie (PC, TV, or Mobile Devices) and the file
format. The following table lists the format types available in each category:
PC
TV
Mobile Devices
Computer playback
DV camera
Mobile phone
E-mail
DVD
Pocket computer
Web streaming
VCD
AVI
SVCD
7 Click the Change Settings button to change the video and audio settings of
the movie file type, as required (advanced users only).
8 Click Browse to choose a location on the hard disk drive to save the movie.
9 Click Save. You can watch the preview as it saves.
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10 When saving is complete, you can click Play muvees to watch the files you saved
or Open output folder to view the folder where you saved the files.
11 Click Close when you are done.
Recording the movie project to disc
To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc of your movie project:
1 Click the Save and share your muvee button. The Listed muvee files
window opens with all your muvee files listed.
2 Remove the check mark next to any muvee files you do not want to save.
3 Edit the muvee files before saving:
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 muvee files in the list.
Press the Select all or Deselect all button to save all
muvee files or to save none of the muvee files.
Select a muvee file and click the trash can icon to delete
the file.
4 Click the check box next to Burn source files to disc to create copies of all of the
picture and video files 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 Click Burn Now. The muvee Burner window opens.
7 Under Disc title, type a title for your disc.
8 Select the disc menu theme in the drop-down list. You can preview the different themes
in the window.
9 Select the CD or DVD burner drive.
10 Select the type of video disc to create: DVD, VCD, or SVCD. The window shows the
disc capacity, disc capacity used, and available disc space.
11 If you wish to create more than one disc by using the same muvee file, use these steps:
a
Click Options and then Number of copies.
b
Select the number of copies to burn, and then click OK.
12 Click Burn Now to begin burning your movie to disc.
Or
To save the current settings for future use, click Burn Later.
13 Click OK when the recording is complete.
14 Close the muvee Burner window.
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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 photos in your movie
production. It also includes support for DivX file types, which enables you to import or
create DivX format muvees. (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.
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Index
A
adding
CD tracks to the music library 128
music files to the music library
from the hard disk drive 127
adjusting monitor 10
antivirus, installing program 54
audio connector 6
Audio Line Out 6
Audio input
left and right connectors 4
autoscroll 67
B
batteries
installing in remote control 73
type for remote control 73
Bluetooth devices 12
burning
audio and data disc 148–152
CDs, DVDs 147–151
buttons
media control or playback 62
Off, See turning off PC 48
remote control 70
buttons, keyboard
customizing 63
C
card reader, memory 99
carpal tunnel syndrome 43
CDs
creating a music CD in Music 136, 137
erasing rewritable 148
playing in Music 131, 133
change the speed of the cursor 68
Composite video connector 4, 6
computer
transferring files 55
Computer Playback 175
connecting
devices 9
digital camera 8
digital video camera 8
headphones 36
peripherals 2
connection
modem 15
wired network 12
connector
Audio Line In 6
Audio Line Out 6
back panel 7
Composite Video In 6
computer 2
FireWire (IEEE 1394) 5
FM In 7
headphones 4
keyboard 5
Microphone In 4
modem 7
monitor 6
mouse 5
printer 5
S-video In 6
TV/Cable Ant 7
USB 4, 5
country/region codes 140
cursor speed 68
customizing keyboard buttons 63
Index
179
D
desktop
switching from Media Center 116
devices
connecting 9
digital camera
connecting 8, 9
digital images 155
digital picture 99, 155
digital video camera
connecting to a computer 8
recording videos 150, 168
troubleshooting 9
digital video camera capture 168
discs
drive compatibility 95
erasing rewritable 148
features and compatibility 96
documentation, onscreen 39
DV camera capture 168
DVD movies
changing
audio settings 144
language 142
playing
in Media Center 140
DVD Play, features 84
DVDs
erasing rewritable 148
E
erasing rewritable discs 148
error messages
Image cannot be displayed 159
errors
reducing recording speed 149
Ethernet connection 12
Ethernet network hub 5
F
file type
music 129, 166
picture 159, 165
video 163, 165
FireWire 168, 169
FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector 5
FM In connector 7
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FM radio antenna
connecting 7
Found New Hardware message,
connecting a digital camera 8
H
headphones
connector 4
using 36
Help and Support 40
home stereo system
connecting to the PC 28
home videos 150, 168
HP Media Drive
inserting a drive 106
HP Personal Media Drive 105
activity and power lights 106
automatic on and off feature 106
disconnecting the drive 110
location and drive letter 108
HP Photosmart Essential 84
HP Pocket Media Drive 105
HP Total Care Advisor 55
I
Internet Security 46, 81, 137
K
keyboard
connector 5
customizing buttons 63
shortcuts 63
types of buttons 57
using 57
L
LAN 10
LAN antenna 13
local area network (LAN) 10
M
magicSpot 171
manuals
storing 10
Media Center
menu bars 116
navigating 117
opening with remote control 72
playing DVDs 140
resizing window 116
using with another program open 116
what you can do
in Music 125
memory card reader 155
card types 99
in-use light 103
troubleshooting 104
using 99
memory card, formatting 103
microphone connector 4, 6
mini-jack 18
modem connection 15
modem connector 7
monitor
adjusting 10
monitor connector 6
mouse
autoscroll 67
cursor speed 68
panning 67
switching button functions 67
mouse connector 5
Music 125
copying music to CD 136, 137
creating a queue list 132
deleting music from the Music library 128
finding and playing an album 133
playing a song 132
playing an album 131, 133
playing music 130
supported file types 129
music
playing with Windows Media Player 139, 144
music library
adding CD tracks 128
creating 127
Mute button 62
muvee autoProducer
adding a title and credits 167
adding music 167
adding pictures 170
adding video 167, 169
allowing music to repeat 172
allowing video and pictures to repeat 172
basic steps to create a movie 165
changing settings 172
copying a movie to disc 176
features 85
getting started 166
getting video from a camera 167
making a movie 173
previewing a movie 174
rotating images clockwise 171
selecting style 171
setting the duration of video 172
upgrading 177
using the magicMoments feature 170
My Music 125
playing an album 133
N
network interface adapter 5
Network Interface Card (NIC) 12
network name (SSID) 14
Norton Internet Security
configuring 82
registering 82
O
Off button, See turning off PC 48
optical drive quick reference 97
Optimization setting 114, 123
P
panning with the mouse 67
passwords
creating 53
PC
front-panel connectors 2
Help & Tools 40
setting up 1
turning off 48
peripherals 2
pictures 155
copying pictures to CD 162
editing 159
image not displayed 159
printing 159
rotating 161
types of files it can display 159
viewing a slide show with music 158
Pictures and Videos 155
pictures, turning captions on or off 157
pictures, viewing 157
Index
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pictures, viewing pictures as a slide show 158
playing
digital music files 130
digital videos 163
DVDs in Media Center 140
music CDs in Media Center 130
songs in Music 132
playing music CDs 139, 145
playing songs
Buy Music option 133
Visualize option 133
playlist
creating in Music 134
power connector 5
printer
connecting 9
connector 5
Q
queue list
creating in Music 132
R
RealOne Player, features 85
RealPlayer, features 85
recording
videos from digital video camera 150, 168
remote control
buttons 70
range 72
type of battery to use 73
using 72
remote sensor 73
using 72
repetitive strain injury (RSI), see Safety & Comfort Guide
rewritable discs, erasing 148
Roxio Creator
erasing discs 148
S
Safety & Comfort Guide 43
safety warnings 43
scanner, connecting 9
scrolling with the mouse 66
setting up PC 1
settings
for sound 122
general 122
Internet connections 122
remote control and remote sensor 73
182
Getting Started
Shared Video folder 163
shortcuts
keyboard 63
shutting down PC 48
sleep mode button 60
slide show
displaying information about pictures 158
viewing pictures 158
viewing with music 158
software programs
DVDPlay 84
Windows Movie Maker 86
speaker systems 20
speakers
connecting multichannel audio speakers to the PC 19,
22–35
Start menu
Media Center 116
stereo
connecting to the PC 28
Support
messages 40
surge protector 2
SVCD 176
S-video In connector 4, 6
switching mouse button functions 67
T
transferring information to your new computer 55
troubleshooting
remote sensor 73
turning off PC 48
tweak muvee 174
U
update, Windows Vista 52
updates from Compaq Connections, using 40
updates from HP Connections, using 40
updating, system 52
USB connector 4, 5
user accounts
creating 53
V
VCD 176
playing with Windows Media Player 145
video capture
live 168
recorded video 168
video editing
getting started with muvee autoProducer 166
video movies
transferring 164
transferring and recording 164
videos 162
creating a CD or DVD 164
playing 162
playing digital videos 163
transferring videos 164
working with home videos 8
visualization settings 131
volume
controls 62
W
Web Streaming 175
WEP 14
Windows Media Center
playing videos 162
viewing your pictures 157
Windows Media Player
play DVDs 144
play music CDs 139
playing video CDs 145
setting as default player 129
types of files 129
Windows Movie Maker, features 86
Windows Vista update 52
wired network connection 12
wireless devices 12
wireless LAN 13
wireless LAN connection
connection 13
wireless local area network (WLAN) 12
wireless network
name 14
security 14
wireless network device
checking installation 14
wireless wide area networks (WWAN) devices 13
WLAN security 14
working in comfort 43
WPA 14
Y
Y adapter cables 28
Index
183
Part Number: 5991-6837
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