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Software Reference Guide
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition 2005
Reference Guide
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Welcome...........................................1
Using the Remote Control ............... 19
Experience the Entertainment Fun ............................. 1
Watch and record live TV.................................. 1
The right music for the moment ........................... 1
Share your digital memories .............................. 2
Transform your living space into a theater............ 2
Using Media Center Features ................................... 2
Remote Control Buttons Overview ...........................20
Begin using your remote control........................22
Remote Control Buttons..........................................23
Shortcut buttons ..............................................23
Standby button ...............................................24
Recording in standby mode..............................25
Remote control LED and the remote
sensor LED .....................................................25
Media playback buttons ..................................26
Navigation and other buttons ...........................28
Alphanumeric Keypad and Print buttons ............29
Using Media Center...........................5
Setting Up Media Center ......................................... 5
Completing the setup wizard steps...................... 5
Getting the Most out of Media Center ....................... 6
Opening Media Center ..................................... 7
Media Center Start Menu ........................................ 8
Using Online Spotlight ............................................ 9
Using More Programs in Media Center ..................... 9
Navigating Media Center................................ 10
Closing Media Center ........................................... 10
Synchronizing Media to a Portable
Media Device .................................................. 11
Viewing files on a portable media device .......... 11
Using Media Center Help ...................................... 12
Opening Media Center Help............................ 12
Media Center menu bars and control menu ....... 13
Using Instant Messaging in Media Center................ 14
Logging in to your messenger account............... 14
Changing Media Center Settings............................ 15
Media Center settings categories ...................... 15
Changing audio, video, display resolution,
and other settings ........................................... 16
Changing the display resolution ....................... 17
Contacting HP Support in Media Center.................. 17
Finding Additional Media Center Information........... 18
Watching and Recording
TV Programs .................................. 31
Navigating My TV ................................................31
Watching TV........................................................32
Watching Live TV............................................33
Controlling TV playback ..................................34
Using the remote control in My TV ....................35
Using the Television Program Guide........................36
Important information about the
Television Program Guide ................................36
Viewing the Television Program Guide ..............37
Setting up how Media Center downloads
the Guide ......................................................38
Manually downloading the Guide.....................39
Changing a postal code to receive the
correct Television Guide ..................................39
Adding missing channels to the Guide...............40
Removing channels from the Guide ...................40
Searching for TV Programs ....................................41
Searching for TV programs using categories ......42
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Recording TV Programs ......................................... 43
Recording TV from the Guide ........................... 44
Recording manually ........................................ 44
Recording TV without the Television
Program Guide .............................................. 45
Record by using the Record button.................... 45
Recording TV from Search ............................... 46
The Record icon in the taskbar ......................... 47
Recording TV tips ........................................... 47
Important information about My TV
and FM radio................................................. 47
Standby mode and scheduled recordings .......... 48
Recording quality and hard disk drive
storage space ................................................ 48
Copying recorded TV programs to
DVD or CD .................................................... 49
Playing Recorded TV Programs............................... 50
Using the More Information button
with recorded TV programs............................. 50
Playing a recorded program on a
non-HP Digital Entertainment Center .................. 51
Locating recorded TV programs on your
hard disk drive ............................................... 52
Viewing recording errors ................................. 52
About Recording Errors ......................................... 53
Common recording errors................................ 53
Resolving Recording Conflicts ................................ 54
Recording priority rules ................................... 54
Resolving a recording conflict .......................... 55
Deleting TV Programs............................................ 55
Deleting a scheduled program or series............. 55
Deleting a recorded program or series .............. 56
Setting Parental Controls ....................................... 56
Blocking unwanted TV programs
and movies .................................................... 56
Setting movie/DVD ratings .............................. 57
Changing parental control access code............. 57
Setting Caption Display ................................... 58
Displaying Teletext.......................................... 58
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Safeguarding Recorded TV Programs ......................59
Important information about recorded
TV programs ..................................................59
Preparing the code key files .............................60
Making the backup CD ...................................62
Using the code key backup CD after a
system recovery ..............................................62
Using Two TV Tuner Cards.....................................63
Recording two programs at the same time..........63
Watching live TV and recording a
different channel at the same time .....................64
Managing Hard Disk Drive Space ..........................64
Increasing hard disk drive space ......................65
Adjusting TV recording and storage settings.......65
Using the Disk Cleanup utility ...........................66
Adjusting System Restore settings ......................66
Deleting recorded TV programs ........................67
Uninstalling software programs that are
not needed ....................................................67
Content Protection Update .....................................68
Playing Music Files..........................69
HP Tunes .............................................................69
My Music ............................................................70
Using HP Tunes with Media Center .........................70
Adding Music to the iTunes Library .........................71
Adding music files from a CD in iTunes..............71
Adding music files from a CD in HP Tunes .........72
Adding music files from the Internet...................72
Adding music files from your hard disk drive ......73
Using supported music file types .......................73
Changing song name, genre, artist, or
album in iTunes ..............................................74
Playing CDs with HP Tunes ....................................74
Creating a Playlist with iTunes ................................75
Creating and Editing a New Playlist
with HP Tunes...................................................76
Creating Music CDs with iTunes .............................77
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Working with Pictures.....................89
HP Image Zone Plus .............................................. 89
My Pictures .......................................................... 90
Working with Digital Images.................................. 90
Using HP Image Zone Plus in Media Center ............. 91
Organizing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus ............. 91
Creating your picture catalog in
HP Image Zone Plus ........................................ 92
Creating albums ............................................. 94
Modifying a date assigned to your pictures........ 94
Assigning a keyword to your pictures ................ 95
Assigning a place to your pictures .................... 95
Searching for pictures in
HP Image Zone Plus ........................................ 96
Viewing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus ..................97
Viewing a slide show in
HP Image Zone Plus ........................................97
Viewing a slide show with music in
HP Image Zone Plus ........................................97
Changing view and slide-show options..............98
Editing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus ....................98
Updating edited picture files in
Media Center .................................................98
Using supported picture file types with
HP Image Zone Plus ........................................99
Printing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus .................100
Using My Pictures in Media Center .......................101
Organizing Pictures in My Pictures........................102
Adding Pictures to My Pictures .............................103
Adding picture files from your
hard disk drive .............................................103
Viewing Pictures in My Pictures.............................104
Viewing pictures as a slide show ....................105
Viewing a slide show with music in
My Pictures ..................................................105
Zooming into and panning across
your pictures ................................................105
Sorting pictures.............................................106
Changing picture settings...............................106
Turning photo captions on or off .....................107
Using supported picture file types in
My Pictures ..................................................107
Editing Pictures in My Pictures ..............................108
Fixing red eye or contrast ..............................108
Cropping pictures in My Pictures ....................108
Rotating pictures ...........................................109
Printing Pictures in My Pictures .............................110
Setting up your printer ...................................110
Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs .......................111
Using the Desktop for Some Picture Tasks ..............111
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Using My Music with Media Center ........................ 78
Adding Music to My Music Library ......................... 79
Adding music files from your
hard disk drive ............................................... 79
Adding music files from a CD........................... 80
Deleting music files from the
My Music library ............................................ 81
Using supported music file types ....................... 81
Playing Music Files in My Music ............................. 82
Playing an album in My Music ......................... 83
Playing a song in My Music ............................. 83
Creating a Queue List in My Music ......................... 84
Finding and Playing an Album in My Music............. 84
Creating a Playlist in My Music .............................. 85
Copying Music Files to CD in My Music .................. 86
Deleting music files from the
My Music library ............................................ 87
Editing song and album information.................. 87
Selecting a Visualization.................................. 87
Playing Videos ............................. 113
Recording TV Programs.................131
Playing Digital Videos in Media Center ................. 114
Using Supported Video File Types ........................ 115
Transferring and Recording Video Files ................. 115
Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files ................... 116
Organizing Videos ............................................. 117
Playing a Video Stored on
Removable Media .......................................... 118
Changing the Display for Better
Image Quality ................................................ 118
Creating a Desktop Background from
a Video File ................................................... 119
Adding Digital Videos to My Videos ..................... 119
Using the More Information Button
with My Videos .............................................. 121
Copying Recorded TV Programs to DVD ................ 131
Copying a TV program to CD/DVD
using Media Center ...................................... 131
Copy a recorded TV program to a DVD
with other programs ...................................... 132
Watching Recorded TV Programs on DVD ............. 132
Digital Media Copy Protection ............................. 133
Copy protection for DVD movies..................... 134
CGMS*....................................................... 134
Macrovision ................................................. 134
Using Double-Layer Technology and Media ........... 135
Playing DVDs ............................... 123
Playing DVD Movies in Media Center ................... 123
Changing the DVD Movie Language..................... 124
Changing DVD Audio Settings ............................. 124
About playing DVDs ..................................... 125
Stopping a DVD movie.................................. 125
Watching DVD in the inset window or
in a resized window ..................................... 125
Playing a DVD movie already in
your drive .................................................... 126
Programming Remote Control Buttons for DVD ....... 126
Listening to FM Radio ................... 127
Playing FM Radio Stations ................................... 128
Organizing Pre-set Radio Stations......................... 129
Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal
at the Same Time............................................ 129
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Playing CDs and DVDs ..................137
Playing Music CDs with iTunes ............................. 137
Setting Media Center as the automatic
CD or DVD player......................................... 138
Playing DVD Movies with
InterVideo WinDVD ........................................ 139
Using country/region codes ........................... 140
Playing Video CDs (VCD) with
InterVideo WinDVD ........................................ 141
Creating (Burning) CDs
and DVDs .....................................143
Creating (Burning) CDs and DVDs with
RecordNow! .................................................. 143
Creating music CDs with RecordNow!............. 144
Creating CDs to play in your car or home
CD players................................................... 144
Creating CDs to play on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center .....................................145
Creating a music CD .....................................146
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Importing, Editing, and
Burning Videos .............................161
Using InterVideo WinDVD Creator ....................... 161
Getting Started with WinDVD Creator................... 162
Using the Preview window in
WinDVD Creator .......................................... 162
Using the Media Library in
WinDVD Creator .......................................... 162
Using the Storyboard in WinDVD Creator........ 163
Identifying Requirements for Capturing Video
with WinDVD Creator ..................................... 163
Capturing Digital Camcorder Video with
WinDVD Creator ............................................ 164
Capturing Analog Video with
WinDVD Creator ............................................ 164
Capturing a Still Image ....................................... 165
Editing Video Files with WinDVD Creator ..............165
Adding images with WinDVD Creator.............166
Adding audio effects with
WinDVD Creator ..........................................167
Adding transition effects with
WinDVD Creator ..........................................167
Adding title effects with WinDVD Creator ........167
Adding video filters with WinDVD Creator.......168
Authoring Your DVD with WinDVD Creator ...........168
Making a movie with WinDVD Creator ...........169
Recording VHS Files Direct to DVD with
WinDVD Creator ............................................170
Converting Recorded TV to VCD or
DVD Format ...................................................170
Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged ...................171
Getting Started with muvee autoProducer...............171
Adding Videos to Your Movie with
muvee autoProducer........................................172
Adding Pictures to Your Movie with
muvee autoProducer........................................173
Adding Music to Your Movie with
muvee autoProducer........................................173
Setting the Style in muvee autoProducer.................174
Changing the Settings in muvee autoProducer ........174
Making the Movie with muvee autoProducer ..........175
Recording muvee autoProducer Movie to Disc
with WinDVD Creator .....................................176
Using an HP Personal
Media Drive ................................. 177
Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to
Work with Media Center .................................178
Locating the Drive After Installation .......................178
Assigning a Drive Letter to the
HP Personal Media Drive .................................179
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Storing Files on a DVD or CD............................... 146
Storing data files on disc ............................... 148
Copying a DVD or CD ........................................ 148
Erasing a DVD or CD.......................................... 149
Removing Files in RecordNow!............................. 149
Removing Files from a Recorded
Data Disc .................................................... 150
Creating an Image File.................................. 150
Saving an Image .......................................... 150
Burning an Image ......................................... 151
Archiving Files on a CD or DVD ........................... 151
Recording Video Files ......................................... 152
Using Disc Labels ............................................... 152
Using Compatibility Information ........................... 153
Identifying Disc Feature and Compatibility ............. 154
Using the Optical Drive Quick
Reference Table.............................................. 156
Using the Software Quick Reference Table............. 157
Viewing and Storing Files .................................... 179
Playing Media Files ............................................ 180
Playing Music Files ............................................. 180
Viewing Picture Files ........................................... 180
Playing Video Files ............................................. 181
Watching TV Programs Stored on the
HP Personal Media Drive................................. 181
About Recording TV to the
HP Personal Media Drive................................. 182
Recording TV programs to the
HP Personal Media Drive............................... 183
Changing the TV recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive............................... 183
Changing the TV recording path to the
local hard disk drive ..................................... 184
Disconnecting the HP Personal Media
Drive Safely ................................................... 184
Changing Disk Allocation .................................... 185
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Updating Recorded TV List after Removing
the HP Personal Media Drive............................ 185
System Requirements to View Recorded
TV Programs on Other PCs............................... 186
Troubleshooting ............................187
Troubleshooting Problems and
Finding Solutions ............................................ 187
Hardware and Operating System ......................... 188
Music ................................................................ 190
Television, Guide, Recording TV ........................... 192
Video/DVD: Video or Display
Problems or Errors........................................... 196
Pictures.............................................................. 198
Burning CDs or DVDs .......................................... 198
Index............................................199
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Welcome
Experience the Entertainment Fun
Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
lets you do amazing things with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center. With a full range of easy-to-use
digital entertainment features, experience TV, movies,
music, and photos like never before.
Welcome
Media Center is simple and easy to use. You can easily
find and choose your media. You can play movies, listen
to music, view photos, and watch TV with a single remote
control. Combine the powerful features of your HP Digital
Entertainment Center with a home theater receiver to
enjoy an even more dynamic entertainment experience.
Watch and record live TV
With Media Center you can pause, advance frame by
frame, skip ahead, or use instant replay to catch every
moment of live TV. Use fast-forward to bypass unwanted
content. When you are not able to watch your favorite
show, you can use Media Center to record it.
Record TV with ease by using the Television Program
Guide to select the shows you want to record. You can
record one show or an entire series and watch it when it
is convenient for you. You will never miss a moment of
your favorite shows.
The right music for the moment
Browse your entire music library by artist, genre, and
song. Select a playlist or a single album, or do a random
shuffle from your music collection. You can even play
songs from your iTunes music Library.
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Share your digital memories
Create personalized slide shows with music for viewing
on your TV. Easily edit and create professional-looking
home videos from the comfort of your couch with the
remote control.
Transform your living space into a theater
Whether you are watching a DVD movie or your own
home videos, Media Center delivers a rich viewing
experience with a high-quality digital sound system.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
Using Media Center Features
You can control the Media Center functions and navigate
Media Center windows by using the remote control, the
keyboard, or the trackball. You can easily switch back
and forth between them by moving the trackball, or by
pressing a button on the remote control or the keyboard.
You can run Media Center side-by-side with other
Windows software programs. It’s possible to browse
through your pictures, watch videos, play music, and
even record TV while using other Windows programs
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Some of the Media Center features listed are
for select models only.
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When using the remote control and the Media Center
program, you can:
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Watch, record, and play back television programs
on any TV in the house.
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Record your TV shows automatically while you are
doing something else.
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Pause, rewind, and fast-forward TV programs.
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Watch an instant replay.
Open specific windows in Media Center by using
the shortcut buttons on the remote control.
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Play back your digital videos.
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View your digital pictures or play them as a slide
show with music. Easily print your photos.
Communicate with your friends and family by using
instant messaging.
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Enjoy Media Center remotely (select models only).
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Browse, select, and play music CD files with
full-screen visualizations.
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Record CD tracks to your media library.
Easily back up your media files to CD, DVD, or
another hard disk drive such as the HP Personal
Media Drive.
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Play DVD movies. Resume playing your DVDs where
you left off.
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Listen to FM radio stations.
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Access streaming music and video subscription
services.
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Welcome
Welcome
The Television Program Guide may not be
available in all countries/regions.
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Using Media Center
Setting Up Media Center
The first time you start your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, a Media Center setup wizard opens. It is best to
complete each step in the Media Center setup wizard to
be able to use all the features in Media Center. The
Media Center setup wizard may take approximately
10 to 40 minutes to complete. If there are steps you still
need to complete, you can go to the Settings menu by
following the procedure below.
Completing the setup wizard steps
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings. You may need to use the arrow
buttons on the remote control to scroll down to see all
the menu items.
3 Select General, Media Center Setup, and then
Using Media Center
select Run Media Center Setup Again. Follow
the onscreen instructions to complete the wizard.
Using Media Center
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Listed below are some of the items included in the setup
wizard:
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Check for your Internet connection. An
Internet connection allows Media Center to
download and update your Television Program
Guide and display information about your music
CDs and other media.
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Configure your TV tuner, TV signal source,
and Television Program Guide. You need to
provide information about your TV signal source and
your TV signal equipment (set-top box, cables, and
so on). This step makes sure your Digital
Entertainment Center receives the correct TV signal
and Television Program Guide information. If you
have a cable box or satellite receiver, the setup
wizard programs your remote control to work
with them.
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Optimize how Media Center looks on your
display. You can change display settings such as
brightness, contrast, RGB color, and centering.
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Set up your speakers. Select how many
speakers you have and test them.
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You must subscribe with an Internet Service
Provider (ISP) to have an Internet connection.
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You can change your Media Center settings in
the Settings menu.
Getting the Most out of Media Center
To maximize effective use of Media Center and to ensure
access to all of its features, complete the following list
before getting started. Refer to the Start Here booklet
and the User’s Guide that came with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Before opening Media Center,
make sure:
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The HP Digital Entertainment Center is set up
correctly.
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The remote control has two AA alkaline batteries
installed.
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The remote sensor is properly plugged into a USB
connector on your HP Digital Entertainment Center
and is placed where you can point the remote
control at it.
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The remote sensor control cable is securely plugged
into the remote sensor and attached to your cable or
satellite set-top box, if present.
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The HP Digital Entertainment Center has a properly
configured and working Internet connection.
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The HP Digital Entertainment Center is properly
connected to your TV signal source.
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Opening Media Center
Press the Media Center Start button
control.
on the remote
Or
on the taskbar, and then click
Using Media Center
Click Start
Media Center.
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Media Center Start Menu
C
D
E
FG
H
A
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
B
A
B
Access a menu to exit Media Center, to
shut down or to restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, to log off to end your
Media Center session, to put the HP Digital
Entertainment Center into standby mode, or
to switch users
Use media playback controls: Play, Stop,
Pause, Skip, Fast-Forward, Replay, Rewind,
and Record, Volume Up/Down, Channel
Up/Down
K
Watch your home videos
L
View digital pictures or play a slide show;
print photos
M
Watch, record, and play back TV programs
N
Play music files or music CDs, create and
edit playlists, and record music files to CD
O
Play FM radio stations
P
Find utilities and programs: instant
messaging, video editing, and creating
CDs/DVDs, and sync to device
C
Open the Media Center Start menu
D
Go back one screen
E
Open the Media Center Help
F
Minimize the Media Center window
G
Resize the Media Center window
H
Close the Media Center window
J
Go to the Media Center Web site for the
latest Media Center information
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Some of the features listed are for select
models only.
Other menus not shown:
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HP Image Zone — View digital pictures, play a
slide show, and print photos
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HP Tunes — Play music from your iTunes music
Library or from music CDs
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Play DVD — Watch DVD movies
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Settings — Change Media Center program settings
Using Online Spotlight
Online Spotlight is a link to the Media Center Web site
for the latest Media Center information and for media
offers and services.
Music: This area includes links to music service
providers, such as Napster and Live365.
Movies: This area includes links to movie service
providers such as MovieLink and Cinema Now. You can
find information about popular films, view trailers,
download movies, and more.
News/Sports: This area lists top stories from news and
sports broadcasters such as MSNBC and ESPN.
Tips: This area includes tips from Microsoft on how to use
Media Center.
Downloads: This area includes information and
services that you can download.
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Some features listed for Online Spotlight may
not be available for all countries/regions.
More Programs contains links to programs, services, and
common tasks.
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Create CD/DVD is a link to a CD creation wizard
that helps you find the media files you want to copy
to CD or DVD. For more information about creating
CDs and DVDs, see “Creating (Burning) CDs and
DVDs with RecordNow!” on page 143.
■
Messenger opens an instant messaging log on
window. For more information see “Logging in to
your messenger account” on page 14.
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Sync to Device allows you to automatically transfer
your music, picture, video, and recorded TV files
from the HP Digital Entertainment Center to a
portable device such as a portable Media Center
device, a SmartPhone, a pocket PC, or a mass
storage device. Select Help in Media Center for
more information.
Using Media Center
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Using Media Center
Using More Programs in Media Center
Navigating Media Center
In the Media Center windows, a selected item such as a
folder, file, or menu item is outlined with a green border.
.
You can control the Media Center functions and navigate
Media Center windows by using the remote control, the
keyboard, or a trackball.
To select items in Media Center by using the remote
control, use the arrow buttons on the remote control, and
then use the OK button to enter your selection.
If you have media playing, such as music or television, it
appears in an inset window in the lower-left corner. To
switch from watching your media in the inset window to
watching it in full-screen mode, use the arrows on the
remote control to select it, and then press OK.
Closing Media Center
1 Move the trackball to display the Media Center
menu bars.
2 Click the Close icon to close Media Center.
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Synchronizing Media to a Portable
Media Device
Sync to Device in More Programs allows you to
automatically transfer your music, picture, video, and
recorded TV files from the HP Digital Entertainment Center
to a portable device such as a portable Media Center
device, a SmartPhone, a pocket PC, or a mass storage
device. Select Help in Media Center for more
information.
1 Connect your portable media device to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
2 Select Yes when the message appears asking if you
want to sync content to the device.
3 If device is connected, press Start on the remote
control.
4 Select More Programs, and then select Sync to
Device.
5 Select the Up arrow or Down arrow on the screen to
move a playlist up or down in the list. The playlist at
the top of the list is synchronized to the portable
device first.
Or
Select Delete next to a playlist you do not want to
transfer to the device.
Or
Select Add More to select other media categories
you want to add to the list.
6 Select Start Sync.
1 Connect your portable media device to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
2 Minimize Media Center by selecting the
minimize icon.
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Viewing files on a portable media device
3 Click Start on the taskbar, and then click
Windows Media Player.
4 Click the Sync tab to view files on the portable
media device.
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Using Media Center Help
When you select the Help icon in Media Center, the Help
Center window opens. From here you can access local
help files located on your HP Digital Entertainment Center
as well as help files found on the Internet.
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Hardware: Find support information about your
Media Center HP Digital Entertainment Center
hardware.
The help categories are:
■
Help: Find help on using Media Center from files
located on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Community: Visit Media Center forums and get
help online.
■
Tips: Go to the Microsoft Web site for helpful tips
about using Media Center.
Opening Media Center Help
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Move the trackball to show the Media Center
navigation bar, and then select the Help (?)
icon from any window in Media Center.
3 From the Help Center, select Help.
4 When Media Center Help files appear, use your
trackball, keyboard, or your remote control to select
a help category.
5 Select a help topic.
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When Media Center is open, you can also
press F1 on the keyboard to open Media
Center Help.
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Media Center menu bars and control menu
When you move the trackball, the Media Center menu
bars appear. When you use the remote control, or when
you stop using the trackball (after 5 seconds), the menu
bars disappear.
To access the control menu in Media Center
menu, move the trackball to display the menu
bars. Select the Turn Off icon on the main
Media Center window.
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You can use the Minimize and Resize buttons
to switch to the desktop or to run Media
Center side-by-side with another program.
From this menu, you can select icons to perform various
actions.
Action
Log off and end your Media
Center session and switch users
Turn off the HP Digital
Entertainment Center
Restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center
Using Media Center
Icon
Put the HP Digital Entertainment
Center in a reduced power state
— standby mode
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Using Instant Messaging in Media Center
Media Center supports instant messaging so you can
communicate with your friends and family while you are
doing something in Media Center. You always have the
option to turn this feature on or off.
You can use your remote control to log in and type
messages. You can even have multiple conversations.
From most areas in Media Center you can
press Ctrl + D on the keyboard, or select a
media file and press the More Info button on
the remote control to access the Messenger
login screen.
Logging in to your messenger account
1 First, you must go to http://www.msn.com to set
up your messenger account. You will need a .NET
passport to log in to messenger. A .NET passport is
an e-mail address, a login name, and a password.
Make sure you verify the account with MSN before
you try to log in from Media Center.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
3 Select More Programs, and then
select the Messenger icon.
4 Select Sign In.
5 Enter your net passport information,
and then select Sign In.
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Changing Media Center Settings
In the Media Center Settings window, you can change
settings for watching television, for viewing your pictures
and slide shows, and for controlling sound and the
display of all the Media Center windows.
To change your Media Center settings:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings.
3 Select a category.
4 Select one of the settings listed. Then, use the arrow
buttons to select an option or follow the onscreen
instructions.
5 Select Save to save your changes.
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TV to set up TV signal, audio, and closed
captioning. You can download or edit the Television
Program Guide, view or clear recording history, set
hard disk drive recorder storage space, configure
your display, and set recording defaults.
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Some settings, such as parental control and
caption display settings for TV and DVDs, are
included with select models only. Not all
channels support closed captioning.
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Pictures to set slide-show settings.
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Music to select visualizations or song information to
display when playing a song.
■
DVDs to select a language for subtitles, audio
tracks, and menus of your DVDs, program the remote
control buttons for your DVDs, and select closed
captioning. You can also access audio settings for
your speakers. You must use a trackball or keyboard
to select the audio settings.
■
Messenger and Caller ID to allow instant
messages within Media Center and set notifications
for caller ID.
■
Radio to organize or delete pre-set radio stations.
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Using Media Center
Media Center settings categories
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General to set:
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Startup and Window behavior.
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Visual and Sound Effects to set transition
animations and sounds when navigating in
Media Center.
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More Programs Options to change settings
for other programs on the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Media Center Setup to configure your Internet
connection, TV signal, speakers, TV, or monitor;
access Windows updates; run Media Center
setup again; set up remote desktop; and reset
Start Page defaults.
■
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Parental controls to block unwanted TV
channels and block unwanted TV and movie
ratings, change access code, and reset parental
controls.
■
Automatic Downloads Options to get
media information about CDs, DVDs, and movies
from the Internet and to select how to download
the Television Program Guide.
Help to find help about using Media Center and
your hardware.
Changing audio, video, display resolution, and other settings
To change your audio and video settings:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
■
Front Panel to adjust the brightness of the front
panel display on the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
■
HP Media Drive to set up your HP Personal
Media Drive to access music, pictures, videos,
and recorded TV shows from within HP Media
Center.
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Select HP Settings.
4 Select one of the following settings:
■
■
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DVD to adjust audio and video settings for DVD
playback using InterVideo WinDVD player.
5 Use the arrow buttons to select an option or follow
the onscreen instructions.
Resolution to adjust the appearance of
Windows Desktop for your TV.
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Changing the display resolution
The desktop display resolution utility changes the viewing
experience outside of Media Center. Use this if you have
trouble reading programs running from the Windows
Desktop. Some programs may not work with the lower
resolution recommended for standard definition TVs.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs, and then select
HP Settings.
3 Select Resolution, and then select OK.
Resolution settings:
4 Select a resolution that is best for your type of
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display, and then select Apply.
Or
1024 x 768 is best on high definition TVs.
800 x 600 is best for standard definition TVs
larger than 32".
640 x 480 is best for standard definition TVs
smaller than 32".
Select the Advanced button to open the display
properties control panel where you can select the
Settings tab, and then select another resolution
setting by moving the slider bar under Screen
resolution. Select OK.
Contacting HP Support in Media Center
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Register your product with HP.
3 Select HP Settings.
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Learn more about your HP Digital Entertainment
Center and Media Center.
4 Select HP Support.
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Test your hardware with interactive diagnostic
software.
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Connect to online technical support or access a
telephone number to talk with a technical support
agent.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
on the
Using Media Center
You can access a link to HP Support in Media Center by
using your remote control. At HP Support you can:
5 Select an option, and then follow onscreen
instructions. You need to use your trackball and
keyboard in this Web site.
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HP Support is available 24 hours per day,
7 days per week, 365 days per year.
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Finding Additional Media Center
Information
To learn more about using Media Center, refer
to the online and other Help files located in
Media Center. Using your trackball, click the
Help icon in the Media Center toolbar.
You can select Online Spotlight from the main Media
Center menu to go online for the latest Media Center tips
and other information.
Also, you can access the Microsoft Windows XP Media
Center Edition 2005 Reference Guide when you go
online to the HP Support Web site at:
http://www.hp.com/support
To find the online documentation for your product, search
for your model number, and then click Manuals.
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The remote control is designed to work with Media Center.
You can use your remote control with Media Center to play
CDs and DVDs, to view pictures, and to watch and record
television programs.
This remote control helps you navigate the Media Center
windows on your computer just as a TV remote control helps
you navigate cable TV options or control the playback of a
movie in a VCR or DVD player.
The remote control can:
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Navigate and control all Media Center windows.
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Control the video or live TV display.
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Place the computer in and out of standby mode.
■
Shut down or restart the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
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Log off from Media Center or switch users.
DVD MENU
RADIO
RECORD
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Using the Remote Control
TV
MUSIC
PICTURES VIDEOS
PLAY
STOP
FWD
REW
PAUSE
SKIP
REPLAY
BACK
MORE
OK
The remote control cannot:
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Navigate the Windows desktop or control other
computer programs outside of Media Center.
■
Be used as a VCR, DVD player, or stereo remote
control.
■
Turn on or off a TV that is connected to your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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CH/PG
VOLUME
MUTE
LIVE TV
GUIDE
RECORDED TV
ABC
DEF
Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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The remote control has a range of about
26 feet.
Make sure there is nothing blocking the
pathway between your remote control and
the remote sensor.
1
2
3
GHI
JKL
MNO
4
5
6
PQRS
TUV
WXYZ
7
8
9
*
0
#
CLEAR
PRINT
ENTER
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Remote Control Buttons Overview
Features and location may vary
A
Standby
puts the HP Digital Entertainment Center
into and out of a power-reduced state.
B
DVD Menu opens the Play DVD window or opens the
main menu of a DVD movie, if available.
C
A
DVD MENU
C
RADIO
Music opens the My Music window.
RECORD
D
Radio opens the Radio window.
E
Record records a selected television program and
stores it on the hard disk drive when in Live TV mode.
The Record button is inactive for all other media.
F
G
Rew (Rewind) moves the media backward at two
speeds.
PLAY
U
V
PAUSE
SKIP
G
W
H
J
X
BACK
MORE
Y
K
J
Back returns HP Digital Entertainment Center to the
previous window within Media Center.
L
K
Arrow buttons move the cursor to navigate and select
actions within all Media Center windows.
OK
CH/PG
VOLUME
Z
M
MUTE
AA
Start opens Media Center to the main Start menu.
Volume increases (+) and decreases (–) volume.
N
Live TV is a shortcut to the full-screen view of live TV.
Moves a TV program forward to the end of the pause
buffer and resumes playing live TV.
O
Guide opens the Television Program Guide.
P
Clear deletes the last character entered.
S
T
STOP
Replay moves media backward 7 seconds.
M
Q
R
FWD
REPLAY
Pause pauses audio and video tracks and live or
recorded TV programs.
LIVE TV
GUIDE
RECORDED TV
ABC
DEF
N
O
P
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PICTURES VIDEOS
REW
H
L
MUSIC
D
E
F
TV
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1
2
3
GHI
JKL
MNO
4
5
6
PQRS
TUV
WXYZ
7
8
9
*
0
#
CLEAR
PRINT
ENTER
CC
DD
EE
TV opens the My TV window.
R
Pictures opens the My Pictures window.
S
Videos opens the My Videos window.
T
Play plays the selected media.
U
Stop stops the media currently playing.
V
Fwd (Fast-forward) moves media forward at
three speeds.
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Q
If you turn off (shut down) your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, Media Center will
not record a scheduled TV program. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center must be
turned on or in standby mode to record TV
programs.
W Skip moves media forward — for example,
30 seconds in videos and live TV or one music track.
X
More (i) displays available information about a
selected media file and displays other menus.
Y
OK selects the desired action or window option and
acts as the Enter key.
Z
CH/PG up (+) and down (–) changes the TV
channels or moves pages up and down, depending
on available options. Moves to the next DVD
chapter.
AA Mute turns computer sound off. The word Mute is
displayed when Mute is turned on.
BB Recorded TV opens the Recorded TV window
where recorded TV programs are listed.
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Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn
down or mute the volume; for example, if
you have a scheduled recording in the middle
of the night and don’t want to be disturbed.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center will not
automatically go into standby mode if Media
Center is open. It is best to close Media Center
before you manually place the HP Digital
Entertainment Center in standby mode.
CC 0 to 9, #, * are the numeric keypad buttons to
change channels or enter text into a Media Center
search or text box. Each time you press a number
button, a different character appears. Press the Enter
button to select a character.
DD Enter selects the desired action, menu, or window
option.
EE Print prints your pictures that you select in the My
Pictures window of Media Center.
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Begin using your remote control
1 Point the remote control at the remote sensor. The
remote sensor should be located near your monitor
or in a convenient place. Make sure there is nothing
blocking the pathway between your remote control
and the remote sensor.
2 To start Media Center and to open the Media Center
Start menu, press the Start button
.
3 If this is your first time using the remote control, the
Media Center setup wizard opens. Follow the
onscreen instructions to complete the remote control
setup steps.
Or
If you have completed the Media Center setup
wizard, the Media Center Start menu opens. Use the
arrow keys on the remote control to select an item,
and then press OK to select an option and to begin
using Media Center.
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Remote Control Buttons
Shortcut buttons
(Select models only)
You can use the remote control shortcut buttons to open
specific windows in Media Center.
The direct access buttons open the main Media Center
windows.
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Some older DVDs may not include a
DVD menu.
Button
Function
DVD Menu
Opens the Play DVD main menu, where you can play your DVD movies.
TV
Opens the My TV window, where you can watch and record TV, open your Television Guide,
schedule future TV recordings, and find your recorded TV programs.
Radio
Opens the FM radio station window, where you can select FM radio stations to listen to.
Music
Opens the My Music window, where you can browse and play music CDs and your music
files.
Pictures
Opens the My Pictures window, where you can search for, sort, and view pictures and slide
shows that are stored in the My Pictures or the Shared Pictures folder in Windows Explorer.
You can also view your pictures on other media such as a digital camera or a memory card.
Videos
Opens the My Videos window, where you can search for, sort, and play back your video files
that are stored in the My Videos or the Shared Video folder in Windows Explorer. You can
also view your videos on other media such as a memory card.
Live TV
Moves a TV program forward to the end of the pause buffer and resumes playing live TV.
When you pause a TV program, you can use the Live TV button to move forward to live TV.
Opens Media Center and then begins playing live TV in full-screen mode.
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Button
Function
Guide
Opens the Television Guide.
Recorded TV
Opens the Recorded TV window where all your recorded TV programs are stored. From this
window, you can search for and play back a recorded show.
Standby button
The Standby button puts the computer into and out
of a power-reduced state, called standby, which
runs the computer with minimal power until you
give it a command. To take the computer out of standby,
press the Standby button for at least 1 to 2 seconds on the
remote control. It is recommended that you use this button
when Media Center is closed.
An LED (light-emitting diode) located under the Standby
button blinks when the remote control is transmitting a
signal to the remote sensor.
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Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn
down or mute the volume; for example, if
you have a scheduled recording in the middle
of the night and don’t want to be disturbed.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center will not
automatically go into standby mode if Media
Center is open. It is best to close Media Center
before you manually place the HP Digital
Entertainment Center in standby mode.
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Media Center can take the HP Digital Entertainment
Center out of standby mode just before a scheduled show
begins recording. The HP Digital Entertainment Center
returns to standby mode when the recording is complete.
Media Center begins recording with the monitor and
sound turned on unless you manually turn them off before
the scheduled recording.
Media Center cannot record TV programs if the computer
is turned off.
Remote control LED and the remote sensor LED
Under the Standby button is an LED that blinks when the
remote control is sending a signal to the remote sensor.
The remote sensor displays a red LED when you press a
button on the remote control (select models only). Some
kinds of lighting may cause the remote sensor to blink
without you pressing the remote control.
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If you turn off (shut down) your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, Media Center will not
record a scheduled TV program. The HP
Digital Entertainment Center must be turned
on or in standby mode to record TV
programs.
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Using the Remote Control
Recording in standby mode
Media playback buttons
These buttons allow you to play back picture slide shows,
music files, playlists, music CDs, DVD movies, home
videos, and live TV from within the Media Center
program.
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Press the Rew or the Replay button and then
the Play button to watch an instant replay.
Button
Function
Record
Records TV programs. The Record button works only when My TV is used to play a TV show.
It is inactive when other media is playing.
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Press Record once to record a TV show while watching live TV or while in the TV Guide.
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Press Record twice to record a TV series while in the TV Guide.
■
Press Record repeatedly, until the record icon disappears from the TV Guide, to cancel a
recording.
Play
Plays selected media.
Stop
Stops selected media. When Stop is pressed while you are watching TV, the Media Center
pause buffer continues to record in the background.
Rew
Rewinds selected media. Press Rew again to increase the rewinding speed.
Pause
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Moves the video backward.
■
Moves live TV program to the beginning of the 30-minute pause buffer.
■
Moves the TV Guide back 3 hours.
Pauses selected media. Press Pause and then Fwd repeatedly to play media frame-by-frame
in slow motion. To continue slow motion, you must press the Fwd button more than once.
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Function
Fwd
Moves selected video media forward. Press Fwd up to three times to increase the
fast-forwarding speed.
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Moves MP3 music files forward
■
Moves a video forward
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Moves the TV Guide forward 3 hours
Replay
Moves selected video media backward. To move backward in live TV by 7 seconds, press
Replay. You can repeatedly rewind with the instant replay option, but only to the beginning of
the pause buffer or recorded program. Allows you to go back 12 hours in the Guide.
Skip
Moves selected video media forward. To advance in live TV or in a recorded program by 30
seconds, press Skip once. You can repeatedly skip forward, but only to the end of the pause
buffer or the recorded program. Allows you to skip 12 hours in the Guide.
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Using the Remote Control
Button
Navigation and other buttons
These buttons allow you to play picture slide shows, music
files, playlists, music CDs, DVD movies, home videos, and
live TV from within the Media Center program.
Button
Function
Back
Returns to the previous window.
More
Information (i)
Displays available information about a selected media file and displays other menus. Some
media may not include this information. This button displays details such as TV program
summary or music artist. You may need to be connected to the Internet to receive TV
programming or CD artist information.
Arrows
Move between menus, windows, or activities. Move the cursor to select actions within the
Media Center windows.
OK
Selects a desired action and works as an Enter button. If you are watching live TV, press OK
to go to the previous channel. Press OK again to toggle back to the original channel you
were watching.
Volume
(+ and –)
Increases or decreases volume.
Start
Opens the Media Center Start menu if you are in Media Center or if you are at the desktop.
CH/PG
(+ and –)
Changes channels up and down or moves the cursor to the next or previous page of options.
Changes channels for live TV or moves to the next chapter of a DVD movie.
Mute
Turns off the sound. The word Mute appears in the window when it is turned on.
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Alphanumeric Keypad and Print buttons
The alphanumeric keypad buttons allow you to enter text,
change channels, and print your pictures.
Button
Function
Numeric
keypad
(1-9, #, and *)
Changes channels and enters text. Each time you press a number key, a different character
appears. When you find the character you want, press the Enter button or wait a few
seconds.
Clear
Deletes the last character entered. Clear works the same way as a Backspace key on a
keyboard.
Print
Prints picture files from the My Pictures window of Media Center. This button does not print
files from Windows Explorer or from the HP Image Zone Plus area of Media Center.
Enter
Selects a desired action, menu, or window. Enter works the same way as the OK button.
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Watching and Recording TV
Programs
Watch live TV or record your favorite shows for later
playback. Use the Television Program Guide to find the
show you want to watch or record. You can also record a
show while watching another prerecorded show.
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Digital video recording features and the
Television Program Guide are for select
models only.
Navigating My TV
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Live TV: Watch, pause, fast-forward, or rewind your
favorite TV shows. You can watch recorded TV shows
while recording another show. Use the More
information button on the remote control to display
TV show information.
■
Recorded TV: View a list of recorded programs by
date or title, view a list of programs scheduled to be
recorded, play a recorded program, find out why a
program wasn’t recorded, or add a TV recording
manually.
■
Search: Quickly find a TV program or a series to
watch or record by entering a descriptive word,
program title, or program category.
■
Guide: (Not available in all countries/regions.)
Scroll through the free Television Program Guide to
find programs to watch and record. You can record
specific TV shows or a whole series to your hard disk
drive or an HP Personal Media Drive.
■
Movies: (Select models only.) Go online to find
movies to watch now or later. Get the latest
information about movies on TV: read reviews, see
cast lists, find other times the movie is broadcast,
view the DVD cover, browse for related movies, and
find other movies with the same cast members.
Watching and Recording
TV Programs
From the My TV window you can search for and play
your favorite TV shows. Use the following menu items to
help you locate what you want to do:
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The Movies online information feature is
available for some countries/regions.
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Watching TV
Before you can watch TV by using Media Center,
make sure:
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The computer is set up correctly for your TV signal
source. Refer to the Start Here booklet and the
HP Digital Entertainment Center User’s Guide for
more information.
■
You have completed the Media Center setup wizard.
If you have not completed the setup wizard, refer to
“Completing the setup wizard steps” on page 5.
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You can change the channel by using the
remote control while in full-screen mode or
when the inset window is selected.
You can go to live TV from anywhere in
Windows Media Center by pressing Live TV
on the remote control.
You can select a channel to see upcoming
programs for that channel.
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Watching Live TV
1 Press the TV button on the remote control or select
My TV from the main start menu. Use the arrow
buttons on the remote control to select Live TV, and
then press OK. The last channel selected or the first
channel available begins playing.
2 Select a channel by using the CH/PG (+) or (–)
buttons or by using the numeric keypad on the
remote control, and then press Enter on the remote
control. The channel number and program
information are displayed in the window.
another menu with the following options and
information:
i
■
A zoom option.
■
Access to Messenger and Settings windows.
■
Program information such as channel number
and station, title and time period of program,
actual time, and a brief summary of the program
and TV rating, if available. Recording options
are also shown.
Watching and Recording
TV Programs
3 Press the More information button to open
4 To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous
window, press Back on the remote control.
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Controlling TV playback
The personal video recorder functionality lets you record
single shows or capture entire series for later viewing.
When you open the My TV window and begin watching
live TV, Media Center begins recording the selected
program in the background for up to 30 minutes. When
you pause a live TV program while watching in full-screen
mode, the time-shifting window appears.
You can return to the live broadcast by pressing the Live
TV button on the remote control.
.
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The 30-minute pause buffer applies only
when pausing, rewinding, and fastforwarding live TV. Media Center allows
you to record a program for longer than
30 minutes.
When you change the channel, Media Center deletes the
previously recorded portion and begins recording again
after a short delay.
You cannot use time shifting when recording a TV
program. For example, you can’t pause a live TV
program and then rewind to the beginning of the pause
buffer and then begin recording. You can record a TV
program only from live TV.
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select models only.
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Using the remote control in My TV
Button
Action
To freeze the live TV image, press Pause. While paused, My TV continues to record a pause
buffer for up to 30 minutes. To resume watching TV where you left off, press Play.
To stop live TV or a recorded program, press Stop once. To resume watching the program,
press Play.
To move forward in the live TV program that has been paused, or in a recorded program,
press Fast-Forward (Fwd). To speed up the fast-forwarding, press Fwd two or three times. Fwd
allows you to skip 3 hours in the Television Program Guide.
To advance in live TV or in a recorded program by 30 seconds, press Skip once. You can
repeatedly skip forward, but only to the end of the pause buffer or the recorded program.
Allows you to skip 12 hours in the Guide.
To move backward in live TV or a recorded program, press Rewind (Rew). To speed up
rewinding, press Rew three times. To resume watching the program, press Play. Rew allows
you to move back 3 hours in the Guide.
To move backward in live TV by 7 seconds, press Replay. You can repeatedly rewind with the
instant replay option, but only to the beginning of the pause buffer or recorded program.
Allows you to move back 12 hours in the Guide.
Live TV
To maximize the TV viewing window to full-screen mode, press Live TV. Also, to advance to
the end of the pause buffer and resume watching the live TV broadcast, press Live TV.
More
information
To see the channel number, station identifier, title of program, time slot, and category of
program, press the More information button while in full-screen mode. If you select a
recorded show and then press the More information button, you can access more information
about a program, stop or delete a program, record a series, change the “Keep Until” setting,
copy a selected program to CD/DVD, access the instant messaging dialog box, and access
TV settings.
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CH/PG
To move to the next channel or page in the Television Program Guide, press the CH/PG (+)
and (–) buttons.
Guide
To open the Television Program Guide, press Guide. When in the Guide window, press
Guide again to view a program categories menu. To filter your Guide to display only
programs in a category, you can select a category, such as Drama.
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Watching and Recording
TV Programs
To play a recorded TV program or to resume watching a program after pressing the Pause,
Fast-Forward, Rewind, Replay, or Skip buttons.
Using the Television Program Guide
In the Television Program Guide, you can scroll through a
list of the current and upcoming television programs and
channels available from your television service provider.
The Guide displays the channel and network, as well as
the program title, scheduled time block, and a brief
description of the program. The number of days
displayed depends on your television service provider;
most providers display up to 14 days. By selecting a
program title, a detailed description of the program
appears at the bottom of the window.
Important information about the Television Program Guide
Television Guide data may not be available in your
country/region. You can still record TV programs
without a Guide; see “Recording TV without the
Television Program Guide” on page 45.
If there is no Guide data available when you try to
download or search for Guide information, you may
receive one of several error messages. An error can
occur because your HP Digital Entertainment Center is
not connected to the Internet, guide listings are not
available in your country/region, or your TV signal
provider and HP Digital Entertainment Center location
settings are not supported.
Make sure you are connected to the Internet and check
your TV signal and guide settings in the Settings menu of
Media Center.
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The Television Program Guide is not available
in all countries/regions.
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Viewing the Television Program Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
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remote control.
2 Select My TV, and then select Guide.
3 Use the arrow buttons to select a channel, and then
use the arrow buttons to scroll through up to two
weeks of programming for that channel.
4 Select a program, and then press OK to watch it.
Make sure the HP Digital Entertainment
Center has a connection to the Internet and
that you have completed the Media Center
setup wizard before you try to download the
Guide or change the settings for the Guide.
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When you select a channel and then press OK
on the remote control, you can view up to
two weeks of programming. Use the scroll
arrows at the bottom of the window.
If you press the Guide shortcut button on the remote
control while you are already in the Guide, you can
select one of the Guide filter categories, such as Movies,
to search for a movie.
Press the More information button on the remote
control to access another menu for more options of
searching the Guide.
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Press the Record button on the remote control to
record the program.
Setting up how Media Center downloads the Guide
You must select a TV listings provider before you can use
and download the Guide. You can set up Media Center
to download the Guide when you connect to the Internet
or your can select to manually download the Guide.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, General, Automatic
Download Options, and then select:
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Connect to the Internet and download:
Media Center connects to the Internet, and then
downloads the Guide.
Or
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Download when connected: Connect to the
Internet, and Media Center automatically
downloads the Guide.
Or
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Manual download: Connect to the Internet
and then manually download the Guide in
Media Center TV Settings menu.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions. When the Television
Program Guide starts downloading from the Internet,
it can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the
amount of data to download and the speed of your
Internet connection.
.
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No data available appears next to each
channel if the Guide has not been
downloaded. This can occur if the HP Digital
Entertainment Center does not have an
Internet connection or if there is no service
available in your country/region.
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If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has,
for example, a DSL connection, your
HP Digital Entertainment Center is always
connected. The Guide is downloaded at a
specified time every few days. This option
may not be supported by all providers. The
download interval varies, depending on
the ISP.
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Manually downloading the Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Get
Latest Guide Listings.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions. The Guide can take
Changing a postal code to receive the correct
Television Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Set
Up Guide listings.
4 Enter your postal code, and then select Next.
5 To download your provider information and then
start downloading your Guide information, follow
the onscreen instructions.
3 Select Next, and follow the onscreen instructions.
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up to 30 minutes to download, depending on the
amount of data to download and the speed of your
Internet connection.
Adding missing channels to the Guide
Some program channels are seasonal and do not appear
in the Guide all the time. To add the names and numbers
of the television channels you are missing or to change
the associations between channel numbers and lineups:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My TV, Settings, Guide, and then select
Add Missing Channels to add the names and
numbers of the channels you are missing.
3 Select Add Channel.
4 Use the numeric keypad on your remote control or
your keyboard to enter the name of the missing
channel, and then select Next.
5 Enter the correct channel number, and then
select Add.
6 Repeat steps 3 through 5 to add additional channels.
7 Click Done when you have added all the channels.
Removing channels from the Guide
You may want to remove some channels from your Guide
to prevent users from having access to them.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My TV, Settings, Guide, and then select
3 Select or clear a check box to add or remove the
channel.
4 Select Save.
Edit Channels to remove the names and numbers
of the channels you do not want to appear in the
Guide.
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Searching for TV Programs
To find a TV program, you can enter a title or keyword or
select a category in your Guide by using your remote
control.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Search.
2 Select Title. Use the numeric keypad on your remote
control or your keyboard to enter a program title
word, and then press OK on the remote control.
Or
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Select Keyword. Use the numeric keypad on your
remote control or your keyboard to enter a
descriptive word that would appear in a program
title or program description, and then press OK on
the remote control.
3 To scroll through search results, use the arrow buttons
to select a program, and then press OK. If multiple
times for the program are displayed, select a time
and press OK.
4 To begin watching the program in full-screen mode,
select the program, and then press OK. If the
program is not currently playing, select Record or
Record Series, and then press OK.
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Using Categories to search can help you
find, for example, all football games. A title
or keyword search displays every program
that has “football” in the title or
description.
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The TV search results do not include
previously recorded TV programs.
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Guide filtering features, such as searching by
keyword or category, are available for select
models only.
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Searching for TV programs using categories
You can search the Guide to find a TV program by
selecting a category using your remote control.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Search.
2 Select Categories.
3 Select a category of program types, such as
Movies.
4 Select an option such as Genres or Top Rated.
5 Select a sorting option, such as By movie title.
6 Use the arrow buttons to scroll through
search results and to select a program. Then
press OK on the remote control.
7 Select an option to find out more about the
program, to watch it, to schedule a recording, or to
view other showings of your program.
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Recording TV Programs
If a recording error occurs, the program will not be
recorded unless the conflict is resolved. If you try to
schedule a recording and another is already scheduled
for the same time, a conflict window appears and gives
you the option to record the new program or record the
previously scheduled program.
To make sure your program is being recorded, select
My TV, Recorded TV, and then select Scheduled.
The Record icon also appears next to the program in
the Guide while you are recording. The Record icon
disappears when the recording is complete.
Recording icons
The Record icon appears in the Television
Program Guide next to the program
scheduled to record.
The Record Series icon appears in the
Television Program Guide next to each
occurrence of a program in a series that is
scheduled to be recorded.
Record Series means that you select to record each
episode of that program from one channel. Media Center
won’t record duplicate episodes. Media Center also looks
for alternative times to record an episode if a recording
conflict arises.
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If you turn off (shut down) your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, Media Center will not
record a scheduled program. The HP Digital
Entertainment Center must be turned on or in
standby mode to record a TV program. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center will not
automatically go into standby mode if Media
Center is open.
Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn
down or mute the volume if, for example,
you have a scheduled recording in the middle
of the night and do not want to be disturbed.
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For more information about recording to your
HP Personal Media Drive, see “About
Recording TV to the HP Personal Media
Drive” on page 182.
The Record Conflict/Error icon appears in
the Television Program Guide and the
taskbar if another program is scheduled to
be recorded at the same time.
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Media Center allows you to record TV programs so that
you can watch them when it is convenient. You can
record the program you are watching, or you can record
a future program or series from the Guide, the Search,
or the Recorded TV window in My TV. You can record
two programs at the same time if your HP Digital
Entertainment Center has two TV tuners (select
models only).
Recording TV from the Guide
To record a current or future program or series from the
Guide:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Guide.
2 To find the program you want to record, use the
arrow buttons on the remote control, and then select
the program. You can also use the numeric keypad
on the remote control to enter a channel number.
Press the right arrow button in the Guide to select a
program that will be broadcast in the future.
3 Press the Record button on the remote control.
The Record icon
appears next to the program in
the Guide. Press Record twice to record a series.
The Record Series icon
is displayed to
indicate a series. Press Record again to cancel the
recording.
4 To return to the previous window, press Back on the
remote control.
5 If there is a recording conflict, Media Center displays
a message and allows you to select which program
you want to record.
Recording manually
Recording a program manually allows you to select a
specific date, channel, and recording time period. For
some programs, you may want to begin recording
before the scheduled beginning and after the scheduled
ending of the program.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, Recorded TV, and
then select Add Recording.
2 Select Channel and Time.
3 Select the channel number box and enter the
channel number using the numeric keypad on the
remote control.
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4 Select the (+) or (–) buttons, and then press OK on
the remote control to scroll through choices and enter
the recording frequency, date, start and stop times,
and storage and quality options.
Recorded TV programs that have been
copied to a DVD can be played on your
HP Digital Entertainment Center and on
some DVD players.
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Recorded TV programs can be backed up as
part of a full system backup and restored
to the same HP Digital Entertainment
Center, but not to other PCs.
window, select Record in the window, and then
press OK on the remote control.
6 To return to the previous window, press Back on the
remote control.
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5 To set the recording and return to the Recorded TV
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Recording TV without the Television Program Guide
You do not need the Television Program Guide to record
TV. You can record a TV program by pressing the Record
button on the remote control while watching live TV. You
can also select the program you want to record manually.
See “Recording manually” on page 44.
Record by using the Record button
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Guide.
2 Select the program you want to record, and then
press the Record button on the remote control.
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Recording TV from Search
You can find a program to record based on a keyword
such as an actor or director name, program title, or a
category (select models only). To record a current or
future program or series using Search:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Search.
2 Select Title, Keyword, or Categories. For Title
and Keyword searches, enter your descriptive search
words. Media Center starts searching from the first
letter you type into the text box. For a Categories
search, select the category you want and press OK.
3 Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the search
results to select the program you want to record,
select the program, and then press OK.
Title search
4 Select Record or Record Series in the window,
and then press OK. The Record icon for a single
program or the Record Series icon for a series
appears next to the program in the Guide. If there is
a scheduling conflict, Media Center displays a
message and allows you to select which program
you want to record.
5 To return to the previous window, press Back on the
remote control.
Category search
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The Record icon in the taskbar
If a program is currently being recorded, the Record icon
also appears in the taskbar. If you move your cursor over
the icon, Media Center displays which program is
currently being recorded. You can right-click the icon to
open Media Center and stop recording.
Recording TV tips
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has one TV
tuner and you are watching live TV during a
scheduled recording time, you can watch only the
program being recorded. If you change channels,
recording stops.
■
If you go to another area in Media Center, the TV
channel you last selected will be displayed in the
inset window at the bottom of the window.
■
Some channels can be shared by two or more
networks, depending on the time of day. The Guide
may display only one network’s programming. This
may cause recording options to be unavailable. You
may need to manually update the Guide before
scheduling a recording.
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To copy a recorded TV program to DVD to
view on a home DVD player, see “Copying
recorded TV programs to DVD or CD” on
page 49.
Important information about My TV and FM radio
If your Digital Entertainment Center has one TV tuner, the
FM radio shares the use of the single tuner card with My
TV. In Media Center, you are unable to watch or record
TV and listen to FM radio at the same time. If your system
has two TV tuners, you could watch or record TV and
listen to FM radio at the same time.
When Media Center is scheduled to start a recording, a
warning appears that says FM radio stops when the TV
recording starts. If you do not select Cancel recording,
Media Center automatically stops radio and begins
recording TV.
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Standby mode and scheduled recordings
You should always close Media Center before you
manually place the HP Digital Entertainment Center in
standby mode, to avoid file corruption and other
recording problems.
Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space
The space available for recording TV programs depends
on your hard disk drive size, the percentage of hard disk
drive space allocated to recorded TV, and the recording
quality setting.
To get the maximum recording time, change the recording
quality to Fair instead of the default setting of Best.
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Refer to Media Center Help for more
information about recording errors,
advanced recording features, and My TV
settings.
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Quality of
recording
Hard disk drive space used
Best
*2.7 GB/hour
Better
*2.4 GB/hour
Good
*1.4 GB/hour
Fair
*1.2 GB/hour
*This table shows approximate sizes of recorded TV program files.
Some files may be smaller or larger.
1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive
capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.
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Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Insert a blank DVD+RW, DVD+R, CD-RW, or
CD-R disc.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes several
other recording software programs for you to create CDs
and DVDs. You can use InterVideo WinDVD Creator to
record the recorded TV program to format that can be
played from an HP Digital Entertainment Center and from
some set-top DVD players. See “Using InterVideo
WinDVD Creator” on page 161.
5 Select the type of CD or DVD you want (Music
For more detailed information about recording CDs and
DVDs, refer to information on the HP Support Web site at:
http://www.hp.com/support
7 Select Recorded TV.
4 Select Create CD/DVD.
or Data).
6 Enter a title for your DVD by using the numeric
buttons on the remote control, and then select OK.
8 Select the Recorded TV programs you want to copy
to CD or DVD.
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TV programs that have been encrypted
(protected) by the broadcaster cannot be
copied and played back on any player other
than the HP Digital Entertainment Center that
they were recorded to.
9 Select View DVD or View CD.
10 Select Create DVD or Create CD.
11 Select Yes.
12 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete burning
your TV show to disc.
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You can record TV programs to DVD in Media Center to
create a backup copy or to save space on your hard disk
drive by using the following procedure. These DVDs can
be played from an HP Digital Entertainment Center and
from some set-top DVD players.
Playing Recorded TV Programs
Recorded TV is the storage place for all your recorded
programs. In the Recorded TV window, you can sort your
programs by name, date, or category. You can also
delete a recorded program or series of programs and
check for any recording errors.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
3 To begin watching the program, select the recorded
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Recorded TV.
program you want to watch, and then press OK on
the remote control.
2 To organize all of your previously recorded
programs, select Sort by Date or Sort by Title.
Media Center places recorded TV programs in the
Recorded TV folder that is located in your Shared
Documents folder on your hard disk drive.
Using the More Information button with recorded
TV programs
When you select a recorded TV program and then
press the More Information button on the remote
control, a menu appears with several options you
can select.
i
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More Information (i) displays details about the
recorded TV show such as the title, the date and
time recorded, a summary of the program, and the
original date it was aired.
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Keep Until allows you to change the setting for
keeping the program until space is needed or until a
specific date, until you watch it or until you manually
delete it.
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Play allows you to play the recorded program.
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Delete allows you to delete the recorded program.
Copy to CD/DVD allows you to record this
program to CD or DVD.
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Record Series allows you to record other shows in
that series, if available.
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Messenger allows you to access your instant
messaging login window.
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Settings allows you to access the main Settings
window.
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Playing a recorded program on a non-HP Digital
Entertainment Center
4 Open the media player program and then open the
and DVD player software installed.
digital video recording file (.dvr-ms extension) you
want to watch.
a Click Start and then click My Computer.
b Click Help and then click About Windows.
c
In the About Windows dialog box, if you see
Service Pack 1 in the version information, go to
step 2. If not, you must install Windows XP
Service Pack 1. For more information go to:
http://www.microsoft.com
2 Make sure the PC has a media player that works
with Windows XP Service Pack 1, such as Windows
Media Player 9 or later. If Windows Media Player is
installed, check for software updates.
3 Download and install the update from Microsoft’s
Web site. Search for “Watch television shows
recorded by HP Digital Entertainment Centers on
other Microsoft Windows XP PCs.”
Recorded TV shows are stored by default in the Recorded
TV folder in the Shared Documents folder on the local
hard disk drive of an HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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To play recorded TV programs in Windows
Media Player, a PC requires:
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The Windows XP operating system.
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Windows Media Player 9 or later.
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A special Media Center codec file that may
be available through Windows Update (for
select models only).
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TV Programs
1 Make sure the PC has Windows XP Service Pack 1
Locating recorded TV programs on your hard disk drive
1 Click Start
on the taskbar, and then
click My Computer.
2 Double-click the Shared Documents folder.
3 Double-click the Recorded TV folder.
4 Double-click your recorded TV program file.
5 Use the playback controls in Windows Media Player
to control the playback of your recorded TV
program.
Viewing recording errors
1 Press the Media Center Start button
remote control; select My TV.
2 Select Recorded TV.
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3 Select Scheduled.
4 Select History.
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About Recording Errors
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For more information about troubleshooting
the recording conflicts, refer to Media Center
Help.
Common recording errors
Recording error
Description of error
Redundant
Program already exists in Recorded TV library or has been recorded and deleted in the
past eight weeks.
Missed
HP Digital Entertainment Center was turned off during scheduled recording time.
Conflict
Another program was scheduled to record at the same time.
Canceled
You selected Don’t record on the Program Info menu and canceled the recording.
Repeat
In Advanced Record, you selected First Run only for a series recording so any programs in
a series that are not first run are not recorded.
Error
Unknown technical error:
Media Center failed to start the recorder.
TV signal was lost.
Failed communication with the set-top box.
Not enough space
Hard disk drive is too full.
Deleted
You deleted the program.
Not recorded
Program was not recorded because of recording conflict or because of other error.
Partial
Part of the program was recorded.
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TV Programs
A recording error means that a program scheduled to
record is not recorded. This can occur for several
reasons. If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned
off and not in standby mode during the time the program
is scheduled to record, or if there is a recording conflict
with another scheduled program, a recording error
occurs. If you are watching live TV when the program is
scheduled to record and decline the prompt to change
channels, a recording error occurs.
Resolving Recording Conflicts
Media Center can record only one TV program at a time.
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center includes one TV
tuner and you schedule two recordings for the same time,
a message appears telling you to resolve the conflict. If
you do not resolve the conflict, Media Center
automatically makes the selection just before the program
begins recording. Before the program records, a conflict
icon (a red circle with an exclamation point) is listed next
to the program in the Guide. Press the Media Center Start
button on the remote control, select My TV, Recorded
TV, and then select Scheduled.
To enable Media Center to resolve recording conflicts,
you can set up how program recordings are handled.
When you try to record a program and another is
scheduled at the same time, Media Center prompts you to
choose a program to record.
Recording priority rules
Media Center selects which program to record based on
the following priority rules:
1 A scheduled program that is not a rerun
2 The program that was scheduled first
If you are watching TV while recording a program, you
can watch only the channel being recorded. If a
recording is scheduled to begin and you are watching a
different channel, a message appears giving you the
choice to change the channel to begin the recording. If
no choice is made, the channel changes automatically.
3 Manual recordings
Often, Media Center is able to find an alternative date
and time for recording one of the programs so that both
programs can be recorded. If one recording partially
overlaps another, Media Center records to the end of the
first and then begins recording the second.
After you resolve a recording conflict, the conflict icon
continues to appear for the program that is not scheduled
to record so you can return to the conflict and reverse it, if
needed.
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If two recordings are in conflict, but one is
scheduled to air at another time, Media
Center displays a message with the option to
record an alternate recording of one of the
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Resolving a recording conflict
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, Recorded TV, and
then select Scheduled.
2 Select a program you want to change.
3 Select Resolve Conflict and then select the show
you want to record.
Or
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To select the recording start and stop times
and other recording priority settings, select
Record settings or Series settings, and then
select the option you want.
Select Record settings, and then Change
settings.
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Or
Select a recording option: Do not record, Record
Series, or Other Showings to find other times it is
playing.
Deleting TV Programs
Deleting a scheduled program or series
To prevent recording conflicts, you may need to delete a
program or series that is scheduled to be recorded.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, Recorded TV, and
then select Scheduled.
2 Use the arrow buttons to select the program title you
do not want to record, and press OK.
3 To remove a single program, select Do not record
in the window, and press OK on the remote control.
Or
To remove the entire series from the recording
schedule, select Series, Cancel Series, and then
press OK.
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Deleting a recorded program or series
To free up hard disk drive space, you may need to delete
a program or series that has been recorded.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Recorded TV. A list of all the programs you have
recorded and saved appears.
3 To remove the selected program from the hard disk
drive, select Delete.
4 Select Yes.
2 To select the program title you want to delete, use the
arrow button to highlight the program title, and then
press OK.
Setting Parental Controls
Blocking unwanted TV programs and movies
(Select models only)
If you set Media Center to block unrated channels, an
error can occur. It is recommended that you make sure
this option is not selected.
To do this:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, General, and then select
Parental Controls.
6 Select Advanced to select more restrictive ratings to
block such things as fantasy violence, suggestive
dialogue, offensive language, and sexual content.
7 Select Yes, and then select Save.
3 Enter your four-digit code number.
4 Select TV Ratings.
5 Select Turn on TV blocking by selecting the area
next to Turn on TV blocking to display a check mark.
Make sure that Block unrated TV programs is
not selected.
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Parental control and caption display settings
for TV and DVDs are included with select
models only.
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Setting movie/DVD ratings
(Select models only)
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
6 Select (+) or (–) next to the rating that is currently
selected to change the movie rating.
2 Select Settings, General, and then select
7 Select Save.
Parental Controls.
3 Enter your four-digit code.
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4 Select Movie/DVD Ratings.
arrow buttons on the remote control to select the area
to the left of Turn on movie blocking. A check mark
appears when it is selected.
Some DVDs do not have ratings assigned
to them.
Changing parental control access code
(Select models only)
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, General, and then select
3 Enter your four-digit code, and select Change
Access Code.
4 Enter a new four-digit code twice, and then click OK.
Parental Controls.
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5 Select Turn on movie blocking by using the
Setting Caption Display
(Select models only)
If you set Media Center to display captions while in
window mode (not full-screen mode), the window or the
caption text may flash as the text scrolls in the window. To
fix this problem, change the display to full-screen mode or
turn off the caption display option.
To turn off the caption display option:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
3 Click (+) or (–) next to the current Caption display
on the
remote control.
setting to change it. You can select:
2 Select Settings, TV, and then select Audio.
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On to view speech as text in a TV program
containing the captioning signal.
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On when muted to display speech in a muted
TV program.
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Off to disable caption display.
4 Select Save.
Displaying Teletext
(Select models only)
To display the Teletext toolbar:
1 While watching TV in full-screen mode, press
the More Information (i) button on the remote
control to display the information bar.
i
2 Select the Teletext button on the information bar.
The Teletext toolbar will also appear at the bottom of
the screen so that you can navigate the Teletext
pages.
The Teletext feature may not be supported in
some countries/regions.
For more information about the Teletext toolbar, refer to
the Help menu in Media Center.
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About Teletext
Teletext is additional information that is broadcast within
a TV signal in some countries/regions. You can navigate
the Teletext main page and subpages to find information
such as the weather, sports scores, or community events.
You can turn on subtitles in a specific language for a
program you are watching. When a TV show is
recorded, the Teletext subtitles are stored with the
recording so you can view the subtitles when you play the
recording later.
Teletext may not be available for all the channels you
receive. The Teletext button will only display on the
information bar if Teletext is available for that channel. If
you would like more information about which channels
have Teletext available, contact your TV service provider.
Most television broadcasters do not encrypt programs, so
a recording can be played on any HP Digital
Entertainment Center. A recording of a broadcasterencrypted TV program, though, can be played only on
the PC that recorded it.
When you record TV programs using Media Center, the
TV program broadcaster may have an encryption code
that Microsoft includes as a special code in the recorded
files. This code is keyed to your HP Digital Entertainment
Center and is required to play broadcaster-encrypted TV
programs previously recorded to your hard disk drive,
copied to DVD, or copied to other media. When you
perform a system recovery or replace the hard disk drive
in your HP Digital Entertainment Center, you lose the
special code.
You can safeguard your capability to play recorded TV
programs by making a backup CD and using it as
described in the procedures provided here. Make the
backup CD now, before you need it, so that you can use
the CD after you perform a system recovery or replace
the hard disk drive in your HP Digital Entertainment
Center. If you do not have the backup CD after you
perform a system recovery or replace the hard disk drive,
you will not be able to play any previously recorded TV
programs that are broadcaster-encrypted.
The procedures that follow describe how to prepare your
HP Digital Entertainment Center, make the backup files
you need, copy the file to CD, and use the backup CD to
restore the files to your HP Digital Entertainment Center
after a system recovery.
To safeguard your recorded TV programs you need to:
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Prepare the code key files.
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Make a backup CD.
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Perform a system recovery, if necessary.
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Use the code key backup CD after a system recovery.
Important information about recorded TV programs
When you replace the hard disk drive, you lose any files
or software that you created, saved, or installed on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. You also lose a special
code that Microsoft includes in the files of the recorded TV
programs.
Without the code, Media Center will not play the TV
programs previously recorded to disk or copied to DVD
or to other media.
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TV Programs
Safeguarding Recorded TV Programs
Preparing the code key files
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The code key files and backup CD you make
can be used in your Digital Entertainment
Center only.
1 After you set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center
and turn it on, complete the initial Microsoft
Windows setup. Open Media Center and complete
its setup.
2 Record at least one TV program.
3 Close Media Center.
4 Open the Microsoft Backup utility: Click Start on the
taskbar, choose All Programs, Accessories,
System Tools, and then click Backup. The Backup
or Restore Wizard opens.
5 Click the Advanced Mode link near the middle of
the window.
6 At the top of the Backup Utility window, click Tools
and select Options.
7 Click the Exclude Files tab.
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8 In the Files excluded for all users box, put your cursor
over the vertical line between Filename and
Application in the title bar, and then click and drag
the line to the right to see the full list of entries.
9 Scroll down the list to see and then click the entry:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
DRM\*
10 Click Remove, click Apply, and then click OK.
The Options window closes.
11 In the Backup Utility window, click the Backup tab.
(C:). The file tree expands. Click the plus sign (+) for
Documents and Settings, click the plus sign (+) for All
Users, and then click the DRM box so a check mark
appears.
13 Scroll down the list and click the System State box
so a check mark appears.
14 At the bottom of the window, beneath Backup media
or file name, click Browse. Because a diskette is too
small to save the backup file on, you will need to
save the file to the desktop portion of the hard disk
drive before writing the file to CD. If the message
Insert a disk into drive A appears, click Cancel.
15 The Save as window opens. In the Save as type box,
select Desktop from the drop-down list. In the Save
as box, use the default name (Backup.bkf) or type a
file name with the extension .bkf and then click
Save. The window closes.
16 Click Start Backup in the Backup Utility window.
The Backup Job Information window opens.
17 Click Start Backup. The Backup Progress window
opens. When the process finishes, the window
displays the message The backup is complete.
18 Click Close.
19 Close the Backup Utility window. Continue with the
next procedure.
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TV Programs
12 In the left box, click the plus sign (+) for Local Disk
Making the backup CD
1 Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs,
RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow!
again. The RecordNow! window opens.
2 Insert a blank CD.
3 Select the Data Projects tab, and then click
Data Disc.
4 Click Continue.
5 Click Add Files and Folders. The Select files and
folders to add window opens.
6 In the Look in box, select Desktop from the dropdown list.
7 Click the backup file (for example, Backup.bkf) so it
appears in the File name box. Click Add. The
window closes.
8 In the RecordNow! window, click the red Burn icon.
If a warning window opens, click OK.
9 Wait while the program writes to the CD and the disc
tray ejects.
10 Remove the CD, label it, and store it in a safe place
for use with the next procedure. Click Done.
11 Close the RecordNow! window.
12 Because you do not need the backup file you
created, drag the file to the Recycle Bin on the
desktop. This deletes the copy of the file that was on
the hard disk drive.
Using the code key backup CD after a system recovery
1 Insert the backup CD you made into a drive. The
drive window opens and shows the disc contents.
Or
If the window does not open automatically, click
Start, My Computer, and then right-click the drive
icon to view the contents of your backup disc.
2 Double-click the backup file (for example,
Backup.bkf). The Backup or Restore Wizard opens.
3 Click Next.
4 Choose Restore files and settings, and then
click Next.
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5 When the What to restore window opens, click
Browse, and the Browse window shows the
(A:) drive.
6 Click Browse again, and the window shows Select
file to catalog.
7 Click the drop-down menu arrow, and click the
optical drive with the backup CD.
8 Click the backup file name.
9 Click Open and then click OK.
10 In the Items to restore box, click the plus sign (+) for
the backup file name. The file tree expands. Click the
C box so a check mark appears. Click the System
State box so a check mark appears.
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11 Click Next.
15 Wait until the process completes, and then click
12 The Backup or Restore Wizard window shows the
message You have created the following restore
settings. In the window, click the Advanced button.
Click Next.
13 A warning message window opens. Click OK in the
Warning window.
14 Select Replace existing files and then click
Close in the Restore Progress window.
16 A Backup Utility message window opens. Click Yes
to restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Wait
until the restart completes.
Open Media Center and complete the setup. You can
now play previously recorded TV programs that are
broadcaster encrypted.
Using Two TV Tuner Cards
(Select models only)
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center can support two
analog antennae (NTSE, PAL, or SECAM), two analog
cables (no set-top box), two cable set-top boxes, or two
satellite TV set-top boxes. You cannot set up the tuners to
different TV signal sources, such as satellite and antenna.
Both TV tuners must be connected to the same signal
source. For example, you must use an antenna, cable,
two cable boxes, or two satellite set-top boxes for both
tuner inputs.
With two TV tuners, your HP Digital Entertainment Center
can record two programs at the same time. You can also
watch live TV while recording a program on another
channel.
Recording two programs at the same time
(Select models only)
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My TV, and then select Guide.
4 Select a second show to record at the same time,
and then press the Record button again.
5 Follow any onscreen instructions.
3 Use the arrow buttons to select a show to record, and
then press the Record button on the remote control.
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TV Programs
Next. Click Next again. Click Finish. The Restore
Progress window opens.
Watching live TV and recording a different channel
at the same time
(Select models only)
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My TV, and then select Guide.
4 Select a second show to watch, and then press the
OK button to begin watching it.
5 Follow any onscreen instructions.
3 Use the arrow buttons to select a show to record, and
then press the Record button on the remote control.
Managing Hard Disk Drive Space
The space available for recording TV programs depends
on your hard disk drive allocation, drive size, and default
recording quality selections. The HP Digital Entertainment
Center requires a certain amount of space to run your
Windows XP operating system, run software programs,
and store data files. If your hard disk drive becomes full,
it may affect the HP Digital Entertainment Center speed
and performance. You may need to free up storage space
to record more programs or to optimize the performance
of your HP Digital Entertainment Center. There are several
things you can do to optimize and increase your
available hard disk drive space.
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Increasing hard disk drive space
Adjust TV recording and recorder storage settings.
See “Adjusting TV recording and storage settings”
on page 65.
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Uninstall software programs. See “Uninstalling
software programs that are not needed” on
page 67.
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Use the Disk Cleanup Utility. See “Using the Disk
Cleanup utility” on page 66.
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Adjust the System Restore settings. See “Adjusting
System Restore settings” on page 66.
Archive TV programs to a DVD if your HP Digital
Entertainment Center has a DVD Writer drive. See
“Copying Recorded TV Programs to DVD” on
page 131.
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Delete recorded TV programs from the Recorded TV
folder in Shared Documents. See “Deleting recorded
TV programs” on page 67.
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Archive TV programs to an HP Personal Media Drive.
See “Recording TV programs to the HP Personal
Media Drive” on page 183.
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TV Programs
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Adjusting TV recording and storage settings
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, and then select Recorder.
3 Select Recorder Storage to change your Disk
allocation and Recording quality settings. Increase
the percentage of hard disk drive space available for
recorded TV programs in Default Settings.
Or
Select Recording Defaults to change your
recording storage settings. Select Fair as the default
recording quality. The better the quality of the
recording, the more space the file takes. Select Until
I watch as the Keep setting for each recorded
program.
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amount listed here.
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4 Use your arrow buttons on the remote control to
select the (+) or (–) next to the recording default
setting to change your options. Press OK on the
remote control to change the setting.
5 Select Save.
Using the Disk Cleanup utility
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Choose All Programs, Accessories, System
Tools, and then Disk Cleanup.
3 Select the drive you want to clean up, and then
click OK.
4 Select the type of files you want to delete, and then
click OK.
Adjusting System Restore settings
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
5 Select a drive, and then click the Settings button.
2 Right-click My Computer.
6 Move the slider under Disk space to use to a lower
3 Click Properties.
4 Select the System Restore tab.
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7 Click OK, and then click OK again.
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Deleting recorded TV programs
1 Click Start on the taskbar, and then click My
Computer.
2 Double-click Shared Documents, and then
double-click Recorded TV.
3 Right-click recorded TV files, and then select Delete.
To delete a recorded TV program from within Media
Center, see “Deleting a recorded program or series” on
page 56.
Uninstalling software programs that are not needed
5 Click Yes when the confirmation window opens.
2 Click Control Panel.
6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each program you want to
3 Double-click Add or Remove Programs, if it is
present.
Watching and Recording
TV Programs
1 Click Start.
remove.
7 Click Close.
4 Click the program, and then click the Change/
Remove button.
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Content Protection Update
Media Center will protect content based on all widely
known flags delivered in NTSC, PAL, DVD, and other
formats. All protected programs are encrypted to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center via time-limited Digital
Rights Management (DRM) based licenses.
Some DVD movies and other programs that are broadcast
are copy-protected. A Copy Never message may be
displayed if the content cannot be recorded or archived
to disc.
For more information about protected content and other
restrictions about transferring or copying digital media,
refer to Media Center Help or go to the Microsoft Web
site at: http://www.microsoft.com
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Playing Music Files
The HP Tunes and My Music areas in Media Center are
great ways to play, organize, and back up your music
files. HP Tunes is designed to work with the Apple iTunes
program in your All Programs menu, and My Music is
designed to work with the Windows Media Player
program.
HP Tunes
With HP Tunes, you can play your favorite music you
have added to your iTunes music Library. For more
information about using HP Tunes, see “Using HP Tunes
with Media Center” on page 70.
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When a CD is in your drive, it takes longer to
open HP Tunes. Also, you must be in HP Tunes
to play your iTunes music files from within
Media Center. If you leave this area, your
music files stop playing.
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HP Tunes is designed to work with Apple iTunes
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My Music
With My Music, you can find and play your favorite
music files and CDs you have added to the Windows
Media Player Library. For more information about using
My Music, see “Using My Music with Media Center” on
page 78.
My Music is designed to work with Windows
Media Player.
Using HP Tunes with Media Center
iTunes is an Apple-developed software program located
in your All Programs menu that works together with the
HP Tunes area in Media Center. HP Tunes is linked to
your Apple iTunes music Library. Both programs work
together to organize and play back your favorite music
files, CDs, and created playlists.
HP Tunes menu in Media Center
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Some tasks you must do in the iTunes program with your
trackball and keyboard, and some tasks you can do from
within Media Center with your remote control. For
example, you must add music files to the iTunes music
Library before you can access them in HP Tunes in Media
Center. Also, you can record your playlists to CDs in the
iTunes program but not in Media Center.
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For more information on using the iTunes
program, refer to the HP support Web site at:
http://www.hp.com/support
Adding Music to the iTunes Library
To create your iTunes music Library, you can import music
files from a CD, download iTunes music files from the
iTunes Music Store or the Internet, or import them from
your hard disk drive.
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If your songs don’t appear in HP Tunes, make
sure your songs are added to the iTunes
Library. You may need to close and open
Media Center to update your display.
Adding music files from a CD in iTunes
on the
Windows taskbar, choose All Programs, iTunes,
and then click iTunes.
2 Insert an audio CD.
3 Select your CD under the Source menu.
4 Make sure the songs you want to add to your library
are selected. A check mark appears next to the song
when it is selected.
5 Click the Import icon in the toolbar to
bring the songs into the library.
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Playing Music Files
1 With your trackball, click Start
Adding music files from a CD in HP Tunes
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select HP Tunes.
2 Insert a CD.
4 Under CD Playlists select your CD title.
5 Select Copy CD. Your CD is copied into the iTunes
Library and is accessible in HP Tunes.
3 Select Playlists.
Adding music files from the Internet
For more information about downloading music from the
iTunes Music store, refer to the Help menu in the iTunes
program.
1 Connect to the Internet.
2 Follow the online instructions to download your
songs. If songs are downloaded from the iTunes
Music Store, they appear in your iTunes Library.
5 Select Library. Songs are listed alphabetically or by
the sort order of the library column heading you
select.
3 If songs are downloaded to your desktop, drag them
into the iTunes Library. If the files are in an
unprotected .wma format, they are encoded into
.aac files by default (or into the importing format you
select from the Preferences menu) and placed into the
library.
4 To change your import format:
If your songs are listed as track numbers
instead of names, make sure the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is connected to the
Internet so iTunes can look up the song and
album names.
a Click the Edit menu, and then select
Preferences.
b Select the Importing tab.
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Adding music files from your hard disk drive
If the music files are in another format, iTunes will
automatically convert most files to the .aac format before
it adds them to your iTunes Library.
1 Click Start
on the taskbar, choose All
Programs, iTunes, and then click iTunes.
Click the File menu, and then select Add File
to Library. Click the drop-down arrow to browse
for your music files. Select your file, and then
click Open.
2 If your music file is on the desktop, select the file and
drag it into the iTunes Library.
Or
Using supported music file types
You can play the following types of digital audio files in
iTunes. By default, iTunes converts several file types to
.aac files when you import them into the iTunes Library.
Some file types, such as protected .wma files and other
proprietary file types, cannot be played in iTunes.
Media Center cannot play .aac files from My Music.
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MP3 files are the most compatible music file
format for playing back on most PCs and
other audio playback devices.
With iTunes, you can share .mp3, .aiff, .wav, and .aac
files between other computers on a local network.
File type
.aac
Apple Lossless Encoder
.aiff
Apple Compressed Encoded
.wav
Windows audio file
.mp3
Audio files
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You can select Media Center as the default
player for any of the listed file types. Refer to
iTunes Help for information about supported
file types.
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File extension
Changing song name, genre, artist, or album in iTunes
For more information about changing name, genre, artist,
or album information with iTunes, refer to the Help menu
in the iTunes program. It is not possible to make these
changes from within HP Tunes in Media Center.
Playing CDs with HP Tunes
When you insert a CD that has not been added to your
iTunes music Library, it will be listed under Playlists or
Albums. If it has been added to your library, it will be
displayed under Songs, Albums, Artists, or Genres.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select HP Tunes.
2 Insert a CD.
3 Select Playlists or Albums.
4 Scroll through the displayed playlists or albums, and
then select your CD title. If the songs on this CD
weren’t added to your iTunes music Library, this
playlist or album will disappear when you eject
the CD.
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compatibility with iTunes, go to the iTunes
Help menu.
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Creating a Playlist with iTunes
A playlist is a customized list of songs that you saved
together and can play later or record to CD. Using
playlists, you can group various digital music files
together and determine the order in which you want the
files to play.
You can create a playlist that includes several tracks from
various CDs or even a playlist that contains background
music for a slide show.
You can use iTunes or HP Tunes in Media Center to create
playlists.
1 Click Start
on the taskbar, choose All
Programs, iTunes, and then click iTunes again.
2 Click File, and then select New Playlist.
3 Type a name for your playlist.
4 Select Library.
5 Drag your music files from the library to your
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If your playlist doesn’t appear in HP Tunes,
make sure your songs are in your iTunes
library. You may need to close and open
Media Center to update your display.
Playlist icon.
6 Select the Playlist icon to check whether your songs
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were added. Your playlist is now available in the
HP Tunes area of Media Center.
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Creating and Editing a New Playlist
with HP Tunes
A queue (or Now Playing) list is a temporary list of songs
that are scheduled to be played in the order they were
selected. A queue list acts like a group of songs you select
to play on a jukebox. You can continue to add songs, or
you can delete songs from your queue list. You also have
the option of saving your queue list as a playlist.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select HP Tunes.
2 Select Songs.
3 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select
a song, and then press OK on the remote control to
place a check mark next to the song.
Once you create a queue list, you can save it
as a playlist that you can play again and
again.
4 Select Add to Queue.
5 Press the Back button on the remote control to return
to the queue list. Click View Queue and then Edit
Queue to select songs to move or delete.
Or
Repeat steps 2 through 4 to add more songs to your
queue list.
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Creating Music CDs with iTunes
To create a music CD using iTunes:
1 With your trackball, click Start on the Windows
taskbar, choose All Programs, select iTunes, and
then click iTunes.
For more information about creating music CDs with
iTunes, click the Help menu in the iTunes menu bar. For
help online, go to: http://www.hp.com/support
2 Click the Edit menu, and select Preferences.
3 Click the Burning tab, and choose Audio CD as
the disc format.
4 Click the Use Sound Check check box if you
would like all songs on the CD to play at the same
volume level, and click OK.
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double-layer DVD media.
5 Click the File pull-down menu, and select New
Playlist.
6 Enter a name for your new playlist, and an empty
playlist window opens.
7 Drag and drop selected songs from your source to
your new playlist.
8 Click the Burn Disc icon in the toolbar
area. When the disc is finished recording,
the Burn Disc icon disappears.
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purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
9 Insert a blank CD-R disc into your drive
(double-layer DVD+R discs are not compatible).
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Using My Music with Media Center
You can copy digital music files and organize a music
library by using My Music in Media Center or by using
the Windows Media Player program.
Music files that are added from within My Music in
Media Center are copied into the Windows Media
Player Library and are then accessible from within
Media Center.
In My Music you can:
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Play CDs or selected music tracks from your created
Windows Media Player Library that you access in
Media Center.
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Select and edit a personalized queue list of songs
from your library.
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Delete songs from a music library or queue list.
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Burn your favorite songs to CDs.
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Back up your music tracks to a DVD or to an
HP Personal Media Drive.
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You can store your music files in the My Music
folder or in other folders on your hard disk
drive, but you need to add those files to the
Windows Media Player Library for Media
Center to be able to find and play them.
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Adding Music to My Music Library
When you add music files to your My Music library, they
are placed into the music library in Windows Media
Player. The added music files can immediately be found
and played back by using My Music in Media Center.
You can also add music files to your music library from
within the Windows Media Player program. For more
information about adding and deleting music files to
the library, use the Windows Media Player Help menu.
Adding music files from your hard disk drive
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Music.
2 Press the More Information button on the remote
control, and select Add Music.
3 Select Add folders, and then select Next.
4 Select Add folders on this computer, and then
select Next.
5 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to
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select a location. Press the OK button to expand a
folder. When you find the folder that contains your
music folder, select it by making sure an arrow
appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add
additional folders, and then select Next and then
select Finish.
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Adding music files from a CD
To add the CD tracks to your Media Center music library:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Music.
2 Insert a CD into the CD drive.
3 Select Albums.
4 Select the Album CD you want to add to your music
library.
5 Select Copy CD. The first time you copy a music
CD you must select your copy-protection option,
and then follow any onscreen instructions.
6 Select Yes to begin copying tracks to your music
library. This process may take several minutes,
depending on the length of your music tracks.
7 Click OK.
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Windows Media Player, you must use the
Tools menu to add music files to your
Windows Media Player Library for Media
Center to find them.
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Deleting music files from the My Music library
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Music.
2 Select Songs.
3 Use the arrow buttons on your remote control to scroll
through your songs. Select the song you want to
delete, and then press OK on the remote control.
4 Select Delete, and then select Yes.
Using supported music file types
File extension
File type
.cda
CD audio
.wav
Windows audio file
.mp3, .m3u
MP3
.asx, .wm, .wma,
.wmv, .wmp, .wmx
Windows Media audio
files
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formats, use Windows Media Player Help
and Media Center Help.
Only supported audio file types are
displayed in the My Music window.
Unsupported files won’t play.
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You can play the following types of digital audio files in
My Music. Refer to Windows Media Player Help for more
information about supported file types.
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Playing Music Files in My Music
When you first open Media Center and open the My
Music window, you may not find any music files listed
unless there is a music CD in your CD drive or unless you
have already added audio files to your Windows Media
Player Library.
When you copy music files using Windows Media Player
and your computer is connected to the Internet, the CD
information is copied and displayed in Media Center and
in the Windows Media Player Library.
If you insert a music CD when Media Center is not open,
a message appears asking what you want to do. You can
select Windows Media Player as your default audio
player. If you have another program set as the default
audio player, Windows opens the program and begins
playing the CD.
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You can place all your music files into the My
Music folder or into other folders on your
hard disk drive, but you need to add those
files to the Windows Media Player Library for
Media Center to be able to find and
play them.
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Playing an album in My Music
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Music.
3 Insert a music CD into the CD drive.
4 Select Albums.
5 Select the album you want to play.
6 Select Play.
Playing a song in My Music
You can play a song from anywhere in My Music. You
can select it from the View Song list, or from the Album,
Artist, and Genre lists. You can also play a single song
from a playlist:
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Music.
3 Select Songs. The list displays all the songs in your
library.
4 Use the arrow buttons to select a song, and then
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You can select Visualize in the Now Playing
window to see a visualization while you play
a music track.
press OK on the remote control to play it.
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Playing Music Files
1 Press the Media Center Start button
Creating a Queue List in My Music
A queue list is a temporary list of songs that is created in
My Music as you select songs, albums, or playlists to
play. You can continue to add songs or you can delete
songs from your queue list.
You can create a queue list and save it as a playlist that
you can access in Media Center.
1 From the My Music window:
Select Songs, and then use the arrow keys to
select a song you want, and then select Add to
Queue.
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Or
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Select Albums or Playlists, select an album or
a playlist, and then select Add to Queue to
add the entire album or playlist to the queue.
2 Use the Back button on the remote control to go back
to the Songs, Albums, or Playlists menu if you want to
select more songs to add to your queue list. Repeat
step 1.
3 After you add the last song for your queue list, select
Play. All songs in your queue list are played in the
order you have selected them.
Finding and Playing an Album in My Music
1 In the Media Center Start menu, select My Music,
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Buy Music to connect to the Internet, find CD
information, and buy music CDs. To go back to
Media Center, press Start on the remote control.
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Visualize to view a picture while listening to
a song.
and then select Albums.
2 Use the arrow buttons to select an album, and then
press OK on the remote control. You can also press
Play on the remote control to play the album. The
Now Playing window opens, and the album starts
playing.
4 To return to the previous window, press Back on the
remote control.
3 In the Play window, you can also select:
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View Cover to view cover art and play one
track.
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View Queue to view an ordered list of all
tracks that will be played on the album.
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Shuffle to rearrange the play order.
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Repeat to play the album again.
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Copy CD to copy an album into your Media
Library.
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When you select Buy Music, your Internet
browser opens the Microsoft Web site. Here
you’ll find information about the artist or
album you’re currently listening to or similar
artists. You have the option to purchase CDs.
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Creating a Playlist in My Music
A playlist is a customized list of songs you can keep to
play later or record to CD. Using playlists, you can group
various digital music files together and determine the
order in which you want the files to play.
You can create a playlist that includes several tracks from
various CDs or even a playlist that contains background
music for a slide show.
You can create playlists in Windows Media Player or
from within Media Center.
To create a playlist:
1 Select My Music, and then select either Albums,
Artists, Playlists, Songs, or Genres.
2 Use the arrow buttons to navigate to the music you
want to add to your playlist.
6 On the Queue screen, select Edit Queue, and then
select Save As Playlist.
7 Use the numeric keypad to enter a name for the
playlist, and then select Save.
3 Press OK to select a song.
the music was added to the list of music in the queue.
5 Select the inset window in the lower-left corner to go
to the Queue.
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connected to the Internet, the CD track titles
and cover art appear in Media Center.
Playing Music Files
4 Select Add To Queue. A confirmation displays that
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Copying Music Files to CD in My Music
To copy your music files to CD:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and select More Programs.
2 Insert a blank CD-R disc.
3 Select Create CD/DVD.
4 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select
the Untitled text box.
5 Use the numeric keypad buttons on the remote
control to enter a name for your CD, and then
select OK.
6 Select Music.
7 Select the music files to record. A check mark
appears next to the song when it is selected. Use the
Back button on the remote control to select more
songs from different menus.
8 When you are finished adding songs, select View
CD to see the songs you have selected. If you want
to delete songs, use the arrow buttons on the remote
control to select the X next to the song you want to
delete. Press OK on the remote control to delete the
song from your list of songs to be recorded to CD.
This does not delete the song from your library.
9 Select Create CD.
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
10 Select Yes.
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Deleting music files from the My Music library
To delete your music files:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Music.
2 Select Songs.
3 Use the arrow buttons on your remote control to scroll
through your songs. Select song you want to delete
and then press OK on the remote control.
4 Select Delete.
5 Select Yes.
Editing song and album information
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Music.
2 Select the song or album you want to edit.
3 Select Edit Info.
4 Use the arrow buttons and the numeric keypad on
the remote control to enter new information about the
song or album.
5 Select Save.
Selecting a Visualization
To select which visualization to display when you play
a song:
remote control, select Settings.
2 Select Music.
3 Select Visualization Options.
on the
4 Use the arrow buttons to select the visualization
settings you want, and then press OK on the remote
control change the setting.
5 Select Save.
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Playing Music Files
1 Press the Media Center Start button
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Working with Pictures
Use the HP Image Zone Plus and My Pictures areas in
Media Center to view and print your pictures.
HP Image Zone Plus
HP Image Zone Plus is a software program located in
your All Programs menu that works together with the
HP Image Zone Plus area in Media Center. Both
programs work together to organize, search for, and
display your digital images. It is designed to organize
your photos, scanned images, and video clips by date,
keyword, or place. For more information about using
HP Image Zone Plus, see “Using HP Image Zone Plus in
Media Center” on page 91.
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My Pictures
With My Pictures, you can view and print your pictures
from the folders you create in the My Pictures directory in
Windows Explorer. For more information about using My
Pictures, see “Using My Pictures in Media Center” on
page 101.
Working with Digital Images
You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital
camera or a digital video camera, directly to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center or through a docking
station. Most digital picture files you copy or download
from the device appear in the My Pictures folder.
You can copy digital picture files from the memory cards
used by digital cameras and other digital imaging
devices by using the memory card reader (select
models only).
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Using HP Image Zone Plus in Media Center
Some tasks you must do in the HP Image Zone Plus
program on your desktop with your trackball and
keyboard, and some tasks you can do from within
Media Center with your remote control. For example,
you must add your pictures to the HP Image Zone Plus
program on the desktop before you can access them in
the HP Image Zone Plus area in Media Center.
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For specific details on using the HP Image
Zone Plus program, click the Help link in the
control area of the program window.
HP Image Zone Plus menu in Media Center
Organizing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus
The HP Image Zone Plus program and Media Center
work together. Before you can view and search for your
pictures in Media Center, you have to set some things up
in HP Image Zone Plus program.
To start organizing your pictures in HP Image Zone Plus:
1 Create your image catalog. This indexes all of your
pictures so you can assign dates, keywords, and
places to your files. See “Creating your picture
catalog in HP Image Zone Plus” on page 92.
2 Assign dates, keywords and places to your
pictures. See “Modifying a date assigned to your
pictures” on page 94, “Assigning a keyword to
your pictures” on page 95, and “Assigning a place
to your pictures” on page 95.
HP Image Zone Plus window
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3 You can edit your images from this window too. See
“Editing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus” on
page 98.
4 When you have finished organizing your images,
open Media Center to view, play a slide show, and
search for your photos by the labels you have
established. See “Searching for pictures in HP Image
Zone Plus” on page 96.
For more information about changing picture dates,
assigning keywords and locations, and performing
searches of your pictures, go to the help files inside the
HP Image Zone Plus program.
HP Image Zone Plus window in Media Center
Creating your picture catalog in HP Image Zone Plus
The first time you open the HP Image Zone Plus program,
a message appears asking you if you want to create a
catalog by indexing images in the My Pictures folder and
its subfolders. This catalog allows you to search for your
pictures by date, keyword, or place by using HP Image
Zone Plus.
1 Using the trackball, double-click the HP
Image Zone Plus icon on your desktop.
Or
Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs,
and then click HP Image Zone Plus. The HP
Image Zone Plus window opens.
2 When the catalog message appears, click OK to
3 At the top of the gallery window, click the My
Images tab (A), and then click the Select All
check box below it to see all of the images in the
catalog. You can also sele ct a drive under the
Folders Menu (B) to browse for images.
4 Click Help at the bottom of the window for more
information about creating your picture catalog in
HP Image Zone Plus.
index the images and place them in the HP Image
Zone Plus catalog.
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A
B
C
D
A
Mode tabs are used to choose a work area.
B
The Preferences button is used to customize
HP Image Zone Plus and change some tab
settings.
C
Gallery of images.
D
Selection tray displays images that you
have selected.
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You can click Go to My Pictures at the top of
the HP Image Zone Plus window to open the
My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer.
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Creating albums
You can organize your pictures into albums by using the
HP Image Zone Plus program. After you create your
picture albums in HP Image Zone Plus, you can then view
them in Media Center.
To create an album:
1 Using your trackball, double-click the HP Image
Zone Plus icon on the desktop.
2 Click the My Images tab.
6 To change the title of the album, just select it and type
in a title using your keyboard. You can now view
your albums in Media Center.
3 Select the pictures that you want to place into an
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album.
4 Click Albums under View/Search.
5 Click Albums, and then select New Album.
After you create your picture albums in the
HP Image Zone Plus program, you can then
view them in Media Center.
Modifying a date assigned to your pictures
Digital cameras and scanners assign a creation date to
digital images. HP Image Zone Plus automatically
recognizes this creation date and organizes your pictures
by date.
To change a date:
1 Using your trackball, double-click the HP Image
Zone Plus icon on the desktop.
2 Click the My Images tab, and then click All by
3 Select a picture to assign a new date.
4 Select a date, and then click Set.
Date under View/Search.
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1 Using your trackball, double-click the HP Image
Zone Plus icon on the desktop.
2 Click the My Images tab, and then click All by
Keyword.
3 Select your picture by clicking it. You can select more
Or
Click New, type in a keyword, and then click OK.
The new keyword is added to the keyword list. Use
the arrow button to add the keyword to the Assign to
all box.
than one picture, if desired.
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4 Click My Selections Menu at the bottom of the
window, choose Keywords, and then click Assign
to All (New Keyword).
5 Select a keyword from the available keywords list,
You can assign more than one keyword. You
can also edit or delete assigned keywords.
and then use the arrow button to add the keyword to
the Assign to all box. Click Assign, and then
click OK.
Assigning a place to your pictures
1 Using your trackball, double-click the HP Image
Zone Plus icon on the desktop.
2 Click the My Images tab, and then click All by
6 Click OK.
7 Click Close.
Place under View/Search.
3 Select your picture by clicking it. You can select more
than one picture, if desired.
4 Click Assign and then click Assign again.
5 Click the map to find your location. Each time you
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There are multiple ways to move around the
HP Image Zone Plus map: you can click and
drag or point and click the small globe.
click the map, it zooms in closer. Use the arrow
buttons surrounding the map to move around on the
map. When your location is in the center of the cross
symbol, click Assign.
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Assigning a keyword to your pictures
Searching for pictures in HP Image Zone Plus
You can search for pictures by date, keyword, and place
by using your remote control or trackball in Media
Center. HP Image Zone Plus automatically organizes your
pictures by date, based on the date assigned by the
camera when the picture was taken or the date the
picture was scanned.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select HP Image Zone.
3 Select Search.
4 Select By date. Use the number keypad on the
remote to enter the start and end date range. The
date range of the pictures you selected is displayed
in this window.
Or
Select By keyword. Select a keyword, and then
press OK on the remote control.
Or
Select By place. Use the arrow buttons on the
remote control to rotate the globe and numbers 1
through 5 to zoom in or out. When you have picked
a location, press OK. Locations that have pictures
assigned to them will have a colored dot on the map.
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You must open the HP Image Zone Plus
program from the desktop to assign dates,
keywords, and places to your pictures.
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Viewing a slide show in HP Image Zone Plus
When viewing images, you can view a slide show of all
your images, individual albums, or pictures selected from
a search.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select HP Image Zone.
3 Select the pictures you want to view as a slide show,
and then press OK. If you do not select the pictures
you want to view as a slide show, Media Center
displays all pictures.
4 Select Play slide show, and then press OK on the
remote control.
5 Use the media playback keys on the remote control
or the controls that appear at the top of the window
to control the playback of your slide show.
Viewing a slide show with music in HP Image Zone Plus
1 Select My Music on the Media Center Start menu.
4 Select HP Image Zone.
2 Select the music you want, and then press OK on the
5 Select the pictures, and then press OK.
remote control. If the music doesn’t start
automatically, press the Play button on the remote
control.
3 To go back to the Media Center Start menu, press
6 Select Play slide show, and then press OK. When
Media Center switches to full-screen mode, the inset
window disappears, but the music continues to play.
Start on the remote control.
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Viewing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus
Changing view and slide-show options
You can change the way pictures are displayed:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
3 Select your settings. Use the scroll arrows at the
bottom of the window to view all the setting options.
2 Select HP Image Zone, and then select Settings.
4 Select OK.
Editing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus
You can make changes to your pictures and video clips in
HP Image Zone Plus. Some of the editing features include
removing red eye, cropping or resizing images, rotating
images, and adjusting the color, brightness, and
sharpness of your images.
For more information about the editing tools, refer to the
Help menu in the HP Image Zone Plus program.
Updating edited picture files in Media Center
After you make edits to your picture files, you need to
update the files before they can be displayed correctly in
Media Center. To update the files:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
remote control.
2 Select HP Image Zone.
3 Select Settings.
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4 Under Thumbnail options, select Refresh, and then
select OK.
5 Select View all images. Your edited pictures
should now be displayed.
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HP Image Zone Plus supports the following types of image
files, video files, and audio files.
File extension
File type
.jpg, .jpeg
Joint Photographic Experts
Group
.tif, tiff
Tagged Image File Format
.gif
Graphics Interchange Format
.bmp
Bitmap
.fpx
FlashPix Bitmap
.pcx
Bitmap Graphics
.pdf
Portable Document Format
.png
Portable Network Graphics
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Only supported image file types are displayed in
My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped in a
slide show.
■
Corrupted and unsupported image file types display
a generic image icon but cannot be displayed in
Media Center.
■
Some file types are supported only if appropriate
filters and software are installed.
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If the message Image cannot be displayed
appears, the file may be corrupted, or it may
be an unsupported file type. You may need to
edit your image with a photo editor and save
it in a supported file format.
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Using supported picture file types with HP Image Zone Plus
Printing Pictures in HP Image Zone Plus
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select HP Image Zone.
3 Select the picture group you want to print from.
4 Select Print images.
5 Select the picture you want to print.
6 Select Print. Follow any onscreen instructions.
You need to set up your printer before you can print from
Media Center.
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You cannot use the Print button on the remote
control in HP Image Zone Plus.
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My Pictures is a folder on your hard disk drive in the My
Documents folder, and it is a Media Center menu item
that allows you to view and search for your digital images
by using the remote control or the keyboard and
trackball.
It provides all the tools you need for viewing, organizing,
editing, printing, sharing, and protecting your digital
images.
My Pictures menu in Media Center
My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer
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Using My Pictures in Media Center
Organizing Pictures in My Pictures
For Media Center to find and display your pictures, they
can be stored in several places:
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The My Pictures folder on your Digital
Entertainment Center.
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The Shared Pictures folder on your computer, which
allows you to share your pictures with others.
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Other removable media such as a memory card, a
DVD, or a CD.
When you save pictures from your digital camera or
scanner to your computer, Windows automatically stores
them in the My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer unless
you manually store them in another place.
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Each user account has a separate My Pictures
folder that can be opened only by that
person. You can share pictures by storing
them in the Shared Pictures folder.
When you download pictures from the
Internet, you can use the browser in
Windows Explorer to place your pictures in
the My Pictures folder.
Before opening Media Center and viewing your pictures,
you may want to spend some time organizing your
pictures by creating picture folders in the My Pictures
folder in Windows Explorer.
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Adding Pictures to My Pictures
Adding picture files from your hard disk drive
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Pictures.
2 Press the More information button on the remote
control and select Add Pictures.
3 Select Add folders, and then select Next.
4 Select Add folders on this computer, and then
select Next.
5 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to
select a location. Press the OK button to expand a
folder. When you find the folder that contains your
picture folder, select it by making sure an arrow
appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add
additional folders, and then select Next.
6 Select Finish.
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Viewing Pictures in My Pictures
After you organize your pictures in the My Pictures folder
in Windows Explorer, open Media Center to view your
pictures:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures. The right side of the window
shows a small picture image (thumbnail) and, if
you’ve organized your pictures into folders, folder
icons. The pictures are displayed just as you
organized them in the My Pictures folder in
Windows Explorer.
3 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to
move through your picture files and folder files,
and select a picture.
4 Press OK to select a picture or folder to view. The
selected picture opens in full-screen mode.
5 Press OK again to zoom in 150%; press OK again
to zoom in 225%. Press the arrow buttons to pan
across a picture. To return the picture to the original
size, press OK a third time.
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From the My Pictures menu, you can select
Settings to:
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Select a slide transition, slide time delay,
and a background color.
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Include picture folders you have created.
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Show captions.
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Display your pictures randomly.
Show song information during slide show.
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1 Press the Media Center Start button
6 Press the Back button to go to a previous picture. Use
on the
remote control.
the arrow buttons to display the next or previous
pictures.
2 Select My Pictures.
If you do not select the pictures you want to view as a
slide show, Media Center uses the first folder listed. If you
have picture files that are not stored in folders you
created, Media Center plays all files stored in the My
Pictures folder.
3 Select the folder of pictures you want to view as a
slide show, and then press OK.
4 Select Play Slide Show, and then press OK.
5 Press the More information button on the
remote control, and then select Picture
Details. The picture name, location, last
modification date, and resolution appears, if
available.
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Viewing a slide show with music in My Pictures
1 Select My Music on the Media Center Start menu.
4 Select My Pictures.
2 Select the music you want, and then press OK on
5 Select the folder of pictures, and then press OK.
the remote control. If the music doesn’t start
automatically, press the Play button on the remote
control.
3 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control to go back to the Media Center
Start menu.
6 Select Play Slide Show, and then press OK.
When Media Center switches to full-screen mode,
the inset window disappears but the music continues
to play.
Zooming into and panning across your pictures
1 Press the Media Center Start button
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select a picture you want to view.
4 Press OK on the remote control once to
magnify 150%.
on the
5 Press OK again to magnify 225%.
6 Once you have zoomed in, you can use the arrow
buttons on the remote control to pan around the
image.
7 Press OK again to return the picture to the
original size.
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Viewing pictures as a slide show
Sorting pictures
To organize your pictures by date or by name:
1 Select My Pictures on the Media Center
Start menu.
2 Select the folder of pictures you want to sort. If you
want to sort all your pictures, do not select a folder.
3 Select Sort by date or select Sort by name.
Changing picture settings
Each user can set his or her own picture settings.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings. You may need to select the scroll
arrows on the Start menu to view Settings.
3 Select Pictures. Use the scroll arrows at the bottom
of the picture settings window to view all of the
options.
4 Select an option. Press OK on the remote control to
select a specific setting.
5 When you have selected all of your picture settings,
select Save.
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Working with Pictures
Turning photo captions on or off
A caption displays the file name or title and the date the
file was created or edited, whichever is first.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
3 Select Pictures.
4 Select Save, and then press OK.
2 Select Settings.
Using supported picture file types in My Pictures
You can view the following types of image files in Media
Center.
File extension
File type
.jpg, .jpeg
Joint Photographic Experts
Group
.tif, .tiff
Tagged Image File Format
.gif
Graphics Interchange Format
.bmp
Bitmap
.wmf
Windows MetaFile
.png
Portable Network Graphics
■
Only supported image file types are displayed in
My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped in a
slide show.
■
Folder icons appear even if the images inside them
cannot be displayed.
■
Corrupted and unsupported image file types display
a generic image icon but cannot be displayed in
Media Center.
■
Some file types are supported only if appropriate
filters and software are installed.
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If the message Image cannot be displayed
appears, the file may be corrupted or it may
be an unsupported file type. You may need to
edit your image with a photo editor and save
it in a supported file format.
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Editing Pictures in My Pictures
Fixing red eye or contrast
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the picture you want to edit.
4 Press the More information button on the remote
control, and then select Picture Details.
5 Select Touch Up.
6 Select Red Eye or Contrast, and then press OK.
7 After you select the options you want to fix, select
Save. The picture is displayed with the new
settings.
8 Select Yes to save changes and replace the
original picture file.
Cropping pictures in My Pictures
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and select My Pictures.
2 Select the picture you want to edit.
3 Press the More information button on the remote
control, and then select Picture Details.
4 Select Touch up, and then select Crop.
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picture side to side, up or down. Select the
magnifying glass to move the cropping tool in or out.
Select the rotate tool to move the cropping tool to a
vertical or horizontal position.
6 After you select the options you want to fix, select
Save. The picture is displayed with the new settings.
7 Select Yes to save changes and replace the original
picture file.
Rotating pictures
If your picture appears horizontally or vertically and you
want to change the orientation, you can change it in
Media Center:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the picture you want to rotate.
4 Press the More information button on the remote
control, and then select Picture Details.
5 Select Rotate, and then press the OK button on the
remote control.
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5 Select the arrows under the picture to move the
Printing Pictures in My Pictures
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the picture you want to print.
4 Press the More information button on the remote
control, and then select Picture Details.
5 Select Print, and then select Print again.
6 Follow any onscreen instructions.
You may need to set up your printer before you can print
from Media Center.
Setting up your printer
Set up your printer before you try to print your pictures
with the remote control.
1 Connect your printer to the HP Digital Entertainment
Center and install the printer drivers for your printer,
if necessary. Follow the instructions that came with
your printer.
2 Click Start
on the taskbar, and then click
Printers and Faxes.
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1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, or
DVD+RW) into the drive.
4 Select Create CD/DVD.
8 Select View CD/View DVD. From here you can
delete a picture, add more pictures, or change the
name of your disc.
9 After you have selected all of your pictures, select
Create CD/Create DVD.
10 Select Yes. Media Center displays a message when
your disc has been created.
5 Select the Untitled area, and enter the name of your
disc by using the numeric keys on the remote control,
and then select OK. Use the Clear button to delete
letters.
6 Select Pictures.
7 Select the pictures you want to copy. A check mark
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In Media Center, all pictures are copied to CDs
as .jpg files.
appears next to a picture when you select it.
Using the Desktop for Some Picture Tasks
You can use the remote control to display, edit, print,
delete, and copy your pictures to CD, but some tasks you
must perform with a keyboard and trackball from the
desktop. Some of these tasks are:
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Transferring pictures from an HP digital camera.
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Moving or labeling your picture folders.
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Uploading and sharing pictures on a personal
Web site.
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E-mailing pictures.
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Playing Videos
The My Videos window in Media Center makes it easy to
play home video files you created or video files you
downloaded from the Internet.
In My Videos you can:
Play videos that are stored anywhere on your hard
disk drive.
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Create a CD or DVD of your video files.
■
View your videos in full-screen mode or from an inset
window in Media Center.
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Display your video details such as the name and
date your video file was modified.
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View small image (thumbnail) and title of video file.
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Each user has a separate My Videos folder
that can be opened only by that person. You
can share videos with others by storing them
in the Shared Video folder.
Playing Videos
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Playing Digital Videos in Media Center
After you organize your videos in the My Videos or
Shared Video folder in Windows Explorer, open Media
Center to watch your videos.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Videos.
3 Select the video folder you want, and then press
OK. The video folder opens, displaying a list of
video files. You may need to use the scroll arrows at
the bottom of the window to display all videos.
4 Select the video file, and press OK again. The
video plays in full-screen mode. Use the trackball to
resize the window if you want to watch your video
while doing something else on your desktop.
5 To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous
window, press Back on the remote control. Your
video continues to play in the inset window.
6 When the video is finished, select Restart, and then
press OK to replay the video, or select Done to
close the file and return to the My Videos window.
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Use the trackball to select the up and down
arrows at the bottom of the window to
scroll to other pages of video files and
folders.
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You can maximize the media playing in the
inset window by using the arrow buttons to
select the inset window and then pressing
OK on the remote control.
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File extension
File type
.avi
Video file
.mpeg, mpg,
.mpe, .m1v,
.mp2, .mpv2
Movie file
.wm, .asf
Windows Media file
.wmv
Windows Media A/V file
n
For more information about supported video
file types, refer to Media Center Help menu.
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You can view the following types of video files in Media
Center. Other file types are supported if your HP Digital
Entertainment Center has the correct software installed.
Transferring and Recording Video Files
Once you capture your video by using video capture and
editing software, you can use Media Center to find it and
add it to your My Videos area.
Recording an analog video file
Recording a digital video file
Refer to “Capturing Analog Video with WinDVD Creator”
on page 164 for more information about capturing and
recording videos to DVDs or CDs from an analog video
camera.
Refer to “Identifying Requirements for Capturing Video
with WinDVD Creator” on page 163 and “Capturing
Digital Camcorder Video with WinDVD Creator” on
page 164 for more information about recording videos
to DVDs or CDs from a digital camera.
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Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files
To create a CD/DVD from your videos:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Insert writable disc (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, or
DVD+RW), and then select OK.
4 Select Create CD/DVD.
5 Select the Untitled area and enter the name of your
disc by using the numeric keys on the remote control,
and then select OK. Use the Clear button to delete
letters.
6 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select
Video, and then select OK.
7 Select the video file you want to copy, and then
select View CD/View DVD.
8 Select Add More if you want to add additional
video files to your disc.
9 Select View CD/View DVD to check the contents
of your disc before recording them.
10 Select Create CD/Create DVD to begin recording
the disc, and then select Yes.
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Organizing Videos
When you attach a digital video camera to your
HP Digital Entertainment Center, Windows asks
you how you want to capture your video. You
can choose from various software programs to
capture and then edit your video file.
Most programs automatically save your file to the My
Videos folder in Windows Explorer. If not, you can move
your videos into the My Videos or Shared Video folder in
Windows Explorer for Media Center to be able to
automatically find them.
To organize and store your videos, click
Start on the taskbar, click My Documents,
and then double-click the My Videos folder.
If you want to share your videos with others, place them
in the Shared Video folder. To do this, click Start on the
taskbar, click My Documents, click the Shared
Documents folder under Other Places, and then doubleclick the Shared Video folder.
You can rename, add, delete, or organize them into
folders.
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Once you have placed all your videos into the My Videos
or Shared Video folder, you can rename, add, delete,
and organize them into folders.
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Playing a Video Stored on
Removable Media
Once you capture your video to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center by using a video capture and
editing software, you can use Media Center to find it and
add it to your My Videos area. Media Center does not
support playing videos from removable media.
Changing the Display for Better
Image Quality
You can use a Media Center wizard and the display
controls on your monitor or TV to adjust various display
settings to improve the quality of the picture.
To adjust your display settings by using the Media Center
wizard:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select Settings.
2 Select General, Media Center Setup, and then
select Configure Your TV or Monitor.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions to select your display
type. This wizard allows you to change settings such
as onscreen centering and sizing, aspect ratio
(shape), brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness.
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Creating a Desktop Background from
a Video File
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Videos.
2 Select the video you want to capture and then
select Play.
3 Press the Print Screen button on the keyboard when
you find the image you want.
4 Click Start on the desktop with your trackball,
5 Select the Edit menu, and then select Paste.
6 Save the image to your My Pictures folder.
7 Click Start on the desktop, and then click My
Pictures to open your My Pictures folder.
8 Right-click the picture, and then click Set as
Desktop Background.
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choose All Programs, Accessories, and then
click Paint to open the Paint program.
Adding Digital Videos to My Videos
If you have stored your videos in folders on your hard
disk drive, you can find them with Media Center. This
links your video to Media Center so you can play them or
create a CD or DVD with them.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Videos.
2 Select Add Videos to open the Video Discovery
wizard, which helps you to locate other folders where
your videos are stored.
3 Select Add folders and then select Next. Select
Add folders on this computer, and then select
Next. Make sure a check mark appears next to the
selection.
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4 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to scroll
through and select the location of your video folder.
Select the drive you want to search, and then select
the (+) or (–) next to the drive or folder names by
pressing the OK button to display all of the internal
folders. If you do not select a folder, Media Center
adds all the files and folders. Select Next.
5 Select the folder with your video by selecting the
box on the left side of the folder name and pressing
OK on the remote control. Make sure a check mark
appears next to the folder, and then select Next.
6 Select Finish.
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Using the More Information Button
with My Videos
To display information about the video in Media Center,
select a video file, and then press the More Information
button on the remote control.
If you press the More Information button after you have
selected the video file that is not playing, a different menu
appears. From this submenu, you can:
■
Video title.
■
Video description (if available).
■
Date the video file was created or modified.
■
Resolution setting of the picture.
If you press the More Information (i) button on the
remote control while the video is playing, the title
and time span or size of the video is displayed at
the bottom of the window.
i
■
Delete the video file from your hard disk drive.
■
Copy to CD/DVD.
■
Get Picture Details.
■
Access the instant messenger login screen.
■
Access the Help menu.
Playing Videos
The information includes the:
A submenu appears. Use this menu to:
■
Zoom in.
■
Access the instant messenger login screen.
■
Access the Help menu.
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Playing DVDs
Watching DVDs in Media Center allows you to control the
playback with your remote control. If you play your DVD
in another program outside of Media Center, you will not
be able to use the remote control.
Playing DVD Movies in Media Center
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Insert the DVD into the drive. If you have other
media playing, Media Center asks if you want to
play the DVD. Select Yes or No. If you don’t select
an option, the DVD autoplays in full-screen mode
after a few seconds.
Or
If the DVD is already in the drive, select Play DVD
from the main start menu. The DVD movie begins
playing in full-screen mode.
3 If a DVD menu appears, use the remote control or
the trackball to select the DVD menu items and
control the DVD movie playback.
4 To stop playing the DVD, press Stop on the remote
5 To change the window size while the DVD movie is
playing, move the trackball for the Resize icon to
appear.
6 Click the Resize icon on the taskbar,
and then you can manually adjust the
window size.
n
To view more information about a DVD that
you are watching, such as the DVD title,
chapter title, genre, parental rating, length
and current position, press the More
information button on the remote control.
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control.
Changing the DVD Movie Language
To select DVD language settings for subtitles, closed
captioning, and viewing the DVD:
1 In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings.
2 In the Settings window, select DVD.
3 In the DVD Settings window, select Language.
4 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select
(+) or (–). Press OK on the remote control to scroll
through the languages available.
5 When you find the one you want, use the arrow
buttons to select Save, and then press OK on the
remote control.
6 To return to the main Settings window, press the Back
button.
Changing DVD Audio Settings
To select DVD audio settings for viewing the DVD:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
remote control.
2 Select Settings.
on the
4 Select Audio. The Audio Properties window opens.
5 Using your trackball or keyboard, select your
speaker and sound options, and then click OK.
3 Select DVD.
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About playing DVDs
When you open Media Center and then insert a DVD into
your drive, there is a delay of a few seconds before the
movie begins playing.
Even though Media Center supports closed captioning,
subtitles, and multiple languages, these options appear
only if the DVD movie includes them.
If your DVD includes its own playback software, Media
Center may not open when you insert the DVD.
To watch your DVD in Media Center, cancel the onscreen
messages to use the DVD player software, and then open
Media Center.
If you have manually resized the Media Center window,
the DVD plays in this same window size.
Stopping a DVD movie
1 Press the Stop button on the remote control to stop
the movie.
2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select an item on
■
To begin playing the DVD where you left off, select Resume.
■
To begin playing the DVD at the beginning, select Restart.
■
To go to the DVD main menu, if available, select Title
Menu.
■
To change the language for the DVD sound track, subtitles,
and menu, if available, select DVD Languages.
■
To open the disc tray, select Eject.
Watching DVD in the inset window or in a resized window
While the DVD movie is playing, press the Media Center
Start button
on the remote control. This opens the
Media Center Start menu with the DVD playing in the
inset window.
While the DVD movie is playing, move the
trackball for the Resize icon to appear. Select the
Resize icon, and then you can manually adjust
the window size.
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the Stopped menu, and then press OK.
Playing a DVD movie already in your drive
If you already have a DVD movie in your drive, but you
have been doing other things in Media Center or in other
programs from your desktop, you can play the DVD by:
1 Pressing the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Selecting Play DVD. The DVD movie begins
playing in full-screen mode.
Programming Remote Control Buttons
for DVD
To select DVD remote control options while viewing
the DVD:
1 In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings.
2 In the Settings window, select DVD.
3 Select Remote Control Options.
4 Select Skip Chapters or Skip Forward.
5 Select an option, and then select Save.
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If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is equipped with a
radio tuner input (FM TUNER IN), Media Center can play
FM radio. The Radio window in Media Center makes it
easy to play FM radio stations using your remote control.
In Radio you can:
■
Listen to FM radio stations.
■
Set up pre-sets of your favorite radio stations.
■
Delete or organize your radio station pre-sets.
■
Use the time-shifting feature; pause, rewind, and
fast-forward up to 30 minutes of radio programs.
n
Make sure you connect the FM radio antenna
to the back of the HP Digital Entertainment
Center before selecting an FM radio station.
This antenna is for select models only.
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Listening to FM Radio
Listening to FM Radio
Playing FM Radio Stations
1 Connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center, to the connector
labeled FM TUNER IN.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
3 Select Radio.
4 Enter a radio station number by using the numeric
keypad on the remote control or your keyboard.
Or
Select the Seek (–) or (+) buttons for Media Center
to find the next playable station.
Or
Select the Tune (–) or (+) buttons to manually find a
station.
5 If you want, select Save to save it as one of your
nine pre-set stations.
6 Select Start FM to begin playing that station.
7 Use the playback controls on the remote control, such
as Pause, Rewind, and Fast-Forward to control radio
playback. If you press the Pause button, Media
Center continues to record the program for up to 30
minutes. Press Play to resume listening to the
program where you left off.
8 Select Back to return to the previous window.
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1 Press the Media Center Start button
Listening to FM Radio
Organizing Pre-set Radio Stations
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings.
3 Select Radio.
4 Select the up arrows and down arrows next
to each pre-set station to move it to a different
position.
Or
Select the Delete icon (X) to delete a pre-set
station.
Or
Select Auto Sort to sort your pre-set stations in
numerical ascending or descending order.
5 Select Save to save your changes.
6 Select Back to return to the previous window.
Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal
at the Same Time
The FM radio signal and My TV input signal share a
single tuner card. This means that you are unable to
watch or record TV and listen to FM radio at the same
time unless you have two TV tuners. When Media Center
is scheduled to start a recording, a warning appears that
says FM radio stops when the TV recording starts. If you
do not select Cancel recording, then Media Center
automatically stops radio and begins recording TV.
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Recording TV Programs
Copying Recorded TV Programs to DVD
n
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Copying a TV program to CD/DVD using Media Center
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My TV.
3 Select Recorded TV.
4 Select Create CD/DVD.
11 Insert a blank DVD+RW, DVD+R, CD-RW, or
CD-R disc.
12 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete burning
your TV show to disc.
5 Enter a title for your DVD by using the numeric
buttons on the remote control, and then select OK.
6 Select Recorded TV.
7 Select the Recorded TV programs you want to copy
to CD or DVD.
8 Select View CD or View DVD.
9 Select Create CD or Create DVD.
10 Select Yes.
n
If your Digital Entertainment Center has a
DVD Writer drive, you can archive your
recorded TV programs to DVD+RW or DVD+R
media and play them back on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center in Media Center or from
a set-top box DVD player.
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You can use Media Center or InterVideo WinDVD Creator
to copy your recorded TV programs to DVD (select
models only) for viewing and playing on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center and in some set-top box DVD
players.
Copy a recorded TV program to a DVD with other programs
When you copy your recorded TV programs to a DVD
with InterVideo WinDVD Creator, it can be converted to
an MPEG format, that can be played in a PC and in some
set-top box DVD players. See “Authoring Your DVD with
WinDVD Creator” on page 168.
When you copy your recorded TV programs to CD or
DVD using RecordNow!, it is recorded as a data file,
which can be played back from a PC, not a set-top DVD
player.
Your recorded TV programs are stored in the Recorded TV
folder in the Shared Documents folder on your hard disk
drive.
For more information about creating a DVD with
RecordNow!, see “Storing data files on disc” on
page 148.
n
TV programs that have been encrypted
(protected) by the broadcaster cannot be
copied and played back on any player other
than the HP Digital Entertainment Center that
they were recorded to.
Watching Recorded TV Programs on DVD
To play your DVD when Media Center is closed:
1 Insert the DVD.
2 When the autoplay window appears, select:
■
Play DVD movie using InterVideo
WinDVD
Or
■
Play DVD Video using Windows Media
Player
Or
■
Play DVD Video using Media Center
3 Use the playback controls in the program to view
your DVD.
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To play your DVD when Media Center is open:
1 Insert the DVD.
2 When Media Center opens a Play DVD window,
click the DVD icon to start playing your DVD.
Digital media content such as DVDs or TV programs may
have restricted access depending on the terms of the
copyright owner. This protects copyrighted media files
from being illegally copied and used.
When you record certain music or video files, they may
retain copy protection such as digital rights management
(DRM). DRM encrypts digital media content and limits
access to people who have a license to play the content.
n
Digital music and video providers may have
playback restrictions for downloaded media
files.
For more detailed information about digital rights
management, you can go to:
http://www.microsoft.com
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Digital Media Copy Protection
Copy protection for DVD movies
Most DVD movies in the market are encrypted with copy
protection to prevent illegal duplication of copyrighted
material. This protection distorts the picture quality when
copied or prevents it from being copied. The following
tables shows two of the currently used copy protection
methods and their effect on playback.
n
HP supports lawful use of technology and
does not endorse or encourage the use of our
products for purposes other than those
permitted by copyright law.
CGMS*
Signal Method
Source
Record
Encrypt
Playback
Copy freely
NTSC
Yes
No
Unlimited
Reserved
NTSC
Yes
No
Unlimited
Copy once
NTSC
Yes
Yes
Unlimited
Copy never
NTSC
Yes
Yes
48 hours
*CGMS is Copy Generation Management System and Redistribution Control
Macrovision
Signal Method
Source
Record
Encrypt
Playback
Null
Any
Yes
No
Unlimited
Detected
Any
Yes
Yes
48 hours
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Using Double-Layer Technology and Media
(Select models only)
Double-layer technology gives you almost twice the
storage capacity of a single-layer DVD and the storage
equivalent of 12 CDs. Double-layer DVD media can store
up to 8.5 GB* of data. You can record on two “layers”
of one side of a DVD. Double-layer technology uses two
thin, embedded, organic dye films for data storage
separated by a spacer layer. Each layer has different
optical properties.
n
Double-layer media compatibility will vary
with some home DVD players and DVD-ROM
drives.
■
You can record 3 hours of DVD-quality video or
6 hours of VHS-quality video, without turning over
the disc.
■
This disc can hold up to 8.5 GB. This almost doubles
the standard storage capacity of 4.7 GB for the
single-layer DVD+R discs currently available.
■
Double-layer writing capability is supported by
RecordNow! and WinDVD Creator. These are CD
and DVD recording software programs that came
with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Double-layer DVD+R discs can only be written to with
a double-layer DVD+RW/+R drive.
■
These discs cannot be erased or written to again.
■
You can use these discs to back up your hard disk
drive files.
■
These discs are able to play back in most
commercially available DVD players.
Recording TV Programs
General information about double-layer DVD+R discs:
*GB is defined as 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted hard
disk drive capacity is less.
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Playing CDs and DVDs
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes software
that lets you play music CDs and DVD movies. This
section describes how to:
■
Play music CDs using Windows Media Player, or
iTunes.
■
Play DVD movies using Windows Media Player or
InterVideo WinDVD.
■
Play video CDs (VCD) with InterVideo WinDVD or
Windows Media Player.
n
The software listed in this chapter is for select
models only.
Playing Music CDs with iTunes
You must have either a CD or DVD drive.
■
The iTunes window opens. If the Audio CD
wizard window opens, choose Play audio CD
using iTunes or Show songs using iTunes.
You may have to scroll down in the window to
see iTunes.
Or
■
If the iTunes window does not automatically
open, click Start on the taskbar, choose All
Programs, choose iTunes, and then click
iTunes.
2 The music CD automatically begins to play.
Or
Click the play button in the upper-left corner of the
iTunes window. To play a particular song, doubleclick the song name (or track number).
3 To play the CD, click the Play button in the
upper-left corner of the iTunes window. To
play a particular song, double-click the
song name (or track number).
For more information on using iTunes, click the Help menu
in the iTunes menu bar or go to:
http://www.hp.com/music for help online.
n
If you do not have an Internet connection,
your CD is listed as Audio CD on the source
list, and your song names are listed as track
numbers.
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1 Insert the music CD into your CD or DVD drive.
Setting Media Center as the automatic CD or DVD player
When you insert a CD or DVD while Media Center is
active, your disc plays automatically after a few seconds.
If you are not in Media Center, Windows asks you what
you want to do with the disc. To avoid this message, you
can select Media Center as the primary program to play
CDs or DVDs.
To select Media Center as the primary CD or DVD
playing program:
1 Close Media Center.
2 Insert a CD or DVD into the drive. A message
appears asking you what you want Windows to do.
3 Select Play Audio CD using Media Center.
Or
Select Play DVD Video using Media Center.
4 Check the Always do the selected action check
box, and then click OK.
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Playing DVD Movies with
InterVideo WinDVD
The InterVideo WinDVD program uses a DVD drive to
play DVD movies.
1 Insert a DVD disc into the DVD drive.
2 Close the disc tray by gently pushing the button to
the right of the tray on the chassis.
The movie plays in its own resizable video window,
and the WinDVD control panel appears. If the Play
DVD movie wizard window opens, select Play DVD
movie using InterVideo WinDVD from the list.
You may have to scroll down in the window to see it.
Or
If the program does not automatically open:
a Click Start, choose All Programs,
InterVideo WinDVD Player, and then click
InterVideo WinDVD.
b Use the playback buttons on the control panel to
view the movie.
n
Most DVD movies are localized to
geographical countries/regions. See “Using
country/region codes” on page 140.
n
On a double-sided DVD, read the text around
the inner hole of the disc to determine which
side (A versus B or Standard versus
Widescreen) to play. Place the disc in the tray
with the label facing up for the side you want
to play.
Playing CDs and DVDs
To see what a button does on the control panel, place the
cursor on the button; the button title appears onscreen.
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To use the WinDVD control panel:
■
To move the WinDVD control panel, place the cursor
on the panel (but not on a button), and drag it to the
desired location on the screen.
■
To resize the video window when it is not full-screen,
place the cursor on a window corner and drag the
border.
Or
n
If you are playing a movie full-screen and the
WinDVD control panel is hidden, you can
redisplay it by clicking anywhere in the video
window.
Click the Full Screen button in the upper-right
corner of the WinDVD control panel.
■
For information on the InterVideo WinDVD software,
refer to the online Help within the program by
clicking the ? (question mark) icon in the WinDVD
control panel.
Using country/region codes
Most DVD discs have country/region codes embedded in
the disc data that limit where the DVD movie can be
played.
The country/region number is usually placed over
a world globe printed on the DVD packaging and disc.
DVDs without country/region codes will play on any
player or drive in any country/region.
WinDVD is not pre-set to a particular country/region: the
country/region code of the first DVD movie you play
determines your DVD country/region.
140
For example, if you play a DVD with a country/region 1
code, WinDVD sets the current country/region of your
DVD player to 1. If you later play a DVD that is coded for
a different country/region, WinDVD asks if you want to
set this as the current country/region.
w
You can change countries/regions only five
times before the country/region code locks
and becomes permanent. Once the code
locks, you can play DVDs from that country/
region only. If the country/region code locks,
and you need help, contact Support.
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Playing Video CDs (VCD) with
InterVideo WinDVD
2 Select Play DVD movie using InterVideo
WinDVD, and click OK.
Or
If the program does not open, click Start, choose
All Programs, InterVideo WinDVD Player,
and then click InterVideo WinDVD.
3 If you have a dual-language video CD, the sound of
one language comes out of the left speaker, and the
other language comes out of the right speaker.
Double-click the Volume icon on the taskbar.
4 Under Volume Control Balance, move the
slider bar all the way to the right or to the left,
depending on which language you want
to hear.
5 Close the Volume Control window.
Playing CDs and DVDs
1 Insert your video CD (VCD) into a DVD or CD drive.
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You can make your own music or data CDs if your
HP Digital Entertainment Center has a CD-RW or DVD
Writer, or double-layer drive (select models only).
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center has four recording
software programs: iTunes, Windows Media Player,
RecordNow!, and Windows XP. You copy or download
music to their library and can then organize or copy the
music files. You can copy Windows Media files that have
a .wma extension, .mp3 files, or .wav files to a CD by
using a CD-RW drive or a DVD Writer drive. You can also
use iTunes or Windows Media Player to copy music files
to a portable device or memory card.
CD-R discs are compatible with more players than
CD-RW discs.
n
Burn is an industry term used to describe the
recording of information onto a DVD or CD.
Optical recording uses a laser beam to place
information onto the disc, thus the term
burning.
If your recording fails, manually select a
slower recording speed, if available, each
time you make a recording. Refer to the Help
menu in your selected software program
for more information about selecting a
slower recording speed.
Creating (Burning) CDs and DVDs with
RecordNow!
For more information about recording CDs and DVDs,
refer to the Help menu in the RecordNow! software
program.
Previously recorded files on CD-RW discs must be erased
before recording music files. CD-R discs cannot be
erased.
1 Using the trackball, click Start on the Windows
taskbar.
2 Choose All Programs.
4 If you need to erase a disc (CD-RW or DVD+RW):
Insert the disc, select the Home screen (house icon)
tab, and then Erase Disc under the Home
Screen tab.
3 Click Sonic RecordNow!, and then click
RecordNow! again.
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and DVDs
Creating (Burning) CDs
and DVDs
Creating music CDs with RecordNow!
RecordNow! creates closed-session music CDs, which
means you must record all music files on one CD in one
recording session. Music files can be recorded repeatedly
on a rewritable CD-RW disc, but all previously recorded
files must be erased first. CD-R discs cannot be erased.
CD-R discs play in most home and car stereos. CD-RW
discs play only in some stereos.
You can use RecordNow! to create audio CDs to play in
your car or home CD player, or on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
.
n
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Creating CDs to play in your car or home CD players
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, Sonic RecordNow!, and then click
RecordNow! again.
2 Select the Audio Projects tab.
3 Select Audio CD for Car or Home CD Player.
4 Insert a music CD to view the tracks on
your CD. Select View if you would like
to look at another optical drive.
Or
Click Find, and then click either Scan for Music or
Browse to find music files on your hard disk drive
that you want to record.
7 Click Yes.
8 When prompted, insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
If you want to play your music CD in your home or
car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW discs may not
play in some stereos.
9 Click OK.
10 Click Done when recording is complete.
Click the Help icon, and then select RecordNow!
Help for more information about recording music CDs
with the RecordNow! program.
5 Select the tracks you want to record, and then
click Add.
6 Click the Burn icon when you have
Press and hold Control (Ctrl) on your
keyboard to select more than one track.
added all the audio files to your music CD
project.
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1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, Sonic RecordNow!, and then
click RecordNow! again.
2 Click the Audio Projects tab.
3 Select Jukebox CD.
4 Insert a music CD to view the tracks on your CD.
Click Find, and then click either Scan for Music or
Browse to find music files on your hard disk drive
that you want to record.
5 Select the tracks you want to record, and then
click Add. Press and hold the Control (Ctrl) key to
select more than one track.
6 Click the Burn icon when you have
added all the audio files to your music CD
project.
7 Click Yes.
8 When prompted, insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
If the CD-RW disc is not blank, RecordNow! prompts
you to erase it and then automatically begins writing
to it when it is erased. If you want to play your music
CD in your home or car stereo, use a CD-R disc.
CD-RW discs may not play in some stereos.
9 Click OK.
10 Click Done when recording is complete.
Click the Help icon, and then select RecordNow!
Help for more information about recording music CDs
with the RecordNow! program.
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RecordNow! scans for all audio files, even the
sounds from your operating system. If you
don’t want to display some of these sounds,
you can select the Options icon (wrench), and
then select Audio. Select Hide audio files
shorter than (in seconds), and then type the
number of seconds and click OK.
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Creating CDs to play on your HP Digital Entertainment Center
Creating a music CD
When recording music files, it is important to note that:
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To play your music CD in a home or car stereo, it
needs to be recorded as a music CD in CD Audio
(CDA) format, not as a data CD.
■
You must record all music files in one recording
session because RecordNow! closes the CD after
recording is complete. Music files can be recorded
repeatedly onto a rewritable (CD-RW) disc, but all
previously recorded music files must be erased first.
■
As you add music files in the recording session,
RecordNow! calculates and displays the amount of
recording time available to record additional music
files.
■
You can’t record song titles unless you make an exact
copy of a music CD in your collection.
■
If you try to record more than a standard CD can
hold, RecordNow! displays a message warning you
that all the tracks may not fit on your disc.
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encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Storing Files on a DVD or CD
Unlike music CDs, data DVDs and CDs can be recorded
in multiple sessions:
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, Sonic RecordNow!, and then click
RecordNow! again.
2 Select the Data Projects tab.
3 Insert a blank or appendable CD-R,
CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, or doublelayer DVD+R (select models only) disc
into your drive, and then click Data Disc.
■
If the disc is blank, follow the onscreen
instructions.
■
If the disc is full, insert a blank or another
appendable disc.
Or
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If you are adding files to a disc, follow the
onscreen instructions.
4 To name your disc, select Volume Label, and
then type a name over it. RecordNow! assigns a
name based on the recording date if you don’t type
a name.
Or
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5 Add your data files to the file selection window:
Click the Add Files and Folders button, find
and select your folders and files, and then click
Add. Repeat this step until all files are added.
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Or
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Drag your file from your desktop or from
anywhere in Windows Explorer into the file
selection window. Repeat this step until all files
are added.
6 Click the Burn icon when all of your files
have been added.
7 Click Done when recording is complete.
Click the Help icon, and then click RecordNow!
Help for more information about recording data files
with the RecordNow! program.
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An appendable disc can have additional files
added to it, if there is disc space available.
Recorded audio CDs are closed-session discs
that are not appendable.
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You can rename your files in the file selection
window by selecting and typing over the
current name. This does not affect the original
files on your hard disk drive.
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Storing data files on disc
When storing data files on a disc, it is important to
note that:
■
You can add new data files to a CD-R and
a DVD+R in a later recording session, until
the disc is full. With DVD+R discs, you
need to select the correct setting in
RecordNow! to record files in a later session. To do
this, insert your recorded DVD, open RecordNow!,
click the Options icon (wrench), click Data, select
the recording option you want, and then click OK.
■
When you record files that have the same name
as previously recorded files, RecordNow! updates
the file and the previous version is overwritten.
■
RecordNow! allows you to change the names of files
you want to record and the files that were previously
recorded.
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As you select data files to record to your disc,
RecordNow! calculates and displays the amount of
recording space used on your disc.
Copying a DVD or CD
RecordNow! allows you to make a copy of a music
or data disc from your collection.
To make a copy of a music or data disc from your
collection:
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, Sonic RecordNow!, and then click
RecordNow! again.
2 Select the Data Projects tab.
3 Select Exact Copy.
4 Insert the CD or DVD you want to copy.
5 Click the Copy icon.
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technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
6 Insert a blank DVD or CD into the drive, and then
click OK.
7 Click Done when the recording is complete.
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You can use RecordNow! to erase music, data, or video
files from rewritable DVDs and CDs, leaving almost all the
disc space available for new recordings.
If you try to record a video or music file to a rewritable
disc that has files on it, the recording program prompts
you to erase the disc first.
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic
RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow!
again.
2 Insert the DVD-RW, DVD+RW or CD-RW you want to
3 Select the Home screen tab, and then select
Erase Disc.
4 Click Yes to confirm that you want to erase the disc.
erase. If an autoplay window opens, click Cancel.
Removing Files in RecordNow!
When removing files in RecordNow!, it is important
to note:
■
■
When you remove a recorded file from a data
DVD-R, DVD+R or CD-R, the disc space is lost and
cannot be used for new recordings.
You cannot remove music files from previously
recorded music CDs, but you can remove music files
from the file selection window in RecordNow! before
you record the files to your disc.
■
You must use a blank CD to create a music CD.
■
If you delete files from the file selection window in
RecordNow! before the disc is recorded, available
disc space is not affected. If you remove a file from
a DVD-R, DVD+R or CD-R after the disc is recorded,
available disc space is lost.
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Erasing a DVD or CD
Removing Files from a Recorded Data Disc
RecordNow! cannot erase files from recordable
(record once) DVDs or CDs, but files that have been
previously recorded can be removed. When you remove
a recorded file from a data DVD-R, DVD+R or CD-R, the
disc space is lost and cannot be used for new recordings.
To remove data files from a recorded DVD or CD:
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic
RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow!
again.
2 Select the Data Projects tab.
3 Insert the disc from which you want to
remove files. If an autoplay window opens, click
Cancel.
4 Click Data Disc.
5 You must have at least one file on your data
disc to re-record it. Select the file you want
to remove, and then click the Remove icon
in the upper-right corner.
6 Click Yes.
7 Click the Burn icon to save your data disc
without the files you removed.
8 Click Done when the recording is
complete.
Creating an Image File
RecordNow! can take all the files from a CD or DVD and
convert it into a single file called an image file. You can
use the image file to reproduce the original disc. This is
often used when you need to make multiple copies of the
same disc.
Saving an Image
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic
RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow!
again.
2 Select the Backup Projects tab.
3 Select Save Image.
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4 Insert the source disc into the drive.
5 Click Browse to set the destination and name of the
image file.
6 Click the Save icon to create the image file.
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1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic
RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow!
again.
2 Select the Backup Projects tab.
3 Select Burn Image.
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4 Click the Browse button to locate your saved
image file.
5 Click the Burn icon.
6 Insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive.
7 Click Done when recording is complete.
Archiving Files on a CD or DVD
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, Sonic RecordNow!, and then click
RecordNow! again.
2 Select the Backup Projects tab.
3 Select File Archive.
7 Click the Burn icon when all of your files
have been added.
If the files do not fit on one disc, File
Archive asks you for additional discs.
8 Click Done when recording is complete.
4 Insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive.
5 Place a check mark in the Changed since box to limit
the scan to files that have been changed since the
last time you completed a file archive.
6 Add your files to the Archive window:
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Select one or more categories from the list on the
left, and click Scan. RecordNow! scans your
hard disk drive for files related to the category.
■
Drag files from the Windows Explorer to the
Archive window.
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they are protected by copyright laws and are
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Recording Video Files
Video quality depends on the quality of the source files,
the PC speed, and its graphics processing ability. For
more information about recording VHS files to DVD, refer
to “Recording VHS Files Direct to DVD with WinDVD
Creator” on page 170.
Using Disc Labels
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When labeling your DVDs, do not use sticky
labels. They can cause the DVD to play
erratically. Instead, write on the DVD with a
felt-tip pen to label it.
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An important feature of a DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is
its high level of compatibility with other optical drives and
CD and DVD players:
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The CDs that you create play in most home and car
stereos and in most computer DVD-ROM and
CD-ROM drives.
■
The DVDs that you create are compatible with some
DVD video players and with most computer
DVD-ROM drives.
■
CD-R discs are more compatible with home and car
stereos than CD-RW discs are.
Your DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is able to read from
and record to almost every type of optical disc. Writing
speed rates for the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive are fast,
allowing quick recording times.
Understanding video recording lengths and video quality settings
Video quality setting
GB/Hour
Minutes on a 4.7 GB DVD*
Minutes on a 8.5 GB DVD*
Fair
1.2
170 minutes
300 minutes
Good
1.4
145 minutes
260 minutes
Better
2.1
100 minutes
185 minutes
Best
2.7
80 minutes
144 minutes
* Minutes listed are approximate and not exact.
This table shows approximate sizes of recorded TV
program files. Some files may be smaller or larger.
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CD-R discs are more compatible with home
and car stereos than CD-RW discs.
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Using Compatibility Information
Identifying Disc Feature and Compatibility
Plays in PC
Plays in
home or
car stereo
Plays in home
DVD player
Disc
File type
Can be
recorded
onto
CD-ROM
Data
No
Yes
No
No
Music
No
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
MP3 music
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
MP3 music
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Varies by model
Data
No
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Yes
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
Doublelayer
DVD+R
Data
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
DVD movie
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
DVD+RW
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Varies by model
CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD+R
VCD
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Double-layer is a new technology. Double-layer media
compatibility will widely vary with some home DVD
players and DVD-ROM drives.
*GB is defined as 1 billion bytes. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes
when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual
formatted capacity is less.
For the latest disc compatibility information for your
HP Digital Entertainment Center, go to the HP Support
Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support
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For the latest disc compatibility information,
check the HP Support Web site:
http://www.hp.com/support
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Double-layer DVD technology is supported by
select models only.
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The InterVideo WinDVD Creator
and RecordNow! recording programs support
the double-layer technology.
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NOTE: The HP Digital Entertainment Center comes with
the Double-Layer DVD Writer. It supports single-layer and
double-layer DVD media. Double-layer technology gives
you greater capacity and allows you to store up to
8.5 GB* of data on double-layer DVD+R media.
Using the Optical Drive Quick
Reference Table
Optical
drive can
Doublelayer
Combo
CD-RW/DVD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record data
or music to
disc for
storage or
backup
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
View DVD
movies
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record DVD
movies
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Play games
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
CD-ROM
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
Read CDs,
CD-Rs, and
CD-RWs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read DVDs
No
No
Read data on
a CD
Yes
Play music
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To open software programs you can use with various
media and an optical drive, click Start on the taskbar,
choose All Programs, select the program folder, and
then click the program to open the software. Refer to the
following table to determine the best programs for the
tasks you want to do.
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center comes with the
following software programs. This is not a complete list of
included software. Use this table to find out the programs
that record and play CDs, record data CDs, and import,
edit, and record video CDs and DVDs. Some programs
listed below may not be included with your model.
Software
With this program you can:
iTunes
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Play music CDs, MP3s, and other audio files.
■
Record music files.
■
Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
■
Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.
■
Play music CDs, MP3s, and other audio files.
■
Play DVD movies. (Windows Media Player can play DVDs only if another DVD player
program, such as InterVideo WinDVD, is installed.)
■
Play Windows Movie Maker files.
■
Record music files.
■
Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.
■
Play music CDs, MP3s, and other audio files.
■
Play DVD movies. (RealPlayer can play DVDs only if another DVD player program, such
as InterVideo WinDVD, is installed.)
■
Play video CDs.
■
Record music files.
■
Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.
Windows
Media Player
RealPlayer
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Using the Software Quick Reference Table
Software
With this program you can:
Windows Movie
Maker 2.0
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Import audio, video, and other media files from a videotape, an audiotape, a Web
camera, or a television broadcast.
■
Record audio and video files to create a video project that becomes a Windows Media
source file with a .wmv extension.
■
Edit and preview files.
■
Send a movie in an e-mail or upload it to a Web server.
■
Add music files (MP3).
■
Import audio files such as .mp3, .asf, or .wma; video files such as .wmv, .asf, .avi, or
.mpg; or image files such as .jpg or .gif.
■
Create .avi and .wmv (Windows Media Video) files.
InterVideo
WinDVD
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Play DVD movies and video CDs (VCDs).
RecordNow!
■
Record data and music files.
■
Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
■
Create customized music CDs from CDs in your collection, or from .wav, .mp3, or .wma
files. These CDs can be played in your home or car stereo.
■
Copy and share data files.
■
Copy short video files.
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With this program you can:
InterVideo
WinDVD
Creator
■
Capture digital and analog video files directly from a digital video (DV) camera, VCR, or
other analog capture device.
■
Assemble movies by capturing video clips and scenes into a video project.
■
Edit your movies. Cut scenes and add music and sound effects, still images, text, video
transitions, and voice-overs.
■
Preview movies during editing and before recording final files.
■
Create video files, export them to your hard disk drive or your digital video camera, and
then play them on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Create video files, record them to DVDs and CDs, and then play them on some set-top
DVD players.
■
Record video files to 7 different formats.
■
Add your own style to your movies with music, pictures, titles, scene transitions, and
captions.
■
Edit your home movies.
muvee
autoProducer
unPlugged
n
You may have a software update CD included
with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
You may need to install this CD before using
the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive. To do this,
follow the installation instructions that
came with the CD.
n
Video files recorded with RecordNow! can be
viewed on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center but not on home DVD video players.
n
The muvee autoProducer unPlugged video
editing program is for select models only.
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Importing, Editing, and
Burning Videos
Both programs allow you to edit your video files and save
your files to your hard disk drive. You need to use
InterVideo WinDVD Creator to capture your video files
from a video device and also to record your video file
to a disc. If you use muvee autoProducer to create your
video file, you can use WinDVD Creator to record it
to disc.
For instructions on how to use InterVideo WinDVD
Creator to create your own personalized video file, see
the following description and see “Getting Started with
WinDVD Creator” on page 162.
For instructions on how to use muvee autoProducer to
create your own personalized video files, see the
following description and see “Getting Started with
muvee autoProducer” on page 171.
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You need to use InterVideo WinDVD Creator
to capture and record your video files to disc.
Using InterVideo WinDVD Creator
You can use InterVideo WinDVD Creator to
create your personalized video files in a few
easy steps.
Capture: Take videos and pictures from digital
camcorders, analog video devices, and Web cameras,
and then save them to your hard disk drive.
Edit: Arrange and trim your files. Add titles, transition
effects, images, and audio.
Add Menu: Add a menu with chapters to your DVD.
Make Movie: Finalize your project by burning your
movie to your hard disk drive or to disc.
For more information about WinDVD Creator, click the
Help menu in the WinDVD Creator menu bar.
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Burning Videos
You can capture, edit, and record your home movies in a
few easy steps by using the InterVideo WinDVD Creator
program located in your All Programs folder on your
desktop. You can also use the muvee autoProducer
unPlugged program (select models only) to personalize
your video files from within Media Center by using your
remote control.
Getting Started with WinDVD Creator
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo
WinDVD Creator, and then click InterVideo
WinDVD Creator again.
2 Select one of the menu options:
■
Capture video into hard disk: Opens the
Capture section for you to capture media.
■
Create CD/DVD with existing video file:
Brings up the Open window for you to select
existing video files.
■
Record video tape into DVD disc in one
step: Enables you to bypass the hard disk drive
and record straight from your camera to a disc in
your DVD drive.
■
Open existing project: Brings up the Open
window for you to select an existing project.
■
Create new project: Opens the Edit section
for you to begin creating a new project.
Using the Preview window in WinDVD Creator
The Preview window is located in the upper-left corner
and behaves differently for each task.
Edit: Plays back the selected video or displays the
selected image.
Capture: Displays what your capture device is viewing.
Add Menu: Displays what your menu and buttons
look like.
Using the Media Library in WinDVD Creator
The Media Library contains your video clips, images, and
audio tracks. To import existing media files from your
hard disk or CDs into the Media Library, click the Drag
and Drop button.
Capture: Located in bottom right corner. Contains your
video clips, images, and audio tracks.
Edit: Located in upper-right corner. Contains your video
clips, images, and audio tracks.
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Add Menu: Located in upper-right corner. Contains
menu themes, video backgrounds, audio tracks, images,
buttons, chapter layouts, and chapter thumbnails.
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Using the Storyboard in WinDVD Creator
Located on the bottom of the Edit and Add Menu area.
The Storyboard can be displayed in either Menu Picker or
Timeline mode. Use the Storyboard to organize your
media and add special effects such as titles, transition
effects, audio tracks, and video filters.
Identifying Requirements for Capturing
Video with WinDVD Creator
Importing, Editing, and
Burning Videos
You can copy (capture) video files to your hard disk drive
by using the WinDVD Creator program.
To capture digital video, connect your digital video (DV)
camera to the FireWire® (IEEE 1394) port on the back
panel of the HP Digital Entertainment Center. To capture
analog video, connect your VCR or analog video camera
to the Composite Video 2 or S-Video 2 connectors on the
front panel of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To capture video files, you need to:
1 Connect your video source device properly.
b Click the Wrench icon.
2 Turn your device on and set it to playback mode.
c
3 Make sure WinDVD Creator can detect your digital
or analog device.
4 If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has multiple
video devices connected, they all appear on the
Capture screen. You must select the video source you
would like to use.
a In the WinDVD Creator Capture screen, click
your input source.
Select Device Control tab, and then select
your video source from the Video Source dropdown menu.
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You may need to turn your digital video
device off and on again for the program to
detect it.
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Capturing Digital Camcorder Video with
WinDVD Creator
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo
WinDVD Creator, and then click InterVideo
WinDVD Creator again.
6 Find your starting point in the video, and click the
Pause button.
7 Click the Record button.
2 Click the Capture video into hard disk button.
8 Enter a file name, click Save, and recording begins.
3 Connect your digital camcorder to your HP Digital
9 Click the Stop button to stop capturing your video
Entertainment Center.
4 Make sure the output from your digital camcorder
appears in the Preview window. If it does not,
double-check your connections and make sure your
camera is in playback mode.
5 Click the Play button to preview your video file
file. Your video file is processed and automatically
saved to the My Videos folder on your hard disk
drive. The video clip appears in the Media Library
portion of the screen.
10 To play back your captured video, click the file in the
Media Library, and click the Play button in the
Preview window.
before you record it.
Capturing Analog Video with
WinDVD Creator
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, InterVideo
WinDVD, InterVideo WinDVD Creator, and
then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
2 Click the Capture video into hard disk button.
3 Connect your VCR, television, or other analog input
device to the Composite Video 2 or S-Video 2
connector on the front panel of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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4 Connect the Audio L and R connectors of your
analog input device to the Audio L and R connectors
on the front panel of the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Make sure the Capture button is selected.
5 Click the Wrench icon, and then select the Device
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6 Click the Video Source drop-down box, and then
select either S-Video 2 or Composite Video 2,
depending on which front panel connector you are
using.
7 Click OK. Your video appears in the Preview window.
To begin capturing the video, click the Record button.
8 Enter a file name, and then click Save, and recording
begins.
9 Click the Stop button to stop capturing your video file.
Your video file is processed and automatically saved
to your hard disk drive.
10 To play back your captured video, double-click
Capturing a Still Image
1 Pause your input device on the position for which
3 The image is saved to the My Pictures folder on your
you would like an image.
hard disk drive.
2 Click the Capture Still Image button
under the Preview window.
Editing Video Files with WinDVD Creator
After you capture video files, use the WinDVD Creator
Edit module to create your customized video file. In the
edit mode you can add:
■
Video files
■
Transition effects
■
Still images
■
Video filters
■
Audio and music tracks
■
Title effects
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the file.
To edit your video files:
1 If your project is already open, click the Edit button
and skip to step 4.
2 Click Start, choose All Programs, InterVideo
WinDVD, InterVideo WinDVD Creator, and
then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
3 Open a project by selecting either the Create new
project or the Open existing project button.
4 If you have already captured video for this project,
drag and drop the video files from the Media Library
to the Storyboard. If you have video files on your
hard disk drive you would like to add to this project,
click Drag and Drop.
5 If you do not like the sequence of the video files,
drag and drop the files in the Storyboard to change
the sequence.
Adding images with WinDVD Creator
1 Click the Image Library icon.
2 Click the Drag and Drop button to open
the My Pictures folder on your hard disk drive.
3 Select the images from your hard disk drive you
4 Drag and drop images from the Image Library to
your Storyboard.
Now you can edit still images and video files. See the
following table.
would like to add to your Image Library, and
click Open.
Storyboard icons
Group
Groups multiple images into one on the Storyboard.
Expand
Expands grouped images so they are all displayed on the Storyboard.
Save Movie
Records output directly to a DV camcorder or writes output to a file in your selected
format.
Edit Clip
Trims a video clip:
1 Double-click a video clip on the Storyboard.
2 Adjust the sliders to cut off video at the beginning or the end.
Split Clip
Splits a video clip:
1 Click the video clip you want to split.
2 Click the Play button in the Preview window.
3 Click the Split Clip icon at the point of the clip you want split.
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Adding audio effects with WinDVD Creator
1 Click the Audio Library icon.
2 Click the Drag and Drop button to open
the My Music folder on your hard disk drive.
3 Select the audio files from your hard disk drive you
want to add to your audio library, and click Open.
4 Drag and drop the audio files from the Audio Library
5 A musical note icon appears in the bottom right
corner of the video file to which the audio track was
assigned.
6 To keep the audio track running for more than one
video file, switch from Storyboard mode to Timeline
mode. Drag the music track across more than one
video file.
to the video file of your choice.
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Adding transition effects with WinDVD Creator
1 Click the Transition Effects icon.
2 Drag and drop a transition effect between
the two video files where you would like the effect to
appear.
Adding title effects with WinDVD Creator
1 Click the Title Effects icon.
2 Drag and drop a title effect either between
video files or to a video file on the Storyboard.
3 Type the text you would like to appear on your title
4 If you inserted the title effect between video clips,
click the Image Setting icon to adjust the length of
time you want the title clip to appear. A capital T
appears in the bottom-right corner of the title clip on
the Storyboard.
screen.
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Adding video filters with WinDVD Creator
1 Click the Video Filters icon.
2 Drag and drop a video filter to the video of your
choice.
Authoring Your DVD with WinDVD Creator
The Add Menu section makes your project interactive by
creating a menu theme and by breaking it into chapters.
The menu theme can be your own images and music or a
custom theme that comes with WinDVD Creator.
1 If your project is already open, click the Add Menu
button.
2 Click Start, choose All Programs, InterVideo
WinDVD, InterVideo WinDVD Creator, and
then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
3 Select the Open existing project button, and then
select your project.
5 Click the Media Library icons to add a menu theme,
chapters, buttons, audio tracks, and images to
your DVD.
6 Click the Storyboard icons to edit the chapters and
menu items.
7 Click the Preview button to play your DVD as it will
appear in a set-top player.
4 Click the Add Menu button.
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Making a movie with WinDVD Creator
1 If your project is already open, click the Make
Movie button and skip to step 5.
Select
Device
Select the device that contains
the blank recordable DVD
or CD.
Burning
Speed
Select the speed to use when
recording your project.
Format
Select one of the formats to
record your project.
TV System
Select between NTSC and
PAL for your TV system. The
NTSC format is used in North
America, and the PAL format
is used in European and Asian
countries/regions.
Volume
Name
of Disc
Enter a Volume name for your
disc (optional).
2 Click Start, choose All Programs, InterVideo
WinDVD, InterVideo WinDVD Creator, and
then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
3 Select the Open existing project button, and then
select your project.
4 Click the Make Movie button.
5 Insert a blank recordable DVD or CD into your drive.
6 Choose one from each of the following sections
(order of selections may differ).
Select
Function
Burn to Disc
Use this to burn directly to a
DVD or CD.
Write
content to
hard disk
for later
burning
Use this to create the file on
your hard disk drive.
7 Click the right arrow, and then click Start.
8 Click OK.
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Burning Videos
This is the final step of your DVD project. You select a
format, the type of TV system, and volume name.
Recording VHS Files Direct to DVD with
WinDVD Creator
To record VHS or other video files directly to DVDs:
1 Connect your VCR or other analog video source to
your computer. See “Capturing Analog Video with
WinDVD Creator” on page 164 for more
information about capturing analog video.
6 Press the Playback button on your VCR.
7 Click the Record button when the Preview window
displays what you want to record.
2 Click Start, choose All Programs, InterVideo
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then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
3 Select the Record video tape into DVD disc in
one step button.
4 Insert a blank DVD into your drive.
5 Click the Capture button, and select your VCR on
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the Device Control tab.
Converting Recorded TV to VCD or
DVD Format
You may not be able to preview recorded TV programs
with InterVideo WinDVD Creator (WinDVD Creator) until
the recorded TV program is converted to an MPEG-2
format.
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, InterVideo
WinDVD Creator, and then click InterVideo
WinDVD Creator again.
2 Open a project by selecting Create new project.
3 In the Edit window, double-click and select the
4 Click the Save Movie icon and select Output
to File.
5 Select a GQ, HQ, SP, LP, or EP format and
click OK.
6 Enter a file name and click Save.
Recorded TV folder in the Shared Documents folder.
Double-click the Recorded TV program you want to
open. Drag the file onto an empty storyboard.
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Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged
(Select models only)
You can use muvee autoProducer to create your
personalized video files in a few easy steps.
You can access muvee autoProducer in Media
Center under More Programs.
You must capture digital video files to your hard disk drive
and burn your movies to disc using the InterVideo
WinDVD Creator program. The basic steps when using
muvee autoProducer are:
Add videos and pictures: Select video and
pictures files.
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Add music: Select music files to add to your movie.
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Select a style: Apply a movie style for a different
effect and picture transition.
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Make the movie: Combine your pictures, music,
and styles to your movie and save your movie to your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
For more information about muvee autoProducer, click the
? in the muvee autoProducer menu bar.
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You must capture digital videos to your hard
disk drive and burn your movies to DVD with
the InterVideo WinDVD Creator program.
Getting Started with muvee autoProducer
(Select Models Only)
You can use muvee autoProducer to create your
personalized video files in a few easy steps.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
2 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
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3 Select one of the button options:
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Select Video: Opens the Select Video window
for you to select existing video files.
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Select Style: Opens the Select Style window for
you to select a style template for your movie.
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Select Pictures: Opens the Select Pictures
window for you to select existing image files.
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Settings: Opens the Settings window for you to
set the audio mix for your movie.
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Select Music: Opens the Select Music window
for you to select existing music files.
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Make muvee: Opens the Make muvee
window for you to set the duration of your movie
and automatically create the movie.
Adding Videos to Your Movie with
muvee autoProducer
It is easy to add video files to your muvee production. The
following formats are supported:
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Video — .dv, .avi, .mpeg-1, .mpeg-2
1 If your project is already open, select the Select
Video button and skip to step 4.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
6 Select Next when you are finished adding videos to
your movie project.
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
3 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
4 Select the video files under My Videos to add to your
Selected Videos.
5 Adjust the order of the videos by using the Move
Up and Down buttons.
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Select multiple video files by pressing and
holding Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting
the files.
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Adding Pictures to Your Movie with
muvee autoProducer
It is easy to add still image files to your muvee production.
The following formats are supported:
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5 Adjust the order of the images by using the Move
Pictures — .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif
1 If your project is already open, select the Select
Pictures button and skip to step 4.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
Up and Down buttons.
6 Select Next when you are finished adding pictures
to your movie project.
on the
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3 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
4 Select the images under My Pictures to add to your
Selected Pictures.
Select multiple picture files by pressing and
holding Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting
the files.
Adding Music to Your Movie with
muvee autoProducer
You can use .mp3, .wav, or .wma formatted music files in
your movie project.
5 Adjust the order of the music by using the Move Up
You can also choose whether to use the original sound
track from your video, blend the sound track with your
music selections, or just use the selected music files.
6 Select Next when you are finished adding pictures
1 If your project is already open, select the Select
Music button and skip to step 4.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
3 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
and Down buttons.
to your movie project.
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It is best to have at least twice the duration of
video to the duration of music. For example,
if you have 10 minutes of video, select
5 minutes of music.
4 Select the music files under My Music to add to your
Selected Music.
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remote control to open Media Center.
Setting the Style in muvee autoProducer
The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of
style templates for setting the pace, scene transition
effects, and caption fonts. The style you use also effects
how muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture,
and music files in your movie project to produce the final
movie.
For example, using the Cinema style results in a movie
that is moderately paced, color enhanced, and uses a
wide-screen format.
1 If your project is already open, select the Select
Style button and skip to step 4.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
5 Select Next when you are finished adding pictures
to your movie project.
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
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3 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
4 Select a style from the list of ten. A description of the
style displays in the window.
The video quality of the preview may not be
as smooth as the final saved version of your
movie.
Changing the Settings in muvee
autoProducer
After you have added at least one video or picture file to
your movie project, you can adjust the audio settings.
1 If your project is already open, select the Settings
button and skip to step 4.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
track and the added music.
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
3 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
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4 Select the Sound Mix Level for the original sound
5 Check the Smart Join Multiple Music Clips box to
cross-fade multiple music clips.
6 Check the Use Every Music Clip box to include all
music files in your movie.
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7 Select the Production button.
8 Select whether to have video, pictures, and music to
be repeated.
9 Select whether to keep the video and pictures in
sequence.
10 Select the Next button to continue.
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The video quality of the preview may not be
as smooth as the final saved version of your
movie.
After you have added at least one video or picture file to
your movie project, you can have muvee autoProducer
make the movie.
The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by
combining the video, picture, and music files you have
selected, along with the style of movie, and puts together
all of these pieces into a professional-looking movie with
just a few steps.
1 If your project is already open, select the make
muvee button and skip to step 4.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control to open Media Center.
3 Select More Programs, and then select the Make
muvee icon.
4 Select the duration for your movie by clicking either
Use Automatic to allow muvee autoProducer to set
the duration or Set to for you to set the duration.
5 Select Next to start the process of creating your
movie.
6 Preview the movie in the preview window. Use the
playback controls under the preview window to play,
pause, and stop the movie preview. Each time you
make a change to a movie project you need to click
the make muvee button again to add that change to
your movie.
7 Once you are satisfied with the look of your movie
project, it is ready to be saved to your hard disk
drive. Select Save.
8 Select a format, such as MPEG-2 or Windows Media
Format by selecting the (+) or (–) buttons, and then
enter a name for your movie by using the numeric
keypad on your remote control.
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Making the Movie with muvee autoProducer
9 Select Continue to save your movie. Your video
project is saved to the My Videos folder on your hard
disk drive by default. You can also access your video
file in Media Center in the My Videos area.
10 Close muvee autoProducer and then press the back
button on your remote control. Select My Videos
and then select your video to play it back in Media
Center.
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The video quality of the preview may not be
as smooth as the final saved version of your
movie.
Recording muvee autoProducer Movie to
Disc with WinDVD Creator
To create a VCD or DVD disc.
1 Using the trackball, click Start, choose All
Programs, InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo
WinDVD Creator, and then click InterVideo
WinDVD Creator again.
2 Select Create CD/DVD with existing
video file.
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3 Select your video file you created in muvee
autoProducer, and then click Open.
4 Click the Make Movie tab, select Burn to Disc, and
then select the arrow button to begin burning your
movie to disc.
5 Follow the onscreen instructions.
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Using an HP Personal
Media Drive
The HP Personal Media Drive (sold separately) can be
used as an internal or external USB hard disk drive
designed to quickly and easily increase your storage
capacity and to transfer media files such as digital
photos, music, videos, and other important files from
one PC to another. You can also use the HP Personal
Media Drive to back up other drives on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
The HP Personal Media drive is designed to:
Work with the HP Digital Entertainment Center and
other PCs that have a USB port.
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Store large media files and personal files.
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Transfer files between PCs.
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Play media files.
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Back up your files.
For more information about using your HP Personal
Media Drive with Media Center, refer to the
documentation on the HP Support Web site at:
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Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to
Work with Media Center
When you complete this setup procedure, you will be
able to easily access content — such as music, photos,
videos, and recorded TV programs — from customized
folders on your HP Personal Media Drive.
Once you complete the HP PMD (Personal Media Drive)
setup wizard, you can drag and drop your music, video,
pictures, and recorded TV files from your primary hard
disk drive to personalized folders in the HP Personal
Media Drive for backup or storage. You will also be able
to use your remote control to access these files from within
Media Center.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
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2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select
More Programs, and then press OK on the remote
control.
3 Select HP PMD Setup, and then press OK on the
remote control.
The HP PMD Setup Wizard in More Programs
allows you to set up folders so that you can
more easily access your media files with
Media Center.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup
wizard.
5 Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Locating the Drive After Installation
After you install the HP Personal Media Drive into the
HP Digital Entertainment Center, you can find the drive
in My Computer. The HP Digital Entertainment Center
automatically assigns a drive letter which may change
unless you assign a drive letter. See “Assigning a Drive
Letter to the HP Personal Media Drive” on page 179.
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1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Click My Computer.
3 Select your drive under Hard Disk Drives. The default
name is HP Personal Media Drive.
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Assigning a Drive Letter to the
HP Personal Media Drive
You can permanently assign a drive letter to avoid the
letter changing when you connect and disconnect this
drive and other devices. Also, it is easier for a software
program to locate files on the HP Personal Media Drive if
a drive letter is assigned. Some programs may not be
able to find files if the drive changes letters every time you
connect it.
To assign a drive letter:
1 Click Start.
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2 Right-click My Computer.
3 Select Manage, and then click Disk
Management.
4 Right-click HP Personal Media Drive.
To avoid multiple hard disk drives using the
same drive letter when connecting and
removing the drives, assign the letter Z.
5 Select Change Drive Letter and Paths. HP
recommends that you pick the drive letter Z.
6 Click Change and select a letter, and then apply the
Viewing and Storing Files
The best way to transfer files to the HP Personal Media
Drive is to drag them from your local hard disk drive to
your HP Personal Media Drive.
If you want the files that are stored on your HP Personal
Media Drive to appear in Media Center, you must drag
them to the correct media folders, such as My Personal
Videos and My Personal Pictures on your HP Personal
Media Drive. These media folders appear after you
complete the PMD setup wizard. See “Setting Up the HP
Personal Media Drive to Work with Media Center” on
page 178.
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changes by clicking OK.
Playing Media Files
You can play all kinds of media from an HP Personal
Media Drive:
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Click My Computer.
3 Double-click the HP Personal Media Drive icon to
locate your media file.
4 Double-click the file. Most media files open in
Windows Media Player.
Playing Music Files
You can play all kinds of music stored on the HP Personal
Media Drive. If you want the music files that are stored on
your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media
Center My Music window, you must complete the PMD
wizard in the More Programs area of Media Center. See
“Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with
Media Center” on page 178.
When you disconnect the drive, your music files may still
appear in the Windows Media Player Library and Media
Center My Music window. To refresh your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, open and close Windows Media
Player or Media Center. If that doesn’t work, restart the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Viewing Picture Files
You can view your pictures stored on an HP Personal
Media Drive. If you want the picture files that are stored
on your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media
Center My Pictures window, you must complete the PMD
wizard in the More Programs area of Media Center.
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Playing Video Files
You can view your videos stored on an HP Personal
Media Drive. If you want the video files that are stored on
your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media
Center My Videos window, you must complete the PMD
wizard in the More Programs area of Media Center. See
“Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with
Media Center” on page 178.
When you disconnect the drive, your video files may still
appear in the Media Center My Videos window. To
refresh your HP Digital Entertainment Center, open and
close Media Center.
Watching TV Programs Stored on the
HP Personal Media Drive
To play back recorded TV files stored on your HP Personal
Media Drive, you must:
HP Digital Entertainment Center with the power
turned off.
2 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center and
open Media Center.
3 Click Settings, TV, Recorder, Recorder
storage.
4 Under Record on drive select the HP Personal Media
Drive, select Save, and then select Yes. A Recorded
TV folder is created and placed in your HP Personal
Media Drive. Recorded TV shows must be placed in
this folder to access them with Media Center.
5 Under Record on drive, select your local hard disk
drive, select Save, and then select Yes.
6 Move or copy your recorded TV programs to this
Recorded TV folder on your HP Personal Media
Drive. Now you can view your stored TV programs
in Media Center, or you can double-click the file and
view the show in Windows Media Player.
7 Close Media Center before disconnecting the drive.
When you connect your drive, stored TV files appear a
few seconds after you open Media Center.
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removing or before connecting your HP
Personal Media Drive for the stored TV files to
update properly.
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1 Connect your HP Personal Media Drive to the
About Recording TV to the
HP Personal Media Drive
The HP Digital Entertainment Center was set up to record
TV shows to your local hard disk drive when using Media
Center. It is possible to change the recording pathway to
an HP Personal Media Drive, but several errors can occur
if the drive is unexpectedly or improperly removed.
It is best to record TV shows to your local hard disk drive
and then copy the files over to your HP Personal Media
Drive.
If you decide to change your recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive, consider the following:
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The TV recording path does not default back to your
local hard disk drive after the HP Personal Media
drive is disconnected. This means scheduled
recordings may not be recorded. The recording error
Low Disk Space may occur, and then your program
will not be recorded. See “Changing Disk
Allocation” on page 185 for more information about
fixing this error.
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When the drive is disconnected, the disk allocation
for Recorded TV shows reverts to 10%, and your
recorded programs can be lost if you have selected
the “Keep until space is needed” setting in My TV.
See “Changing Disk Allocation” on page 185 for
more information about changing the allocation.
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If you disconnect the drive while Live TV is active, a
video error can occur.
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Recorded TV shows are not updated in Media Center
when the drive is removed.
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The drive may be assigned a different drive letter
which prevents Media Center from recognizing the
recording path or the stored Recorded TV files.
When you set the TV recording pathway to your
HP Personal Media Drive, Media Center stores the
recording buffer data for pausing live TV on your drive.
This means that if live TV is playing, you won’t be able to
remove the drive safely.
To avoid this scenario, change the recording pathway
back to your local hard disk drive, and then restart the HP
Digital Entertainment Center before disconnecting the HP
Personal Media Drive.
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HP recommends that you record TV
programs directly to your local hard disk
drive and then transfer the programs to the
HP Personal Media Drive.
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If you have problems recording after you
have changed the recording pathway, close
Media Center and then open it, and then
restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Recording TV programs to the HP Personal Media Drive
1 Change your recording pathway to your HP Personal
Media Drive. See “Changing the TV recording path
to the HP Personal Media Drive” on page 183.
2 Open Media Center.
3 Record TV programs. See “Recording TV from the
Guide” on page 44. Your programs are recorded to
the HP Personal Media Drive.
5 Close Media Center.
6 Restart your HP Digital Entertainment Center. You
must perform this last step, or errors can result when
recording to your drive.
7 Disconnect your HP Personal Media Drive safely. See
“Disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive Safely”
on page 184.
4 Before disconnecting the drive:
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Make sure there are no scheduled recordings or
recordings in progress to avoid losing data.
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Change the recording pathway back to your
local hard disk drive. See “Changing the TV
recording path to the local hard disk drive” on
page 184.
Changing the TV recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive
If you decide to change your recording path to record
directly to your HP Personal Media Drive, Media Center
creates a Recorded TV folder on your drive.
Drive. See “Assigning a Drive Letter to the HP
Personal Media Drive” on page 179.
2 Open Media Center.
3 Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then
Recorder storage.
4 Under Record on Drive, select (+) to select the
HP Personal Media Drive. You can also set the
disk allocation and recording quality settings in this
window.
HP recommends that you know the drive letter
assigned and the storage amount of your
HP Personal Media Drive.
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1 Assign a drive letter to your HP Personal Media
5 Click Save, and then click Yes.
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6 Close Media Center.
7 Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To change the TV recording path back to your local hard
disk drive, follow this procedure and select your hard disk
drive in step 4.
HP recommends that you record TV programs
directly to your local hard disk drive and then
transfer your recorded programs to the HP
Personal Media Drive, if desired.
Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive
To change the Media Center TV recording path to your
local hard disk drive:
1 Open Media Center.
3 Select your local hard disk drive (C:).
2 Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then
4 Click Save, and then click Yes.
Recorder storage. You can also set the disk
allocation and recording quality settings in this
window.
5 Close Media Center.
6 Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Disconnecting the HP Personal Media
Drive Safely
You can safely remove the drive when it is not active.
When the amber activity light is blinking, the drive is
active, saving or transferring data. Removing the drive
while the light is blinking may cause data loss or
damaged files.
2 Double-click the Safely Remove
To disconnect your HP Personal Drive safely:
3 Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate
1 Close Media Center and all other programs that may
be accessing your HP Personal Media Drive. Make
sure the activity LED is off.
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Hardware icon in the system tray at the
bottom of the desktop. If this icon is hidden,
click the arrows on the taskbar to display it. The
Safely Remove Hardware window opens.
your HP Personal Media Drive. USB Mass Storage
Device may be listed twice. One may contain a
memory card reader or other mass storage drives.
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4 Select your device that is labeled HP Personal Media
Drive, and then click OK. This name of the drive may
appear as Generic Volume followed by the assigned
drive letter. A Safe to Remove Hardware message
appears in the system tray at the bottom of your
desktop letting you know that your drive is safe to
disconnect.
5 Click Close.
6 Disconnect the drive from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Changing Disk Allocation
If you experience a Low Disk Space error message, and
you want to change the disk allocation to a higher
percentage for your HP Personal Media Drive:
1 Open Media Center.
2 Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then select
3 Change the disk allocation percentage setting by
selecting the (+) or (–) option.
Recorder storage.
If you want to update your Recorded TV list after
removing the drive:
1 Close Media Center.
2 Open Media Center.
3 If this does not update the files, restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Updating Recorded TV List after Removing
the HP Personal Media Drive
System Requirements to View Recorded
TV Programs on Other PCs
To play back recorded TV files (.dvr-ms files) that were
recorded on your HP Digital Entertainment Center on
another non-HP Digital Entertainment Center, the PC must
have the following items installed:
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Windows XP operating system
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Windows XP Service Pack 1
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Windows Media Player 9 or later
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Software to play DVDs
The audio and video codec file allows Windows Media
Player to play recorded TV programs (.dvr-ms files). You
can find this file in Windows Update. Click Start, choose
All Programs, and then click Windows Update. You
can also go to the Windows Web site and search for this
code file (Q810243).
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the HP Support Web site at:
http://www.microsoft.com
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Some recorded TV programs with the
broadcast flag turned on are copy protected
and cannot be viewed on other PCs.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Problems and Finding
Solutions
For help on general and miscellaneous problems you may
be experiencing with the HP Digital Entertainment Center,
refer to the following pages for possible solutions. Look
up the description of the problem and try the solution
listed.
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If you need more information about using or
troubleshooting Media Center, refer to the
Media Center Help files or the Help and
Support files in the Start menu.
For online support, go to the Microsoft or HP Support
Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support
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Your system is provided with a voltage select
switch for use in a 115-Vv or 230-Vv power
system. The voltage select switch has been
pre-set to the correct voltage setting for use in
the particular country/region where it was
initially sold. Changing the voltage select
switch to the incorrect position can damage
your HP Digital Entertainment Center and
void any implied warranty.
For more detailed information, press the Help button on
your keyboard, or click Start on the taskbar and select
Help and Support.
HP Digital Entertainment Center hardware and
operating system
For hardware-related troubleshooting topics such as the
remote control, CD or DVD drive problems, or operating
system messages, see“Hardware and Operating System”
on page 188.
Music
For music-related troubleshooting topics, such as
playback, adding music files, or playlist problems, see
“Music” on page 190.
Pictures
Television, Guide, recording TV
For TV-related troubleshooting topics such as recording
live TV, adding channels, or Guide problems, see
“Television, Guide, Recording TV” on page 192.
Video/DVD
For video/DVD-related troubleshooting topics such as
video or display problems or errors, see “Video/DVD:
Video or Display Problems or Errors” on page 196.
Burning CDs or DVDs
For CD or DVD burning-related troubleshooting topics,
see “Burning CDs or DVDs” on page 198.
For picture-related troubleshooting topics, see “Pictures”
on page 198.
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Troubleshooting
s
Hardware and Operating System
Problem
Possible solution
My remote control
does not work.
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Make sure that the two AA alkaline batteries for the remote control are charged
and installed correctly.
■
Make sure the remote control sensor is plugged into a USB port on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Make sure the front of the remote control sensor (IR Receiver) is not blocked.
■
Point the remote control within a 45-degree angle range and less than 26 feet
(8 meters) away from the remote sensor.
■
If a pressed key repeats itself or sticks, unplug the remote sensor from the USB
connector, wait 1 minute, and plug the remote sensor back in. Try altering the
lighting conditions in the room or moving the location of the remote sensor if this
continues.
■
Press the Enter button on the remote control after changing a channel.
■
Point the remote control toward the remote sensor, and press a button. A faint
red light should appear on the remote sensor. If the light appears, then the
problem is probably in the Media Center software. Close Media Center, restart
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and then open Media Center again.
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If the remote control works in Media Center but not when changing channels,
you may need to reconfigure the Media Center software settings for the cable
set-top box or satellite receiver.
Media Center is not
recognizing my
external device.
For Media Center to recognize your portable device such as a mass storage device,
USB drive, music storage device, or other, you must change the device settings. To
do this:
1 Connect your device.
2 Open Media Center by pressing the Media Center Start button
remote control.
3 Select More Programs, and then select Sync to Device.
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I cannot remove a
CD or DVD.
Possible solution
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center and press the Eject button near the
drive to extend the tray.
Or
Double-click My Computer, right-click the drive letter of the stuck drive, and
click Eject.
Or
If you have a multimedia keyboard, press the Eject key on the keyboard. The
Eject key is sometimes near the volume knob or media playback keys.
If these methods do not work a disc is jammed.
1 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center and unplug it from the power source.
2 Open the protective door flap in front of the drive door by pressing it on the
lower edge.
3 Insert a paperclip gently into the hole on the front of the CD or DVD drive door
until the door opens.
Send/Don’t Send
error messages keep
appearing.
If you get an error message with Send and Don’t Send options, close the dialog box
by clicking Send or Don’t Send. Continue with your tasks. For best performance,
HP recommends that you restart your HP Digital Entertainment Center at a
convenient time. To restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center: Click Start on
the taskbar, click Turn Off Computer, and then click Restart.
My remote control
sensor does not
seem to work with
my remote control.
■
Make sure the remote control sensor is plugged into the HP Digital Entertainment
Center correctly; see the setup poster.
■
Make sure you point the receiver directly at the remote sensor at the correct range
of about 5 to 10 feet away.
Media Center does
not recognize my
set-top box remote
control.
■
Restart your HP Digital Entertainment Center. (If you cancel out of the setup wizard
while the HP Digital Entertainment Center is learning the remote signals, the
remote sensor may no longer receive commands normally.)
Set-top box remote controls that use the RC5 protocol are not compatible with
Media Center.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Music
Problem
Possible solution
My songs will
not play.
Make sure your songs are in a supported format. Locate the songs on your
HP Digital Entertainment Center and determine the format. Some common
supported file types are MP3, Unprotected WMA, AAC, WAV, and AIFF. Audio
files must be in a supported format to play in iTunes, Windows Media Player, and
Media Center.
Check the properties for the audio file to determine whether the file is in Protected or
Unprotected WMA format. iTunes cannot import or play WMA files that are
protected by Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM). Windows Media
Player cannot play .aac files.
I cannot hear my
music after I turn
on my HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Some models and hardware configurations require that you turn on your TV and the
HP Digital Entertainment Center to hear your music files.
I cannot add music
files to the iTunes or
My Music music
library by using
my remote control.
You must open iTunes or Windows Media Player with your keyboard and trackball
to add music files to your music library. After you add your music files, you can
access them with the remote control in Media Center.
To add music files to iTunes music Library, see “Adding Music to the iTunes Library”
on page 71. To add music files to Windows Media Player Library, see “Adding
Music to My Music Library” on page 79.
To open iTunes or Windows Media Player, click Start, choose All Programs, and
then click iTunes or Windows Media Player.
Codec errors are
occurring when I
play certain files.
190
Codec is an abbreviation for compressor-decompressor. A codec is software or
hardware used to compress and decompress digital media.
If you get a codec error when playing an audio file, open the file in Windows
Media Player. If you have configured Windows Media Player to automatically
download codecs and the correct codec is available, then your file should play. You
must be connected to the Internet to download the codec file.
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Possible solution
My songs do
not appear in
Media Center.
See “Adding Music to the iTunes Library” on page 71 and “Adding Music to My
Music Library” on page 79.
Make sure your songs are in the correct audio format. See the Help in iTunes or
Windows Media Player to find out which formats are supported.
Close and open Media Center to refresh the display.
Check that the Windows Media Player setting for Access rights of other applications
is not set to No access. It must be set to Read only or Full access for your music files
to appear. Refer to Windows Media Player and iTunes Help for more information.
I cannot create a
playlist in My Tunes
or My Music in
Media Center.
You must open iTunes or Windows Media Player with your keyboard and trackball
to create playlists. After you create your playlists, you can access them with the
remote control in Media Center.
To create a playlist in iTunes, see “Creating a Playlist with iTunes” on page 75.
To create a playlist in Windows Media Player, see “Creating a Playlist in My Music”
on page 85.
My CD titles are
missing; they say
Track 1, Track 2, etc.
iTunes and Windows Media Player display CD information if your HP Digital
Entertainment Center is connected to the Internet. Some CDs may not have
information in the iTunes or Windows Media Player database.
If you cannot get the song information for a CD, you can enter the information from
within iTunes or Windows Media Player. Refer to the Help menu in iTunes or
Windows Media Player for more information.
My Music Library in
Media Center
disappeared.
If you are upgrading to Windows XP Media Center Edition Update from a previous
version of Media Center, your Media Library may be deleted. You must rebuild your
music library in Windows Media Player or use the Add Music menu in Media
Center. This may take up to 60 minutes, depending on the size of your library.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Television, Guide, Recording TV
Problem
Possible solution
I cannot enter
four-digit channels
into my remote
control
(DISH Network).
If you have connected your TV signal source through a set-top box that uses fourdigit channel selection — for example, a DISH Network (EchoStar Satellite
Corporation) DP301 receiver — you may need to change your TV signal settings.
To do this:
My TV program did
not record and/or
my screen was blank
when I tried to get it
out of standby.
Open Media Center and select Settings, TV, and then select Set Up TV signal.
Follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the Choose Number of Digits
screen. Choose Four digits. Then in the How Do You Change Channels screen, be
sure to select the option Yes, I have to press ENTER or OK. Complete the setup
wizard.
■
Make sure you do not put the HP Digital Entertainment Center into manual
standby mode while Media Center is open. (You manually put the HP Digital
Entertainment Center into standby by pressing the Power icon or Moon icon
on the remote control or by pressing the Moon icon on the keyboard, or by
clicking Start on the desktop taskbar, then clicking Turn Off Computer,
then Stand By.)
■
Close Media Center before putting the HP Digital Entertainment Center into
manual standby. This will avoid missed TV recordings and a potential blank
screen when coming out of standby.
■
See “Common recording errors” on page 53 for more information about
recording errors.
The Television Guide
did not automatically
download.
Media Center will not automatically connect to the Internet and download the
Television Guide if you are using a dial-up modem. Automatic connection occurs
only with broadband Internet access. You must manually connect to the Internet and
download the Guide. Be sure to disconnect when the download is complete.
I forgot my parental
control password.
Open Media Center and select Settings, and then select General. Highlight (do
not open) Parental Controls. Hold down Ctrl and Alt and press Enter on your
keyboard. This will reset the password and allow you to enter a new four-digit code.
I cannot play my
recorded TV
program.
If your TV program contains protected content, it may have a time limit on playback.
If so, an expiration message is displayed. If the program has expired, you must
record it again.
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Possible solution
Postal code results
do not match my
channels in Television
Guide.
If program listings displayed in the Television Guide do not match your local
channels after you have selected your postal code, do one of the following:
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Select your city if it is listed: select a lineup at the bottom of the list if it matches
yours, or set the listings manually.
■
To manually set the Guide listings, open Media Center, select Settings, TV,
Guide and then select Add Missing Channels to add channels. Select Set
Up Guide Listings to turn off channels you do not have or to change channel
numbers to the correct program information. If you do not know the channel
(frequency) information for your TV programs, check the setup of your TV or
contact your TV service provider for this information.
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For detailed instructions, click the Help icon in Media Center.
If you have manually set your Guide listings, you may not be able to download
program listings to display in the Guide, but you will still be able to schedule
recordings and view programs from the added channels.
I am getting a disk full
error message.
You may receive a disk full error message that is false. Confirm the free space
available on your hard disk drive: Click Start on the taskbar, click My Computer,
right-click the (C:) drive, and then select Properties. View the pie chart.
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If you have plenty of hard disk drive space available, close Media Center and then
open it.
TV recordings in
progress will be
stopped and all
scheduled
recordings will
be missed until
the disk full error
message is
cleared and
Media Center is
restarted.
If you do not have much free space, archive recorded TV programs, or other data
onto recordable CDs or DVDs, then delete them from your hard disk drive. You can
also uninstall unneeded software programs: Click Start on the taskbar, click
Control Panel, then click Add or Remove Programs.
You can also perform disk cleanup: click Start on the taskbar, choose All
Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup and
select the (C:) drive.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Problem
Possible solution
I cannot record two
programs at once.
To record two programs at once:
■
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center must have a dual TV tuner or two TV tuners
with the same TV signal source to record two programs at the same time. This
feature is available for select models only.
■
For set-top boxes that use the same IR code set, each must have its own remote
control sensor control cable plugged into different IR emitter ports on the IR
sensor. MC is able to direct IR commands to specific emitter ports, but all
devices plugged into that port will receive the commands.
■
You must make sure the IR signal that is coming from one remote control sensor
cable to the set-top box is not received by the other set-top box.
■
On an HP Digital Entertainment Center with two TV tuners, if you schedule three
recordings that overlap, leave one in conflict and then schedule a fourth one,
you will get a Conflict Changed error message. The program that was a conflict
appears in your conflict choices. Select Don’t Record on Program Information
for the show you do not want.
I cannot burn live TV
to DVD.
Because some programs are encrypted and copy-protected from the broadcasters,
you may not be able to record live TV directly to DVD.
I cannot watch one
channel and record
another.
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center must have two TV tuners that are connected to
the same TV signal source to be able to watch one channel and record another.
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If you are using a set-top box, you must have two TV tuners and they must each be
plugged into different remote sensor ports on the remote sensor receiver. Media
Center is able to direct remote control commands to specific ports on your remote
sensor.
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Possible solution
My TV Guide is not
right for my location.
During the initial setup of the HP Digital Entertainment Center, you specify your
country/region location. Media Center uses this information to select the country/
region for the Television Guide.
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The TV Guide is
not available in
some countries/
regions.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is preset to the country/region where it was
initially shipped. If you did not select your correct location, and if this location does
not match the ZIP code or postal code location you entered in the Media Center TV
Guide setting, an error message may appear. You may also see No data available
in the TV Guide, or you may not be able to get the correct TV Guide.
To resolve this problem, set the location for your HP Digital Entertainment Center in
the Control Panel first and then in the Media Center Settings window.
To set your location:
1
2
3
4
5
Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
6
7
8
9
Select your location from the drop-down list.
Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options, if it is present.
Click Regional and Language Options.
Click the Regional Options tab.
In Standards and formats, select your language and country/region; for example,
English (Canada), from the drop-down list.
Click Apply, and then click OK.
Click Start, and then select Media Center.
Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then Set Up Guide listings to reset your
location to receive the correct TV Guide.
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195
Troubleshooting
Problem
Video/DVD: Video or Display
Problems or Errors
Problem
Possible solution
My DVD will
not play.
You can put data files on a DVD to store them or transfer them to another PC.
However, data files on a DVD do not play in a DVD player. Re-record your files to a
file format that can be read by DVD players.
My DVD is vertically
stretched.
If your DVD playback is vertically stretched in Media Center, stop playback and
eject the disc. Reinsert the DVD and try to play it again.
Or
Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs, InterVideo WinDVD,
InterVideo WinDVD Player, and then click InterVideo WinDVD to play
the DVD.
My image and video
display is a poor
quality.
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For the best image and video quality on fixed-pixel displays (LCDs), Windows
desktop resolution should always be set to the original resolution of the panel.
Media Center requires more video memory at higher resolutions and may not
function reliably if there is not enough. Media Center displays a message if there is
not enough RAM to support the current resolution.
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Possible solution
My HP Digital
Entertainment Center
is experiencing video
errors.
■
The file may be corrupt or in an unsupported format. Open the video file in a
video editor such as InterVideo WinDVD Creator, and then resave the file in a
supported format.
■
There may be a problem with the codec. For more information, look in Windows
Media Player help, and then search for codec.
■
If the error message Files Needed To Display Video Are Missing or Corrupt
appears, follow these steps:
a Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then select Properties.
b Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button.
c
Click the plus sign (+) next to Sound, video and game controllers.
d Double-click the TV tuner device.
e Click the Driver tab, and then click the Update Driver button.
f
Select Install from a list or a specific location, and then click Next.
g Remove the check mark from Search removable media.
h Click Include this location in this search, and then click the Browse
button.
i
j
Click the plus sign (+) in order, next to each of the following directories:
■
My Computer
■
C:/
■
hp
■
drivers
Click OK, Next, and then click Finish after the drivers are updated.
k Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Pictures
Problem
Possible solution
I cannot see my
pictures in My
Pictures.
Move your pictures to the My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer. You can also
add pictures to Media Center by pressing the More Information button on the
remote control and then selecting Add Pictures. Follow the onscreen instructions.
I cannot print my
pictures.
Make sure your printer is set up properly. See “Setting up your printer” on
page 110.
Burning CDs or DVDs
Problem
Possible solution
I cannot copy my
music or files to CD
or DVD.
Try different type or brand of CD or DVD.
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Close all software other than the recording software, and do not perform other tasks
while recording media. See “Creating music CDs with RecordNow!” on page 144.
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Index
adding
CD tracks to the Music Library 80
images to video file in WinDVD Creator 166
missing channels to the TV Guide 40
music files to the Music Library
from the hard disk drive 79
appendable disc 147
archiving files 151
CD 151
DVD 151
authoring your DVD 168
B
blocking TV shows 56
burning CDs and DVDs 143
buttons
remote control 20
shortcut 23
C
caption display setting 58
capturing
capture card 164
still image 165
video and image 161
capturing video
digital camcorder video 164
requirements 163
CD
cannot remove from drive 189
creating a music CD in My Music 86
playing in My Music 83
channels
adding 40
removing 40
closed captioning 58
codec errors 190
computer
shortcut buttons 23
copying pictures to CD 111
country/region codes 140
creating
CDs 143
Music Library 79
creating music CDs
to play in your car and home 144
to play on your PC 145
D
deleting
recorded show or series 56
scheduled show or series 54, 55
desktop
switching from Media Center 13
disc
feature and compatibility 154
disc and drive compatibility
information 153
disc labels 152
DVD
cannot remove from drive 189
double-sided 139
will not play 196
DVD movies
changing
audio settings 124
language 124
size of window 125
creating 161
playing
in Media Center 123
in small window 125
stopping 125
Index
A
E
edit
pictures 108
video files 165
encrypted TV shows 59
erasing a DVD or CD 149
Index
199
error messages 14
common recording errors 50, 53
Image cannot be displayed 99, 107
Low Disk Space 182, 185
No data available 195
errors, recording 53
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FM radio, see radio
G
Guide, see Television Program Guide
H
hard disk drive space
increasing 64
Help, Media Center 12
HP Image Zone Plus 91
HP Personal Media Drive 177
HP Tunes
adding music from a CD 72
creating a queue list 76
playing CDs 74
using iTunes with Media Center 69, 70
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image files 150
adding 166
burning 151
saving 150
Internet radio 127
InterVideo WinDVD Creator 131
see WinDVD Creator 161
iTunes 77
adding music from a CD 71
adding music from the Internet 72
adding music from your hard disk drive 73
adding music to library 71
changing music information 74
creating a playlist 75
creating music CDs 77
features 157
playing music CDs 137
supported file types 73
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Media Center
Help 12
navigating 10
opening 7
playing CDs 138
playing DVDs 123
resizing window 13
Start menu 8
toolbars 13
using with another program open 13
viewing your pictures 104
Media Center, what you can do
in My Music 69
in My Pictures 90
in My TV 31
in My Videos 113
in Radio 127
memory card reader 90
movie ratings, setting 57
music
about burning a music CD 146
burning CD 77
playing with iTunes 137
Music Library 191
adding CD tracks 80
creating 79
muvee autoProducer
adding music to your movie 173
adding pictures to your movie 173
adding videos to your movie 172
changing audio settings 174
copying a movie to disc 176
features 159
getting started 171
making a movie 175
setting the style 174
using 171
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remove channels from the Guide 40
resolving recording conflicts 54
searching for TV programs 41
set caption display 58
set movie, DVD, or TV ratings 57
sorting shows 50
Television Program Guide errors 36
time shifting 34
using the remote control 34
view recording errors 52
watching TV programs 33
My Videos 113
organizing and storing videos 114, 117
playing digital videos 114, 119
playing videos
in inset window 118
stored on removable media 118
sorting videos 115, 116
viewing video details 121
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Index
My Music 69
copying music to CD 86
creating a queue list 84
deleting music from the My Music library 81
finding and playing an album 84
playing a song 83
playing an album 83, 84
playing music 82
playing songs chosen randomly by Media Center 83
supported file types 81
My Pictures 89
changing picture settings 106
editing pictures 108
organizing pictures 102
printing pictures 108
rotating pictures 109
Shared Pictures folder 102
sorting pictures 106
turning captions on or off 109
types of files it can display 99, 107
viewing a slide show with music 97, 105
viewing pictures 104
viewing pictures as a slide show 105
My TV 31
add missing channels to Guide 40
advanced recording options 44
block unwanted TV programs and movies 56
delete a scheduled TV program 55
display Teletext 58
icons 43
manually downloading the Guide 38, 39
play recorded TV programs 50
protect your recorded TV programs 59
recording TV from the Guide 44
recording TV manually 44
recording TV programs 43
recording TV programs without a Guide 45
optical drive quick reference 156
organizing
pictures 102
pre-set radio stations 129
videos 117
P
parental controls setting 57
picture captions, turning on or off 107
pictures
changing settings 106
editing 108
printing 108
rotating 109
Index
201
playing
CDs 137
digital music files 82
digital videos 114, 119
DVDs 137
DVDs in Media Center 123
music CDs in Media Center 82
songs in My Music 83
videos
in inset window 118
stored on removable media 118
playing song
Buy Music option 84
Visualize option 84
playlist
creating in iTunes 75
creating in My Music 85
Program Guide, see Television Program Guide
Q
queue list
creating in HP Tunes 76
creating in My Music 84
R
radio
connecting antenna to HP Digital Entertainment
Center 127
getting reception 127
Radio window 127
organizing pre-set radio stations 129
playing FM stations 127
playing radio in Media Center 127
recording radio programs 129
RealOne Player
features 157
recorded TV 50
deleting shows 67
202
recording
CDs 131
DVDs 131, 161
errors 53
options in My TV 44
radio programs 129
TV shows 43
how to stop recording 43
recording TV from the Guide 44
recording TV shows
making sure a show is being recorded 43
manually 44
resolving recording conflicts 54
single shows or series, canceling 43
using the Guide 44
when two scheduled for same time 44
recording VHS files direct to DVD 170
RecordNow! 131, 143, 161
archiving files 151
creating music CD to play on your PC 145
creating music CDs 144
for car and home CD players 144
erasing a DVD or CD 149
image files 150
removing files 149
storing files on a DVD or CD 146
remote control 188
buttons 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
LED 25
shortcut buttons 23
Standby button 24
using 23
using in My TV 35
removing files 149
rotating pictures 109
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searching for programs 41
settings
background color 15
calibration settings 15
for phone call notification 15
for sound 15
general 15
Internet connections 15
parental controls 15
remote control and remote sensor 15
Shared Pictures folder 102
Shared Video folder 113
slide show
displaying information about pictures 105
viewing pictures 105
viewing with music 105
software
uninstalling 67
sorting TV shows
by category 50
by date 50
by name 50
Standby button 24
standby mode
recording 25
Start menu
Media Center 5
storing files
about storing data files 148
using RecordNow! 146
System Restore
settings 66
Teletext
displaying 58
Television Guide
adding missing channels 40
filter categories 37
no data available 36
recording TV programs 44
recording TV without the Television Program Guide 45
removing channels 40
searching for TV programs 41
setting up 39
setting up a download method 38
using the More information button 37
viewing 37
troubleshooting
image not displayed in My Pictures 99, 107
radio reception 128
resolving recording conflicts 54
unable to get correct Television Program Guide 14
TV
recording settings 64
searching for shows by category 42
time shifting 34
using digital video recorder while watching 34
watching 32
TV shows
copying to CDs or DVDs 131, 161
copying with RecordNow! 132
deleting show or series 55
not recorded 50, 53
playing 52
playing encrypted shows 59
watching shows on DVD 132
Index
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Index
S
V
VCD
playing with WinDVD 141
video
capturing 164
video editing
getting started with muvee autoProducer 171
video errors, resolving 197
video files
recording 152
video movies
displaying information about a video 121
playing
in inset window 118
when stored on removable media 118
sorting 115, 116
visualization, selecting 87
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Windows Media Player 137
features 157
playing DVD movies 137
playing music CDs 137
setting as default player 73, 81
types of files 73, 81
Windows Movie Maker 2.0
features 158
204
WinDVD
control panel 140
playing DVD movies 139
playing video CDs 141
WinDVD Creator
adding audio effects 167
adding images 166
adding title effects 167
adding transition effects 167
Authoring your DVD 168
capturing a still image 165
capturing analog video 164
capturing digital camcorder video 164
capturing videos and pictures 161
edit 161
editing video files 165
features 159
getting started 162
help 161
making a movie 169
Media Library 162
Preview window 162
recording TV shows to DVD 131
recording VHS files directly to DVD 170
Storyboard 163
using the Media Library 162
WinDVD player
features 158
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