dvds using the dvd writer drive

dvds using the dvd writer drive

getting help

help and support center

Information about your PC 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:

1 Press the Help button (select models only) on your keyboard.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar and choose Help and Support.

2 Choose HP Pavilion PC Help.

instant support

When you need assistance to solve a PC-related problem, use Instant Support

(select models only). With Instant Support you can run tests or submit a problem for help over the Internet. When you submit a problem, you communicate over the Internet with a Support analyst who works with you on solving the problem.

To start Instant Support:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Click Help and Support.

3 Click HP Instant Support.

4 Click Request Help.

5 Follow the onscreen instructions to run a test or submit a problem. (Your PC must be connected to the Internet to submit a problem.) getting help

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using updates from hp

Updates from HP (select models only) is an Internet-based service provided by

HP to bring you important information about your PC:

Product notices

System updates

Tips

Special offers for your PC

Messages arrive while you’re connected to the Internet and may display an alert or a notice on your desktop. View messages as they arrive or read them later.

The Updates from HP Support messages are also available to you through the

Support Web site under the information for your PC model. Refer to your

Warranty & Support Guide for Web site information.

getting messages

After you view or close a message, it will not automatically display again.

To read a previously received message, open Updates from HP:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Chose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tool.

4 Choose Updates from HP.

5 Click Updates from HP again.

Updates from HP opens and lists the message titles. To read a message, double-click the message title in the window. You can close this window, and

Updates from HP remains active.

turning off messages

You cannot receive messages, including important Support messages that may be critical to the operation of your PC, while the service is off.

To turn off the Updates from HP Service:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tool.

4 Choose Updates from HP.

5 Click Disable Updates from HP.

The service is turned off until you re-enable it.

re-enabling messages

When you re-enable the Updates from HP Service, the service runs whenever you are connected to the Internet, and you receive messages as they become available.

To turn on the service:

Double-click the Re-enable Updates from HP icon on the desktop.

Or

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tool.

4 Choose Updates from HP.

5 Click Re-enable Updates from HP.

resolving problems

For help on general and miscellaneous problems you may be experiencing, refer to “troubleshooting“ on page 73.

upgrading and servicing the pc

Information about the internal parts of the PC chassis is in the chapter

“upgrading and servicing the pc.” Some model PCs have this servicing information printed as a separate guide and included with the PC.

warranty & support guide

The Warranty & Support Guide contains operating specifications for the PC along with regulatory and safety information.

See the Warranty & Support Guide included with the PC documentation for:

Terms of your PC warranty coverage

License information

Support contact information getting help

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online guides

You can find online guides and information for your PC. To view online manuals for your PC:

1 Type the Support Web address from your Warranty & Support Guide into your browser address box, and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

2 In the search box, type your product name and number (Pavilion 734n, for example) and click the search arrow. The product number is on the lower front of the PC chassis or inside the CD storage area.

3 Click the manuals item to see a list of manuals for your PC.

NOTE:

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

web sites about your pc

Use the Web site addresses listed in the Warranty & Support Guide for:

Information about your PC.

Your technical support needs.

Type these Web site addresses into the address box of your Internet browser, and then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

microsoft windows xp operating system

For questions about the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, refer to:

Help and Support. For onscreen help and troubleshooting, click Start and then Help and Support.

The Microsoft Windows XP guide, included with your PC documentation.

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working with sound, pictures, and video

using speakers

Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only), or are sold separately. For details on connecting stereo speakers to the PC, see the quick setup poster.

NOTE:

Speakers may be passive (no power button and no power cord) or active

(power button or power cord). Your PC supports only active (powered) speaker systems; the speaker system must have its own power cord.

A stereo speaker set is a left-right, 2-channel speaker system. A multi-channel audio

speaker system is a system with more than two channels, and may include a subwoofer. For example, 5.1 channels, referred to as a 6-speaker mode, uses two front speakers (left-right), two rear speakers (left-right), a center speaker, and a subwoofer.

If your PC has multi-channel audio speaker capacity (select models only), you can connect four channels for four speakers output or six channels for 5.1 speakers output.

Connect your speaker system to the PC and then configure the audio software for sound output. Refer to “connecting a multi-channel speaker system to your pc“ on page 42. working with sound, pictures, and video

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adjusting speaker volume

Use the Volume icon on the taskbar to set speaker volume. Then you can adjust the volume using:

The volume knob or buttons on the keyboard (select models only).

The volume knob on the speakers (select models only).

NOTE:

If you do not see this Volume icon on the taskbar, click Start, choose

Control Panel

, click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, if it is present, and then double-click Sounds and Audio Devices to open the Sounds and Audio

Devices Properties window. On the Volume tab, place a check in the Place volume

icon in the taskbar check box. Click Apply, and then click OK. The Volume icon appears in the taskbar.

The two ways to use the Volume icon are:

1 Click the Volume icon on the taskbar.

2 Adjust the volume.

3 When you are satisfied with the sound level, click outside the Volume window to close this window.

Or

1 Double-click the Volume icon on the taskbar. The Volume Control settings window opens.

2 Adjust the volume.

3 When you are satisfied with the sound level, click the Close box (the X in the corner) to close this window.

connecting a multi-channel speaker system to your pc

Multi-channel audio speakers plug into the Audio In, Audio Out, and Mic connectors on the back or front of the PC. Refer to “pc back“ on page 5, or “pc front“ on page 7 for the location of the connectors.

1 Turn off the PC and the speakers.

2 Connect the three audio cable plugs from the speaker system to the connectors on the back of the PC. (See the following table.)

3 Turn on the PC.

4 Turn on the speaker system.

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Connect speaker plugs for:

2 Speaker

Mode

Front speakers

4/4.1

Speaker

Mode

Front speakers

6/5.1

Speaker

Mode

Front speakers

To PC connector

Audio Out

(lime-green)

Connector icon

OUT

Not used for speakers

Rear speakers Rear speakers Audio In (blue)

IN

Not used for speakers

Not used for speakers

Center/ subwoofer speakers

Mic-1 (pink)

Configure the audio output for the multi-channel speaker system by performing the following procedure.

configuring the multi-channel sound manager

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose Music.

4 Click Multi-channel Sound Manager and then click Multi-channel Sound

Manager

again. The Audio Configuration window opens.

NOTE:

If you do not see the Speaker Configuration tab, your PC does not have the multi-channel capability. However, it still has two-channel (stereo) output.

5 Click the Speaker Configuration tab.

6 Select the option describing the number of speakers in your system, for example, 6/5.1 speaker mode. You can click the Speaker Test tab and then click a speaker icon to test it.

7 Click OK.

configuring multi-channel audio output for the dvd player

The InterVideo WinDVD™ program (select models only) is set up for twospeaker (stereo) output. To hear all speakers from DVD movies recorded with multi-channel audio, change the audio properties for WinDVD to match your speaker configuration (if your InterVideo WinDVD program supports more than two channels):

1 Insert a DVD, or start InterVideo WinDVD Player (see “playing dvd movies with the intervideo windvd player” on page 55).

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

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4 Click the option for the number of speakers to match your multi-channel speaker system, and then click Apply.

NOTE:

To test the speakers (multi-channel speakers only), click the Test button. The WinDVD control panel shows the speaker number being used.

Click Stop.

5 Click OK.

NOTE:

If you want to play a stereo DVD, change the audio properties of

WinDVD to match the recorded DVD audio output.

using a microphone

Your PC comes with one microphone connector in the back of the PC. Some models have a second microphone connector in the front of the PC. Only one microphone connector works at a time, and the back connector is ready to use unless you have the multi-channel audio speakers option. For PCs with the multi-channel audio speakers option, the microphone connector in the front of the PC, if present, is ready to use. See “using the microphone with multi-channel audio“ on page 45.

To use a microphone connected to the front of your PC (select models only), select the working microphone.

NOTE:

If you connect your microphone to the back of your PC, you do not need to perform this procedure.

1 Double-click the Volume icon on the taskbar. The Volume Control settings window opens.

NOTE:

If you do not see this Volume icon, click Start, click Control Panel, click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, if it is present, and then doubleclick Sounds and Audio Devices to open the Sounds and Audio Devices

Properties window. On the Volume tab, place a check in the Place volume icon

in the taskbar check box. Click Apply, and then click OK. The Volume icon appears in the taskbar.

2 Select Options and click Properties.

3 In Adjust volume for, click Recording.

4 In Show the following volume controls, place a check in the Microphone check box.

5 Click OK.

6 Click the Advanced button in the Microphone column. If you do not see the

Advanced button, select Options from the Recording Control window, and then click Advanced Controls.

7 Place a check in the Alternate Microphone check box. (This box may be labeled Mic2 Select or 1 Mic Boost.)

8 Click Close.

9 Click X (Close) on the upper-right corner of the Recording Control window.

adjusting microphone volume

If you need to adjust the volume of the microphone, follow the procedure below:

1 Double-click the Volume icon on the taskbar. The Volume Control window opens.

2 Select Options and click Properties.

3 In Adjust volume for, click Recording.

4 In Show the following volume controls, place a check in the Microphone check box.

5 Click OK.

6 Adjust the volume for Microphone Balance. If the volume is now acceptable, proceed directly to step 10.

NOTE:

If you do not see the Advanced button, select Options from the

Recording Control window, and then click Advanced Controls.

7 To make finer adjustments to the sound, click the Advanced button, and then select the (Microphone) 1 Mic Boost check box.

8 Click Close.

9 Repeat step 6, if needed.

10 Click X (Close) on the upper-right corner of the Volume Control window.

using the microphone with multi-channel audio

The multi-channel speaker system (select models only) connects to the PC using the Microphone, Audio (Line) In, and Audio (Line) Out connectors on the back of the PC. Your PC may have a second microphone on the front of the PC. If present, this microphone is ready to use and does not affect the use of the multichannel audio speaker system.

To use the microphone connector on the back of the PC with a multi-channel audio speaker system, you must disconnect the cables for the multi-channel speakers and change the audio configuration to a 2-channel audio system. Refer to “configuring the multi-channel sound manager“ on page 43 to set the audio configuration. working with sound, pictures, and video

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A Mode tabs, Go to My

Pictures button, and

Preference button

B Control area with

Help link

C Work area, or

Gallery, showing images on the PC

D Selection tray

working with digital images

You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital camera or a digital video camera, directly to the PC or through a docking station. Digital picture files you copy or download from the device appear in the My Pictures folder.

You can copy digital picture files from the memory cards used by digital cameras and other digital imaging devices by using the 7-In-1 memory card reader (select models only). Refer to “about the 7-In-1 memory card reader“ on page 48.

using hp image zone

HP Image Zone is an easy-to-use software program for managing your still photos, scanned images, and video clips. It provides all the tools you need for viewing, organizing, editing, printing, sharing, and protecting your digital images.

To open HP Image Zone:

Click the HP Image Zone icon on your desktop.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar and click My Pictures.

The HP Image Zone window opens.

A

C

B

D

Click a tab or button at the top of the gallery window to choose a different work area, as described in the table.

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Tab or button

My Images tab

Description

A user-friendly tool in which you can easily find, view, manage, and print single or multiple photos or video clips.

From here, you select the images that you want to edit, use in projects, and share with family and friends. For more information, see manage your images in Help.

Edit tab

Projects tab

A tool for making changes to the images and video clips you selected in My Images. It provides basic editing features that might be all you need to manipulate your images. For more information, see edit your images in Help.

A tool for creating and printing projects using the images you selected in My Images. Projects include photo album pages, cards, and flyers. For more information, see make creative

projects in Help.

HP Memories Disc tab A tool for creating multimedia CDs using the images you selected in My Images. You have the option of adding your own audio and text, or allowing the software to add default audio and text. For more information, see make a

multimedia cd in Help.

HP Instant Share tab A tool for sharing the images with family and friends. After you select images on the My Images tab, you can post the images to the HP Instant Share website and send a link to the images on the website by e-mail. You can also create online albums if you want to organize your images on the website. If available in your country/region, you can order professional quality prints from an online service. For more information, see share your images in Help.

Backup and Restore A user-friendly tool that includes tasks for creating backup discs of all the images on your PC and restoring images

(either from a backup disc or from an automatically created digital negative).

Preferences button

Go to My Pictures button/HP view button

Use this button to display a dialog box with options for customizing the HP Image Zone, and for changing certain default settings for the tabs.

Use this button to toggle between the HP Image Zone software and the Microsoft My Pictures directory. Clicking

My Pictures in the Start Menu will automatically open

HP Image Zone unless you use this button to turn it off.

For more information on using the HP Image Zone, click the Help link in the control area of the program window. working with sound, pictures, and video

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about the 7-in-1 memory card reader

Digital cameras and other digital imaging devices use memory cards, or media, to store digital picture files. The optional 7-In-1 memory card reader (select models only) can read and can write to six types of memory cards and the IBM

Microdrive disk drive.

The card reader is accessible on the front of the PC or located inside the front cover of the PC. It has two or four horizontal card slots which accept the memory cards and the microdrive disk drive.

Card

CompactFlash

type I media

CompactFlash type II media

IBM Microdrive disk drive

Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card

MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Stick

®

(MS) Memory Card

SmartMedia

(SM) Memory Card

4-slot Reader

Lower left slot

Lower left slot

Lower left slot

Upper right slot

Upper right slot

Lower right slot

Upper left slot

2-slot Reader

Upper slot

Upper slot

Upper slot

Lower slot

Lower slot

Lower slot

Lower slot

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.

special note about the safely remove hardware utility

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 7-In-1 memory card reader from your PC; you must restart the PC to see your memory card reader again.

If you open the Safely Remove Hardware window by mistake, click Close.

using the 7-in-1 memory card reader

NOTE:

CompactFlash and Microdrive are keyed and cannot be inserted incorrectly. Insert the receptacle edge (holes) of this media into the slot.

For the two-slot reader, the Secure Digital (SD) card, the MultiMediaCard

(MMC), and the Memory Stick (MS) card must be inserted upside down (gold connector fingers facing up). Note the direction of the notched corner on the media.

A In-use light

B Upper left slot

C Lower left slot

D Upper right slot

E Lower right slot

1 Insert the media into the card slot until it stops. The in-use light (A) on the card reader lights, and the PC automatically detects the media.

2 The PC opens a window so you can use the media contents. You can copy files from or to the media.

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

WARNING: Do not try to remove media when the In-use light is blinking. Doing so may cause loss of data.

4-slot memory card reader

A

B

C

D

E

Card

CompactFlash type I media

CompactFlash type II media

IBM Microdrive disk drive

Secure Digital (SD) Memory

Card

MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Stick (MS) Memory

Card

SmartMedia (SM) Memory

Card

Insert

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

Into 4-slot reader

C (lower left)

C (lower left)

C (lower left)

D (upper right)

D (upper right)

E (lower right)

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A In-use light

F Upper slot

G Lower slot

2-slot memory card reader

CompactFlash I/II

F

A

G

Card

CompactFlash type I media

CompactFlash type II media

IBM Microdrive disk drive

Secure Digital (SD)

Memory Card

MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Stick (MS)

Memory Card

SmartMedia (SM)

Memory Card

Insert

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Upside down (gold connector fingers up)

Upside down (gold connector fingers up)

Upside down (gold connector fingers up)

Facing up

Into 2-slot reader

F (upper)

F (upper)

F (upper)

G (lower)

G (lower)

G (lower)

G (lower)

using your cd, dvd, and diskette drives

your drive options

Your PC has one or more of the following drives:

Drive What it does

CD-ROM Reads audio and data CD discs.

CD-RW or “cd writer” Reads and records (burns) audio and data CD discs.

DVD-ROM

DVD+RW/+R or

“dvd writer”

Combination Drive or

Combo drive

Reads audio and data CD and DVD discs.

Reads and records (burns) audio and data CD and DVD discs.

Diskette (floppy)

Combines the functions of two drives into one. There are two versions:

A DVD Writer drive and a CD-RW drive

Or

A DVD-ROM drive and a CD-RW drive

Reads and writes to a 3.5” diskette (floppy disk).

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A Eject button

B Door

handling cds/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.

inserting and removing cds and dvds

CAUTION: Use only standard shaped discs in your drives. Using non-standard discs, such as heart-shaped discs or business card discs, may damage your drive.

To insert a CD or DVD:

1 With your PC turned on, press the Eject button (A) near the drive to open the disc tray.

A

A

B

NOTE:

On some PCs, the drive is located behind a door (B) on the front of the PC.

2 Remove the CD/DVD from its case, holding the disc edges 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 inner hole of the disc 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. working with sound, pictures, and video

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4 Close the disc tray by:

Gently pushing the tray into the PC.

Or

Clicking the close/open button on the control panel for the program (such as MusicMatch Jukebox or Windows Media Player) that controls the drive.

Or

Pressing the media control open/close button or Eject button on the keyboard (select models only).

Or

Pressing the Eject button on the drive, if it is accessible.

To remove a CD or DVD:

1 With the PC turned on, open the disc tray by pressing the Eject button.

NOTE:

You cannot eject the disc tray when the PC is off.

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 PC.

using the combo drive

The combination 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, or a DVD-ROM drive and a CD-RW drive.

using the diskette (floppy) drive

The diskette (floppy) drive is available on select model PCs. If your PC does not already have a diskette drive, you cannot add one to the PC chassis as an internal drive. Instead, purchase an external USB diskette drive or other external storage device to suit your needs.

If your PC has a diskette (floppy) drive (select models only), you can use a 3.5” diskette (floppy disk) to store files:

1 Insert the diskette with the round metal disk facing down and the arrow on the top pointing into the drive.

2 Gently push the diskette into the drive until it locks in place.

3 You can copy files from or to the diskette. Refer to the Windows Explorer section of Windows Help for instructions on copying files to and from a diskette.

4 When you are ready to remove the diskette, check that the light on the drive is off. This indicates that the PC is not writing to the diskette.

5 Press the Eject button on the PC to remove the diskette. Remove the diskette from the drive prior to turning off the PC.

CAUTION: Removing a diskette when the drive is reading from or writing to the diskette can damage the diskette or the information stored on it.

playing cds and dvds

Your PC includes software that lets you:

Play music CDs by using either MusicMatch Jukebox (select models) on page 53 or Windows Media Player on page 54.

Play DVDs by using either Windows Media Player on page 54 or InterVideo

WinDVD Player (select models) on page 55.

playing music cds with musicmatch jukebox

MusicMatch Jukebox lets you:

Play music CDs.

Record digital music files to your hard disk drive.

Create music CDs by using your CD-RW drive.

Organize your digital music into libraries.

Listen to music over the Internet.

If you are connected to the Internet when playing a music CD, MusicMatch

Jukebox searches a CD database on the Internet, displays the song titles in the

Playlist area, and then begins playing the CD. The next time you play this CD, you don’t need to be connected to the Internet — MusicMatch Jukebox displays the song titles from memory. working with sound, pictures, and video

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To play a music CD:

1 Insert the music CD into the drive.

The MusicMatch Jukebox window opens. If the Audio CD wizard window opens, select MusicMatch Jukebox from the list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see MusicMatch.

Or

If the MusicMatch window does not automatically open, click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs, choose Music, choose MusicMatch and then click MusicMatch Jukebox.

2 To control the CD in the drive, click the CD tab at the top of the MusicMatch

Jukebox window. To play a particular song, double-click its song title (or track number) in the Playlist. You can also control the CD by using the keyboard media control buttons (select models only).

For more information on this software, click the Help menu in the MusicMatch

Jukebox menu bar.

playing cds and dvds with windows media player

You can play audio CDs or movie DVDs using this software. Your PC must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies. You can use Windows Media Player to:

Record digital music files to your hard disk drive.

Create music CDs by using your CD-RW drive (select models) or

DVD+RW/+R drive (select models).

Organize your digital music into libraries.

Listen to music or view a music video over the Internet.

Play DVD movies (if your PC has a DVD drive).

To play a music CD:

1 Insert the music CD into the drive.

The Windows Media Player window opens. If the Audio CD 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

Start

on the taskbar, choose All Programs, and then click Windows Media

Player

.

2 To play the CD, click the buttons in the Windows Media Player window. To play a particular song, double-click its song title (or track number) in the

Playlist. You can also control the CD by using the media control buttons on the keyboard (select models).

3 When you click the Media Guide or the Radio Tuner features, Windows

Media Player connects to the Internet and obtains information about the CD selections or streaming radio stations.

dvd terms

Title: Each DVD can hold one or more titles.

Most full-length movies have only one title on the DVD, but some DVDs include several short movies, with each movie being a separate title.

Chapter: Each title is divided into multiple

chapters. A chapter is a particular segment or scene in the movie.

When watching a DVD movie, you have the ability to jump to the next chapter, the previous chapter, or to a specific chapter.

Frame: A single image in a movie is called a

frame.

For more information on this software, refer to the online Help within the

Windows Media Player: Click the Help menu in the Windows Media Player menu bar. If necessary, first display the menu bar by clicking the up-arrow icon in the upper left corner of the Windows Media Player window.

playing dvd movies with the intervideo windvd player

The InterVideo WinDVD Player program uses a DVD drive (select models only) to run software from CDs or DVDs, play music CDs, and play DVD movies.

You can also use Windows Media Player and a DVD drive to play DVD movies; refer to “playing cds and dvds with windows media player“ on page 54.

NOTE:

Most DVD movies are localized to geographical countries/regions. For information about this, see “using country/region codes” on page 56.

To start InterVideo WinDVD Player:

1 Insert the disc into the DVD drive.

NOTE:

On a double-sided DVD, read the text around the inner hole of the disc 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.

2 Close the disc tray by gently pushing the tray into the PC.

The movie plays in its own resizable video window, and the WinDVD control panel appears.

Or

If the program does not automatically open:

1

Click Start.

2

Choose All Programs.

3

Choose Video.

4

Choose InterVideo WinDVD Player.

5

Click InterVideo WinDVD 4.

A Control Panel

B Video window working with sound, pictures, and video

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You may want to start WinDVD and adjust the settings before inserting the disc and starting the movie. To start WinDVD without a disc in the drive:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose Video.

4 Click InterVideo WinDVD Player.

5 Click InterVideo WinDVD 4.

The WinDVD video window and control panel opens.

NOTE:

If you are playing a movie full screen and the WinDVD control panel is hidden, you can redisplay it by clicking anywhere in the video window.

To use the WinDVD control panel:

To see what a button does on the control panel, place the mouse pointer on the button; the button title appears onscreen.

To move the WinDVD control panel, place the mouse pointer on the panel

(but not on a button), and drag it to the desired location on the screen.

To resize the video window when it is not full screen, place the mouse pointer on a window corner and drag the border.

Or

Click the Full Screen button in the upper-right corner of the WinDVD control panel.

For information on the InterVideo WinDVD software, refer to the online Help within the program by clicking the ? (question mark) icon in the WinDVD control panel.

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 will play on any player or drive in any country/region.

The six major DVD countries/regions are:

Country/Region 1:

North America

Country/Region 2:

Japan, Europe,

Middle East,

South Africa

Country/Region 3:

Southeast Asia

Country/Region 4:

Australia,

New Zealand,

Mexico, Central and South America

Country/Region 5:

Northwest Asia,

North Africa

Country/Region 6:

China

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.

WinDVD is not pre-set to a particular country/region — the country/region code of the first DVD movie you play determines your DVD country/region.

For example, if you play a DVD with a country/region 1 code, WinDVD sets the current country/region of your DVD player to 1. If you later play a DVD that is coded for a different country/region, WinDVD asks if you want to set this as the current country/region.

creating (burning) cds with recordnow!

NOTE:

HP supports lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by national copyright law.

If your PC has a CD-RW or DVD Writer (select models only), your PC has recording software and you can make your own music or data CDs.

Use a CD-R disc if you are going to play the disc in a CD player, CD-ROM,

CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD+RW/+R drive. CD-R discs are compatible with more players than CD-RW discs are.

NOTE:

For more information about recording CDs, refer to the Help menu in the

RecordNow! software program.

getting started with recordnow!

NOTE:

The CD-RW or DVD Writer drive is available on select models only.

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose CD (DVD) Recorder.

4 Click RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow! again.

NOTE:

Previously recorded files on CD-RW discs must be erased before recording music files. CD-R discs cannot be erased.

5 If you need to erase a disc (CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R): Insert the disc, click the Data Projects tab at the top of the RecordNow! window, and then click

Erase

Disc to remove previously recorded files from the disc.

Continue by following the steps under “creating a music cd” on page 58, or

“creating a data cd” on page 58. working with sound, pictures, and video

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creating a music cd

RecordNow! 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 rewriteable CD-RW disc, but all previously recorded files must be erased first. CD-R discs cannot be erased. See “getting started with recordnow!” on page 57.

NOTE:

CD-R discs play in most home and car stereos. CD-RW discs play only in some stereos.

To record a CD-R or CD-RW disc:

1 Open RecordNow!, and if necessary erase the CD-RW disc; see “getting started with recordnow!“ on page 57.

2 Click the Audio Projects tab at the top of the RecordNow! window.

3 Click a project option:

Audio CD for Car or Home CD Player

Exact Copy

Jukebox CD

4 Follow the onscreen instructions to finish recording your disc.

creating a data cd

Use RecordNow! to copy a data disc or to copy personal data files from your hard disk drive. Insert a blank or an appendable disc to copy to.

To create a data CD:

1 Open RecordNow!, and if necessary erase all files from the disc; see “getting started with recordnow!” on page 57.

2 Click the DataProjects tab at the top of the RecordNow! window.

3 Select a project option:

Data Disc

Exact Copy

Erase Disc

4 Follow the onscreen instructions to finish.

You can add new data files to a CD-R or CD-RW disc in a later recording session if disc space is available. You can also update previously recorded files that have the same name as your new data files on your CD-RW disc.

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creating (burning) music cds with windows media player

NOTE:

HP supports lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by national copyright law.

Your PC has recording software called Windows Media Player. You copy or download music to the Windows Media Player Media Library and can then organize or copy the music files. You can copy Window Media files that have a

.wma extension, .mp3 files, or .wav files to a CD by using a CD-RW drive or a

DVD Writer drive. You can also use Windows Media Player to copy music files to a portable device or memory card.

Use a CD-R disc if you are going to play the disc in a CD player, CD-ROM,

CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD+RW/+R drive. CD-R discs are compatible with more players than CD-RW discs are.

To create a music CD using Windows Media Player:

1 Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs, and then click Windows

Media Player

.

2 Click Copy to CD or Device.

3 Follow the onscreen instructions to select the music files and the CD or device.

For more information on this software, refer to the online Help within the

Windows Media Player: Click the Help menu in the Windows Media Player menu bar. If necessary, first display the menu bar by clicking the up-arrow icon in the upper left corner of the Windows Media Player window.

creating (burning) data cds using windows xp program

Your PC has recording software to record data files, such as text files or digital pictures, onto CDs.

1 Click Start on the taskbar and choose My Documents or the folder that has the files you want to copy.

2 Select the file or files you want to copy.

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4 Click My Computer in the Other Places list and then double-click the disc drive you want to use.

5 Insert a blank disc into the drive.

6 Click Write these files to CD in the CD Writing Tasks list. The CD Writing

Wizard window appears.

7 Click Next.

8 Click Finish.

creating (burning) dvds using the dvd writer drive

The DVD Writer drive (select models only) plays movie DVDs and music CDs, reads data CDs and DVDs , and records (burns) files to DVD+RW, DVD+R,

CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

NOTE:

There are two types of DVD discs: DVD+RW/+R and DVD-R/-RW.

DVD-R and DVD-RW discs do not work in the DVD Writer drive.

For steps to view a movie, see “playing dvd movies with the intervideo windvd player“ on page 55.

The guide for this drive is printed and included in the PC box (select models).

using a tv as a monitor

Your PC may have TV-out (select models only) capability, which means you can connect it to a television to view the computer image on a TV screen. With the

TV-out feature, you can view the computer image, watch DVD movies (if you have a DVD player), or play games on your TV.

cables you may need

To connect a TV to the PC, you may need a video cable and an audio cable (not provided, purchase separately). The type of video cable you need depends on your TV:

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

If your TV has a composite video jack, you need a composite video cable and, depending on the jacks on the back of your PC, you may also need an S-video adapter cable.

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connecting to a tv set

To use your TV as a PC screen:

1 Turn off the PC.

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

If your TV has an S-video jack, connect an S-video cable from the S-video

In jack on the TV to the S-video jack on the back of the PC.

C

A S-video cable

B Back of PC

C S-video jack

A

B

If your TV has a composite video jack and your PC has a composite video jack, connect a composite video cable to the Video In jack on the TV to the composite video jack on the back of the PC.

B

C

A Composite video cable

B Back of PC

C Composite video jack

A Composite video cable

B S-video adapter cable

C Back of PC

D S-video jack

A

If your TV has a composite video jack and your PC has only an S-video jack, connect a composite video cable to the Video In jack on the TV and to an S-video adapter cable. Connect the S-video adapter cable to the S-video jack on the back of the PC.

D

C

A

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NOTE:

The S-video adapter cable is only needed if there is no composite video jack on the back of the PC.

3 To have sound come from your TV instead of from your PC, plug an audio cable into the Audio input jack (Line In) on the TV and plug the other end of the audio cable into the Audio Out jack (green connector) on the back of the PC.

viewing the pc image on your tv screen

NOTE:

The type of video card on your PC determines how the PC selects the

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

1 Make sure the video and audio cables are connected before you turn on the

TV and the PC.

2 Turn on the TV. Press the Video/TV button on your remote control to select the Video setting, not the TV setting.

3 Turn on your PC.

4 When the Windows desktop appears, right-click an empty area of the desktop and choose Properties.

5 Click the Settings tab.

6 Click the Advanced button.

7 Click the nView tab, if available, and in the area nView Display Mode select

Clone

to view the computer image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously.

NOTE:

You can view the PC image on just the TV. In the area nView Display

Mode, select Standard [Dualview], click the Device Settings button, choose

Select Output Device

, and then select the TV option.

8 Click the OK button, and then click OK again.

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

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

NOTE:

Some PC models can connect more than one display device (CRT monitor, flat panel monitor, TV, etc.) to the PC. You can quickly change where the PC desktop appears by pressing Alt+F5. (Press the Alt key and the F5 key on the keyboard at the same time.) Each time you press the Alt+F5 key combination, the PC desktop appears on the next device. If Alt+F5 does not work, restart the PC and try again.

disabling the tv option

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

TV option to return your PC display to its original resolution.

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

2 Click the Settings tab.

3 Click the Advanced button.

4 Click the nView tab, click the nView Display Mode in the list on the left, and then select the Standard [Dualview] option.

CAUTION: If you viewed the PC image on just the TV, do the following: With Standard [Dualview] selected in the area nView

Display Mode, click the Device Settings button, choose Select Output

Device, and then select the Analog Display option.

5 Click the OK button, and then click OK again.

6 When the PC image appears on the monitor screen, click Yes to keep the setting. You have 15 seconds to accept this new setting before it reverts to the previous setting.

disconnecting the tv

1 Disable the TV option. See the previous procedure.

2 Turn off the TV and the PC.

3 Remove the video cable from the TV and the PC.

4 Remove the audio cable from the TV and the PC.

5 Reconnect your PC speaker cable to the Line Out jack (lime green connector) on the back of the computer.

using your multi-storage bay

Your PC may have a multi-storage bay (select models only) on the top of the PC chassis. You can use it to:

Store CDs and DVDs or store memory cards.

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

Place a peripheral on the top of the chassis.

Install the special cover and the DockSpot camera station (sold separately).

The bay design allows you to place a device and thread the USB or

FireWire (IEEE 1394) data cable and the power cord underneath the rear top cover to the connectors on the back of the PC.

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storing cds, dvds, or memory

To store CDs and DVDs, open the bay cover (figure A) and gently lift the two sections to form the spindle (figure B). You can store up to ten discs.

To store memory cards, open the top cover and, if necessary, lower the two spindle sections (figure A).

A

B

docking a peripheral device

To use the multi-storage bay for a peripheral device, do the following:

1 Open the bay cover (A). Hold the cover on each side near the hinges, and then lift the cover and slide it toward the back of the chassis (C). Gently lift it off.

2 Thread the cables through the cable tunnel opening at the back of the bay (D).

Connect data and power cables to the peripheral device, and place the peripheral in the bay.

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3 Connect the data cable to the USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on the back of the PC. Plug the power cord for the peripheral device into a power outlet.

C

D

placing a peripheral device on the multi-storage bay (top)

To use the chassis top to place a peripheral device, do the following:

1 Open the bay cover (A). Hold the cover on each side near the hinges, then lift the cover and slide it toward the back of the chassis (C). Gently lift it off.

2 Grasp the tab (T) and pull it out toward the front of the chassis (E). Put the tab in its storage area in the bay near the spindle (F).

3 Thread the data and power cables for the device through the cable tunnel opening at the back of the bay. Place the cables in the tab opening and replace the bay cover. Close the cover. working with sound, pictures, and video

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4 Connect the cables to the device and place it on top of the chassis (G).

Connect the data cable to the USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on the back of the PC. Plug the power cord for the peripheral device into a power outlet.

E

G

T

F

using the optional camera station pc top

Your PC chassis may include the optional camera station feature. This feature lets you install a special bay cover on the PC chassis for using the DockSpot camera station (sold separately). The DockSpot includes instructions and cables.

This topic describes how to:

Install the special bay cover on your PC chassis.

Assemble the camera cradle (included with the camera) and position it on the

DockSpot.

Place the DockSpot into the chassis bay, and thread the cables.

Insert the camera.

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1 Open the bay cover (A on page 64). Hold the cover on each side near the hinges, then lift the cover and slide it toward the back of the chassis (C on page 65). Gently lift it off.

To make it easy to insert the cables during step 3, grasp the tab (T) and pull it out toward the front of the chassis (E on page 66). Replace the tab when done threading the cables.

2 Place the camera cradle (H) (included with the camera) onto the DockSpot (J).

3 Place the DockSpot into the bay. Thread the data cables (K and L) and power cable (M) through the cable tunnel opening at the back of the bay and connect them to the DockSpot.

T

L

K

H

J

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4 To prepare the new cover, push the two black dots on the inside to free the insert section of the cover, and then move the insert up and out of the cover (N).

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5 Put the new cover on the cover hinges (P). Close the cover over the DockSpot.

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6 Connect the DockSpot cables:

Plug the USB cable (K) into the back of the PC.

Plug the red and yellow connectors (L) into a TV if you want to view the camera images on a TV.

Plug the power cord (M) into a power outlet.

7 Insert the camera: Hold the camera over the camera cradle (R) with the viewer window toward the front of the PC, and lower the camera onto the cradle.

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