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Multimedia
User Guide
© Copyright 2006 Hewlett-Packard
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First Edition: July 2006
Document Part Number: 416615-001
Table of contents
1 Multimedia hardware
Using the audio features ...................................................................................................................... 1
Using the audio-in (microphone) jack .................................................................................. 3
Using the audio-out (headphone) jack ................................................................................. 3
Using S/PDIF digital audio (select models only) .................................................................. 4
Adjusting the volume ........................................................................................................... 5
Using the QuickPlay buttons ................................................................................................................ 6
Using the video features ....................................................................................................................... 8
Using the external monitor port ............................................................................................ 8
Using the S-Video-out jack .................................................................................................. 8
Using the integrated camera (select models only) ............................................................................. 10
Capturing and streaming video .......................................................................................... 11
Capturing video ................................................................................................. 11
Streaming video with an instant message program .......................................... 11
Taking still photos .............................................................................................................. 12
Adjusting camera properties .............................................................................................. 12
Guidelines for using the camera ........................................................................................ 13
Using the optical drive ........................................................................................................................ 14
Identifying the installed optical drive .................................................................................. 14
Inserting an optical disc ..................................................................................................... 15
Removing an optical disc (with power) .............................................................................. 16
Removing an optical disc (without power) ......................................................................... 17
Using the media activity functions ...................................................................................................... 18
Using the media activity hotkeys ....................................................................................... 18
Using the media activity buttons (select models only) ....................................................... 19
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Locate and install software ................................................................................................................. 22
Using multimedia software ................................................................................................................. 23
Protecting playback ............................................................................................................................ 24
Protecting the CD or DVD write process ............................................................................................ 24
Changing DVD region settings ........................................................................................................... 25
Observing the copyright warning ........................................................................................................ 26
Index ................................................................................................................................................................... 27
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Multimedia hardware
Using the audio features
The following illustration and table describe the audio features of the computer.
NOTE
Your computer may look slightly different from the illustration in this section.
Component
Description
(1)
Record sound.
Internal microphones (2) (select models only)
NOTE A microphone icon next to each microphone
opening indicates that the computer has internal
microphones.
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(2)
Speakers (2)
Produce sound.
(3)
Audio-in (microphone) jack
Connects an optional computer headset microphone, stereo array
microphone, or monaural microphone.
(4)
Audio-out (headphone) jack
Connects optional powered stereo speakers, headphones, ear
buds, a headset, or television audio.
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Component
Description
(5)
Audio-out (headphone) S/PDIF jack
Provides enhanced audio performance, including surround sound
and other high-end audio output.
(6)
Volume mute button
Mutes and restores speaker sound.
(7)
Volume scroll zone
Adjusts speaker volume. Slide your finger to the left to decrease
volume and to the right to increase volume. You can also tap the
minus sign on the scroll zone to decrease volume, or you can tap
the plus sign on the scroll zone to increase volume.
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Using the audio-in (microphone) jack
The computer is equipped with a stereo (dual-channel) microphone jack that supports a stereo array
and monaural microphone. Using sound recording software with external microphones allows for stereo
recordings and stereo playbacks.
NOTE When connecting a microphone to the microphone jack, use a microphone with a 3.5mm plug.
Using the audio-out (headphone) jack
WARNING! To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on
headphones, earbuds, or a headset.
CAUTION To prevent possible damage to an external device, do not plug a single sound
channel (monaural) connector into the headphone jack.
In addition to connecting headphones, the headphone jack is used to connect the audio input function
of an audio/video device such as a television or VCR.
NOTE When connecting a device to the headphone jack, use only a 3.5-mm stereo plug.
NOTE When a device is connected to the headphone jack, the speakers are disabled.
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Using S/PDIF digital audio (select models only)
S/PDIF (Sony/Phillips Digital Interface), or digital audio, provides enhanced audio performance,
including surround sound and other high-end audio output.
For digital audio connections, connect the S/PDIF digital audio cable to the digital audio connector on
your audio/video equipment.
NOTE In order to use S/PDIF with the headphone jack, you will need an optional mini TOS link
cable and/or adapter.
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Adjusting the volume
You can adjust the volume using the following controls:
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Computer volume buttons:
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To mute or restore volume, press the mute button.
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To decrease volume, slide your finger across the volume scroll zone from right to left.
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To increase volume, slide your finger across the volume scroll zone from left to right.
Microsoft® Windows® volume control:
a.
Click the Volume icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.
b.
Increase or decrease the volume by moving the slider up or down. Select the Mute check box
to mute the volume.
– or –
a.
Double-click the Volume icon in the notification area.
b.
In the Master Volume column, you can increase the or decrease the column by moving the
Volume slider up or down. You can also adjust the balance or mute the volume.
If the Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area, follow the steps below to place it there:
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a.
Select Start > Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio
Devices.
b.
Click the Volume tab.
c.
Select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
d.
Click Apply.
Program volume control:
Volume can also be adjusted within some programs.
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Using the QuickPlay buttons
NOTE Media button and DVD button (select models only) functions vary, depending on the
software installed on your computer. Refer to the following table for more information.
The media button (1) and the DVD button (2) allow you to listen to music, play DVDs, and watch movies
with the touch of a button.
Component
Description
(1)
If QuickPlay is installed and the computer is
Media button
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On, opens a music program or the Media menu allowing you
to select a multimedia program.
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Off, opens a music program or the Media menu allowing you
to select a multimedia program.
NOTE Press the power button to exit the
multimedia program.
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In standby, resumes from standby into Windows.
If QuickPlay is not installed and the computer is
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On, opens the default media player.
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Off, does not function.
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In standby, resumes from standby into Windows.
NOTE This button does not affect the procedure for
restoring from hibernation.
(2)
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DVD button (select models only)
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If QuickPlay is installed and the computer is
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On, opens the default DVD program to start a DVD in the
optical drive.
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Off, opens QuickPlay to start a DVD in the optical drive.
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Component
Description
NOTE Press the power button to exit QuickPlay.
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In standby, resumes from standby into Windows.
If QuickPlay is not installed and the computer is
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On, opens the default DVD program to start a DVD in the
optical drive.
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Off, does not function.
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In standby, resumes from standby into Windows.
NOTE This button does not affect the procedure for
restoring from hibernation.
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Using the video features
The computer includes the following video features:
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External monitor port that connects a television, monitor, or projector
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S-Video-out jack that connects a range of advanced video components
Using the external monitor port
The external monitor port connects an external display device, such as an external monitor or projector,
to the computer.
To connect a display device, connect the device cable to the external monitor port.
NOTE If a properly connected external display device does not display an image, press fn+f4
to transfer the image to the device.
Using the S-Video-out jack
The 7-pin S-Video-out jack connects the computer to an optional S-Video device such as a television,
VCR, camcorder, overhead projector, or video capture card.
The computer can support one S-Video device connected to the S-Video-out jack, while simultaneously
supporting an image on the computer display or any other supported external display.
NOTE To transmit video signals through the S-Video-out jack, you need an S-Video cable
(purchased separately). If you are playing a DVD movie on the computer and displaying it on
your television (combining audio and video functions), you also need a standard audio cable
(purchased separately) to connect the headphone jack. Both of these cables are available from
most electronics retailers.
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To connect a video device to the S-Video-out jack:
1.
Plug one end of the S-Video cable into the S-Video-out jack on the computer.
2.
Connect the other end of the cable to the video device, according to the device manufacturer's
instructions.
3.
Press fn+f4 to switch the image between the display devices connected to the computer.
NOTE If your computer is connected to an expansion product, and the S-Video-out jack is
inaccessible, connect the S-Video cable to the S-Video-out jack on the expansion product.
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Using the integrated camera (select models only)
Select computer models include an integrated camera, located on the top of the display. This camera
can be used with a variety of software to
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Capture video.
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Stream video with instant message software.
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Take still photos.
The camera light (1) is turned on when the camera (2) is being accessed by a program.
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Capturing and streaming video
To illustrate how each camera feature works, the following examples use specific software, not available
on all computers. Select Start > All Programs to locate the video software installed on your computer,
and refer to the individual program's online Help for further information.
Capturing video
You can use the camera to capture video for playback at a later time. This example uses MovieMaker
software, not available on all computers.
1.
Select Start > Programs > Windows MovieMaker.
2.
Click Capture from Video Device. The Video Capture Wizard opens.
3.
Click the listing for the integrated camera from the list of available devices.
4.
Check the microphone and camera settings, and adjust if necessary.
5.
Click Next.
6.
Select the file name and path where you want to save the video file, and then click Next.
7.
Select the video settings, and then click Next.
8.
Click Start Capture. When you finish recording, click Stop Capture.
9.
Click Finish to save the video file and close the wizard.
Streaming video with an instant message program
You can use the camera to send real-time video through an instant message program. This example
uses Windows Messenger, not available on all computers.
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1.
Open Windows Messenger by double-clicking the icon in the notification area, at the far right of the
taskbar.
2.
Sign in to Windows Messenger.
3.
Select Actions > Voice/Video > Start a Video Conversation.
4.
Click the name of the person you want to connect with, and then click OK. An instant message
window is displayed, and the camera image is displayed next to the message area.
5.
If the Audio and Video Tuning Wizard opens, follow the instructions to adjust your camera and
microphone settings.
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Taking still photos
You can also use the integrated camera to take still photos.
1.
Select Start > Control Panel > Scanners and Cameras.
2.
Double-click the listing for the integrated camera, and then click Next.
3.
Click Take Picture.
4.
Follow the directions in the Picture Wizard to select any of the following options:
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Publish the pictures to a Web site.
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Order prints of the pictures.
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Save the pictures on your computer.
Adjusting camera properties
You can adjust the following properties for the integrated camera:
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Brightness—Controls the amount of light that is incorporated into the image.
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Contrast—Controls the difference between lighter and darker areas on the image.
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Hue—Controls the aspect of color that distinguishes it from another color (what makes a color red,
green, or blue). Hue is distinct from saturation, which measures the intensity of the hue.
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Saturation—Controls the strength of color in the final image. A higher saturation setting creates a
bolder image. A lower saturation setting creates a more subtle image.
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Sharpness—Controls the definition of edges in an image. A higher sharpness setting creates a
more defined image. A lower sharpness setting creates a softer image.
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Gamma—Controls the contrast affecting the mid-level grays or midtones of an image. A lower
gamma setting makes greys look black, and makes dark colors even darker.
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White Balance—Controls the color temperature of the dominant light sources. This enables white
objects in the image to appear truly white. The white balance settings in the Properties dialog box
are displayed as WB (Red) and WB (Blue). A higher white balance setting increases the
concentration of the color (red or blue). A lower white balance setting decreases the concentration
of the selected color.
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Exposure—Controls the relative amount of light that enters the camera sensor.
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Gain—Controls the intensity range, thus altering the color contrast of the image.
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Light Source—Controls the settings to adjust the camera exposure for the ambient light.
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Flip—Reverses the captured image vertically.
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Mirror—Reverses the captured image horizontally.
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Privacy—Turns off the capture function.
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Low Light—Lowers the frame rate automatically in a poor lighting environment to maintain the
brightness of the captured image.
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The Properties dialog box is accessible from various programs that use the integrated camera, usually
from a configuration, settings, or properties menu.
Guidelines for using the camera
For best results, observe the following guidelines while using the camera:
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Be sure that you have the latest version of an instant message program before attempting a video
conversation.
NOTE Your integrated camera may not work properly across some network firewalls. If
you are having trouble viewing or sending video to someone on another LAN or outside your
network firewall, contact your network administrator for assistance.
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Whenever possible, place bright light sources behind the camera and out of the picture area.
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Using the optical drive
The optical drive allows you to play, copy, and create CDs or DVDs, depending on the type of optical
drive and software installed in your computer.
Identifying the installed optical drive
To view the type of optical drive installed in the computer:
▲
Select Start > My Computer.
The type of optical drive installed in the computer is displayed under Devices with Removable
Storage.
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Inserting an optical disc
1.
Turn on the computer.
2.
Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the media tray.
3.
Pull out the tray (2).
4.
Hold the CD or DVD by the edges to avoid touching the flat surfaces, and position the disc over
the tray spindle, with the label-side up.
NOTE If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully to position it over the spindle.
5.
Gently press the disc (3) down onto the tray spindle until the disc snaps into place.
6.
Close the media tray.
NOTE After you insert a disc, a short pause is normal. If you have not selected a default media
player, an AutoPlay dialog box opens. It prompts you to select how you want to use the media
content.
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Removing an optical disc (with power)
If the computer is running on external or battery power:
1.
Turn on the computer.
2.
Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the media tray, and then pull out the
tray (2).
3.
Remove the disc (3) from the tray by gently pressing down on the spindle while lifting the outer
edges of the disc. Hold the disk by the edges and avoid touching the flat surfaces.
NOTE If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully as you remove it.
4.
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Close the media tray and place the disc in a protective case.
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Removing an optical disc (without power)
If external or battery power is unavailable:
1.
Insert the end of a paper clip (1) into the release access in the front bezel of the drive.
2.
Press in gently until the tray is released, and then pull out the tray (2).
3.
Remove the disc (3) from the tray by gently pressing down on the spindle while lifting the outer
edges of the disc. Hold the disk by the edges and avoid touching the flat surfaces.
NOTE If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully as you remove it.
4.
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Close the media tray and place the disc in a protective case.
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Using the media activity functions
The media activity hotkeys and the media activity buttons (select models only) control the play of an
audio CD or a DVD that is inserted into the optical drive.
Using the media activity hotkeys
Media activity hotkeys are combinations of the fn key (1) and any of the 4 function keys:
NOTE To control the play of a video CD, use the media activity controls in your video CD player
program.
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To play, pause, or resume an inserted audio CD or a DVD, press fn+f9 (2).
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To stop an inserted audio CD or a DVD that is playing, press fn+f10 (3).
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To play the previous track of an audio CD or the previous chapter of a DVD that is playing,
press fn+f11 (4).
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To play the next track of an audio CD or the next chapter of a DVD that is playing, press fn+f12
(5).
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Using the media activity buttons (select models only)
The following illustration and table describe the media activity buttons.
Component
Description
(1)
When a disc is playing in the optical drive:
(2)
(3)
(4)
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Previous/rewind button
Play/pause button
Next/fast forward button
Stop button
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Plays the previous track or chapter, when pressed once.
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Rewinds, when press with the fn key.
When a disc is in the optical drive and is
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Not playing, palys the disc.
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Playing, pauses the disc.
When a disc is playing in the optical drive:
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Play the next track or chapter, when pressed once.
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Fast forwards, when pressed with the fn when pressed once.
When a disc is playing in the optical drive, stops the current disc
activity.
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Multimedia software
The computer includes preinstalled multimedia software. Some computer models also include additional
multimedia software on an optical disc.
Depending on the hardware and software included with the computer, the following multimedia tasks
may be supported:
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Playing digital media, including audio and video CDs, audio and video DVDs, and Internet radio
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Creating or copying data CDs
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Creating, editing, and burning audio CDs
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Creating, editing, and burning a video or movie to a DVD or video CD
NOTE For details about using software included with the computer, refer to the software
manufacturer's instructions, which may be provided on disc, as online Help files, or on the
software manufacturer's Web site.
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Locate and install software
The computer includes a range of software that may be
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Preinstalled on your hard drive. To locate and install the ready-to-use software preinstalled on
your computer:
a.
Select Start > All Programs.
b.
Double-click the program you want to install.
Provided on CD or DVD. To install a software application from a disc:
a.
Insert the disc into your optical drive.
b.
When the installation wizard opens, follow the on-screen instructions.
c.
Restart the computer if prompted to do so.
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Using multimedia software
To use the multimedia software installed on the computer:
1.
Select Start > All Programs, and then open the multimedia program you want to use. For example,
if you want to use Windows Media Player to play an audio CD, click Windows Media Player.
NOTE Some programs may be located in subfolders.
2.
Insert the media disc, such as an audio CD, into the optical drive.
3.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
– or –
1.
Insert the media disc, such as an audio CD, into the optical drive.
An AutoPlay dialog box opens.
2.
Click the multimedia task you want to perform from the list of tasks for each installed multimedia
program.
NOTE The AutoPlay dialog box allows you to select a multimedia program for the media
disc. After you select a program from the list, select the Always do the selected action
check box.
3.
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Click OK.
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Protecting playback
To prevent the loss of playback or playback quality, Do not connect or disconnect hardware while playing
a disc.
To prevent the loss of playback while the computer is operating in Windows, do not initiate standby or
hibernation while playing a disc. Otherwise, you may see the warning message “Putting the computer
into hibernation or standby might stop the playback. Do you want to continue?” If this message is
displayed, click No.
After you click No:
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Playback may resume.
– or –
●
Playback may stop and the screen may clear. To return to playing the CD or DVD, press the power
button and then restart the disc.
Protecting the CD or DVD write process
CAUTION To prevent loss of information or damage to a disc:
Before writing to a disc, connect the computer to a reliable external power source. Do not write
to a disc while the computer is running on battery power.
Before writing to a disc, close all open programs except the disc software you are using.
Do not copy directly from a source disc to a destination disc or from a network drive to a
destination disc. Instead, copy from a source disc or network drive to your hard drive, and then
copy from your hard drive to the destination disc.
Do not use the computer keyboard or move the computer while the computer is writing to a disc.
The write process is sensitive to vibration.
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Changing DVD region settings
Most DVDs that contain copyrighted files also contain region codes. The region codes help protect
copyrights internationally.
You can play a DVD containing a region code only if the region code on the DVD matches the region
setting on your DVD drive.
CAUTION The region settings on your DVD drive can be changed only 5 times.
The region setting you select the fifth time becomes the permanent region setting on the DVD
drive.
The number of allowable region changes remaining on the drive is displayed in the Changes
remaining box on the DVD Region tab. The number in the field includes the fifth and permanent
change.
To change settings through the operating system:
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1.
Select Start > My Computer.
2.
Right-click in the window and select Properties > Hardware tab > Device Manager.
3.
Click DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the DVD drive for which you want to change region settings,
and then click Properties.
4.
Make the desired changes on the DVD Region tab.
5.
Click OK.
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Observing the copyright warning
It is a criminal offense, under applicable copyright laws, to make unauthorized copies of copyrightprotected material, including computer programs, films, broadcasts, and sound recordings. Do not use
this computer for such purposes.
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Index
A
audio features 1
audio-in (microphone) jack 1, 3
audio-out (headphone) jack 1, 3
B
buttons
previous/rewind 19
volume mute 2, 5
C
camera
capturing video 11
guidelines for using 13
identifying 10
properties 12
taking still photographs 12
CD
inserting 15
playing 24
protecting 24
removing, with power 16
removing, without power 17
writing to 24
copyright warning 26
D
DVD
changing region setting 25
inserting 15
playing 24
protecting 24
removing, with power 16
removing, without power 17
writing to 24
DVD button, identifying 6
DVD region settings 25
E
earbuds 1
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external monitor port
8
H
headphone jack 1
headphones 1
I
integrated camera
camera properties 12
capturing video 11
guidelines for using 13
identifying 10
taking still photographs 12
internal microphones 1
J
jacks
audio-in (microphone) 1, 3
audio-out (headphone) 1, 3
audio-out (headphone) S/
PDIF 2
S-Video-out 8
M
media activity buttons,
identifying 19
media activity hotkeys,
identifying 18
Media button, identifying 6
microphone jack 1
microphones, supported 3
monitor, connecting 8
multimedia software
described 21
using 23
mute button 2, 5
O
optical disc
inserting
15
removing, with power 16
removing, without power 17
writing to 24
optical drive
playing 24
protecting 24
P
ports
external monitor 8
Previous/rewind button 19
programs
multimedia 21
using 23
projector, connecting 8
protecting playback 24
Q
QuickPlay 6
QuickPlay buttons, identifying
R
region codes, DVD
S
S-Video-out jack
connecting 8
identifying 8
S/PDIF digital audio
S/PDIF jack 2
software
multimedia 21
using 23
speakers 1
6
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4
T
TV 3
V
VCR 3
Index
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volume mute button 2, 5
volume scroll zone 2, 5
volume, adjusting 5
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Index
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