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© Copyright 2010 Hewlett-Packard

Development Company, L.P.

Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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Company under license. SD Logo is a trademark of its proprietor.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services.

Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

First Edition: May 2010

Document Part Number: 600302-001

Product notice

This user guide describes features that are common to most models. Some features may not be available on your computer.

To obtain the latest information in the User

Guide, go to the HP Web site at http://www.hp.com/support .

Safety warning notice

WARNING!

To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the computer, do not place the computer directly on your lap or obstruct the computer air vents. Use the computer only on a hard, flat surface. Do not allow another hard surface, such as an adjoining optional printer, or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, to block airflow. Also, do not allow the AC adapter to contact the skin or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, during operation. The computer and the

AC adapter comply with the user-accessible surface temperature limits defined by the International

Standard for Safety of Information Technology Equipment (IEC 60950).

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Table of contents

1 Notebook tour ................................................................................................................................................. 1

Identifying the hardware ....................................................................................................................... 1

Top components .................................................................................................................. 1

TouchPad ............................................................................................................ 1

Lights ................................................................................................................... 2

Buttons ................................................................................................................ 3

Keys .................................................................................................................... 4

Front components ................................................................................................................ 4

Right-side components ........................................................................................................ 5

Left-side components .......................................................................................................... 6

Display components ............................................................................................................ 7

Bottom components ............................................................................................................. 8

Wireless antennas ............................................................................................................... 8

Additional hardware components ........................................................................................ 9

Identifying the labels ........................................................................................................................... 10

2 Wireless and local area network ................................................................................................................. 12

Using wireless devices ....................................................................................................................... 12

Identifying wireless and network status icons .................................................................... 12

Using the wireless controls ................................................................................................ 13

Using the wireless action key ............................................................................................ 13

Using HP Wireless Assistant software ............................................................................... 13

Using operating system controls ........................................................................................ 14

Using a WLAN .................................................................................................................................... 14

Setting up a WLAN ............................................................................................................ 15

Protecting your WLAN ....................................................................................................... 15

Connecting to a WLAN ...................................................................................................... 16

Roaming to another network .............................................................................................. 17

Using HP Mobile Broadband .............................................................................................................. 17

Inserting a SIM ................................................................................................................... 17

Removing a SIM ................................................................................................................ 18

Using Bluetooth wireless devices ....................................................................................................... 19

Bluetooth and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) ............................................................. 19

Troubleshooting wireless connection problems ................................................................................. 20

Cannot connect to a WLAN ............................................................................................... 20

Cannot connect to a preferred WLAN network .................................................................. 20

Network icon is not displayed ............................................................................................ 21

Current WLAN network security codes are unavailable .................................................... 21

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WLAN connection is very weak ......................................................................................... 22

Cannot connect to the wireless router ............................................................................... 22

Connecting to a local area network (LAN) .......................................................................................... 22

3 Pointing devices and keyboard ................................................................................................................... 24

Using pointing devices ....................................................................................................................... 24

Setting pointing device preferences ................................................................................... 24

Using the TouchPad .......................................................................................................... 24

Turning the TouchPad on and off ...................................................................... 24

Using TouchPad gestures ................................................................................. 25

Scrolling ............................................................................................ 25

Pinching ............................................................................................ 25

Using the action keys ......................................................................................................................... 26

Using the hotkeys ............................................................................................................................... 27

4 Multimedia ..................................................................................................................................................... 29

Multimedia features ............................................................................................................................ 29

Identifying your multimedia components ........................................................................... 29

Using the media activity action keys .................................................................................. 31

Using the media activity action keys ................................................................. 31

Multimedia software ........................................................................................................................... 31

Using HP MediaSmart software ......................................................................................... 32

Using other multimedia software ....................................................................................... 32

Installing multimedia software from a disc ......................................................................... 32

Audio .................................................................................................................................................. 32

Connecting external audio devices .................................................................................... 33

Checking your audio functions ........................................................................................... 33

Video .................................................................................................................................................. 33

Connecting an external monitor or projector ...................................................................... 34

Connecting an HDMI device .............................................................................................. 34

Configuring audio for HDMI (select models only) .............................................. 35

HP TrueVision webcam ...................................................................................................................... 35

Adjusting HP TrueVision webcam properties .................................................................... 37

Troubleshooting .................................................................................................................................. 37

The disc tray does not open for removal of a disc ............................................................. 37

The computer does not detect the optical drive ................................................................. 38

A disc does not play ........................................................................................................... 38

A disc does not play automatically ..................................................................................... 39

A movie stops, skips, or plays erratically ........................................................................... 39

A movie is not visible on an external display ..................................................................... 40

The process of burning a disc does not begin, or it stops before completion .................... 40

A DVD or BD playing in Windows Media Player produces no sound or display ................ 40

A device driver must be reinstalled .................................................................................... 40

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Obtaining the latest HP device drivers .............................................................. 41

Obtaining the latest Windows device drivers .................................................... 41

5 Power management ...................................................................................................................................... 42

Setting power options ......................................................................................................................... 42

Using power-saving states ................................................................................................. 42

Initiating and exiting Sleep ................................................................................ 42

Initiating and exiting Hibernation ....................................................................... 43

Using the battery meter ..................................................................................................... 43

Using power plans ............................................................................................................. 43

Viewing the current power plan ......................................................................... 43

Selecting a different power plan ........................................................................ 44

Customizing power plans .................................................................................. 44

Setting password protection on wakeup ............................................................................ 44

Using external AC power .................................................................................................................... 44

Connecting the AC adapter ............................................................................................... 45

Testing an AC adapter ....................................................................................................... 46

Using battery power ........................................................................................................................... 46

Identifying batteries ............................................................................................................ 46

Finding battery information in Help and Support ............................................................... 47

Using Battery Check .......................................................................................................... 47

Displaying the remaining battery charge ........................................................................... 47

Inserting or removing the battery ....................................................................................... 47

Charging a battery ............................................................................................................. 48

Maximizing battery discharge time .................................................................................... 49

Managing low battery levels .............................................................................................. 49

Identifying low battery levels ............................................................................. 49

Resolving a low battery level ............................................................................. 51

Resolving a low battery level when external power is available ....... 51

Resolving a low battery level when a charged battery is available ........................................................................................... 51

Resolving a low battery level when no power source is available ........................................................................................... 51

Resolving a low battery level when the computer cannot exit

Hibernation ....................................................................................... 51

Calibrating a battery ........................................................................................................... 51

Step 1: Fully charge the battery ........................................................................ 51

Step 2: Disable Hibernation and Sleep ............................................................. 52

Step 3: Discharge the battery ............................................................................ 52

Step 4: Fully recharge the battery ..................................................................... 53

Step 5: Reenable Hibernation and Sleep .......................................................... 53

Conserving battery power .................................................................................................. 53

Storing a battery ................................................................................................................ 53

Disposing of a used battery ............................................................................................... 54

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Replacing the battery ......................................................................................................... 54

Shutting down the computer ............................................................................................................... 54

6 Drives ............................................................................................................................................................. 56

Identifying installed drives .................................................................................................................. 56

Handling drives ................................................................................................................................... 56

Using an optical drive ......................................................................................................................... 57

Identifying the installed optical drive .................................................................................. 57

Using optical discs ............................................................................................................. 57

Selecting the right disc (CDs, DVDs, and BDs) ................................................................. 58

CD-R discs ........................................................................................................ 58

CD-RW discs ..................................................................................................... 58

DVD±R discs ..................................................................................................... 58

DVD±RW discs ................................................................................................. 58

LightScribe DVD+R discs .................................................................................. 58

Blu-ray Disc ....................................................................................................... 59

Playing a CD, DVD, or BD ................................................................................................. 59

Configuring AutoPlay ......................................................................................................... 60

Changing DVD region settings .......................................................................................... 60

Observing the copyright warning ....................................................................................... 60

Copying a CD or DVD ........................................................................................................ 61

Creating (burning) a CD or DVD ........................................................................................ 61

Removing an optical disc (CD, DVD, or BD) ..................................................................... 62

Improving hard drive performance ..................................................................................................... 62

Using Disk Defragmenter ................................................................................................... 62

Using Disk Cleanup ........................................................................................................... 63

Using HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection ................................................................................... 63

Identifying HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection status ................................................ 63

Using HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection software .................................................... 64

Replacing the hard drive .................................................................................................................... 64

7 External devices ............................................................................................................................................ 67

Using a USB device ........................................................................................................................... 67

Connecting a USB device .................................................................................................. 67

Removing a USB device .................................................................................................... 67

Using an eSATA device ..................................................................................................................... 68

Connecting an eSATA device ............................................................................................ 68

Removing an eSATA device .............................................................................................. 68

8 External media cards .................................................................................................................................... 70

Using Digital Media Slot cards ........................................................................................................... 70

Inserting a digital card ........................................................................................................ 70

Removing a digital card ..................................................................................................... 71

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9 Memory modules .......................................................................................................................................... 72

Adding or replacing memory modules ................................................................................................ 72

Adding or replacing a memory module in the expansion memory module slot ................. 72

Upgrading a memory module in the primary memory module slot .................................... 75

10 Security ........................................................................................................................................................ 78

Protecting the computer ..................................................................................................................... 78

Using passwords ................................................................................................................................ 78

Setting passwords in Windows .......................................................................................... 79

Setting passwords in Setup Utility ..................................................................................... 79

Administrator password ..................................................................................... 80

Managing an administrator password ............................................... 80

Entering an administrator password ................................................. 81

Power-on password .......................................................................................... 81

Managing a power-on password ...................................................... 81

Entering a power-on password ......................................................... 81

Using antivirus software ..................................................................................................................... 81

Using firewall software ....................................................................................................................... 82

Installing critical security updates ....................................................................................................... 82

Installing an optional security cable .................................................................................................... 82

11 Backup and recovery .................................................................................................................................. 84

Creating recovery discs ...................................................................................................................... 84

Backing up your information ............................................................................................................... 85

Using Windows Backup and Restore ................................................................................ 86

Using system restore points .............................................................................................. 86

When to create restore points ........................................................................... 86

Create a system restore point ........................................................................... 86

Restore to a previous date and time ................................................................. 86

Performing a recovery ........................................................................................................................ 87

Recovering from the recovery discs .................................................................................. 87

Recovering from the dedicated recovery partition (select models only) ............................ 87

Appendix A Setup Utility ................................................................................................................................. 88

Starting Setup Utility ........................................................................................................................... 88

Using Setup Utility .............................................................................................................................. 88

Changing the language of Setup Utility ............................................................................. 88

Navigating and selecting in Setup Utility ............................................................................ 89

Displaying system information ........................................................................................... 89

Restoring default settings in Setup Utility .......................................................................... 89

Exiting Setup Utility ............................................................................................................ 90

Setup Utility menus ............................................................................................................................ 90

Main menu ......................................................................................................................... 90

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Security menu .................................................................................................................... 90

System Configuration menu .............................................................................................. 90

Diagnostics menu .............................................................................................................. 91

Appendix B Software updates ........................................................................................................................ 92

Updating the BIOS ............................................................................................................................. 92

Determining the BIOS version ........................................................................................... 92

Downloading a BIOS update ............................................................................................. 93

Updating programs and drivers .......................................................................................................... 93

Index ................................................................................................................................................................... 95

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1 Notebook tour

Identifying the hardware

Components included with the computer may vary by region and model. The illustrations in this chapter identify the standard features on most computer models.

To see a list of hardware installed in the computer:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security.

2.

In the System area, click Device Manager.

You can also add hardware or modify device configurations using Device Manager.

Top components

TouchPad

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Component

(1) TouchPad on/off button*

(2)

(3)

TouchPad*

Left TouchPad button*

Description

Turns the TouchPad on and off. Quickly double-tap the button to turn the

TouchPad on and off.

Moves the pointer and selects or activates items on the screen.

Functions like the left button on an external mouse.

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Lights

Component Description

(4) Right TouchPad button* Functions like the right button on an external mouse.

*This table describes factory settings. To view or change pointing device preferences, select Start > Devices and Printers.

Then, right-click the icon representing your device, and select Mouse settings.

(4)

(5)

Component

(1)

(2)

(3)

(6)

TouchPad light

Caps lock light

Power light

Mute light

Wireless light

Keyboard backlight (select models only)

Description

On: TouchPad is disabled.

On: Caps lock is on.

● On: The computer is on.

● Blinking: The computer is in the Sleep state.

NOTE: Another power light is located on the left side of the computer.

On: Speaker sound is off.

● White: An integrated wireless device, such as a wireless local area network (WLAN) device and/or a Bluetooth® device, is on.

NOTE: Wireless devices are enabled at the factory.

● Amber: All wireless devices are off.

On: The keyboard backlight is enabled.

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Buttons

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Component Description

(1)

(2)

TouchPad on/off button*

Power button*

Turns the TouchPad on and off. Quickly double-tap the button to turn the TouchPad on and off.

● When the computer is off, press the button to turn on the computer.

● When the computer is on, press the button briefly to initiate

Sleep.

● When the computer is in the Sleep state, press the button briefly to exit Sleep.

● When the computer is in Hibernation, press the button briefly to exit Hibernation.

If the computer has stopped responding and Windows® shutdown procedures are ineffective, press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds to turn off the computer.

To learn more about your power settings, select Start > Control

Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

*This table describes factory settings. For information about changing factory settings, refer to the user guides located in Help and Support.

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Keys

Component

(1) esc key

(2) fn key

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Windows logo key

Action keys

Windows applications key

Keyboard backlight key (select models only)

Description

Displays system information when pressed in combination with the fn key.

Displays system information when pressed in combination with the esc key.

Displays the Windows Start menu.

Execute frequently used functions.

Displays a shortcut menu for items beneath the pointer.

Turns the keyboard backlight on and off.

Front components

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Component

(1) Digital Media Slot

(2) Speakers (2)

Right-side components

Description

Supports the following optional digital card formats:

● Memory Stick (MS)

● Memory Stick Pro (MSP)

● MultiMediaCard (MMC)

● Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory card (standard and large size)

● xD-Picture card (XD)

Produce sound.

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(5)

(6)

Power connector

Security cable slot

Description

Reads/Writes optical discs.

● On: The optical drive is being accessed.

● Off: The optical drive is idle.

Connect optional USB devices.

● White: The computer is connected to external power and the battery is fully charged.

● Amber: The computer is connected to external power and the battery is charging.

● Blinking: A battery that is the only available power source has reached a low battery level.

When the battery reaches a critical battery level, the battery light continues to blink.

Connects an AC adapter.

Attaches an optional security cable to the computer.

NOTE: The security cable is designed to act as a deterrent, but it may not prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen.

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Left-side components

Component

(1) Vents (2)

(7)

(8)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(9)

External monitor port

RJ-45 (network) lights (2)

RJ-45 (network) jack

HDMI port eSATA/USB port

Audio-in (microphone) jack

Audio-out (headphone) jack

Drive light

(10)

Description

Enable airflow to cool internal components.

NOTE: The computer fan starts up automatically to cool internal components and prevent overheating. It is normal for the internal fan to cycle on and off during routine operation.

Connects an optional external display, such as a monitor or projector, to the computer.

● White: The network is connected.

● Amber: The network is showing activity.

Connects a network cable.

Connects an optional HDMI device.

Connects high-performance eSATA components, such as an eSATA external hard drive, or connects an optional USB device.

Connects an optional computer headset microphone, stereo array microphone, or monaural microphone.

Produces sound when connected to optional powered stereo speakers, headphones, ear buds, a headset, or television audio.

● White: The hard drive is being accessed.

● Amber: HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive

Protection has temporarily parked the hard drive.

● On: The computer is on.

● Blinking: The computer is in the Sleep state.

NOTE: Another power light is located next to the power button.

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Display components

Component

(1)

(2)

(3)

Internal microphones (2)

HP TrueVision webcam light

HP TrueVision webcam

Description

Record sound.

On: The HP TrueVision webcam is in use.

Records video and captures still photographs.

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Bottom components

Component

(1)

(2)

(3)

Battery bay

Battery release latch

Vents (6)

(4)

(5)

Hard drive bay

Memory/Wireless module compartment

Description

Holds the battery.

Releases the battery from the battery bay.

Enable airflow to cool internal components.

NOTE: The computer fan starts up automatically to cool internal components and prevent overheating. It is normal for the internal fan to cycle on and off during routine operation.

Holds the hard drive.

Holds a wireless LAN module, a wireless WAN module, and memory modules.

NOTE: To prevent an unresponsive system, replace the wireless module only with a wireless module authorized for use in the computer by the governmental agency that regulates wireless devices in your country or region. If you replace the module and then receive a warning message, remove the module to restore computer functionality, and then contact technical support through

Help and Support.

Wireless antennas

On select computer models, at least 2 antennas send and receive signals from one or more wireless devices. These antennas are not visible from the outside of the computer.

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Component Description

(1)

(2)

WLAN antennas (2)*

WWAN antennas (2)* (select models only)

Send and receive wireless signals to communicate with wireless local area networks (WLAN).

Send and receive wireless signals to communicate with wireless wide-area networks (WWAN).

*The antennas are not visible from the outside of the computer. For optimal transmission, keep the areas immediately around the antennas free from obstructions.

To see wireless regulatory notices, refer to the section of the Regulatory, Safety and Environmental

Notices that applies to your country or region. These notices are located in Help and Support.

Additional hardware components

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Component

(1) Power cord*

Description

Connects an AC adapter to an AC outlet.

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Component Description

(2)

(3)

AC adapter

Battery*

Converts AC power to DC power.

Powers the computer when the computer is not plugged into external power.

*Batteries and power cords vary in appearance by region and country.

Identifying the labels

The labels affixed to the computer provide information you may need when you troubleshoot system problems or travel internationally with the computer:

● Serial number label—Provides important information, including the following:

Component

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

Product name

Serial number

Product number

Warranty period

Model description (select models)

Have this information available when you contact technical support. The serial number label is affixed to the bottom of the computer.

● Microsoft® Certificate of Authenticity—Contains the Windows Product Key. You may need the

Product Key to update or troubleshoot the operating system. This certificate is affixed to the bottom of the computer.

● Regulatory label—Provides regulatory information about the computer. The regulatory label is located inside the battery bay.

● Wireless certification label(s) (select models only)—Provide information about optional wireless devices and the approval markings of some of the countries or regions in which the devices have been approved for use. An optional device may be a wireless local area network (WLAN) device or an optional Bluetooth® device.Wireless certification labels are affixed to the bottom of the computer or inside the battery bay.

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● SIM (subscriber identity module) label (select models only)—Provides the ICCID (Integrated Circuit

Card Identifier) of your SIM. This label is located inside the battery bay.

● HP Mobile Broadband Module serial number label (select models only)—Provides the serial number of your HP Mobile Broadband Module. This label is affixed on the bottom of the computer or located inside the battery bay.

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Using wireless devices

Wireless technology transfers data across radio waves instead of wires. Your computer may be equipped with one or more of the following wireless devices:

● Wireless local area network (WLAN) device—Connects the computer to wireless local area networks (commonly referred to as Wi-Fi networks, wireless LANs, or WLANs) in corporate offices, your home, and public places such as airports, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and universities.

In a WLAN, each mobile wireless device communicates with a wireless router or a wireless access point.

● HP Mobile Broadband Module—A wireless wide area network (WWAN) device that provides access to information wherever mobile network operator service is available. In a WWAN, each mobile device communicates to a mobile network operator’s base station. Mobile network operators install networks of base stations (similar to cell phone towers) throughout large geographic areas, effectively providing coverage across entire states, regions, or even countries.

● Bluetooth® device—Creates a personal area network (PAN) to connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as computers, phones, printers, headsets, speakers, and cameras. In a PAN, each device communicates directly with other devices, and devices must be relatively close together— typically within 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) of each other.

Computers with WLAN devices support one or more of the following IEEE industry standards:

● 802.11b, the first popular standard, supports data rates of up to 11 Mbps and operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz.

● 802.11g supports data rates of up to 54 Mbps and operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz. An 802.11g

WLAN device is backward compatible with 802.11b devices, so they can operate on the same network.

● 802.11a supports data rates of up to 54 Mbps and operates at a frequency of 5 GHz.

NOTE: 802.11a is not compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g.

● 802.11n supports data rates of up to 450 Mbps and may operate at 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, making it backward compatible with 802.11a, b, and g.

For more information on wireless technology, refer to the information and Web site links provided in

Help and Support.

Identifying wireless and network status icons

Icon Name

Wireless (connected)

Wireless (disconnected)

Description

Identifies the location of the wireless light and the wireless action key on the computer. Also identifies the Wireless

Assistant software on the computer and indicates that one or more of the wireless devices are on.

Identifies the Wireless Assistant software on the computer and indicates that all of the wireless devices are off.

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Icon Name

Wired network (connected)

Wired network (disabled/disconnected)

Network (disabled/disconnected)

Network (connected)

Network (disconnected)

Description

Indicates that one or more of your network drivers are installed and one or more network devices are connected to the network.

Indicates that one or more of your network drivers are installed, all network devices or all wireless devices are disabled in Windows® Control Panel, and no network devices are connected to a wired network.

Indicates that one or more of your network drivers are installed, no wireless connections are available or all wireless network devices are disabled by the wireless action key or

Wireless Assistant, and no network devices are connected to a wired network.

Indicates that one or more of your network drivers are installed, one or more network devices are connected to a wireless network, and one or more network devices are connected to a wired network.

Indicates that one or more of your network drivers are installed and wireless connections are available, but no network devices are connected to a wired or wireless network.

Using the wireless controls

You can control the wireless devices in your computer using these features:

● Wireless action key

● HP Wireless Assistant software

● Operating system controls

Using the wireless action key

The computer has a wireless action key, one or more wireless devices, and a wireless light. All of the wireless devices on your computer are enabled at the factory, so the wireless light is white when you turn on the computer.

The wireless light indicates the overall power state of your wireless devices, not the status of individual devices. If the wireless light is white, at least one wireless device is on. If the wireless light is amber, all wireless devices are off.

Because the wireless devices are enabled at the factory, you can use the wireless action key to turn on or turn off the wireless devices simultaneously. Individual wireless devices can be controlled through

HP Wireless Assistant software.

Using HP Wireless Assistant software

A wireless device can be turned on or off using HP Wireless Assistant software. If a wireless device is disabled in Setup Utility, it must be reenabled in Setup Utility before it can be turned on or off using

Wireless Assistant.

NOTE: Enabling or turning on a wireless device does not automatically connect the computer to a network or a Bluetooth-enabled device.

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To view the state of the wireless devices, click the Show hidden icons icon, the arrow at the left of the notification area, and position the mouse pointer over the wireless icon.

If the wireless icon is not displayed in the notification area, complete the following steps to change

Wireless Assistant properties:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Windows Mobility Center.

2.

Click the wireless icon in the Wireless Assistant tile, which is located in the bottom row of Windows®

Mobility Center.

3.

Click Properties.

4.

Select the check box next to HP Wireless Assistant icon in notification area.

5.

Click Apply.

6.

Click Close.

For more information, refer to the Wireless Assistant software Help:

1.

Open Wireless Assistant by clicking the wireless icon in Windows Mobility Center.

2.

Click the Help button.

Using operating system controls

Some operating systems also offer a way to manage integrated wireless devices and the wireless connection. For example, Windows provides the Network and Sharing Center that allows you to set up a connection or network, connect to a network, manage wireless networks, and diagnose and repair network problems.

To access the Network and Sharing Center, select Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet >

Network and Sharing Center.

For more information, select Start > Help and Support.

Using a WLAN

With a WLAN device, you can access a wireless local area network (WLAN), which is composed of other computers and accessories that are linked by a wireless router or a wireless access point.

NOTE: The terms wireless router and wireless access point are often used interchangeably.

● A large-scale WLAN, such as a corporate or public WLAN, typically uses wireless access points that can accommodate a large number of computers and accessories and can separate critical network functions.

● A home or small office WLAN typically uses a wireless router, which allows several wireless and wired computers to share an Internet connection, a printer, and files without requiring additional pieces of hardware or software.

To use the WLAN device in your computer, you must connect to a WLAN infrastructure (provided through a service provider or a public or corporate network).

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Setting up a WLAN

To set up a WLAN and connect to the Internet, you need the following equipment:

● A broadband modem (either DSL or cable) (1) and high-speed Internet service purchased from an

Internet service provider (ISP)

● A wireless router (purchased separately) (2)

● The wireless computer (3)

The following illustration shows an example of a wireless network installation that is connected to the

Internet.

As your network grows, additional wireless and wired computers can be connected to the network to access the Internet.

For help in setting up your WLAN, refer to the information provided by your router manufacturer or your

ISP.

Protecting your WLAN

Because the WLAN standard was designed with only limited security capabilities—basically to foil casual eavesdropping rather than more powerful forms of attack—it is essential to understand that WLANs are vulnerable to well-known and well-documented security weaknesses.

WLANs in public areas, or “hotspots,” like coffee shops and airports may not provide any security. New technologies are being developed by wireless manufacturers and hotspot service providers that make the public environment more secure and anonymous. If you are concerned about the security of your computer in a hotspot, limit your network activities to noncritical e-mail and basic Internet surfing.

When you set up a WLAN or access an existing WLAN, always enable security features to protect your network from unauthorized access. The common security levels are Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)-

Personal and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). Because wireless radio signals travel outside the network, other WLAN devices can pick up unprotected signals and either connect to your network

(uninvited) or capture information being sent across it. However, you can take precautions to protect your WLAN:

● Use a wireless transmitter with built-in security

Many wireless base stations, gateways, or routers provide built-in security features such as wireless security protocols and firewalls. With the correct wireless transmitter, you can protect your network from the most common wireless security risks.

● Work behind a firewall

A firewall is a barrier that checks both data and requests for data that are sent to your network, and discards any suspicious items. Firewalls are available in many varieties, both software and hardware. Some networks use a combination of both types.

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A variety of sophisticated encryption protocols is available for your WLAN. Find the solution that works best for your network security:

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a wireless security protocol that encodes or encrypts all network data before it is transmitted using a WEP key. Usually, you can allow the network to assign the WEP key. Alternatively, you can set up your own key, generate a different key, or choose other advanced options. Without the correct key, others will not be able to use the

WLAN.

WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access), like WEP, uses security settings to encrypt and decrypt data that is transmitted over the network. However, instead of using one static security key for encryptions as WEP does, WPA uses “temporal key integrity protocol” (TKIP) to dynamically generate a new key for every packet. It also generates different sets of keys for each computer on the network.

Connecting to a WLAN

To connect to the WLAN, follow these steps:

1.

Be sure that the WLAN device is on. If it is on, the wireless light is white. If the wireless light is amber, press the wireless action key.

2.

Click the network icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

3.

Select your WLAN from the list.

4.

Click Connect.

If the network is a security-enabled WLAN, you are prompted to enter a network security key, which is a security code. Type the code, and then click OK to complete the connection.

NOTE: If no WLANs are listed, you are out of range of a wireless router or access point.

NOTE: If you do not see the network you want to connect to, click Open Network and Sharing

Center, and then click Set up a new connection or network. A list of options is displayed. You can choose to manually search for and connect to a network or to create a new network connection.

After the connection is made, place the mouse pointer over the network icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, to verify the name and status of the connection.

NOTE: The functional range (how far your wireless signals travel) depends on WLAN implementation, router manufacturer, and interference from other electronic devices or structural barriers such as walls and floors.

More information about using a WLAN is available through the following resources:

● Information from your ISP and the manufacturer's instructions included with your wireless router and other WLAN equipment

● Information and Web site links provided in Help and Support

For a list of public WLANs near you, contact your ISP or search the Web. Web sites that list public

WLANs include Cisco Internet Mobile Office Wireless Locations, Hotspotlist, and Geektools. Check with each public WLAN location for cost and connection requirements.

For additional information on connecting your computer to a corporate WLAN, contact your network administrator or IT department.

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Roaming to another network

When you move your computer within range of another WLAN, Windows attempts to connect to that network. If the attempt is successful, your computer is automatically connected to the new network. If

Windows does not recognize the new network, follow the same procedure you used initially to connect to your WLAN.

Using HP Mobile Broadband

HP Mobile Broadband enables your computer to use wireless wide area networks (WWANs) to access the Internet from more places and over larger areas than it can by using WLANs. Using HP Mobile

Broadband requires a network service provider (called a mobile network operator), which in most cases is a mobile phone network operator. Coverage for HP Mobile Broadband is similar to mobile phone voice coverage.

When used with mobile network operator service, HP Mobile Broadband gives you the freedom to stay connected to the Internet, send e-mail, or connect to your corporate network whether you are on the road or outside the range of Wi-Fi hotspots.

HP Mobile Broadband supports UNDP (Universal Notebook Data Platform), which enables data connectivity for notebook computers.

You may need the HP Mobile Broadband Module serial number to activate mobile broadband service.

The serial number is printed on a label inside the battery bay of your computer.

Some mobile network operators require the use of a subscriber identity module (SIM). A SIM contains basic information about you, such as a personal identification number (PIN), as well as network information. Some computers include a SIM that is preinstalled in the battery bay. If the SIM is not preinstalled, it may be provided in the HP Mobile Broadband information provided with your computer, or the mobile network operator may provide it separately from the computer.

For information on inserting and removing the SIM, refer to the “Inserting a SIM” and “Removing a SIM” sections in this chapter.

For information on HP Mobile Broadband and how to activate service with a preferred mobile network operator, refer to the HP Mobile Broadband information included with your computer. For additional information, see the HP Web site at http://www.hp.com/go/mobilebroadband (United States only).

Inserting a SIM

CAUTION: When inserting a SIM, position the card with the slanted corner as shown in the illustration.

If a SIM is inserted backwards or upside down, the battery may not snap into place properly and could damage the SIM and the SIM connector.

To prevent damage to the connectors, use minimal force when inserting a SIM.

To insert a SIM:

1.

Shut down the computer. If you are not sure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on by pressing the power button. Then shut down the computer through the operating system.

2.

Close the display.

3.

Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.

4.

Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.

5.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface, with the battery bay toward you.

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6.

Remove the battery.

7.

Insert the SIM card into the slot.

8.

Replace the battery.

NOTE: HP Mobile Broadband will be disabled if the battery is not replaced.

9.

Turn the computer right-side up, and then reconnect external power and external devices.

10.

Turn on the computer.

Removing a SIM

To remove a SIM:

1.

Shut down the computer. If you are not sure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on by pressing the power button. Then shut down the computer through the operating system.

2.

Close the display.

3.

Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.

4.

Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.

5.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface, with the battery bay toward you.

6.

Remove the battery.

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7.

Push in on the SIM card (1) to release it, and then remove the SIM card (2).

8.

Replace the battery.

9.

Turn the computer right-side up, and then reconnect external power and external devices.

10.

Turn on the computer.

Using Bluetooth wireless devices

A Bluetooth device provides short-range wireless communications that replace the physical cable connections that traditionally link electronic devices such as the following:

● Computers (desktop, notebook, PDA)

● Phones (cellular, cordless, smart phone)

● Imaging devices (printer, camera)

● Audio devices (headset, speakers)

Bluetooth devices provide peer-to-peer capability that allows you to set up a personal area network

(PAN) of Bluetooth devices. For information on configuring and using Bluetooth devices, refer to the

Bluetooth software Help.

Bluetooth and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

HP does not recommend setting up one computer with Bluetooth as a host and using it as a gateway through which other computers may connect to the Internet. When two or more computers are connected using Bluetooth, and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is enabled on one of the computers, the other computers may not be able to connect to the Internet using the Bluetooth network.

The strength of Bluetooth is in synchronizing information transfers between your computer and wireless devices including cellular phones, printers, cameras, and PDAs. The inability to consistently connect two or more computers to share the Internet through Bluetooth is a limitation of Bluetooth and the

Windows operating system.

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Troubleshooting wireless connection problems

Some possible causes for wireless connection problems include the following:

● Network configuration (SSID or security) has been changed.

● Wireless device is not installed correctly or has been disabled.

● Wireless device or router hardware has failed.

● Wireless device encountered interference from other devices.

NOTE: Wireless networking devices are included with select computer models only. If wireless networking is not listed in the feature list on the side of the original computer package, you may add wireless networking capability to the computer by purchasing a wireless networking device.

Before working your way through the sequence of possible solutions to your network connection problem, be sure that device drivers are installed for all wireless devices.

Use the procedures in this chapter to diagnose and repair a computer that does not connect to the network you want to use.

Cannot connect to a WLAN

If you have a problem connecting to a WLAN, confirm that the integrated WLAN device is properly installed on your computer:

NOTE: Windows includes the User Account Control feature to improve the security of your computer.

You may be prompted for your permission or password for tasks such as installing software, running utilities, or changing Windows settings. Refer to Help and Support for more information.

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security.

2.

In the System area, click Device Manager.

3.

Click the arrow next to Network adapters to expand the list and show all adapters.

4.

Identify the WLAN device from the Network adapters list. The listing for a WLAN device may include the terms wireless, wireless LAN, WLAN, Wi-Fi, or 802.11.

If no WLAN device is listed, either your computer does not have an integrated WLAN device, or the driver of the WLAN device is not properly installed.

For more information on troubleshooting WLANs, refer to the Web site links provided in Help and

Support.

Cannot connect to a preferred WLAN network

Windows can automatically repair a corrupted WLAN connection:

● If there is a network icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, right-click the icon, and then click Troubleshoot problems.

Windows resets your network device and attempts to reconnect to one of the preferred networks.

● If there is no network icon in the notification area, follow these steps:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

2.

Click Troubleshoot problems and select the network you wish to repair.

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Network icon is not displayed

If the network status icon is not displayed in the notification area after you configure the WLAN, the software driver is either missing or corrupted. A Windows “Device not Found” error message may also be displayed. The driver must be reinstalled.

Get the latest version of the WLAN device software and drivers for your computer from the HP Web site at http://www.hp.com

. If the WLAN device you are using was purchased separately, consult the manufacturer's Web site for the latest software.

To get the latest version of the WLAN device software for your computer, follow these steps:

1.

Open your Web browser and go to http://www.hp.com/support .

2.

Select your country or region.

3.

Click the option for software and driver downloads, and then type your computer model number in the Search box.

4.

Press enter , and then follow the on-screen instructions.

NOTE: If the WLAN device you are using was purchased separately, consult the manufacturer's Web site for the latest software.

Current WLAN network security codes are unavailable

If you are prompted for a network key or a name (SSID) when connecting to a WLAN, the network is protected by security. You must have the current codes to make a connection on a secure network. The

SSID and network key are alphanumeric codes that identify your computer to the network.

● For a network connected to your personal wireless router, review the router user guide for instructions on setting up the same codes on both the router and the WLAN device.

● For a private network, such as a network in an office or at a public Internet chat room, contact the network administrator to obtain the codes, and then enter the codes when prompted to do so.

Some networks change the SSID or network keys used in their routers or access points on a regular basis to improve security. You must change the corresponding code in your computer accordingly.

If you are provided with new wireless network keys and SSID for a network, and if you have previously connected to that network, these steps to connect to the network:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

2.

Click Manage wireless networks in the left panel.

A list showing the available WLANs is displayed. If you are in a hotspot where several WLANs are active, several are displayed.

3.

Select the network in the list, right-click the network, and then click Properties.

NOTE: If the network you want is not listed, check with the network administrator to be sure that the router or access point is operating.

4.

Click the Security tab and enter the correct wireless encryption data into the Network security

key box.

5.

Click OK to save these settings.

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WLAN connection is very weak

If the connection is very weak, or if your computer cannot make a connection to a WLAN, minimize interference from other devices, as follows:

● Move your computer closer to the wireless router or access point.

● Temporarily disconnect devices such as a microwave, cordless phone, or cellular phone to be sure that other wireless devices are not interfering.

If the connection does not improve, try forcing the device to reestablish all connection values:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

2.

Click Manage wireless networks in the left panel.

A list showing the available WLANs is displayed. If you are in a hotspot where several WLANs are active, several are displayed.

3.

Click a network, and then click Remove.

Cannot connect to the wireless router

If you are trying to connect to the wireless router and are unsuccessful, reset the wireless router by removing power from the router for 10 to 15 seconds.

If the computer still cannot make a connection to a WLAN, restart the wireless router. For details, refer to the router manufacturer's instructions.

Connecting to a local area network (LAN)

Connecting to a local area network (LAN) requires an 8-pin, RJ-45 network cable (purchased separately). If the network cable contains noise suppression circuitry (1), which prevents interference from TV and radio reception, orient the circuitry end of the cable (2) toward the device.

To connect the network cable:

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of electric shock, fire, or damage to the equipment, do not plug a modem cable or telephone cable into an RJ-45 (network) jack.

1.

Plug the network cable into the network jack (1) on the computer.

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2.

Plug the other end of the cable into a network wall jack (2).

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3 Pointing devices and keyboard

Using pointing devices

NOTE: In addition to the TouchPad, you can also connect an external USB mouse to one of the USB ports on the computer.

Setting pointing device preferences

Use Mouse Properties in Windows® to customize settings for pointing devices, such as button configuration, click speed, and pointer options.

To access Mouse Properties, select Start > Devices and Printers. Then, right-click the device representing your computer, and select Mouse settings.

Using the TouchPad

To move the pointer, touch and slide one finger across the TouchPad surface in the direction you want the pointer to go. Use the left and right TouchPad buttons like the corresponding buttons on an external mouse.

NOTE: For information on identifying the TouchPad components, refer to the TouchPad section earlier in this guide.

Turning the TouchPad on and off

To switch the TouchPad on and off, quickly double-tap the TouchPad on/off button.

NOTE: If the TouchPad light is on (amber), the TouchPad is off.

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Using TouchPad gestures

The TouchPad supports a variety of TouchPad gestures. To activate the TouchPad gestures, place two fingers on the TouchPad at the same time as described in the following sections.

The TouchPad gestures described in this section are enabled at the factory. To disable or reenable these gestures:

1.

Double-click on the Synaptics icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and then click the Device Settings tab.

2.

Select the device, and then click Settings.

3.

Select the gesture that you want to disable or reenable.

4.

Click Apply, and then click OK.

NOTE: Your computer also supports additional TouchPad features that are disabled at the factory. To view and enable these features, click the Synaptics icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and then click the Device Settings tab. Select the device, and then click Settings.

Scrolling

Scrolling is useful for moving up or down on a page or image. To scroll, place two fingers slightly apart on the TouchPad and drag them across the TouchPad in an up, down, left, or right motion.

NOTE: Scrolling speed is controlled by finger speed.

Pinching

Pinching allows you to zoom in or out on items such as PDFs, images, and photos.

To pinch:

● Zoom in by holding two fingers together on the TouchPad, and then pull the fingers apart to increase an object's size.

● Zoom out by holding two fingers apart on the TouchPad, and then pull the fingers together to decrease an object's size.

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Using the action keys

Action keys are customized actions that are assigned to specific keys at the top of the keyboard.

To use an action key, press and hold this key to activate the assigned action.

NOTE: Depending on the application you are using, pressing fn and one of the action keys will open a specific shortcut menu within that application.

NOTE: The action key feature is enabled at the factory. You can disable this feature in Setup Utility

(BIOS) and revert back to pressing the fn key and one of the function keys to activate the assigned function.

Icon Action

Help and Support

Screen brightness down

Description

Opens Help and Support, which provides information about your Windows operating system and computer, answers to questions and tutorials, and updates to your computer.

Help and Support also provides automated troubleshooting and links to support specialists.

Decreases the screen brightness level incrementally when you hold down this key.

Screen brightness up

Switch screen image

Increases the screen brightness level incrementally when you hold down this key.

Switches the screen image among display devices connected to the system. For example, if a monitor is connected to the computer, pressing this key alternates the screen image from computer display to monitor display to simultaneous display on both the computer and the monitor.

Most external monitors receive video information from the computer using the external

VGA video standard. The f4 action key can also alternate images among other devices that are receiving video information from the computer.

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Icon Action

Previous track/section

Play/Pause

Stop

Next track/section

Decrease volume

Increase volume

Mute/Restore volume

Wireless prt sc Print screen

Description

Plays the previous track of an audio CD or the previous section of a DVD or a BD.

Plays, pauses, or resumes an audio CD, a DVD, or a BD.

Stops audio or video playback of a CD, a DVD, or a BD.

Plays the next track of an audio CD or the next section of a DVD or a BD.

Decreases speaker sound incrementally when you hold down this key.

Increases speaker sound incrementally when you hold down this key.

Mutes or restores speaker sound.

Turns the wireless feature on or off.

NOTE: This key does not establish a wireless connection. To establish a wireless connection, a wireless network must be set up.

Takes a snapshot or picture of your computer screen and copies it to the clipboard.

Using the hotkeys

Hotkeys are combinations of the fn key (1) and either the esc key (2) or one of the arrow keys (3).

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Icon Function

Display system information.

Scroll up.

Scroll down.

Hotkey fn+esc fn+up arrow

Description

Displays information about system hardware components and the system BIOS version number.

Scrolls the page up.

fn+down arrow Scrolls the page down.

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Icon Function

Go home.

Go to the end.

Hotkey fn+left arrow fn+right arrow

Description

Returns the cursor to the beginning of the line where the cursor is located or returns to the beginning of the document.

Places the cursor at the end of the line or scrolls to the end of the document.

To use a hotkey command, follow either of these steps:

● Briefly press the fn key, and then briefly press the second key of the hotkey command.

– or –

● Press and hold down the fn key, briefly press the second key of the hotkey command, and then release both keys at the same time.

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4 Multimedia

Multimedia features

Your computer includes multimedia features that allow you to listen to music, watch movies, and view pictures. Your computer may include the following multimedia components:

● Optical drive for playing audio and video discs

● Integrated speakers for listening to music

● Integrated microphone for recording your own audio

● Integrated HP TrueVision webcam that allows you to capture and share video

● Preinstalled multimedia software that allows you to play and manage your music, movies, and pictures

● Multimedia action keys that provide fast access to multimedia tasks

NOTE: Your computer may not include all of the components listed.

The following sections explain how to identify and use the multimedia components included with your computer.

Identifying your multimedia components

The following illustration and table describe the multimedia features of the computer.

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Component

(1)

(2)

Internal microphones (2)

HP TrueVision webcam light

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

HP TrueVision webcam

Decrease volume action key

Increase volume action key

Mute/Restore volume action key

Speakers (2)

Audio-out (headphone) jack

(9) Audio-in (microphone) jack

Description

Record sound.

Turns on when video software accesses the HP TrueVision webcam.

Records video and captures still photographs.

To decrease the volume, press the f9 action key.

To increase the volume, press the f10 action key.

To mute or restore the volume, press the f11 action key.

Produce sound.

Produces sound when connected to optional powered stereo speakers, headphones, earbuds, a headset, or television audio.

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on headphones, earbuds, or a headset. For additional safety information, refer to the Regulatory, Safety and

Environmental Notices.

NOTE: When a device is connected to the headphone jack, the computer speakers are disabled.

Connects an optional computer headset microphone, stereo array microphone, or monaural microphone.

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Using the media activity action keys

The media activity action keys control the play of an audio CD, or a DVD or BD that is inserted into the optical drive.

Using the media activity action keys

Media activity is controlled by the f5 , f6 , f7 , and f8 action keys.

● When an audio CD, or a DVD or BD is not playing, press the f6 action key (2) to play the disc.

● When an audio CD, or a DVD or BD is playing, use the following action keys:

◦ To pause or resume playing the disc, press the f6 action key (2).

◦ To stop the disc, press the f7 action key (3).

◦ To play the previous track of an audio CD or the previous section of a DVD or BD, press the f5 action key (1).

◦ To play the next track of an audio CD or the next section of a DVD or BD, press the f8 action key (4).

Multimedia software

The computer includes preinstalled multimedia software. Depending on the hardware and software included with the computer, the following multimedia tasks may be supported:

● Playing digital media, including audio and video CDs, audio and video DVDs and BDs, and Internet radio

● Creating or copying data CDs

● Creating, editing, and burning audio CDs

● Creating, editing, and burning a video or movie to a DVD or BD, or a video CD

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Using HP MediaSmart software

Your computer has preinstalled HP MediaSmart software. MediaSmart turns your computer into a mobile entertainment center. You can enjoy music and DVD and BD movies. You can also view Internet

TV and live TV, and manage and edit your photo collections.

NOTE: You must purchase an optional external TV tuner to watch, record, and pause live TV on the computer.

MediaSmart includes the following features:

● With an Internet connection, play classic oldies, choose from a range of TV shows and channels, and watch the HP-TV channel streamed in full-screen.

● Photo and video upload support:

◦ Upload your photos to an Internet photo service, such as Snapfish.

◦ Upload your home videos directly to YouTube.

◦ Upload videos you created with the HP TrueVision webcam to the Internet.

● Pandora Internet radio (North America only)—Listen to music selected just for you, streamed from the Internet.

To start MediaSmart:

▲ Double-click the MediaSmart icon on the desktop.

Using other multimedia software

▲ 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.

– or –

1.

Insert a disc into the optical drive.

An AutoPlay dialog box opens.

2.

Click a multimedia task from the list, and then choose the software you want to use for that task.

Installing multimedia software from a disc

1.

Insert the disc into the optical drive.

2.

When the installation wizard opens, follow the on-screen instructions.

3.

Restart the computer if prompted to do so.

Audio

Your computer enables you to use a variety of audio features:

● Play music using your computer speakers and/or connected external speakers

● Record sound using the internal microphone or connect an external microphone

● Download music from the Internet

● Create multimedia presentations using audio and images

● Transmit sound and images with instant messaging programs

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● Stream radio programs

● Create or “burn” audio CDs

Connecting external audio devices

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on headphones, earbuds, or a headset. For additional safety information, refer to the Regulatory, Safety and

Environmental Notices.

To connect external devices such as external speakers, headphone, or a microphone, refer to the information provided with the device. For best results, remember the following tips:

● Be sure that the device cable is securely connected to the correct jack on your computer. (Cable connectors are normally color-coded to match the corresponding jacks on the computer.)

● Be sure to install any drivers required by the external device.

NOTE: A driver is a required program that acts like a translator between the device and the programs that use the device.

Checking your audio functions

To check the system sound on your computer, follow these steps:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel.

2.

Click Hardware and Sound.

3.

Click Sound.

4.

When the Sound window opens, click the Sounds tab. Under Program Events, select any sound event, such as a beep or alarm, and click the Test button.

You should hear sound through the speakers or through connected headphones.

To check the record functions of the computer, follow these steps:

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Sound Recorder.

2.

Click Start Recording and speak into the microphone. Save the file to your desktop.

3.

Open Windows Media Player or MediaSmart and play back the sound.

NOTE: For best results when recording, speak directly into the microphone and record sound in a setting free of background noise.

To confirm or change the audio settings on your computer, select Start > Control Panel > Hardware

and Sound > Sound.

Video

Your computer enables you to use a variety of video features:

● Watch movies

● Play games over the Internet

● Edit pictures and video and create presentations

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● Connect external video devices

● Watch TV over the Internet, or watch, record and pause live TV using a TV tuner accessory

(purchased separately)

Connecting an external monitor or projector

The external monitor port connects an external display device, such as an external monitor or a 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 the f4 action key to transfer the image to the device. Repeatedly pressing the f4 action key alternates the screen image between the computer display and the device.

Connecting an HDMI device

The computer includes an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) port. The HDMI port connects the computer to an optional video or audio device, such as a high-definition television, or any compatible digital or audio component.

NOTE: To transmit video signals through the HDMI port, you need an HDMI cable (purchased separately).

The computer can support one HDMI device connected to the HDMI port, while simultaneously supporting an image on the computer display or any other supported external display.

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To connect a video or audio device to the HDMI port:

1.

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the computer.

2.

Connect the other end of the cable to the video device, according to the device manufacturer’s instructions.

3.

Press the f4 action key on the computer to switch the image between the display devices connected to the computer.

Configuring audio for HDMI (select models only)

To configure HDMI audio, first connect an audio or video device, such as a high-definition TV, to the

HDMI port on your computer. Then configure the default audio playback device as follows:

1.

Right-click the Speakers icon in the notification area, at far right of the taskbar, and then click

Playback devices.

2.

On the Playback tab, click either Digital Output or Digital Output Device (HDMI).

3.

Click Set Default, and then click OK.

To return audio to the computer speakers, follow these steps:

1.

Right-click the Speakers icon in the notification area, at far right of the taskbar, and then click

Playback devices.

2.

On the Playback tab, click Speakers.

3.

Click Set Default, and then click OK.

HP TrueVision webcam

Your computer includes an integrated HP TrueVision webcam, located at the top of the display. The webcam allows you to capture and share video.

NOTE: Your computer may look slightly different from the illustration in this section.

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To use the webcam:

▲ Double-click the HP MediaSmart icon on the desktop, and then do one of the following:

● Tap the video icon (1) on the screen.

A window opens that displays a Webcam button.

● Tap the Webcam button.

NOTE: In the video module, you can start the webcam, create a video, and upload your video to YouTube.

– or –

▲ Tap the small Webcam icon (2) at the bottom of the screen.

For optimum performance, observe the following guidelines while using the webcam:

● If you are having trouble viewing or sending multimedia files to someone on another LAN or outside your network firewall, temporarily disable the firewall, perform the task you want to perform, and then reenable the firewall. To permanently resolve the problem, reconfigure the firewall as necessary, and adjust the policies and settings.

● Whenever possible, place bright light sources behind the camera and out of the picture area.

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Adjusting HP TrueVision webcam properties

You can adjust webcam properties using the Properties dialog box, which is accessible from various programs that use the integrated camera, usually from a configuration, settings, or properties menu:

Brightness—Controls the amount of light that is incorporated into the image. A higher brightness setting creates a brighter image; a lower brightness setting creates a darker image.

Contrast—Controls the difference between lighter and darker areas on the image. A higher contrast setting intensifies the image; a lower contrast setting maintains more of the original information’s dynamic range but leads to a flatter image.

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.

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.

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.

Gamma—Controls the contrast affecting the mid-level grays or midtones of an image. Adjusting the gamma of an image allows you to change the brightness values of the middle range of gray tones without dramatically altering the shadows and highlights. A lower gamma setting makes grays look black, and makes dark colors even darker.

Backlight Comp—Compensates in cases where a subject with a large amount of background light would otherwise be obscured by blooming or silhouetting.

For information about using the HP TrueVision webcam, select Start > Help and Support.

Troubleshooting

The following sections describe several common issues and resolutions.

The disc tray does not open for removal of a disc

1.

Insert the end of a paper clip (1) into the release access in the front bezel of the drive.

2.

Press in gently on the paper clip until the disc tray is released, and then pull out the tray (2) until it stops.

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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 disc 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.

Close the disc tray and place the disc in a protective case.

The computer does not detect the optical drive

If Windows does not detect an installed device, the device driver software may be missing or corrupted.

If you suspect that the optical drive is not being detected, verify that the optical drive is listed in the

Device Manager utility.

1.

Remove any discs from the optical drive.

2.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Then in the System area, click Device

Manager.

3.

In the Device Manager window, click the arrow next to DVD/CD-ROM drives to expand the list to show all of the installed drives.

4.

Right-click the optical device listing to perform the following tasks:

● Update driver software.

● Disable.

● Uninstall.

● Scan for hardware changes. Windows scans your system for installed hardware and installs any required drivers.

● Click Properties to see if the device is working properly:

◦ The Properties window provides details about the device to help you troubleshoot issues.

◦ Click the Driver tab to update, disable, or uninstall drivers for this device.

A disc does not play

● Save your work and close all open programs before playing a disc.

● Log off the Internet before playing a disc.

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● Be sure that you insert the disc properly.

● Be sure that the disc is clean. If necessary, clean the disc with filtered water and a lint-free cloth.

Wipe from the center of the disc to the outer edge.

● Check the disc for scratches. If you find scratches, treat the disc with an optical disc repair kit available at many electronics stores.

● Disable Sleep mode before playing the disc.

Do not initiate Hibernation or Sleep while playing a disc. Otherwise, you may see a warning message asking if you want to continue. If this message is displayed, click No. After you click No, the computer may behave in either of the following ways:

◦ Playback may resume.

– or –

◦ The playback window in the multimedia program may close. To return to playing the disc, click the Play button in your multimedia program to restart the disc. In rare cases, you may need to exit the program and then restart it.

● Increase system resources:

◦ Turn off printers and scanners, and unplug cameras and portable handheld devices.

Disconnecting these Plug and Play devices frees up valuable system resources and results in better playback performance.

◦ Change desktop color properties. Because the human eye cannot easily tell the difference between colors beyond 16 bits, you should not notice any loss of color while watching a movie if you lower system color properties to 16-bit color, as follows:

1. Right-click on a blank area of the computer desktop, and select Screen resolution.

2. Select Advanced settings > Monitor tab.

3. Select High Color (16 bit), if this setting is not already selected.

4. Click OK.

A disc does not play automatically

1.

Select Start > Default Programs > Change AutoPlay settings.

2.

Confirm that the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box is selected.

3.

Click Save.

A disc should now start automatically when it is inserted into the optical drive.

A movie stops, skips, or plays erratically

● Press the Play button. You may have accidentally paused the movie.

● Clean the disc.

● Conserve system resources by trying the following suggestions:

◦ Log off the Internet.

◦ Change the color properties of the desktop:

1. Right-click on a blank area of the computer desktop, and select Screen resolution.

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2. Select Advanced Settings > Monitor tab.

3. Select High Color (16 bit), if this setting is not already selected.

4. Click OK.

◦ Disconnect external devices, such as a printer, scanner, camera, or handheld device.

A movie is not visible on an external display

1.

If both the computer display and an external display are turned on, press the f4 action key one or more times to switch between the 2 displays.

2.

Configure the monitor settings to make the external display primary: a.

Right-click on a blank area of the computer desktop, and select Screen resolution.

b.

Specify a primary display and a secondary display.

NOTE: When using both displays, the movie image will not appear on any display designated as the secondary display.

To get information about a multimedia question not covered in this guide, go to Start > Help and

Support.

The process of burning a disc does not begin, or it stops before completion

● Be sure that all other programs are closed.

● Turn off Sleep mode and Hibernation.

● Be sure that you are using the right kind of disc for your drive. See your user guides for more information about disc types.

● Be sure that the disc is inserted properly.

● Select a slower write speed and try again.

● If you are copying a disc, save the information on the source disc to your hard drive before trying to burn the contents to a new disc, and then burn from your hard drive.

● Reinstall the disc-burning device driver located in the DVD/CD-ROM drives category in Device

Manager.

A DVD or BD playing in Windows Media Player produces no sound or display

Use MediaSmart to play a DVD or BD. MediaSmart is installed on the computer.

A device driver must be reinstalled

1.

Remove any discs from the optical drive.

2.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Then in the System area, click Device

Manager.

3.

In the Device Manager window, click the arrow next to the type of driver you want to uninstall and reinstall (for example, DVD/CD ROMs, Modems, and so on).

4.

Right-click the device listing and click Uninstall. When prompted, confirm that you want to delete the device, but do not restart the computer. Repeat for any other drivers you want to delete.

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5.

In the Device Manager window, click Action, and then click Scan for hardware changes.

Windows scans your system for installed hardware and installs default drivers for any devices requiring drivers.

NOTE: If you are prompted to restart the computer, save all open files, and then continue with the restart.

6.

Reopen Device Manager, if necessary, and then verify that the drivers are once again listed.

7.

Try running your program again.

If uninstalling and reinstalling the device drivers does not correct the problem, you may need to update your drivers using the procedures in the following section.

Obtaining the latest HP device drivers

1.

Open your Web browser, go to http://www.hp.com/support , and select your country or region.

2.

Click the option for software and driver downloads, type your computer model number in the product box, and then press enter .

– or –

If you want a specific SoftPaq, enter the SoftPaq number (do not put sp in front of the number) in the Search box, press enter , and follow the instructions provided. Proceed to step 6.

3.

Click your specific product from the models listed.

4.

Click the Windows 7 operating system.

5.

When the list of drivers is displayed, click an updated driver to open a window containing additional information.

6.

Click Install now to install the updated driver without downloading the file.

– or –

Click Download only to save the file to your computer. When prompted, click Save and then select a storage location on your hard drive.

After the file is downloaded, navigate to the folder where the file was stored, and double-click the file to install.

7.

If prompted to do so, restart your computer after the installation is complete, and then verify the operation of the device.

Obtaining the latest Windows device drivers

You can obtain the latest Windows device drivers by using Windows Update. This feature can be set to automatically check for and install updates for the Windows operating system and other Microsoft products.

To use Windows Update:

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Windows Update.

NOTE: If you have not previously set up Windows Update, you will be prompted to enter settings before you can check for updates.

2.

Click Check for Updates.

3.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

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5 Power management

Setting power options

Using power-saving states

The computer has two power-saving states enabled at the factory: Sleep and Hibernation.

When Sleep is initiated, the power lights blink and the screen clears. Your work is saved to memory, letting you exit Sleep faster than exiting Hibernation. If the computer is in the Sleep state for an extended period or if the battery reaches a critical battery level while in the Sleep state, the computer initiates

Hibernation.

When Hibernation is initiated, your work is saved to a hibernation file on the hard drive and the computer turns off.

CAUTION: To prevent possible audio and video degradation, loss of audio or video playback functionality, or loss of information, do not initiate Sleep or Hibernation while reading from or writing to a disc or an external media card.

NOTE: You cannot initiate any type of networking connection or perform any computer functions while the computer is in the Sleep state or in Hibernation.

Initiating and exiting Sleep

The system is set at the factory to initiate Sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity when running on battery power and 30 minutes of inactivity when running on external power.

Power settings and timeouts can be changed using Power Options in Windows® Control Panel.

With the computer on, you can initiate Sleep in any of the following ways:

● Briefly press the power button.

● Close the display.

● Click Start, click the arrow next to the Shut down button, and then click Sleep.

You can exit Sleep in any of the following ways:

● Briefly press the power button.

● If the display is closed, open the display.

● Press a key on the keyboard or button on the remote control (select models only).

● Activate the TouchPad.

When the computer exits Sleep, the power lights turn on and your work returns to the screen where you stopped working.

NOTE: If you have set a password to be required on wakeup, you must enter your Windows password before your work will return to the screen.

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Initiating and exiting Hibernation

The system is set at the factory to initiate Hibernation after 1,080 minutes (18 hours) of inactivity when running on either battery power or external power, or when the battery reaches a critical battery level.

Power settings and timeouts can be changed using Power Options in Windows Control Panel.

To initiate Hibernation:

▲ Click Start, click the arrow next to the Shut down button, and then click Hibernate.

To exit Hibernation:

▲ Briefly press the power button.

The power lights turn on and your work returns to the screen where you stopped working.

NOTE: If you have set a password to be required on wakeup, you must enter your Windows password before your work will return to the screen.

Using the battery meter

The battery meter is located in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. The battery meter allows you to quickly access power settings, view remaining battery charge, and select a different power plan.

● To display the percentage of remaining battery charge and the current power plan, move the pointer over the battery meter icon.

● To access Power Options, or to change the power plan, click the battery meter icon and select an item from the list.

Different battery meter icons indicate whether the computer is running on battery or external power. The icon also displays a message if the battery has reached a low battery level, critical battery level, or reserve battery level.

To hide or display the battery meter icon:

1.

Right-click the Show hidden icons icon (the arrow at the left side of the notification area).

2.

Click Customize notification icons.

3.

Under Behaviors, select Show icons and notifications for the Power icon.

4.

Click OK.

Using power plans

A power plan is a collection of system settings that manages how the computer uses power. Power plans can help you conserve power or maximize performance.

You can change power plan settings or create your own power plan.

Viewing the current power plan

▲ Click the battery meter icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

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Selecting a different power plan

▲ Click the battery meter icon in the notification area, and then select a power plan from the list.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options, and then select a power plan from the list.

Customizing power plans

1.

Click the battery meter icon in the notification area and then click More power options.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

2.

Select a power plan, and then click Change plan settings.

3.

Change the settings as needed.

4.

To change additional settings, click Change advanced power settings and make your changes.

Setting password protection on wakeup

To set the computer to prompt for a password when the computer exits Sleep or Hibernation, follow these steps:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

2.

In the left pane, click Require a password on wakeup.

3.

Click Change Settings that are currently unavailable.

4.

Click Require a password (recommended).

NOTE: If you need to create a user account password or change your current user account password, click Create or change your user account password, and then follow the on-screen instructions. If you do not need to create or change a user account password, go to step 5.

5.

Click Save changes.

Using external AC power

External AC power is supplied through one of the following devices:

WARNING!

To reduce potential safety issues, use only the AC adapter provided with the computer, a replacement AC adapter provided by HP, or a compatible AC adapter purchased from HP.

● Approved AC adapter

● Optional docking device or expansion product

Connect the computer to external AC power under any of the following conditions:

WARNING!

Do not charge the computer battery while you are onboard aircraft.

● When you are charging or calibrating a battery

● When you are installing or modifying system software

● When you are writing information to a CD or DVD

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When you connect the computer to external AC power, the following events occur:

● The battery begins to charge.

● If the computer is turned on, the battery meter icon in the notification area changes appearance.

When you disconnect external AC power, the following events occur:

● The computer switches to battery power.

● The display brightness is automatically decreased to save battery life. To increase display brightness, press the f3 action key or reconnect the AC adapter.

Connecting the AC adapter

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of electric shock or damage to the equipment:

Plug the power cord into an AC outlet that is easily accessible at all times.

Disconnect power from the computer by unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet (not by unplugging the power cord from the computer).

If provided with a 3-pin attachment plug on the power cord, plug the cord into a grounded (earthed) 3pin outlet. Do not disable the power cord grounding pin, for example, by attaching a 2-pin adapter. The grounding pin is an important safety feature.

To connect the computer to external AC power:

1.

Plug the AC adapter into the power connector (1) on the computer.

2.

Plug the power cord into the AC adapter (2).

3.

Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet (3).

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Testing an AC adapter

Test the AC adapter if the computer exhibits any of the following symptoms when it is connected to AC power:

● The computer will not turn on.

● The display does not turn on.

● The power lights are off.

To test the AC adapter:

1.

Remove the battery from the computer.

2.

Connect the AC adapter to the computer, and then plug it into an AC outlet.

3.

Turn on the computer.

If the power lights turn on, the AC adapter is working properly.

Contact technical support for information on obtaining a replacement AC power adapter. Select Start

> Help and Support > Get assistance.

Using battery power

When a charged battery is in the computer and the computer is not plugged into external power, the computer runs on battery power. When the computer is plugged into external AC power, the computer runs on AC power.

If the computer contains a charged battery and is running on external AC power supplied through the

AC adapter, the computer switches to battery power if the AC adapter is disconnected from the computer.

NOTE: The display brightness is decreased to save battery life when you disconnect AC power. To increase display brightness, use the f3 action key or reconnect the AC adapter.

You can keep a battery in the computer or in storage, depending on how you work. Keeping the battery in the computer whenever the computer is plugged into AC power charges the battery and also protects your work in case of a power outage. However, a battery in the computer slowly discharges when the computer is off and unplugged from external power.

WARNING!

To reduce potential safety issues, use only the battery provided with the computer, a replacement battery provided by HP, or a compatible battery purchased from HP.

Computer battery life varies, depending on power management settings, programs running on the computer, display brightness, external devices connected to the computer, and other factors.

Identifying batteries

One lithium-ion battery is included with your computer.

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Finding battery information in Help and Support

Help and Support provides the following tools and information about the battery:

● Battery Check tool to test battery performance

● Information on calibration, power management, and proper care and storage to maximize battery life

● Information on battery types, specifications, life cycles, and capacity

To access battery information:

▲ Select Start > Help and Support > Learn > Power Plans: Frequently Asked Questions.

Using Battery Check

Help and Support provides information on the status of the battery installed in the computer.

To run Battery Check:

1.

Connect the AC adapter to the computer.

NOTE: The computer must be connected to external power for Battery Check to function properly.

2.

Select Start > Help and Support > Troubleshoot > Power, Thermal and Mechanical.

3.

Click the Power tab, and then click Battery Check.

Battery Check examines the battery and its cells to see if they are functioning properly, and then reports the results of the examination.

Displaying the remaining battery charge

▲ Move the pointer over the battery meter icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

Inserting or removing the battery

CAUTION: Removing a battery that is the sole power source can cause loss of information. To prevent loss of information, initiate Hibernation or shut down the computer through Windows before removing the battery.

To insert the battery:

1.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface, with the battery bay toward you.

2.

Align the front of the battery with the outer edge of the battery bay (1).

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3.

Rotate the battery into the battery bay until it is seated (2). The battery release latch automatically locks the battery into place.

To remove the battery:

1.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface.

2.

Slide the battery release latch (1) to release the battery.

NOTE: The battery release latch automatically returns to its original position.

3.

Pivot the battery (2) upward and remove it from the computer (3).

Charging a battery

WARNING!

Do not charge the computer battery while you are onboard aircraft.

The battery charges whenever the computer is plugged into external power through an AC adapter, an optional power adapter, an optional expansion product, or an optional docking device.

The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off.

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Charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.

To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

● If you are charging a new battery, charge it fully before turning on the computer.

● Charge the battery until the battery light turns white.

NOTE: If the computer is on while the battery is charging, the battery meter in the notification area may show 100 percent charge before the battery is fully charged.

● Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it.

● If the battery has been unused for one month or more, calibrate the battery instead of simply charging it.

The battery light displays charge status:

● White: The computer is connected to external power and the battery is fully charged.

● Amber: The computer is connected to external power and the battery is charging.

● Blinking: A battery that is the only available power source has reached a low battery level. When the battery reaches a critical battery level, the battery light continues to blink.

Maximizing battery discharge time

Battery discharge time varies depending on the features you use while on battery power. Maximum discharge time gradually shortens, as the battery storage capacity naturally degrades.

Tips for maximizing battery discharge time:

● Lower the brightness on the display.

● Check the Power saver setting in Power Options.

● Remove the battery from the computer when it is not being used or charged.

● Store the battery in a cool, dry location.

Managing low battery levels

The information in this section describes the alerts and system responses set at the factory. Some lowbattery alerts and system responses can be changed using Power Options in Windows Control Panel.

Preferences set using Power Options do not affect lights.

Identifying low battery levels

When a battery that is the sole power source for the computer reaches a low battery level, the battery light blinks.

If a low battery level is not resolved, the computer enters a critical battery level, and the battery light continues to blink.

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The computer takes the following actions for a critical battery level:

● If Hibernation is enabled and the computer is on or in the Sleep state, the computer initiates

Hibernation.

● If Hibernation is disabled and the computer is on or in the Sleep state, the computer remains briefly in the Sleep state, and then shuts down and loses any unsaved information.

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Resolving a low battery level

CAUTION: To reduce the risk of losing information when the computer reaches a critical battery level and has initiated Hibernation, do not restore power until the power lights turn off.

Resolving a low battery level when external power is available

▲ Connect one of the following devices:

● AC adapter

● Optional expansion product or docking device

● Optional power adapter

Resolving a low battery level when a charged battery is available

1.

Turn off the computer or initiate Hibernation.

2.

Remove the discharged battery, and then insert a charged battery.

3.

Turn on the computer.

Resolving a low battery level when no power source is available

▲ Initiate Hibernation.

– or –

Save your work and shut down the computer.

Resolving a low battery level when the computer cannot exit Hibernation

When the computer lacks sufficient power to exit Hibernation, follow these steps:

1.

Insert a charged battery or plug the computer into external power.

2.

Exit Hibernation by pressing the power button.

Calibrating a battery

Calibrate a battery under the following conditions:

● When battery charge displays seem inaccurate

● When you observe a significant change in battery run time

Even if a battery is heavily used, it should not need to be calibrated more than once a month. It is also not necessary to calibrate a new battery.

Step 1: Fully charge the battery

WARNING!

Do not charge the computer battery while you are onboard aircraft.

NOTE: The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off.

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To fully charge the battery:

1.

Insert the battery into the computer.

2.

Connect the computer to an AC adapter, optional power adapter, optional expansion product, or optional docking device, and then plug the adapter or device into external power.

The battery light on the computer turns amber.

3.

Leave the computer plugged into external power until the battery is fully charged.

The battery light on the computer turns white.

Step 2: Disable Hibernation and Sleep

1.

Click the battery meter icon in the notification area, and then click More power options.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

2.

Under the current power plan, click Change plan settings.

3.

Record the Turn off the display settings listed in the On battery column so that you can reset them after the calibration.

4.

Change the Turn off the display settings to Never.

5.

Click Change advanced power settings.

6.

Click the plus sign next to Sleep, and then click the plus sign next to Hibernate after.

7.

Record the On battery setting under Hibernate after so that you can reset it after the calibration.

8.

Change the On battery setting to Never.

9.

Click OK.

10.

Click Save changes.

Step 3: Discharge the battery

The computer must remain on while the battery is being discharged. The battery can discharge whether or not you are using the computer, but the battery will discharge faster while you are using it.

● If you plan to leave the computer unattended during the discharge, save your information before beginning the discharge procedure.

● If you use the computer occasionally during the discharge procedure and have set energy-saving timeouts, expect the following performance from the system during the discharge process:

◦ The monitor will not turn off automatically.

◦ Hard drive speed will not decrease automatically when the computer is idle.

◦ System-initiated Hibernation will not occur.

To discharge a battery:

1.

Unplug the computer from its external power source, but do not turn off the computer.

2.

Run the computer on battery power until the battery is discharged. The battery light begins to blink when the battery has discharged to a low battery level. When the battery is discharged, the battery light turns off and the computer shuts down.

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Step 4: Fully recharge the battery

To recharge the battery:

1.

Plug the computer into external power and maintain external power until the battery is fully recharged. When the battery is recharged, the battery light on the computer turns white.

You can use the computer while the battery is recharging, but the battery will charge faster if the computer is off.

2.

If the computer is off, turn it on when the battery is fully charged and the battery light has turned white.

Step 5: Reenable Hibernation and Sleep

CAUTION: Failure to reenable Hibernation after calibration may result in a full battery discharge and information loss if the computer reaches a critical battery level.

1.

Click the battery meter icon in the notification area, and then click More power options.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

2.

Under the current power plan, click Change plan settings.

3.

Reenter the settings that you recorded for the items in the On battery column.

4.

Click Change advanced power settings.

5.

Click the plus sign next to Sleep, and then click the plus sign next to Hibernate after.

6.

Reenter the setting that you recorded for On battery.

7.

Click OK.

8.

Click Save changes.

Conserving battery power

● Select the Power saver power plan through Power Options under System and Security in

Windows Control Panel.

● Turn off wireless and local area network (LAN) connections and exit modem applications when you are not using them.

● Disconnect external devices that are not plugged into an external power source, when you are not using them.

● Stop, disable, or remove any external media cards that you are not using.

● Use the f2 and f3 action keys to adjust screen brightness as needed.

● If you leave your work, initiate Sleep or Hibernation, or shut down the computer.

Storing a battery

CAUTION: To prevent damage to a battery, do not expose it to high temperatures for extended periods of time.

If a computer will be unused and unplugged from external power for more than 2 weeks, remove the battery and store it separately.

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To prolong the charge of a stored battery, place it in a cool, dry place.

NOTE: A stored battery should be checked every 6 months. If the capacity is less than 50 percent, recharge the battery before returning it to storage.

Calibrate a battery before using it if it has been stored for one month or more.

Disposing of a used battery

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of fire or burns, do not disassemble, crush, or puncture; do not short external contacts; do not dispose of in fire or water.

For additional information, refer to the Regulatory, Safety and Environmental Notices included with this computer.

Replacing the battery

Computer battery life varies, depending on power management settings, programs running on the computer, display brightness, external devices connected to the computer, and other factors.

Battery Check notifies you to replace the battery when an internal cell is not charging properly, or when the battery storage capacity has reached a “weak” condition. A message refers you to the HP Web site for more information about ordering a replacement battery. If the battery is possibly covered by an HP warranty, instructions include a warranty ID.

NOTE: To ensure that you always have battery power when you need it, HP recommends purchasing a new battery when the storage capacity indicator turns green-yellow.

Shutting down the computer

CAUTION: Unsaved information will be lost when the computer is shut down.

The Shut down command closes all open programs, including the operating system, and then turns off the display and computer.

Shut down the computer under any of the following conditions:

● When you need to replace the battery or access components inside the computer

● When you are connecting an external hardware device that does not connect to a USB port

● When the computer will be unused and disconnected from external power for an extended period

Although you can shut down the computer with the power button, the recommended procedure is to use the Windows Shut down command.

To shut down the computer:

NOTE: If the computer is in the Sleep state or in Hibernation, you must first exit Sleep or Hibernation before shutdown is possible.

1.

Save your work and close all open programs.

2.

Click Start.

3.

Click Shut down.

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If the computer is unresponsive and you are unable to use the preceding shutdown procedures, try the following emergency procedures in the sequence provided:

● Press ctrl+alt+delete , and then click the Power button.

● Press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds.

● Disconnect the computer from external power and remove the battery.

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6 Drives

Identifying installed drives

Your computer includes a solid state drive (SSD) with solid-state memory. Because it has no moving parts, an SSD does not generate as much heat as other hard drives.

To view the drives installed on the computer, select Start > Computer.

Handling drives

Drives are fragile device components that must be handled with care. Refer to the following cautions before handling drives. Additional cautions are included with the procedures to which they apply.

CAUTION: To reduce the risk of damage to the computer, damage to a drive, or loss of information, observe these precautions:

Before you move a computer that is connected to an external hard drive, initiate Sleep and allow the screen to clear, or properly disconnect the external hard drive.

Before handling a drive, discharge static electricity by touching the unpainted metal surface of the drive.

Do not touch the connector pins on a removable drive or on the computer.

Handle a drive carefully; do not drop a drive or place items on it.

Before removing or inserting a drive, shut down the computer. If you are unsure whether the computer is off, in the Sleep state, or in Hibernation, turn the computer on and then shut it down through the operating system.

Do not use excessive force when inserting a drive into a drive bay.

Do not type on the keyboard or move the computer while an optional optical drive is writing to a disc.

The write process is sensitive to vibration.

When the battery is the only source of power, be sure that the battery is sufficiently charged before writing to media.

Avoid exposing a drive to temperature or humidity extremes.

Avoid exposing a drive to liquids. Do not spray the drive with cleaning products.

Remove media from a drive before removing the drive from the drive bay, or traveling with, shipping, or storing a drive.

If a drive must be mailed, place the drive in a bubble-pack mailer or other suitable protective packaging and label the package “FRAGILE.”

Avoid exposing a drive to magnetic fields. Security devices with magnetic fields include airport walkthrough devices and security wands. The airport security devices that check carry-on luggage, such as conveyor belts, use X-rays instead of magnetism and will not damage a drive.

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Using an optical drive

Your computer includes an optical drive that expands the functionality of the computer. Identify what kind of device is installed in your computer to see its capabilities. The optical drive allows you to read data discs, play music, and watch movies. If your computer includes a Blu-ray Disc ROM Drive, then you can also watch high-definition video from disc.

Identifying the installed optical drive

Select Start > Computer.

You will see a list of all the devices installed in your computer, including your optical drive. You may have one of the following types of drives:

● DVD-ROM Drive

● DVD±RW/R and CD-RW Combo Drive

● DVD±RW/R and CD-RW Combo Drive with Double-Layer (DL) support

● SuperMulti LightScribe DVD±RW/R and CD-RW Combo drive with Double-Layer (DL) support

● Blu-ray ROM DVD±R/RW SuperMulti DL Drive

● Blu-ray ROM with LightScribe DVD±R/RW SuperMulti DL Drive

NOTE: Some of the drives in the preceding list may not be supported by your computer.

Using optical discs

An optical drive, such as a DVD-ROM drive, supports optical discs (CDs and DVDs). These discs store information, such as music, photos, and movies. DVDs have a higher storage capacity than CDs.

Your optical drive can read standard CD and DVD discs. If your optical drive is a Blu-ray Disc ROM

Drive, it can also read Blu-ray discs.

NOTE: Some of the optical drives listed may not be supported by your computer. The listed drives are not necessarily all of the supported optical drives.

Some optical drives can also write to optical discs as described in the following table.

Optical drive type Write to CD-RW Write to DVD±RW/R Write to DVD+RW DL Write label to

LightScribe CD or DVD

±RW/R

Yes Yes No Blu-ray ROM DVD±R/

RW SuperMulti DL

Drive

Yes

SuperMulti LightScribe

DVD±RW and CD-RW

Combo Drive with DL support

Yes

Blu-ray ROM with

LightScribe DVD±R/

RW SuperMulti DL

Drive

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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CAUTION: To prevent possible audio and video degradation, loss of information, or loss of audio or video playback functionality, do not initiate Sleep or Hibernation while reading or writing to a CD or DVD.

Selecting the right disc (CDs, DVDs, and BDs)

An optical drive supports optical discs (CDs, DVDs, and BDs). CDs, used to store digital data, are also used for commercial audio recordings and are convenient for your personal storage needs. DVDs and

BDs are used primarily for movies, software, and data backup purposes. DVDs and BDs are the same form factor as CDs but have 6 to 7 times the storage capacity.

NOTE: The optical drive on your computer may not support all the types of optical discs discussed in this section.

CD-R discs

CD-R (write-once) discs are widely used for creating a permanent copy of data that can be shared as needed. Typical uses include the following:

● Distributing large presentations

● Sharing scanned and digital photos, video clips, and written data

● Making your own music CDs

● Keeping permanent archives of computer files and scanned home records

● Offloading files from your hard drive to free up disk space

After data is recorded, it cannot be erased or written over.

CD-RW discs

Use a CD-RW disc (a rewritable version of a CD) to store large projects that must be updated frequently.

Typical uses include the following:

● Developing and maintaining large documents and project files

● Transporting work files

● Making weekly backups of hard drive files

● Updating photos, video, audio, and data continuously

DVD±R discs

Use blank DVD±R discs to permanently store large amounts of information. After data is recorded, it cannot be erased or written over.

DVD±RW discs

Use DVD±RW discs if you want to be able to erase or write over data that you saved earlier. This type of disc is ideal for testing audio or video recordings before you burn them to a CD or DVD that cannot be changed.

LightScribe DVD+R discs

Use LightScribe DVD+R discs for sharing and storing data, home videos, and photos. These discs are read-compatible with most DVD-ROM drives and DVD video players. With a LightScribe-enabled drive and LightScribe software, you can write data to the disc and then add a designer label to the outside of the disc.

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Blu-ray Disc

Also called BD, Blu-ray Disc is a high-density optical disc format for the storage of digital information, including high-definition video. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can store 25 GB, over five times more than the 4.7-GB single-layer DVD. A dual-layer Blu-ray Disc can store 50 GB, almost 6 times more than the

8.5-GB dual-layer DVD.

Typical uses include the following:

● Storage of large amounts of data

● High-definition video playback and storage

● Video games

NOTE: As Blu-ray is a new format containing new technologies, certain disc, digital connection, compatibility, and/or performance issues may arise, and do not constitute defects in the product.

Flawless playback on all systems is not guaranteed.

Playing a CD, DVD, or BD

1.

Turn on the computer.

2.

Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the disc tray.

3.

Pull out the tray (2).

4.

Hold the disc by the edges to avoid touching the flat surfaces and position the disc label-side up over the tray spindle.

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.

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6.

Close the disc tray.

If you have not yet configured AutoPlay, as described in the following section, an AutoPlay dialog box opens. It prompts you to select how you want to use the media content.

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Configuring AutoPlay

1.

Select Start > Default Programs > Change AutoPlay settings.

2.

Confirm that the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box is selected.

3.

Click Choose a default, and then select one of the available options for each media type listed.

4.

Click Save to confirm your selections.

NOTE: For more information about AutoPlay, refer to Help and Support.

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 region changes remaining is displayed on the DVD Region tab.

To change settings through the operating system:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Then, in the System area, click Device

Manager.

2.

Click the arrow next to DVD/CD-ROM drives to expand the list to show all of the installed drives.

3.

Right-click the DVD drive for which you want to change region settings, and then click

Properties.

4.

Click the DVD Region tab and make changes.

5.

Click OK.

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.

CAUTION: To prevent loss of information or damage to a disc, observe the following guidelines:

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. Save the information to your hard drive, and then burn 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.

NOTE: For details about using software included with the computer, refer to the software manufacturer’s instructions, which may be provided on disc, in the software Help, or on the manufacturer’s Web site.

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Copying a CD or DVD

1.

Select Start > All Programs > CyberLink DVD Suites > Power2Go.

2.

Insert the disc you want to copy into the optical drive.

3.

Click Copy at the bottom right of the screen.

Power2Go reads the source disc and copies the data to a temporary folder on your hard drive.

4.

When prompted, remove the source disc from the optical drive and insert a blank disc into the drive.

After the information is copied, the disc you created ejects automatically.

Creating (burning) a CD or DVD

If your computer includes a CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD±RW optical drive, you can use software such as Windows Media Player or CyberLink Power2Go to burn data and audio files, including MP3 and WAV music files. To burn video files to a CD or DVD, use Windows DVD Maker.

CAUTION: Observe the copyright warning. It is a criminal offense, under applicable copyright laws, to make unauthorized copies of copyright-protected material, including computer programs, films, broadcasts, and sound recordings. Do not use this computer for such purposes.

Observe the following guidelines when burning a CD or DVD:

● Before burning a disc, save and close any open files and close all programs.

● A CD-R or DVD-R is usually best for burning audio files because after the information is copied, it cannot be changed.

NOTE: You cannot create an audio DVD with CyberLink Power2Go.

● Because some home and car stereos will not play CD-RWs, use CD-Rs to burn music CDs.

● A CD-RW or DVD-RW is generally best for burning data files or for testing audio or video recordings before you burn them to a CD or DVD that cannot be changed.

● DVD players used in home systems usually do not support all DVD formats. Refer to the user guide that came with your DVD player for a list of supported formats.

● An MP3 file uses less space than other music file formats, and the process for creating an MP3 disc is the same as the process for creating a data file. MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers with MP3 software installed.

To burn a CD or DVD, follow these steps:

1.

Download or copy the source files into a folder on your hard drive.

2.

Insert a blank CD or DVD into the optical drive.

3.

Select Start > All Programs, and then select the name of the software you want to use.

NOTE: Some programs may be located in subfolders.

4.

Select the kind of CD or DVD you want to create—data, audio, or video.

5.

Right-click Start, click Open Windows Explorer, and navigate to the folder where the source files are stored.

6.

Open the folder, and then drag the files to the drive that contains the blank optical disc.

7.

Initiate the burning process as directed by the program you have selected.

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For specific instructions, refer to the software manufacturer's instructions, which may be provided with the software, on disc, or on the manufacturer's Web site.

Removing an optical disc (CD, DVD, or BD)

1.

Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the disc tray, and then gently pull out the tray (2) until it stops.

2.

Remove the disc (3) from the tray by gently pressing down on the spindle while lifting the outer edges of the disc. Hold the disc 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.

3.

Close the disc tray and place the disc in a protective case.

Improving hard drive performance

Using Disk Defragmenter

As you use the computer, files on the hard drive become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter consolidates the fragmented files and folders on the hard drive so that the system can run more efficiently.

Disk Defragmenter is easy to use. After you start it, it works without supervision. Depending on the size of your hard drive and the number of fragmented files, it may take more than an hour to complete. You may want to set it to run during the night or another time when you do not need access to your computer.

HP recommends defragmenting your hard drive at least once a month. You may set Disk Defragmenter to run on a monthly schedule, but you can defragment your computer manually at any time.

NOTE: If your computer includes an SSD, it is not necessary to run Disk Defragmenter.

To run Disk Defragmenter:

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

2.

Click Defragment disk.

For additional information, access the Disk Defragmenter software Help.

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Using Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup searches the hard drive for unnecessary files that you can safely delete to free up disk space and help the computer to run more efficiently.

To run Disk Cleanup:

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.

2.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

Using HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection protects the hard drive by parking the drive and halting I/O requests under either of the following conditions:

● You drop the computer.

● You move the computer with the display closed while the computer is running on battery power.

A short time after the end of one of these events, HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection returns the hard drive to normal operation.

NOTE: Because solid-state drives (SSD) lack moving parts, HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection is unnecessary.

NOTE: Hard drives connected to USB ports are not protected by HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive

Protection.

For more information, refer to the HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection software Help.

Identifying HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection status

The drive light on the computer turns amber to show that the drive is parked. To determine whether a drive is currently protected or whether a drive is parked, select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and

Sound > Windows Mobility Center:

● If the software is enabled, a green check mark is superimposed over the hard drive icon.

● If the software is disabled, a red X is superimposed over the hard drive icon.

● If the drive is parked, a yellow moon is superimposed over the hard drive icon.

The icon in the Mobility Center may not show the most up-to-date status for the drive. For immediate updates after a change in status, you need to enable the notification area icon.

To enable the notification area icon:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive

Protection.

2.

On the Icon in System Tray row, click Show.

3.

Click OK.

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If HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection has parked the drive, the computer will behave in the following ways:

● The computer will not shut down.

● The computer will not initiate Sleep or Hibernation, except as described in the following Note.

NOTE: If the computer is running on battery power and reaches a critical battery level, HP

ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection allows the computer to initiate Hibernation.

● The computer will not activate battery alarms set on the Alarms tab in Power Options properties.

Before you move the computer, HP recommends that you either shut it down or initiate Sleep or

Hibernation.

Using HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection software

The HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection software enables you to perform the following tasks:

● Enable and disable HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection.

NOTE: Depending on your user privileges, you may not be able to enable or disable HP

ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection. Additionally, members of an Administrator group can change the privileges for non-Administrator users.

● Determine whether a drive in the system is supported.

To open the software and change settings, follow these steps:

1.

In Mobility Center, click the hard drive icon to open the HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection window.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive

Protection.

2.

Click the appropriate button to change settings.

3.

Click OK.

Replacing the hard drive

CAUTION: To prevent information loss or an unresponsive system:

Shut down the computer before removing the hard drive from the hard drive bay. Do not remove the hard drive while the computer is on, in the Sleep state, or in Hibernation.

If you are not sure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on by pressing the power button. Then shut down the computer through the operating system.

To remove the hard drive:

1.

Save your work.

2.

Shut down the computer and close the display.

3.

Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.

4.

Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.

5.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface.

6.

Remove the battery from the computer.

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7.

With the hard drive bay toward you, loosen the hard drive cover screw (1).

8.

Lift the hard drive cover away from the computer (2).

9.

Remove the hard drive screws (1), and pull the hard drive up (2) to disconnect the hard drive.

10.

Disconnect the hard drive cable and lift the hard drive (3) out of the hard drive bay.

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To install a hard drive:

1.

Connect the hard drive cable and insert the hard drive into the hard drive bay (1).

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2.

Push the hard drive down (2) until the hard drive snaps into place, and replace the hard drive screws

(3).

3.

Align the tabs on the hard drive cover with the notches on the computer (1).

4.

Close the cover (2).

5.

Tighten the hard drive cover screw (3).

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7 External devices

Using a USB device

A USB port connects an optional external device, such as a USB keyboard, mouse, drive, printer, scanner, or hub, to the computer or to an optional expansion product.

Some USB devices may require additional support software, which is usually included with the device.

For more information about device-specific software, refer to the manufacturer's instructions.

The computer has 3 USB ports, which support USB 1.0, USB 1.1, and USB 2.0 devices. To add more

USB ports, connect an optional hub or expansion product.

Connecting a USB device

CAUTION: To prevent damage to a USB connector, use minimal force to connect a USB device.

▲ To connect a USB device to the computer, connect the USB cable for the device to the USB port.

You will hear a sound when the device has been detected.

NOTE: The first time you connect a USB device, the “Installing device driver software” message is displayed in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

Removing a USB device

CAUTION: To prevent loss of information or an unresponsive system, use the following procedure to safely remove the USB device.

CAUTION: To prevent damage to a USB connector, do not pull on the cable to remove the USB device.

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To remove a USB device:

1.

Click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

NOTE: To display the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon, click the Show hidden

icons icon (the arrow at the left of the notification area).

2.

Click the name of the device in the list.

NOTE: You are prompted that it is safe to remove the hardware device.

3.

Remove the device.

Using an eSATA device

An eSATA port connects an optional high-performance eSATA component, such as an eSATA external hard drive.

Some eSATA devices may require additional support software, which is usually included with the device.

For more information about device-specific software, refer to the manufacturer's instructions.

NOTE: The eSATA port also supports an optional USB device.

Connecting an eSATA device

CAUTION: To prevent damage to an eSATA port connector, use minimal force to connect an eSATA device.

▲ To connect an eSATA device to the computer, connect the eSATA cable for the device to the eSATA port.

You will hear a sound when the device has been detected.

Removing an eSATA device

CAUTION: To prevent loss of information or an unresponsive system, use the following procedure to safely remove the device.

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CAUTION: To prevent damage to an eSATA connector, do not pull on the cable to remove the eSATA device.

1.

Click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

NOTE: To display the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon, click the Show hidden

icons icon (the arrow at the left of the notification area).

2.

Click the name of the device in the list.

NOTE: You are prompted that it is safe to remove the hardware device.

3.

Remove the device.

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8 External media cards

Using Digital Media Slot cards

Optional digital cards provide secure data storage and convenient data sharing. These cards are often used with digital media–equipped cameras and PDAs as well as with other computers.

The Digital Media Slot supports the following digital card formats:

● Memory Stick (MS)

● Memory Stick Pro (MSP)

● MultiMediaCard (MMC)

● Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory card (standard and large size)

● xD-Picture card (XD)

Inserting a digital card

CAUTION: To avoid damaging the digital card or the computer, do not insert any type of adapter into the Digital Media Slot.

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the digital card connectors, use minimal force to insert a digital card.

1.

Hold the digital card label-side up, with the connectors facing the computer.

2.

Insert the card into the Digital Media Slot, and then push in on the card until it is firmly seated.

You will hear a sound when the device has been detected, and a menu of options may be displayed.

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Removing a digital card

CAUTION: To prevent loss of data or an unresponsive system, use the following procedure to safely remove the digital card.

1.

Save your information and close all programs associated with the digital card.

NOTE: To stop a data transfer, click Cancel in the operating system Copying window.

2.

To remove a digital card: a.

Click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

NOTE: To display the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon, click the Show

hidden icons icon (the arrow at the left side of the notification area).

b.

Click the name of the digital card in the list.

NOTE: You are prompted that it is safe to remove the hardware device.

3.

Press in on the digital card (1), and then remove the card from the slot (2).

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9 Memory modules

Adding or replacing memory modules

The computer has one memory module compartment, which is located on the bottom of the computer.

The memory capacity of the computer can be upgraded by adding a memory module to the vacant expansion memory module slot or by upgrading the existing memory module in the primary memory module slot.

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of electric shock and damage to the equipment, unplug the power cord and remove all batteries before installing a memory module.

CAUTION: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage electronic components. Before beginning any procedure, ensure that you are discharged of static electricity by touching a grounded metal object.

NOTE: To use a dual-channel configuration when adding a second memory module, be sure that both memory modules are the same size.

Adding or replacing a memory module in the expansion memory module slot

The expansion memory module slot is stacked above the primary memory module slot. To add or replace a memory module in the expansion memory module slot, follow these steps:

1.

Save your work.

2.

Shut down the computer and close the display.

If you are not sure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on by pressing the power button. Then shut down the computer through the operating system.

3.

Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.

4.

Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.

5.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface.

6.

Remove the battery from the computer.

7.

Loosen the memory/wireless module compartment cover screw (1).

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8.

Lift the memory/wireless module compartment cover (2) away from the computer.

9.

Remove the memory module from the expansion memory slot: a.

Pull away the retention clips (1) on each side of the memory module.

The memory module tilts up.

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module.

b.

Grasp the edge of the memory module (2), and gently pull the module out of the memory module slot.

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10.

Insert a memory module in the expansion memory slot: a.

Align the notched edge (1) of the memory module with the tab in the memory module slot.

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module, and do not bend the memory module.

b.

With the memory module at a 45-degree angle from the surface of the memory module compartment, press the module (2) into the memory module slot until it is seated.

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c.

Gently press the memory module (3) down, applying pressure to both the left and right edges of the memory module, until the retention clips snap into place.

11.

Align the tabs (1) on the memory/wireless module compartment cover with the notches on the computer.

12.

Close the cover (2).

13.

Tighten the memory/wireless module compartment cover screw (3).

14.

Replace the battery.

15.

Turn the computer right-side up, and then reconnect external power and external devices.

16.

Turn on the computer.

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Upgrading a memory module in the primary memory module slot

The expansion memory module slot is stacked above the primary memory module slot. To upgrade a memory module in the primary memory module slot, follow these steps:

1.

Save your work.

2.

Shut down the computer.

If you are not sure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on by pressing the power button. Then shut down the computer through the operating system.

3.

Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.

4.

Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.

5.

Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface.

6.

Remove the battery from the computer.

7.

Loosen the memory/wireless module compartment cover screw (1).

8.

Lift the memory/wireless module compartment cover (2) away from the computer.

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NOTE: If a memory module is installed in the expansion memory module slot, first remove the expansion memory module.

9.

Remove the memory module from the primary memory slot: a.

Pull away the retention clips (1) on each side of the memory module.

The memory module tilts up.

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b.

Grasp the edge of the memory module (2), and gently pull the module out of the memory module slot.

To protect a memory module after removal, place it in an electrostatic-safe container.

10.

Insert a memory module in the primary memory module slot: a.

Align the notched edge (1) of the memory module with the tab in the memory module slot.

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module, and do not bend the memory module.

b.

With the memory module at a 45-degree angle from the surface of the memory module compartment, press the module (2) into the memory module slot until it is seated.

c.

Gently press the memory module (3) down, applying pressure to both the left and right edges of the memory module, until the retention clips snap into place.

11.

Align the tabs (1) on the memory/wireless module compartment cover with the notches on the computer.

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NOTE: If you removed a memory module from the expansion memory slot before removing the primary memory module, replace the memory module in the expansion memory module slot.

12.

Close the cover (2).

13.

Tighten the memory/wireless module compartment cover screw (3).

14.

Replace the battery.

15.

Turn the computer right-side up, and then reconnect external power and external devices.

16.

Turn on the computer.

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10 Security

Protecting the computer

Standard security features provided by the Windows® operating system and the non-Windows Setup

Utility can protect your personal settings and data from a variety of risks.

Follow the procedures in this guide to use the following features:

● Passwords

● Antivirus software

● Firewall software

● Critical security updates

● Optional security cable

NOTE: Security solutions are designed to act as deterrents, but they may not deter software attacks or prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen.

NOTE: Before you send your computer for service, remove all password settings.

Computer risk Security feature

Unauthorized use of the computer

Computer viruses

Power-on password

Norton Internet Security software

Unauthorized access to data ● Firewall software

● Windows updates

Unauthorized access to Setup Utility, BIOS settings, and other system identification information

Administrator password

Ongoing or future threats to the computer

Unauthorized access to a Windows user account

Unauthorized removal of the computer

Critical security updates from Microsoft

User password

Security cable slot (used with an optional security cable)

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 Windows or in the non-Windows Setup Utility preinstalled on the computer.

CAUTION: To prevent being locked out of the computer, record each password you set. Because most 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 a Setup Utility feature and for a Windows security feature. You can also use the same password for more than one Setup Utility feature.

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Use the following guidelines when setting a password in Setup Utility:

● A password can be any combination of up to 8 letters and numbers and is case sensitive.

● A password set in Setup Utility must be entered at a Setup Utility prompt. A password set in Windows must be entered at a Windows prompt.

Use the following tips for creating and saving passwords:

● When creating passwords, follow 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 sections list Windows and Setup Utility passwords and describe their functions. For additional information about Windows passwords, such as screen-saver passwords, select Start > Help

and Support.

Setting passwords in Windows

Password

Administrator password

User password

QuickLock

Function

Protects administrator-level access to computer contents.

NOTE: This password cannot be used to access Setup Utility contents.

Protects access to a Windows user account. It also protects access to the computer contents and must be entered when you exit Sleep or Hibernation.

Protects the computer by requiring a password to be entered in the Windows Log On dialog box before you access the computer. After you set a user or administrator password, follow these steps:

● Initiate QuickLock by pressing fn+f6 .

● Exit QuickLock by entering your Windows user or administrator password.

Setting passwords in Setup Utility

Password

Administrator password*

Function

● Protects access to Setup Utility.

● After this password is set, it must be entered each time you access Setup Utility.

CAUTION: If you forget your administrator password, you cannot access Setup Utility.

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Password Function

Power-on password* ● Protects access to the computer contents.

● After this password is set, it must be entered each time you turn on or restart the computer, or exit Hibernation.

CAUTION: If you forget your power-on password, you cannot turn on or restart the computer, or exit Hibernation.

NOTE: The administrator password can be used in place of the power-on password.

*For details about each of these passwords, refer to the following topics.

Administrator password

Your administrator password protects the configuration settings and system identification information in

Setup Utility. After this password is set, you must enter it each time you access Setup Utility.

Your administrator password is not interchangeable with an administrator password set in Windows, nor is it displayed as it is set, entered, changed, or deleted. Be sure that you record your password and store it in a safe place.

If you enter the administrator password at the first password check before the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed, you do not have to enter it again to access Setup Utility.

If you enter the power-on password at the first password check before the “Press the ESC key for Startup

Menu” message is displayed, you must enter the administrator password to access Setup Utility.

Managing an administrator password

To set, change, or delete this password, follow these steps:

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

– or –

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press esc . When the

Startup Menu is displayed, press f10 .

2.

Use the arrow keys to select Security > Set Administrator Password, and then press enter .

● To set an administrator password, type your password in the Enter New Password and

Confirm New Password fields, and then press enter .

● To change an administrator password, type your current password in the Enter Current

Password field, type a new password in the Enter New Password and Confirm New

Password fields, and then press enter .

● To delete an administrator password, type your current password in the Enter Password field, and then press enter 4 times.

3.

To save your changes and exit Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Saving

Changes.

Your changes go into effect when the computer restarts.

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Entering an administrator password

At the Enter Password prompt, type your administrator password, and then press enter . After 3 unsuccessful attempts to enter the administrator password, you must restart the computer and try again.

Power-on password

Your power-on password prevents unauthorized use of the computer. After this password is set, it must be entered each time you turn on or restart the computer, or exit Hibernation. A power-on password is not displayed as it is set, entered, changed, or deleted.

Managing a power-on password

To set, change, or delete this password, follow these steps:

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

– or –

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press esc . When the

Startup Menu is displayed, press f10 .

2.

Use the arrow keys to select Security > Set Power-On Password, and then press enter .

● To set a power-on password, type your password in the Enter New Password and Confirm

New Password fields, and then press enter .

● To change a power-on password, type your current password in the Enter Current

Password field, type a new password in the Enter New Password and Confirm New

Password fields, and then press enter .

● To delete a power-on password, type your current password in the Enter Current

Password field, and then press enter 4 times.

3.

To save your changes and exit Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Saving

Changes.

Your changes go into effect when the computer restarts.

Entering a power-on password

At the Enter Password prompt, type your password, and then press enter . After 3 unsuccessful attempts to enter the password, you must restart the computer and try again.

Using antivirus software

When you use the computer to access e-mail, a network, or the Internet, you expose it to computer viruses. Computer viruses can disable the operating system, programs, or utilities, or cause them to function abnormally.

Antivirus software can detect most viruses, destroy them, and in most cases, repair any damage they have caused. To provide ongoing protection against newly discovered viruses, antivirus software must be kept up to date.

Norton Internet Security, an antivirus program, is preinstalled on the computer. The software includes

60 days of free updates. It is strongly recommended that you protect the computer against new viruses beyond 60 days 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.

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To view and access Norton Internet Security, select Start > All Programs > Norton Internet

Security.

For more information about computer viruses, type viruses in the Search box in Help and Support.

Using firewall software

When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, unauthorized persons may be able to gain access to the computer, your personal files, and information about you. Use the firewall software preinstalled on the computer to protect your privacy.

Firewall features include logging and reporting of network activity, and automatic monitoring of all incoming and outgoing traffic. Refer to the firewall user guide or contact your firewall manufacturer for more information.

NOTE: 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 resolve the problem, disable the firewall, perform the task that you want to perform, and then reenable the firewall. To permanently resolve the problem, reconfigure the firewall.

Installing critical security updates

CAUTION: Microsoft sends alerts regarding critical updates. To protect the computer from security breaches and computer viruses, install all critical updates from Microsoft as soon as you receive an alert.

Updates to the operating system and other software may have become available after the computer was shipped. To be sure that all available updates are installed on the computer, observe these guidelines:

● Run Windows Update as soon as possible after you set up your computer. Use the update link at

Start > All Programs > Windows Update.

● Run Windows Update monthly thereafter.

● Obtain updates to Windows and other Microsoft® programs, as they are released, from the

Microsoft Web site and through the updates link in Help and Support.

Installing an optional security cable

NOTE: A security cable is designed to act as a deterrent, but it may not prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen.

1.

Loop the security cable around a secured object.

2.

Insert the key (1) into the cable lock (2).

3.

Insert the cable lock into the security cable slot on the computer (3), and then lock the cable lock with the key.

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11 Backup and recovery

Recovery after a system failure is as complete as your most current backup. HP recommends that you create recovery discs immediately after software setup. As you add new software and data files, you should continue to back up your system on a regular basis to maintain a reasonably current backup.

Tools provided by the operating system and HP Recovery Manager software are designed to help you with the following tasks for safeguarding your information and restoring it in case of a system failure:

● Creating a set of recovery discs (Recovery Manager software feature). Recovery discs are used to start up (boot) your computer and restore the operating system and software programs to factory settings in case of system failure or instability.

● Backing up your information regularly to protect your important system files.

● Creating system restore points (operating system feature). System restore points allow you to reverse undesirable changes to your computer by restoring the computer to an earlier state.

● Recovering a program or driver (Recovery Manager software feature). This feature helps you reinstall a program or driver without performing a full system recovery.

● Performing a full system recovery (Recovery Manager software feature). With Recovery Manager, you can recover your full factory image if you experience system failure or instability. Recovery

Manager works from a dedicated recovery partition (select models only) on the hard drive or from recovery discs you create.

NOTE: Computers with a solid-state drive (SSD) may not have a recovery partition. Recovery discs have been included for computers that do not have a partition. Use these discs to recover your operating system and software. To check for the presence of a recovery partition, select

Start, right-click Computer, click Manage, and then click Disk Management. If the partition is present, an HP Recovery drive is listed in the window.

Creating recovery discs

HP recommends that you create recovery discs to be sure that you can restore your system to its original factory state if you experience serious system failure or instability. Create these discs after setting up the computer for the first time.

Handle these discs carefully and keep them in a safe place. The software allows the creation of only one set of recovery discs.

NOTE: If your computer does not include an integrated optical drive, you can use an optional external optical drive (purchased separately) to create recovery discs, or you can purchase recovery discs for your computer from the HP Web site.

Note the following guidelines before creating recovery discs:

● You will need high-quality DVD-R, DVD+R, BD-R (writable Blu-ray), or CD-R discs. All these discs are purchased separately. DVDs and BDs have a much higher capacity than CDs. If you use CDs, up to 20 discs may be required, whereas only a few DVDs or BDs are required.

NOTE: Read-write discs, such as CD-RW, DVD±RW, double-layer DVD±RW, and BD-RE

(rewritable Blu-ray) discs, are not compatible with the Recovery Manager software.

● The computer must be connected to AC power during this process.

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● Only one set of recovery discs can be created per computer.

● Number each disc before inserting it into the optical drive.

● If necessary, you can exit the program before you have finished creating the recovery discs. The next time you open Recovery Manager, you will be prompted to continue the disc creation process.

To create a set of recovery discs:

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Recovery Manager > Recovery Disc Creation.

2.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

Backing up your information

As you add new software and data files, you should back up your system on a regular basis to maintain a reasonably current backup. Back up your system at the following times:

● At regularly scheduled times

NOTE: Set reminders to back up your information periodically.

● Before the computer is repaired or restored

● Before you add or modify hardware or software

Note the following when backing up:

● Create system restore points using the Windows® System Restore feature, and periodically copy them to disc.

● Store personal files in the Documents library and back up this folder periodically.

● Back up templates stored in their associated programs.

● Save customized settings in a window, toolbar, or menu bar by taking a screen shot of your settings.

The screen shot can be a time-saver if you have to reset your preferences.

To copy the screen and paste it into a word-processing document, follow these steps:

1.

Display the screen.

2.

Copy the screen:

To copy only the active window, press alt+prt sc .

To copy the entire screen, press prt sc .

3.

Open a word-processing document, and then select Edit > Paste.

4.

Save the document.

● You can back up your information to an optional external hard drive, a network drive, or discs.

● When backing up to discs, use any of the following types of discs (purchased separately): CD-R,

CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, or DVD±RW. The discs you use will depend on the type of optical drive installed in your computer.

NOTE: DVDs store more information than CDs, so using them for backup reduces the number of recovery discs required.

● When backing up to discs, number each disc before inserting it into the optical drive of the computer.

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Using Windows Backup and Restore

To create a backup using Windows Backup and Restore, follow these steps:

NOTE: Be sure that the computer is connected to AC power before you start the backup process.

NOTE: The backup process may take over an hour, depending on file size and the speed of the computer.

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Maintenance > Backup and Restore.

2.

Follow the on-screen instructions to set up and create a backup.

NOTE: Windows® includes the User Account Control feature to improve the security of your computer.

You may be prompted for your permission or password for tasks such as installing software, running utilities, or changing Windows settings. Refer to Help and Support for more information.

Using system restore points

When you back up your system, you are creating a system restore point. A system restore point allows you to save and name a snapshot of your hard drive at a specific point in time. You can then recover back to that point if you want to reverse subsequent changes made to your system.

NOTE: Recovering to an earlier restore point does not affect data files saved or e-mails created since the last restore point.

You also can create additional restore points to provide increased protection for your system files and settings.

When to create restore points

● Before you add or extensively modify software or hardware

● Periodically, whenever the system is performing optimally

NOTE: If you revert to a restore point and then change your mind, you can reverse the restoration.

Create a system restore point

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System.

2.

In the left pane, click System Protection.

3.

Click the System Protection tab.

4.

Under Protection Settings, select the disk for which you want to create a restore point.

5.

Click Create.

6.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

Restore to a previous date and time

To revert to a restore point (created at a previous date and time), when the computer was functioning optimally, follow these steps:

1.

Select Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System.

2.

In the left pane, click System protection.

3.

Click the System Protection tab.

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4.

Click System Restore.

5.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

Performing a recovery

NOTE: You can recover only files that you have previously backed up. HP recommends that you use

HP Recovery Manager to create a set of recovery discs (entire drive backup) as soon as you set up your computer.

Recovery Manager software allows you to repair or restore the system if you experience system failure or instability. Recovery Manager works from recovery discs or from a dedicated recovery partition (select models only) on the hard drive. However, if your computer includes a solid-state drive (SSD), you may not have a recovery partition. If that is the case, recovery discs have been included with your computer.

Use these discs to recover your operating system and software.

NOTE: Windows has its own built-in repair features, such as System Restore. If you have not already tried these features, try them before using Recovery Manager.

NOTE: Recovery Manager recovers only software that was preinstalled at the factory. Software not provided with this computer must be downloaded from the manufacturer's Web site or reinstalled from the disc provided by the manufacturer.

Recovering from the recovery discs

To restore the system from the recovery discs:

1.

Back up all personal files.

2.

Insert the first recovery disc into an optional external optical drive and restart the computer.

3.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

Recovering from the dedicated recovery partition (select models only)

NOTE: Computers with an SSD may not have a recovery partition. If the computer does not have a recovery partition, you will not be able to recover using this procedure. Recovery discs have been included for computers that do not have a partition. Use these discs to recover your operating system and software.

On some models, you can perform a recovery from the partition on the hard drive, accessed by pressing either the Start button or f11 . This restores the computer to its factory condition.

To restore the system from the partition, follow these steps:

1.

Access Recovery Manager in either of the following ways:

● Select Start > All Programs > Recovery Manager > Recovery Manager.

– or –

● Turn on or restart the computer, and then press esc while the “Press the ESC key for Startup

Menu” message is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Then, press f11 while the “Press

<F11> for recovery” message is displayed on the screen.

2.

Click System Recovery in the Recovery Manager window.

3.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

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A Setup Utility

Starting Setup Utility

Setup Utility is a ROM-based information and customization utility that can be used even when your

Windows® operating system is not working.

The utility reports information about the computer and provides settings for startup, security, and other preferences.

To start Setup Utility:

▲ Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

– or –

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press esc .

2.

When the Startup Menu is displayed, press f10 .

Using Setup Utility

Changing the language of Setup Utility

The following procedure explains how to change the language of Setup Utility. If Setup Utility is not already running, begin at step 1. If Setup Utility is already running, begin at step 2.

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

– or –

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press esc . When the

Startup Menu is displayed, press f10 .

2.

Use the arrow keys to select System Configuration > Language, and then press enter .

3.

Use the arrow keys to select a language, and then press enter .

4.

When a confirmation prompt with your language selected is displayed, press enter .

5.

To save your change and exit Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Saving

Changes, and then press enter .

Your change goes into effect immediately.

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Navigating and selecting in Setup Utility

Because Setup Utility is not Windows based, it does not support the TouchPad. Navigation and selection are by keystroke.

● To choose a menu or a menu item, use the arrow keys.

● To choose an item in a list or to toggle a field, for example an Enable/Disable field, use either the arrow keys or f5 or f6 .

● To select an item, press enter .

● To close a text box or return to the menu display, press esc .

● To display additional navigation and selection information while Setup Utility is open, press f1 .

Displaying system information

The following procedure explains how to display system information in Setup Utility. If Setup Utility is not open, begin at step 1. If Setup Utility is open, begin at step 2.

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

– or –

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press esc . When the

Startup Menu is displayed, press f10 .

2.

Select the Main menu. System information such as the system time and date, and identification information about the computer is displayed.

3.

To exit Setup Utility without changing any settings, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit

Discarding Changes, and then press enter .

Restoring default settings in Setup Utility

The following procedure explains how to restore the Setup Utility default settings. If Setup Utility is not already running, begin at step 1. If Setup Utility is already running, begin at step 2.

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

– or –

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press esc . When the

Startup Menu is displayed, press f10 .

2.

Use the arrow keys to select Exit > Load Setup Defaults, and then press enter .

3.

When the Setup Confirmation is displayed, press enter .

4.

To save your change and exit Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Saving

Changes, and then press enter .

The Setup Utility default settings go into effect when the computer restarts.

NOTE: Your password, security, and language settings are not changed when you restore the factory default settings.

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Exiting Setup Utility

You can exit Setup Utility with or without saving changes.

● To exit Setup Utility and save your changes from the current session:

If the Setup Utility menus are not visible, press esc to return to the menu display. Then use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Saving Changes, and then press enter .

● To exit Setup Utility without saving your changes from the current session:

If the Setup Utility menus are not visible, press esc to return to the menu display. Then use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Discarding Changes, and then press enter .

After either choice, the computer restarts in Windows.

Setup Utility menus

The menu tables in this section provide an overview of Setup Utility options.

NOTE: Some of the Setup Utility menu items listed in this chapter may not be supported by your computer.

Main menu

Select

System information

To do this

● View and change the system time and date.

● View identification information about the computer.

● View specification information about the processor, memory size, system BIOS, and keyboard controller version (select models only).

Security menu

Select

Administrator password

Power-On Password

To do this

Enter, change, or delete an administrator password.

Enter, change, or delete a power-on password.

System Configuration menu

Select

Language Support

Button Sound (select models only)

Virtualization Technology (select models only)

Processor C6 State (select models only)

LAN Power Saving (select models only)

To do this

Change the Setup Utility language.

Enable/disable the capacitive button tapping sound.

Enable/disable the processor Virtualization Technology.

Enable/disable the processor C6 sleep state.

Enable/disable LAN Power Saving. When enabled, saves power when the computer is in DC mode.

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Select

Card Reader/1394 Power Saving (select models only)

Fan Always On

Boot Options

To do this

Enable/disable Card Reader/1394 Power Saving.

Enable/disable Fan Always On. When enabled, the computer fan will always be on.

Set the following boot options:

● f10 and f12 Delay (seconds)―Set the delay for the f10 and f12 functions of Setup Utility in intervals of 5 seconds each (0, 5, 10, 15,

20).

● CD-ROM boot―Enable/disable boot from CD-ROM.

● Floppy boot―Enable/disable boot from diskette.

● Internal Network Adapter boot―Enable/disable boot from Internal

Network Adapter.

● Boot Order―Set the boot order for:

◦ Hard drive

◦ Internal CD/DVD ROM drive

USB Disk on Key/USB hard disk

USB CD/DVD ROM drive

USB floppy

Network adapter

Diagnostics menu

Select

Hard Disk Self Test

Secondary Hard Disk Self Test (select models only)

Memory Test

To do this

Run a comprehensive self-test on the hard drive.

NOTE: On models with two hard drives, this menu option is called

Primary Hard Disk Self Test.

Run a comprehensive self-test on a secondary hard drive.

Run a diagnostic test on the system memory.

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B Software updates

Updated versions of the software provided with your computer may be available on the HP Web site.

Most software and BIOS updates on the HP Web site are packaged in compressed files called

SoftPaqs.

Some download packages contain a file named Readme.txt, which contains information regarding installing and troubleshooting the file.

To update the software, follow these steps, which are explained in the remainder of this guide:

1.

Identify your computer model, product category, and series or family. Prepare for a system BIOS update by identifying the BIOS version currently installed on the computer.

If your computer is connected to a network, consult the network administrator before installing any software updates, especially system BIOS updates.

NOTE: The computer system BIOS is stored on the system ROM. The BIOS initializes the operating system, determines how the computer will interact with the hardware devices, and provides for data transfer among hardware devices, including the time and date.

NOTE: Windows® includes the User Account Control feature to improve the security of your computer. You may be prompted for your permission or password for tasks such as installing applications, running utilities, or changing Windows settings. Refer to Help and Support for more information.

2.

Access the updates on the HP Web site at http://www.hp.com

.

3.

Install the updates.

Updating the BIOS

To update the BIOS, first determine what BIOS version you currently have, and then download and install the new BIOS.

Determining the BIOS version

To determine whether available BIOS updates contain later BIOS versions than those currently installed on the computer, you need to know the version of the system BIOS currently installed.

BIOS version information (also known as ROM date and System BIOS) can be displayed by pressing fn+esc (if you are already in Windows) or by opening Setup Utility.

To use Setup Utility for displaying BIOS information:

1.

Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer. While the “Press the ESC key for

Startup Menu” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, press f10 .

2.

If Setup Utility does not open with the system information displayed, use the arrow keys to select the Main menu.

When the Main menu is selected, BIOS and other system information is displayed.

3.

To exit Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit Discarding Changes, and then press enter .

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Downloading a BIOS update

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the computer or an unsuccessful installation, download and install a BIOS update only when the computer is connected to reliable external power using the AC adapter.

Do not download or install a BIOS update while the computer is running on battery power, docked in an optional docking device, or connected to an optional power source. During the download and installation, follow these instructions:

Do not disconnect power from the computer by unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet.

Do not shut down the computer or initiate Sleep or Hibernation.

Do not insert, remove, connect, or disconnect any device, cable, or cord.

To download a BIOS update:

1.

Access the page on the HP Web site that provides software for your computer:

Select Start > Help and Support, and then click the link for software, driver, and BIOS updates.

2.

Follow the on-screen instructions to identify your computer and access the BIOS update you want to download.

3.

At the download area, follow these steps: a.

Identify the BIOS update that is later than the BIOS version currently installed on your computer. Make a note of the date, name, or other identifier. You may need this information to locate the update later, after it has been downloaded to your hard drive.

b.

Follow the on-screen instructions to download your selection to the hard drive.

Make a note of the path to the location on your hard drive where the BIOS update will be downloaded. You will need to access this path when you are ready to install the update.

NOTE: If you connect your computer to a network, consult the network administrator before installing any software updates, especially system BIOS updates.

BIOS installation procedures vary. Follow any instructions that are displayed on the screen after the download is complete. If no instructions are displayed, follow these steps:

1.

Open Windows Explorer by selecting Start > Computer.

2.

Double-click your hard drive designation. The hard drive designation is typically Local Disk (C:).

3.

Using the hard drive path you recorded earlier, open the folder on your hard drive that contains the update.

4.

Double-click the file that has an .exe extension (for example, filename.exe).

The BIOS installation begins.

5.

Complete the installation by following the on-screen instructions.

The system automatically shuts down after the BIOS has successfully updated.

NOTE: After a message on the screen reports a successful installation, you can delete the downloaded file from your hard drive.

Updating programs and drivers

To download and install software other than a BIOS update, follow these steps:

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To use the HP Web site:

1.

Open your Web browser, go to http://www.hp.com/support , and select your country or region.

2.

Click the option for software and driver downloads, type your computer model number in the Search box, and then press enter .

– or –

If you want a specific SoftPaq, enter the SoftPaq number in the Search box, press enter , and follow the instructions provided. Proceed to step 6.

3.

Click your specific product from the models listed.

4.

Select your operating system.

5.

When the list of drivers is displayed, click an updated driver to open a window containing additional information.

6.

Click Install now to install the updated driver.

NOTE: In some locations you may be able to download the driver and install it later. To do this, click Download only to save the file to your computer. When prompted, click Save and then select a storage location on your hard drive. After the file is downloaded, navigate to the folder where the file was stored, and double-click the file to install.

7.

If prompted to do so, restart your computer after the installation is complete, and then verify the operation of the device.

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Index

Symbols/Numerics

1394 Power Saving 91

A

AC adapter

connecting 45

identifying 10

testing 46

action keys decreasing screen

brightness 26

decreasing the speaker

volume 27, 30

Help and Support 26

identifying 4

increasing screen

brightness 26

increasing the speaker

volume 27, 30

muting or restoring the speaker

volume 27, 30

playing the next track/section on

a CD, DVD, or BD 27

playing the previous track/ section on a CD, DVD, or

BD 27

playing, pausing, or resuming a

CD, DVD, or BD 27 printing the screen 27

stopping a CD, DVD, or

BD 27

switching screen image 26

turning the wireless features on

or off 27

using 26

wireless 13

administrator password

creating 80

entering 81

managing 80

airport security devices 56

antennas 8

antivirus software, using 81

applications key, Windows 4

audio devices, connecting

external 33 audio functions, checking 33

audio-in (microphone) jack 30

audio-in (microphone) jack,

identifying 6

audio-out (headphone) jack 30

audio-out (headphone) jack,

identifying 6

AutoPlay 60

B backing up customized window, toolbar,

and menu bar settings 85 personal files 85 templates 85

battery

calibrating 51 charging 48, 51

conserving power 53

discharging 49

disposing 54

identifying 10

inserting 47

low battery levels 49

recharging 53

removing 47

replacing 54

storing 53

battery bay 10

battery bay, identifying 8

Battery Check 47

battery light 48, 49

battery light, identifying 5

battery power 46

battery release latch 47

battery release latch,

identifying 8

battery temperature 53

bays

battery 8, 10

hard drive 8

BD

playing 59

removing 62

BD drive 57

BIOS, updating 92

Blu-ray ROM DVD±R/RW

SuperMulti DL Drive 57

Blu-ray ROM with LightScribe DVD

±R/RW SuperMulti DL Drive 57

Bluetooth device 12, 19

Bluetooth label 10

boot options 91 boot order 91

button sound 90

buttons

left TouchPad 1

power 3

right TouchPad 2

TouchPad on/off 1, 3

C cables

eSATA 68

LAN 22

USB 67

caps lock light, identifying 2

Card Reader Power Saving 91

CD

burning 61 copying 61

playing 59

removing 62

CD drive 57

Certificate of Authenticity label 10

charging batteries 48, 51

compartments

memory module 8 wireless module 8

components

additional hardware 9

bottom 8

display 7

front 4

left-side 6

ENWW Index 95

96

right-side 5

top 1

connecting to a WLAN 16

connection, external power 45

conservation, power 53

copyright warning 60

cord, power 9

corporate WLAN connection 16

critical battery level 50

critical security updates,

installing 82

D

default settings, restoring 89

device drivers

HP drivers 41

Windows drivers 41

Diagnostics menu 91

digital card

defined 70 inserting 70

removing 71 stopping 71

Digital Media Slot, identifying 5

Disk Cleanup software 63

Disk Defragmenter software 62 disk performance 62

display image, switching 26

drive light 63

drive light, identifying 6

drive media 42

drives

boot order 91

hard 64, 65

optical 57

DVD

burning 61

changing region setting 60

copying 61

playing 59

removing 62

DVD drive 57

DVD region settings 60

E

earbuds 30

encryption 15

End hotkey 28

eSATA cable, connecting 68

eSATA devices

connecting 68 description 68 removing 68 stopping 68

eSATA/USB port, identifying 6

esc key, identifying 4

external audio devices,

connecting 33

external monitor port 34

external monitor port,

identifying 6

F

f11 87

fan always on 91

firewall 15

firewall software, using 82

fn key, identifying 4, 27

full system recovery 84

H hard disk drive

installing 65

removing 64 replacing 64

hard drive

HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive

Protection 63

identifying 8

installing 65

removing 64 replacing 64

hard drive self test 91

hardware, identifying 1

HDMI port 34

HDMI, connecting 34

headphone (audio-out) jack 6,

30 headphones 30

Help and Support key 26

Hibernation

exiting 43

initiated during critical battery

level 50

initiating 43

high-definition devices,

connecting 34

Home hotkey 28

Index hotkeys

description 27 display system information 27

End 28

Home 28

page down 27 page up 27

using 28

HP Mobile Broadband Module 17

HP Mobile Broadband,

disabled 17

HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive

Protection 63

HP TrueVision webcam

adjusting the properties 37

identifying 7

using 35

HP TrueVision webcam light 30

HP TrueVision webcam light,

identifying 7

HP USB Ethernet Adapter,

connecting 22

HP Wireless Assistant

software 13

hubs 67

I icons

network 12, 21

wireless 12

installed drives, identifying 56

interference, minimizing 22

internal microphones,

identifying 7, 30

Internet connection setup 15

issues, resolving 37

J jacks

audio-in (microphone) 6, 30 audio-out (headphone) 6, 30

RJ-45 (network) 6

K keyboard backlight key,

identifying 4

keyboard backlight, identifying 2

keyboard hotkeys, identifying 27

keys

action 4 esc 4

ENWW

fn 4 keyboard backlight 4

Windows applications 4

Windows logo 4

L labels

Bluetooth 10

HP Mobile Broadband

Module 11

Microsoft Certificate of

Authenticity 10 regulatory 10 serial number 10

SIM 11

wireless certification 10

WLAN 10

LAN Power Saving 90 language support 90

latch, battery release 8

left TouchPad button,

identifying 1

light, drive 63

lights

battery 5

caps lock 2

drive 6

HP TrueVision webcam 7

keyboard backlight 2 mute 2

power 2, 6

RJ-45 (network) 6

TouchPad 2 wireless 2

local area network (LAN)

cable required 22 connecting cable 22

low battery level 49

M

Main menu 90

maintenance

Disk Cleanup 63

Disk Defragmenter 62

managing a power-on

password 81

managing an administrator

password 80

media activity action keys 31

media controls decrease volume action

key 27

increase volume action

key 27

mute or restore volume action

key 27

next track/section action

key 27

play, pause, or resume action

key 27

previous track/section action

key 27 stop action key 27

turn wireless on/off action

key 27

MediaSmart

starting 32 using 32

MediaSmart software 32

memory module

adding 72

inserting 76

removing 73, 75

replacing 72, 75

upgrading primary 75

memory module compartment,

identifying 8

memory test 91

memory, replacing memory

modules 72, 75

memory/wireless module compartment cover

removing 73

replacing 74

microphone (audio-in) jack 6

microphones, internal 30

Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

label 10

minimizing interference 22

monitor, connecting 34

mouse, external

setting preferences 24

multimedia components,

identifying 29

multimedia software, using 32

mute light, identifying 2

N network cable

connecting 22 noise suppression circuitry 22

network icon 12, 21

network jack, identifying 6

network key 21

network security codes

network key 21

SSID 21

noise suppression circuitry, network

cable 22

O operating system

Microsoft Certificate of

Authenticity label 10

Product Key 10

optical disc, removing 62

optical drive 57

optical drive, identifying 5

P

page down hotkey 27 page up hotkey 27

passwords

administrator 80

power-on 81

set in Setup Utility 79 set in Windows 79

pinching TouchPad gesture 25

pointing devices

setting preferences 24

ports

eSATA/USB 6

external monitor 34

HDMI 34

USB 5, 67

power

connecting 45

conserving 53

power button, identifying 3

power connector, identifying 5

power cord, identifying 9

power light, identifying 2, 6

power-on password

creating 81 entering 81 managing 81

Processor C6 State 90

ENWW Index 97

Product Key 10

product name and number,

computer 10

programs

updating 93

using 32

projector, connecting 34

public WLAN connection 16

R

readable media 42

recovering a program or driver 84

recovering from the dedicated

recovery partition 87

recovering from the recovery

discs 87

recovery discs 84

Recovery Manager 84, 87

recovery partition 84

recovery, system 87

region codes, DVD 60

regulatory information

regulatory label 10 wireless certification labels 10

restore points 86

right TouchPad button,

identifying 2

RJ-45 (network) jack,

identifying 6

RJ-45 (network) lights,

identifying 6

S

screen brightness keys 26 screen image, switching 26

scrolling TouchPad gesture 25

secondary hard drive self test 91

security cable slot 5

security cable, installing 82

Security menu 90

security, wireless 15

serial number, computer 10

setup of WLAN 15

Setup Utility

changing the language 88

displaying system

information 89

exiting 90 menus 90

navigating 89

passwords set in 79

restoring default settings 89 selecting 89

starting 88

shutdown 54 shutting down 54

SIM

inserting 17

removing 18

Sleep

exiting 42 initiating 42

software

Disk Cleanup 63

Disk Defragmenter 62

HP Wireless Assistant 13

MediaSmart 32

updating 92

using 32

solid-state drive (SSD) 56, 84,

87

speakers 5, 30

storing battery 53

SuperMulti LightScribe DVD±RW and CD-RW Combo Drive with DL

support 57

supported discs 84

System Configuration menu 90

system failure or instability 84

system information hotkey 27

system information,

displaying 89, 90

system recovery 87

system restore points 84, 86

T

temperature 53

TouchPad

buttons 1

gestures 24

identifying 1

using 24

TouchPad gestures

pinching 25 scrolling 25 zooming 25

TouchPad light, identifying 2

TouchPad on/off button,

identifying 1, 3

traveling with the computer 10,

53

troubleshooting

device driver 40 disc burning 40

disc play 38, 39

external display 40

HP device drivers 41

optical disc tray 37

optical drive detection 38

Windows drivers 41

turning off the computer 54

U

unresponsive system 54

updates, software 92

USB cable, connecting 67

USB devices

connecting 67 description 67 removing 67 stopping 67

USB hubs 67

USB ports, identifying 5, 67

using system restore 86

V

vents, identifying 8

Virtualization Technology 90

W

Windows applications key,

identifying 4

Windows logo key, identifying 4

Windows, passwords set in 79

wireless antennas 8

Wireless Assistant software 13

wireless certification label 10

wireless controls

action keys 13

HP Wireless Assistant

software 13 operating system 13

wireless icon 12

wireless light 13

wireless light, identifying 2

wireless module compartment,

identifying 8

wireless network (WLAN)

connecting 16

98 Index ENWW

corporate WLAN

connection 16

equipment needed 15

functional range 16 public WLAN connection 16

security 15

WLAN antennas, identifying 9

WLAN device 10, 12

WLAN label 10

writable media 42

WWAN antennas, identifying 9

WWAN device 17

Z

zooming TouchPad gesture 25

ENWW Index 99

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Key Features

  • Powerful processor for fast performance
  • Dedicated graphics card for smooth gaming and video editing
  • Ample memory for multitasking and running demanding applications
  • Spacious hard drive for storing your files, music, and movies
  • Built-in webcam and microphone for easy video calls
  • Sleek design and long battery life for portability

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Frequently Answers and Questions

How do I connect to a wireless network?
Refer to the "Using a WLAN" section of the user guide.
How do I insert a SIM card?
Refer to the "Inserting a SIM" section of the user guide.
How do I use Bluetooth devices?
Refer to the "Using Bluetooth wireless devices" section of the user guide.
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