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Multimedia
User Guide
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First Edition: January 2008
Document Part Number: 465440-001
Product notice
This user guide describes features that are common to most models. Some features may not be
available on your computer.
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Product notice
Table of contents
1 Using multimedia hardware
Product notice ...................................................................................................................................... 1
Using the audio features ...................................................................................................................... 1
Important audio settings ...................................................................................................... 2
Using S/PDIF digital audio (select models only) .................................................................. 3
Using the audio-out (headphone) jack ................................................................................. 3
Adjusting the volume ........................................................................................................... 4
Using the QuickPlay buttons ................................................................................................................ 5
Media button—QuickPlay installed ...................................................................................... 5
Media button—QuickPlay not installed ................................................................................ 5
DVD button—QuickPlay installed ........................................................................................ 6
DVD button—QuickPlay not installed .................................................................................. 6
Using the video features ....................................................................................................................... 7
Using the external monitor port ............................................................................................ 7
Using the S-Video-out jack (select models only) ................................................................. 8
Using the camera ................................................................................................................................ 9
Capturing and streaming video .......................................................................................... 10
Capturing video ................................................................................................. 10
Streaming video with an instant message program .......................................... 10
Taking still photographs with the integrated camera ......................................................... 11
Adjusting camera properties .............................................................................................. 11
Using an optical drive ......................................................................................................................... 13
Identifying the installed optical drive .................................................................................. 13
Inserting an optical disc (CD or DVD) ................................................................................ 13
Removing an optical disc when running on battery or external power .............................. 14
Removing an optical disc when no computer power is available ....................................... 15
Using the media activity functions ...................................................................................................... 16
Using the media activity hotkeys ....................................................................................... 16
Using the media activity buttons (select models only) ....................................................... 17
Previous/rewind button ...................................................................................... 17
Play/pause button ............................................................................................. 17
Next/fast forward button .................................................................................... 18
Stop button ........................................................................................................ 18
2 Working with multimedia software
Opening preinstalled multimedia software ......................................................................................... 20
Installing multimedia software from a disc .......................................................................................... 20
Using multimedia software ................................................................................................................. 21
Preventing playback disruptions ......................................................................................................... 22
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Changing DVD region settings ........................................................................................................... 23
Observing the copyright warning ........................................................................................................ 23
Index ................................................................................................................................................................... 24
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Using multimedia hardware
Product notice
This user guide describes features that are common to most models. Some features may not be
available on your computer.
Using the audio features
The following illustration and table describe the audio features of the computer.
NOTE:
Your computer may look slightly different from the illustration in this section.
Component
Description
(1)
Record sound.
Internal microphones (2) (select models only)
NOTE: A microphone icon next to each microphone opening
indicates that the computer has internal microphones.
(2)
Speakers (2)
Produce sound.
(3)
Audio-in (microphone) jack
Connects an optional computer headset microphone, stereo array
microphone, or monaural microphone.
Product notice
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Component
Description
(4)
Audio-out (headphone) jack (second jack included
on select models only)
Connects optional powered stereo speakers, headphones, ear
buds, a headset, or television audio.
(5)
Volume mute button
Mutes and restores computer sound.
(6)
Volume scroll zone
Adjusts speaker volume. Slide your finger to the left to decrease
volume and to the right to increase volume. You can also tap the
minus sign on the scroll zone to decrease volume, or you can tap
the plus sign on the scroll zone to increase volume.
Important audio settings
For best results, when you connect an audio or video device, such as a high-definition TV, to the HDMI
port on your computer, follow these guidelines:
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Use QuickPlay as your software application.
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Set S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) as your default audio playback device.
Otherwise, you may hear audio only through your computer speakers, not through the audio or video
device.
To set S/PDIF as your default audio playback device, follow these steps:
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1.
Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound icon.
2.
Select the Playback tab.
3.
Select S/PDIF Interface > Set Default, and then click OK.
4.
Start QuickPlay (or restart it if it is already running), and you should hear audio on your device.
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Using S/PDIF digital audio (select models only)
S/PDIF (Sony/Phillips Digital Interface) or digital audio provides enhanced audio performance, including
surround sound and other high-end audio output.
For digital audio connections, connect the S/PDIF digital audio plug to the digital audio connector on
your audio/video equipment.
NOTE: In order to use S/PDIF with the headphone jack, you will need an optional mini TOS link cable
and/or adapter.
Using the audio-out (headphone) jack
WARNING! To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on headphones,
earbuds, or a headset. For additional safety information, refer to the Regulatory, Safety and
Environmental Notices.
CAUTION: To prevent possible damage to an external device, do not plug a single sound channel
(monaural) connector into the headphone jack.
In addition to connecting headphones, the headphone jack is used to connect the audio-out function of
an audio device such as external powered speakers or a stereo system.
When connecting a device to the headphone jack, use only a 3.5-mm stereo plug.
When a device is connected to the headphone jack, the speakers are disabled.
Using the audio features
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Adjusting the volume
You can adjust the volume using the following controls:
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Computer volume buttons:
◦
To decrease volume, press the volume down button (2).
◦
To mute or restore volume, press the mute button (1).
◦
To increase volume, press the volume up button (3).
Windows® volume control:
a.
Click the Volume icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.
b.
Increase or decrease the volume by moving the slider up or down. Select the Mute check box
to mute the volume.
– or –
a.
Double-click the Volume icon in the notification area.
b.
In the Device column, increase or decrease the volume by moving the slider up or down. You
can also adjust the balance or mute the volume.
If the Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area, follow these steps to add it:
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a.
Select Start > Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio
Devices > Volume tab.
b.
Select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
c.
Click Apply.
Program volume control:
Volume can also be adjusted within some programs.
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Chapter 1 Using multimedia hardware
Using the QuickPlay buttons
Media button and DVD button (select models only) functions vary, depending on the software installed
on your computer.
The media button (1) and the DVD button (2) allow you to listen to music, play DVDs, and watch movies
with the touch of a button.
Media button—QuickPlay installed
Computer power state
Media button function
On or off
Opens a music program or the Media menu so that you can
select a multimedia program.
NOTE:
Standby
Press the power button to exit the program.
Exits standby.
Media button—QuickPlay not installed
Computer power state
Media button function
On
Opens the default media player.
Off
None.
Standby
Exits standby.
NOTE:
The media button does not affect the restoration from hibernation.
Using the QuickPlay buttons
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DVD button—QuickPlay installed
Computer power state
DVD button function
On
Opens the default DVD program so that you can play a DVD
in the optical drive.
NOTE: Press the power button to exit the program.
Off
Opens QuickPlay so that you can play a DVD in the optical
drive.
NOTE: Press the power button to exit QuickPlay.
Standby
Exits standby.
DVD button—QuickPlay not installed
Computer power state
DVD button function
On
Opens the default DVD program so that you can play a DVD
in the optical drive.
Off
None.
Standby
Exits standby.
NOTE: The DVD button does not affect the restoration from hibernation.
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Using the video features
Using the external monitor port
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 fn+f4 to
transfer the image to the device. Repeatedly pressing fn+f4 alternates the screen image between the
computer display and the device.
Using the video features
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Using the S-Video-out jack (select models only)
The 7-pin S-Video-out jack connects the computer to an optional S-Video device such as a television,
VCR, camcorder, overhead projector, or video capture card.
To transmit video signals through the S-Video-out jack, you need an S-Video cable, available from most
electronics retailers. If you are combining audio and video functions, such as playing a DVD movie on
your computer and displaying it on your television, you also need a standard audio cable, available from
most electronics retailers, to connect to the headphone jack.
The computer can support one S-Video device connected to the S-Video-out jack, while simultaneously
supporting an image on the computer display or on any other supported external display.
NOTE:
The S-Video connection provides a higher quality image than a composite-video connection.
To connect a video device to the S-Video-out jack:
1.
Plug one end of the S-Video cable into the S-Video-out jack on the computer.
NOTE: If the S-Video-out jack on the computer is not accessible because the computer is docked
in an optional docking device, connect the S-Video cable to the S-Video-out jack on the docking
device.
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2.
Plug the other end of the cable into the video device, as instructed in the user guide included with
the device.
3.
Press the fn+f4 keys to switch the image between display devices connected to the computer.
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Using the camera
Select computer models include an integrated camera, located on the top of the display. The camera
can be used with a variety of software for the following functions:
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Capturing video.
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Streaming video with instant message software.
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Taking still photos.
The camera light (1) turns on when video software accesses the camera (2).
For optimum performance, observe the following guidelines while using the integrated camera:
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Be sure that you have the latest version of an instant message program before attempting a video
conversation.
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Your integrated camera may not work properly across some network firewalls. If you are having
trouble viewing or sending video to someone on another LAN or outside your network firewall,
contact your network administrator for assistance.
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Whenever possible, place bright light sources behind the camera and out of the picture area.
Using the camera
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Capturing and streaming video
To illustrate how each camera feature works, the following examples use specific software, not available
on all computers. Select Start > All Programs to locate the video software installed on your computer,
and refer to the individual program's online Help for further information.
Capturing video
You can capture video for playback at a later time. The following example uses MovieMaker software:
1.
Select Start > Programs > Windows MovieMaker.
2.
Click Capture from Video Device. The Video Capture Wizard opens.
3.
Click the listing for the integrated camera from the list of available devices.
4.
Check the microphone and camera settings, and adjust if necessary.
5.
Click Next.
6.
Select the file name and path where you want to save the video file, and then click Next.
7.
Select the video settings, and then click Next.
8.
Click Start Capture. When you finish recording, click Stop Capture.
9.
Click Finish to save the video file and close the wizard.
Streaming video with an instant message program
You can send real-time video through an instant message program. The following example uses
Windows Messenger:
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1.
Open Windows Messenger by double-clicking the icon in the notification area, at the far right of the
taskbar.
2.
Sign in to Windows Messenger.
3.
Select Actions > Voice/Video > Start a Video Conversation.
4.
Click the name of the person you want to connect with, and then click OK. An instant message
window is displayed, and the camera image is displayed next to the message area.
5.
If the Audio and Video Tuning Wizard opens, follow the instructions to adjust your camera and
microphone settings.
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Taking still photographs with the integrated camera
1.
Select Start > Control Panel > Scanners and Cameras.
2.
Double-click the listing for the integrated camera, and then click Next.
3.
Click Take Picture.
4.
Follow the directions on the Picture wizard to select any of the following options:
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Publish the pictures to a Web site.
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Order prints of the pictures.
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Save the pictures on your computer.
Adjusting camera properties
You can adjust the following camera properties:
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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.
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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.
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Hue—Controls the aspect of color that distinguishes it from another color (what makes a color red,
green, or blue). Hue is distinct from saturation, which measures the intensity of the hue.
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Saturation—Controls the strength of color in the final image. A higher saturation setting creates a
bolder image; a lower saturation setting creates a more subtle image.
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Sharpness—Controls the definition of edges in an image. A higher sharpness setting creates a
more defined image; a lower sharpness setting creates a softer image.
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Gamma—Controls the contrast affecting the mid-level grays or midtones of an image. Adjusting
the gamma of an image allows you to change brightness values of the middle range of gray tones
without dramatically altering the shadows and highlights. A lower Gamma setting makes greys look
black, and makes dark colors even darker.
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White Balance—Controls the color temperature of the dominant light sources. This enables white
objects in the image to appear truly white. The white balance settings in the Properties dialog box
are displayed as WB (Red) and WB (Blue). A higher white balance setting increases the
concentration of the color (red or blue); a lower white balance setting decreases the concentration
of the selected color.
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Exposure—Controls the relative amount of light that enters the camera sensor. A higher exposure
setting allows more light; a lower exposure setting allows less light.
●
Gain—Controls the intensity range, thus altering the color contrast of the image. A higher gain
setting stretches the intensity range; a lower gain setting shrinks the intensity.
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Light Source—Controls the settings to adjust the camera exposure for the ambient light.
●
Flip—Reverses the captured image vertically.
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Mirror—Reverses the captured image horizontally.
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Privacy—Turns off the capture function.
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Low Light—Lowers the frame rate automatically in a poor lighting environment to maintain the
brightness of the captured image.
The Properties dialog box is accessible from various programs that use the integrated camera, usually
from a configuration, settings, or properties menu.
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Chapter 1 Using multimedia hardware
Using an optical drive
Depending on the type of optical drive and software installed in your computer, the optical drive plays,
copies, and creates CDs or DVDs.
Identifying the installed optical drive
▲
Select Start > My Computer.
The type of optical drive installed in the computer is displayed under Devices with Removable
Storage.
Inserting an optical disc (CD or DVD)
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.
6.
Close the disc tray.
NOTE: After you insert a disc, a short pause is normal. If you have not selected a media player, an
AutoPlay dialog box opens. It prompts you to select how you want to use the media content.
Using an optical drive
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Removing an optical disc when running on battery or external power
1.
Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the media 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.
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Close the media tray and place the disc in a protective case.
Chapter 1 Using multimedia hardware
Removing an optical disc when no computer power is available
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 tray is released, and then pull out the tray (2) until it stops.
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:
4.
If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully as you remove it.
Close the media tray and place the disc in a protective case.
Using an optical drive
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Using the media activity functions
The media activity hotkeys and the media activity buttons (select models only) control the play of an
audio CD or a DVD that is inserted into the optical drive.
Using the media activity hotkeys
A media activity hotkey is a combination of the fn key (1) and a function key.
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When an audio CD or a DVD is not playing, press fn+f9 (2) to play the disc.
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When an audio CD or a DVD is playing, use the following hotkeys:
◦
To pause or resume playing the disc, press fn+f9 (2).
◦
To stop the disc, press fn+f10 (3).
◦
To play the previous track of an audio CD or the previous chapter of a DVD, press fn+f11
(4).
◦
To play the next track of an audio CD or the next chapter of a DVD, press fn+f12 (5).
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Using the media activity buttons (select models only)
NOTE: The tapping sound made by the media activity buttons is enabled at the factory. You can
disable the sound in the Setup Utility (f10).
The following illustration and topics describe the functions of the media activity buttons.
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Previous/rewind button (1)
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Play/pause button (2)
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Next/fast forward button (3)
●
Stop button (4)
Previous/rewind button
Media status
Button
Function
Playing
Previous/rewind button
Plays a previous track or chapter.
Playing
fn + previous/rewind button
Rewinds the playback.
Media status
Button
Function
Not playing
Play/pause button
Plays the media.
Playing
Play/pause button
Pauses the playback.
Play/pause button
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Next/fast forward button
Media status
Button
Function
Playing
Next/fast forward button
Plays the next track or chapter.
Playing
fn + next/fast forward button
Fast forwards the playback.
Media status
Button
Function
Playing
Stop button
Stops the playback.
Stop button
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Chapter 1 Using multimedia hardware
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Working with multimedia software
The computer includes preinstalled multimedia software. Some computer models also include additional
multimedia software on an optical disc.
Depending on the hardware and software included with the computer, the following multimedia tasks
may be supported:
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Playing digital media, including audio and video CDs, audio and video DVDs, and Internet radio
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Creating or copying data CDs
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Creating, editing, and burning audio CDs
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Creating, editing, and burning a video or movie to a DVD or video CD
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. Instead, copy from a source disc or network drive to your hard drive, and then copy from your hard
drive to the destination disc.
Do not use the computer keyboard or move the computer while the computer is writing to a disc. The
write process is sensitive to vibration.
NOTE: For information about using software included with the computer, refer to the software
manufacturer's instructions that may be provided on disc, as online Help files, or on the software
manufacturer's Web site.
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Opening preinstalled multimedia software
1.
Select Start > All Programs.
2.
Click the program that you want to open.
Installing multimedia software from a disc
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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.
Chapter 2 Working with multimedia software
Using multimedia software
1.
Select Start > All Programs, and then open the multimedia program you want to use. For example,
if you want to use Windows Media Player to play an audio CD, click Windows Media Player.
NOTE:
Some programs may be located in subfolders.
2.
Insert the media disc, such as an audio CD, into the optical drive.
3.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
– or –
1.
Insert the media disc, such as an audio CD, into the optical drive.
An AutoPlay dialog box opens.
2.
Click a multimedia task from the list of tasks.
NOTE: The AutoPlay dialog box allows you to select a multimedia program for the media disc.
After you select a program from the list, click the Always do the selected action box.
3.
Click OK.
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Preventing playback disruptions
To reduce the possibility of playback disruption:
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Save your work and close all open programs before playing a CD or a DVD.
●
Do not connect or disconnect hardware while playing a disc.
Do not initiate standby or hibernation while playing a disc. Otherwise, you may see the warning message
“Putting the computer into hibernation or standby might stop the playback. Do you want to continue?”
If this message is displayed, click No. After you click No:
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Playback may resume.
– or –
●
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Playback may stop and the screen may clear. To return to playing the CD or DVD, press the power
button and then restart the disc.
Chapter 2 Working with multimedia software
Changing DVD region settings
Most DVDs that contain copyrighted files also contain region codes. The region codes help protect
copyrights internationally.
You can play a DVD containing a region code only if the region code on the DVD matches the region
setting on your DVD drive.
CAUTION:
The region settings on your DVD drive can be changed only 5 times.
The region setting you select the fifth time becomes the permanent region setting on the DVD drive.
The number of allowable region changes remaining on the drive is displayed in the Changes remaining
box on the DVD Region tab. The number in the field includes the fifth and permanent change.
To change settings through the operating system:
1.
Select Start > My Computer.
2.
Right-click in the window and select Properties > Hardware tab > Device Manager.
3.
Click DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the DVD drive for which you want to change region settings,
and then click Properties.
4.
Make the desired changes on the DVD Region tab.
5.
Click OK.
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.
Changing DVD region settings
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Index
A
audio features 1
audio settings 2
audio-in (microphone) jack 1
audio-out (headphone) jack 2, 3
B
button
Media 5
button, volume mute 4
buttons
DVD 5
next/fast forward 17
play/pause 17
previous/rewind 17
stop 17
C
camera
capturing video 10
identifying 9
properties 11
taking still photographs 11
CD
inserting 13
playing 22
protecting 19
removing, with power 14
removing, without power 15
writing to 19
copyright warning 23
D
DVD
changing region setting 23
inserting 13
playing 22
protecting 19
removing, with power 14
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Index
removing, without power 15
writing to 19
DVD button 5
DVD region settings 23
optical drive
playing 22
protecting 19
P
ports
external monitor 7
programs
multimedia 19
using 21
projector, connecting 7
protecting playback 22
E
earbuds 2
external monitor port 7
H
headphones 2
I
internal microphone, identifying
J
jacks
audio-in (microphone) 1
audio-out (headphone) 2, 3
S-Video-out 8
M
media activity buttons 17
media activity hotkeys 16
Media button 5
microphone, internal 1
monitor, connecting 7
multimedia software
described 19
using 21
mute button 4
O
optical disc
inserting 13
removing, with power 14
removing, without power 15
writing to 19
1
Q
QuickPlay 5
QuickPlay buttons 5
R
region codes, DVD 23
S
S-Video-out jack 8
S/PDIF digital audio 3
software
multimedia 19
using 21
speakers 1
T
TV 3
V
VCR 3
volume mute button 4
volume, adjusting 4
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