Getting Started Guide

Getting Started

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Table of Contents

Finding Answers to Commonly Asked Questions ............................ 1

Setting Up Your PC ......................................................................... 3

Putting Your PC Together................................................................................3

Safety and Comfort...................................................................................3

Connecting to the PC ................................................................................4

Turning on Your PC for the First Time ...............................................................5

Setting Up and Connecting to Your Internet Account .........................................5

Upgrading Your 56k Modem .....................................................................6

Installing Software and Hardware Devices.......................................................6

Transferring Your Old PC Information and Files to Your New PC.....................7

Making Recovery Discs .............................................................................7

Using Desktop Icons......................................................................................7

Using Compaq Organize Software.............................................................8

Using PC Help & Tools ..............................................................................8

Using the Keyboard ....................................................................... 9

Internet Keyboards....................................................................................9

Standard Keyboard ................................................................................11

Wireless Keyboard Set ............................................................................11

Special Keyboard Buttons ........................................................................12

Customizing the Buttons...........................................................................16

Getting Help................................................................................. 17

Recovering from Software Problems ..............................................................17

Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center................................................17

Using Instant Support ..................................................................................18

Using Compaq Connections ........................................................................18

Getting Messages ...................................................................................18

Turning Off Messages .............................................................................19

Re-enabling Messages.............................................................................19

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Finding Online Guides ................................................................................ 19

Finding Web Sites about your PC ................................................................. 20

Finding More Help ..................................................................................... 20

Working with Sound, Pictures, and Video .................................... 21

Using Speakers .......................................................................................... 21

Connecting a Multi-Channel Speaker System to Your PC ............................. 22

Using the Microphone with Multi-Channel Audio ........................................ 23

Working with Digital Images........................................................................ 23

About the Memory Card Reader .............................................................. 24

Using a TV as a Monitor ............................................................................. 26

Cables You May Need............................................................................ 26

Connecting to a TV Set............................................................................ 26

Viewing the PC Image on Your TV Screen.................................................. 27

Disabling the TV Option .......................................................................... 29

Disconnecting the TV............................................................................... 30

Playing CDs and DVDs.................................................................. 31

Playing Music CDs with iTunes ..................................................................... 31

Playing CDs and DVDs with Windows Media Player ...................................... 32

Playing DVD Movies with InterVideo WinDVD ............................................... 32

Using Country/Region Codes .................................................................. 34

Playing Video CDs (VCD) with InterVideo WinDVD ........................................ 35

Playing Video CDs (VCD) with Windows Media Player 9................................ 35

Creating (Burning) CDs ................................................................. 37

Creating (Burning) Music CDs with iTunes ..................................................... 38

Creating (Burning) Music CDs with Windows Media Player ............................ 38

Creating (Burning) Data CDs Using Windows XP ........................................... 38

Creating (Burning) CDs with RecordNow! ..................................................... 39

Creating Music CDs with RecordNow!.......................................................... 39

Creating CDs to Play in Your Car or Home CD Players with RecordNow!.......... 40

Creating CDs to Play on Your PC.................................................................. 40

About Creating a Music CD......................................................................... 41

Storing Files on a DVD or CD ...................................................................... 42

About Storing Data Files on Disc .................................................................. 43

Copying a DVD or CD ................................................................................ 43

Erasing a DVD or CD.................................................................................. 44

About Removing Files in RecordNow! ........................................................... 44

Removing Files from a Recorded Data Disc.................................................... 44

Archiving Files on a DVD or CD ................................................................... 45

About Image Files....................................................................................... 45

Saving an Image ........................................................................................ 46

Burning an Image....................................................................................... 46

About Recording Video Files ........................................................................46

Disc Labels.................................................................................................46

Creating Recovery CD/DVDs for the PC........................................................46

Setting Automatic Recording Options ............................................................47

Compatibility Information ............................................................................48

Compatible File Formats ..............................................................................49

Disc Quick Reference ..................................................................................49

Double Layer DVD+R Discs ......................................................................49

DVD+R Discs..........................................................................................49

DVD+RW Discs ......................................................................................50

CD-R Discs .............................................................................................50

CD-RW Discs..........................................................................................50

Software Quick Reference ...........................................................................52

Creating DVD Movies ................................................................... 55

Getting Started...........................................................................................56

Preview Window ........................................................................................56

Media Library ............................................................................................57

Storyboard ................................................................................................57

Requirements for Capturing Video ................................................................57

Capturing Digital Camcorder Video..............................................................58

Capturing Web Camera Video.....................................................................58

Capturing Video with a Capture Card...........................................................59

Capturing a Still Image ...............................................................................59

Editing Video Files in WinDVD Creator .........................................................59

Adding Images...........................................................................................60

Adding Audio Effects ..................................................................................61

Adding Transition Effects .............................................................................61

Adding Title Effects .....................................................................................61

Adding Video Filters ...................................................................................61

Authoring Your DVD....................................................................................62

Make Movie ..............................................................................................63

Recording VHS Video Files Direct to DVD ......................................................64

Converting Recorded TV to MPEG-2 Format (Europe only) ...............................64

Troubleshooting ........................................................................... 65

Index ........................................................................................... 77

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Finding Answers to Commonly Asked

Questions

In this Getting Started Guide, you can find answers to questions about the following topics:

Turning on the PC, page 5

Transferring information to your new PC, page 7

Using desktop icons, page 7

Customizing special buttons on the keyboard, page 16

Connecting to the Internet, page 5

Connecting to a TV, page 26

Getting digital pictures onto your PC, page 23

Playing a music CD, page 31

Watching a DVD movie, page 32

Creating a CD, page 37

Creating a DVD, page 55

Finding help if something doesn’t work, page 65

NOTE:

This guide contains details on options that may not be included with your

PC. Your PC may look different from the illustrations in this guide. The monitor and the speakers may be sold separately. Speakers may be included with the monitor

(select models only).

Finding Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

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Setting Up Your PC

WARNING: Please read “Safety Information” in the Warranty and

Support Guide before installing and connecting your PC to the electrical power system.

Putting Your PC Together

Follow the steps on the quick setup poster to set up your PC.

Look in the PC box for printed details or updates regarding your model PC.

When placing your PC, consider an ergonomic arrangement of the PC and your work area to maintain your comfort and productivity. Refer to “Safety and

Comfort” on page 3.

WARNING: The power supply is pre-set for the country/region in which you purchased your PC. If you move, please check the voltage requirements before plugging your PC into an AC power outlet.

Safety and Comfort

After assembling your PC, but before you begin using it, arrange the PC and your work area to maintain your comfort and productivity. Refer to the Safety &

Comfort Guide for important ergonomic information.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious injury, read the Safety &

Comfort Guide. It describes proper workstation setup, posture, and health and work habits for computer users. It also provides important electrical and mechanical safety information.

Setting Up Your PC

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Your PC features and connector positions may vary.

To view the Safety & Comfort Guide:

Click Start, choose All Programs, choose PC Help & Tools, and then click

Safety & Comfort Guide.

Or

Type

http://www.compaq.com/ergo/

into your Web browser address box, and then press Enter on the keyboard.

Connecting to the PC

Connect your main hardware devices like the monitor, keyboard, and mouse at the back of the PC. Other peripheral devices like a printer, scanner, camera, or other equipment also plug into connectors on the back of your computer. Some PC models also have connectors on the front of the PC.

Connector symbol Description

Mouse (PS/2)

Keyboard (PS/2)

Universal Serial Bus (USB) for mouse, keyboard, digital cameras, or other devices with USB connectors

Printer (parallel)

Monitor

serial

Serial port for some digital cameras or other serial devices

Audio Line Out (powered speakers)

OUT

Audio Line In

IN

Headphones

Microphone

FireWire

®

(IEEE 1394) for video cameras or other devices with very fast transfer rates

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Turning on Your PC for the First Time

After you have completed the steps on the quick setup poster, you are ready to turn on your PC.

1 Press the Power button on the monitor.

2 Press the On button on the front of the PC.

3 Press the Power button on the speakers, if they are present.

4 Click an option to select your language (if applicable for your model). Click

OK and then confirm your selection by clicking Yes. Wait until the PC makes preparations. (It may take up to 30 minutes to set up the language on the PC.)

5 Set up Microsoft ® Windows ® by following the onscreen instructions.

6 Double-click the large Internet Access icon on your desktop, if it is present.

Wait until the PC displays the Easy Internet Sign-up window, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Setting Up and Connecting to Your

Internet Account

Before you can connect to the Internet, you must sign up with an Internet

Service Provider (ISP). Compaq has made arrangements with leading ISPs to help you sign up for Internet service using Easy Internet Sign-up (available on select models only).

NOTE:

However, you may choose any other ISP of your choice, or transfer your existing ISP account to this PC.

Use Easy Internet Sign-up to sign up for a new or an existing ISP account. The software programs for available ISPs are part of your PC. If you decide to subscribe to high-speed broadband (cable or DSL), contact your ISP for any specific software and hardware you may need.

1 Connect the modem or other Internet connection.

NOTE:

Easy Internet Sign-up finds and obtains updated information about services by connecting to the Internet. The PC uses either the PC modem connected to an active telephone service line, or uses an active broadband

(cable or DSL) connection.

2 Choose an ISP using Easy Internet Sign-up. To open Easy Internet Sign-up:

a Double-click the Easy Internet Sign-up icon on the desktop.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs, choose

Online Services, and then click Easy Internet Sign-up.

b Follow the onscreen instructions.

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NOTE:

The folder called Online Services includes icons for accessing various online services, but they may not be present in all countries/regions.

3 Connect to your ISP and the Internet.

Use one of these methods:

Double-click the ISP-provided icon on the desktop.

Or

Press the Connect (or Internet) button on the keyboard (select models only).

Or

If your PC is always connected to your ISP, open your browser program, such as Internet Explorer: Click Start, choose All Programs, choose

Online Services, and click Internet Explorer.

NOTE:

If you are using MSN or AOL and have questions, contact the ISP directly.

Upgrading Your 56k Modem

Your modem driver can be upgraded to enable certain V.92 features. For information, go to the Support Web site listed in the Warranty and Support

Guide, click the support link, type v.92 into the search box, and then click the arrow to the right of the box. Follow the instructions provided.

NOTE:

Your ISP must support the V.92 standard to use any of the V.92 features.

Installing Software and Hardware Devices

After you turn on the PC the first time, you can install any software programs that came on CDs or DVDs included in the PC box (select models only).

You may wish to install additional software programs or hardware devices on your PC. Restart the PC after installation.

Choose software that is compatible with your PC — check the operating system, memory, and other requirements listed for the new software for compatibility with your PC.

NOTE:

Only use original licensed software. Installing copied software may be illegal or may infect your PC with a virus.

Install the new software according to the directions provided by the software manufacturer. Check the manufacturer’s documentation or customer service information for help if you need it.

Transferring Your Old PC Information and Files to Your New PC

See the built-in Microsoft Windows Help and Support Center; search for transfer

wizard, and select the overview article, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard

overview. This information describes a Microsoft solution for moving your files onto your new PC.

Or, as an alternative, double-click the PC Tune Up & Repair icon (select models only) on your desktop and review the products and services offered under

Backup Data.

Making Recovery Discs

Now is a good time to make your recovery discs. Refer to the Warranty and

Support Guide for instructions and more information.

Using Desktop Icons

The desktop has shortcut icons that make it easy to find the things you need.

Icon Opens

Help and Support (select models only)

Use it to

View onscreen Help information about your PC.

Easy Internet Sign-up Set up a new or an existing Internet account.

Software Repair Wizard

(select models only)

Repair software problems with programs, printers, or peripherals that stop working, or resolve erratic

PC behavior; repair options include using Application or System

Recovery.

Setting Up Your PC

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Using Compaq Organize Software

Compaq Organize software (select models only) is a desktop tool you use to organize both your PC shortcuts and your favorite Internet destination links. You use it to organize the important things you do on the PC and the Internet, and to arrange it the way you want. Compaq Organize makes all your information available with just a few mouse clicks.

Compaq Organize looks like a window with multiple category frames. Each category has links to Internet destinations or shortcuts to software programs or files on your PC. Use the player area for viewing pictures, for listening to your MP3 music files stored on your computer, or for watching video clips. For searching, there is a search bar at the top of Compaq Organize where you can select the search engine you want to use.

To open Compaq Organize:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tools.

4 Click Compaq Organize.

Using PC Help & Tools

The PC Help & Tools folder (select models only) in the All Programs menu contains special utilities for PC owners. This folder also contains any onscreen guides included with your PC.

To see the items in the PC Help & Tools folder:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tools.

4 Click an item to view it or use it.

NOTE:

If there are no guide titles listed in PC Help & Tools, your PC has no onscreen guides.

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Using the Keyboard

Your keyboard has an arrangement of standard keys, indicator lights, and special buttons (select models only). Locate your keyboard among the following illustrations, and read the feature list for it. Your keyboard may vary from the illustrations.

Internet Keyboards

Internet keyboards may connect directly to your PC or may be wireless. (See

“Wireless Keyboard Set” on page 11 for a description of the wireless set.)

Some keyboards do not have the Internet buttons shown here at the top of the keyboard, and some use a different layout on the top right.

Find your keyboard among the following illustrations to read about its features.

Internet Keyboard 1

This keyboard enables you to:

Adjust speaker volume.

Connect to the Internet (if you have an established Internet account).

Search for information on the Internet.

Place the PC into standby mode to save power.

Start; pause; and stop playing a CD or DVD; skip to the previous or next track; record; and eject the disc tray (for two drives).

Mute speaker sound.

Customize the buttons to open programs and connect to Internet Web sites.

Get support information.

Find a file or program on the hard disk drive.

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Internet Keyboard 2

This keyboard enables you to:

Connect to the Internet (if you have an established Internet account).

Search for information on the Internet.

Customize the buttons to open programs and connect to Internet Web sites.

Get support information.

Internet Keyboard 3

connect search e-mail club

This keyboard enables you to:

Adjust speaker volume.

Customize the buttons to open programs and connect to Internet Web sites.

Search for information on the Internet.

Find a file or program on the hard disk drive.

Open a calculator.

Place the PC into standby mode to save power.

Connect to the Internet (if you have an established Internet account).

Mute speaker sound.

Get support information.

Standard Keyboard

LEDs, light emitting diodes, are lights used to indicate status.

A The lights (LEDs) turn on to indicate (left to right) the number lock on, the capitals lock on, and the scroll lock on.

B The plus (+) and minus (–) buttons adjust the speaker volume.

C The moon icon button

places the PC into standby mode or wakes the PC from standby mode.

A Wireless receiver

B Wireless keyboard

C Wireless mouse

A B

C

This keyboard enables you to:

Adjust speaker volume.

Place the PC into standby mode to save power.

Wireless Keyboard Set

A wireless keyboard (B) uses a receiver/transmitter unit (A), instead of a connector cable, to communicate with your PC. The wireless keyboard, mouse (C), and receiver set is available with select models only.

A

B

C

A Number lock on

B Caps lock on

C Scroll lock on

D Receiver activity

A light (D) on the receiver indicates receiver activity.

A B C D

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Special Keyboard Buttons

There are special buttons (select models only) at the top of the keyboard. (Some models have some of these special buttons on the left side of the main keys.) These buttons operate a CD or DVD player, connect you to the

Internet, or provide quick access to specific functions.

A B

Compaq

C D E F

G H

K M

N

P

R S T

V

W

NOTE:

The number, location, and labeling of buttons vary by keyboard model.

B

C

D

E

Figure key

A

Icon

F

G

Compaq

Feature

Standby

User

Compaq

Help

My Pictures

Music

Video

Description

Puts PC into power-saving mode (screen is blank but PC is still on). To make screen reappear, press the Esc key, or press standby again. May take 10–30 seconds before screen reappears.

Switches between the PC users.

Links to Compaq Web site.

Opens the Help and Support Center.

Opens an imaging software program. Can be reconfigured.

Starts iTunes or Windows Media Player. Can be reconfigured.

Opens video software program. Can be reconfigured.

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S

T

Figure key

H

K

M

N

P

R

V

W

Icon Feature

Shopping

Sports

Finance

Connect

Search

Chat

See figure following table

E-Mail

Media Controls

(CD/DVD/MP3)

Volume control

(Volume knob or

Volume Up and

Volume Down buttons)

Mute

Description

Goes to popular Web sites. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Operates CD or DVD player.

Volume knob: Increases speaker volume when turned clockwise and decreases volume when turned counterclockwise. It can be turned indefinitely, even after maximum sound has been reached.

Volume Up and Down buttons: Press the Volume Up button to increase volume and the Volume Down button to decrease volume.

Turns speaker sound on and off.

Media Control Keys

a Open and close disc tray(s)

b Record

c Play or pause

d Stop

e Skip to the previous track

f Skip to the next track a b c d a e f

NOTE:

The number, location, and labeling of buttons vary by keyboard model.

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A B C D E F G H

Figure

Key

A

Icon Feature

Internet

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

Help

Description

Connects you to a customizable Web page filled with local weather, news, sports, and financial information. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Takes you to the Help and Support Center.

Search

E-Mail

Offers

Starts your e-mail program. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Launches an online community experience with chat, discussion boards, clubs, and more. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Entertainment Connects you to the world of entertainment, featuring music downloads, streaming video, Webcasts, entertainment news, and reviews.

My Presario Takes you to the My Presario Club Web site, featuring a variety of discounts, promotions, and how-to information.

Shopping

Opens a Web site that helps you locate information on the Internet. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Provides an instant connection to your PC store. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

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A connect

B C search e-mail

D club

E F G H K

B

C

D

E

F

G

Figure key

A

Icon

H

K

Feature

Standby

Connect

Search

E-Mail

Compaq

Help

Calculator

Volume

Mute

Description

Puts PC into power-saving mode (screen is blank but PC is still on). To make screen reappear, press the Esc key, or press standby again. May take 10–30 seconds before screen reappears.

Goes to a Web site. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Opens a Web site that helps you locate information on the Internet.

Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Starts your e-mail program. Can be reconfigured to open any site or software program.

Links to Compaq Web site.

Opens the Help and Support Center.

Opens the calculator. Can be reconfigured.

Adjusts volume.

Mutes sound.

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Customizing the Buttons

You can customize some of the special buttons on the keyboard (select models only) to open different programs or files, or to connect to favorite Web sites:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose Control Panel.

3 Click Printers and Other Hardware, if it is present.

4 Double-click Keyboard.

5 On the Buttons tab, double-click the button you want to change.

6 For the Button configuration, click the down-arrow to the right of the list and choose the button capability, such as Simple web page with label.

7 Enter a display label and the address information. For a Web page, enter the URL.

8 Click OK.

9 On the Buttons tab, click Apply.

10 Repeat steps 5 through 9 for each button you want to customize.

11 Click OK to finish.

NOTE:

Clicking the Restore Defaults button on the Button tab restores all of the

Internet buttons to the factory settings.

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Getting Help

Recovering from Software Problems

The PC uses the operating system and installed software programs during normal operation. If your PC works improperly or stops because of the software, you may be able to repair it by restarting the PC, using System Restore, or using other methods including the system recovery programs.

You need recovery discs (CDs or DVDs) for some repairs that use the Compaq

Application Recovery program or the Compaq System Recovery programs. Now is a good time to make your recovery discs.

For instructions on making recovery discs, repairing and recovering your software, and more information, refer to the Warranty and Support Guide that came with your PC.

Using the Onscreen Help and Support

Center

Information about your PC is in the onscreen Help and Support Center (select models only). Here you can find links to driver updates, access to technical support options, and information about commonly asked questions.

To open the Help and Support Center:

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

Or

Click Start on the taskbar and choose Help and Support.

2 Click Presario PC help.

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Using Instant Support

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

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

Internet with a Support analyst who works with you on solving the problem.

To start Instant Support:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Click Help and Support.

3 Click Connect to Customer Support.

4 Click Start a New Request.

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

Using Compaq Connections

Compaq Connections (select models only) is an Internet-based service that brings you important information for your PC:

Product notices

System updates

Tips

Special offers for your PC

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

Most Support updates delivered by Compaq Connections messages are also available to you through the Support Web site under the information for your PC model.

Getting Messages

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

To read a previously received message, open Compaq Connections:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Chose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tools.

4 Choose Compaq Connections.

5 Click Compaq Connections again.

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

Compaq Connections remains active.

Turning Off Messages

NOTE:

You cannot receive Compaq Connections messages, including important

Support messages that may be critical to the operation of your PC, while the service is off.

To turn off the Compaq Connections Service:

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tools.

4 Choose Compaq Connections.

5 Click Disable Compaq Connections.

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

Re-enabling Messages

When you re-enable the Compaq Connections Service, the service runs whenever you are connected to the Internet, and you automatically receive messages as they become available.

To turn on the service:

Double-click the Re-enable Compaq Connections icon on the desktop.

Or

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose PC Help & Tools.

4 Choose Compaq Connections.

5 Click Re-enable Compaq Connections.

Finding Online Guides

You can find online guides and information for your PC.

To view online manuals for your PC, go to the Support Web address listed in the Warranty and Support Guide and search for your product name and number.

The product number is on the lower front of the PC chassis or is inside the CD storage area.

NOTE:

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

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Finding Web Sites about your PC

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

Information about your PC.

Your technical support needs.

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

Finding More Help

If you need additional help, see the Warranty and Support Guide that came with your PC.

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Working with Sound, Pictures, and Video

Using Speakers

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

NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

Connect your speaker system to the PC, and then configure the audio software for sound output. Refer to “Connecting a Multi-Channel Speaker System to Your PC” on page 22.

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Connecting a Multi-Channel Speaker System to Your PC

Multi-channel audio speakers plug into the Audio In, Audio Out, and Mic connectors on the back or front of the PC. Refer to the quick setup poster for the location of the connectors.

1 Turn off the PC and the speakers.

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

3 Turn on the PC.

4 Turn on the speaker system.

Connect speaker plugs for:

2 Speaker

Mode

4/4.1

Speaker

Mode

Front speakers Front speakers

6/5.1

Speaker

Mode

To PC connector

Front speakers Audio Out

(lime-green)

Connector icon

OUT

Not used for speakers

Rear speakers Rear speakers Audio In (blue)

IN

Not used for speakers

Not used for speakers

Center/ subwoofer speakers

Mic-1 (pink)

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

Configuring the Multi-Channel Sound Manager

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose Music.

4 Click Multi-channel Sound Manager. The Multi-channel Audio

Configuration window opens.

NOTE:

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

5 Click the Speaker Configuration tab.

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

7 Click OK.

Configuring Multi-Channel Audio Output for the

DVD Player

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

1 Insert a DVD, or start InterVideo WinDVD. (Click Start, choose All

Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD Player, and then click

InterVideo WinDVD 4.)

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

3 Click the Audio tab.

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

NOTE:

To test the speakers (multi-channel speakers only), click the Test button.

The WinDVD control panel shows the speaker number being used. Click Stop.

5 Click OK.

NOTE:

If you want to play a stereo DVD, change the audio properties of WinDVD to match the recorded DVD audio output.

Using the Microphone with Multi-Channel Audio

The multi-channel speaker system (select models only) connects to the PC using the

Microphone, Audio (Line) In, and Audio (Line) Out connectors on the back of the

PC. Your PC may have a second microphone on the front of the PC. If present, this microphone is ready to use and does not affect the use of the multi-channel audio speaker system.

To use the microphone connector on the back of the PC with a multi-channel audio speaker system, you must disconnect the cables for the multi-channel speakers and change the audio configuration to a two-channel audio system. Refer to

“Configuring the Multi-Channel Sound Manager” on page 22 to set the audio configuration.

Working with Digital Images

You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital camera or a digital video camera, directly to the PC or through a docking station. Digital picture files you copy or download from the device appear in the My Pictures folder. You can copy digital picture files from the memory cards used by digital cameras and other digital imaging devices by using the memory card reader (select models only).

Refer to “About the Memory Card Reader” on page 24.

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About the Memory Card Reader

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

Microdrive disk drive.

The card reader is accessible directly on the front of the PC or located inside a cover. It has four horizontal card slots, which accept the memory cards and the

Microdrive disk drive.

CompactFlash

Type I media

CompactFlash Type II media

IBM Microdrive disk drive

Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card

MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Stick

®

(MS) Memory Card

Memory Stick (MS-PRO) Memory Card

SmartMedia

(SM) Memory Card xD media

Lower-left slot

Lower-left slot

Lower-left slot

Upper-right slot

Upper-right slot

Lower-right slot

Lower-right slot

Upper-left slot

Upper-left slot

You can place media in one or more of the card slots and use each media independently. Place only one piece of media in a slot at one time.

Each card slot has its own drive letter and icon. When you insert media, the display label may change to the title of the media, if the title is present.

Special Note About the Safely Remove Hardware Utility

CAUTION: Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove Hardware window with the USB Mass Storage Device selected. Doing so removes the operating system recognition of the memory card reader from your PC; you must restart the PC to see your memory card reader again.

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

Using the Memory Card Reader

NOTE:

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

A In-use light

B Upper-left slot

C Lower-left slot

D Upper-right slot

E Lower-right slot

B

C

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

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

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

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

A

D

E

CompactFlash Type I media

CompactFlash Type II media

IBM Microdrive disk drive

Secure Digital (SD)

Memory Card

MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Stick (MS)

Memory Card

Memory Stick (MS-PRO)

Memory Card

SmartMedia (SM)

Memory Card xD media

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Receptacle edge (holes)

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

Facing up

C (lower-left)

C (lower-left)

C (lower-left)

D (upper-right)

D (upper-right)

E (lower-right)

E (lower-right)

B (upper-left)

B (upper-left)

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A S-video cable

B Back of PC

C S-video jack

Using a TV as a Monitor

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

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

Cables You May Need

To connect a TV to the PC, you may need a video cable and an audio cable

(not provided; purchase separately). The type of video cable you need depends on your TV:

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

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

Connecting to a TV Set

To use your TV as a PC screen:

1 Turn off the PC.

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

If your TV has an S-video jack, connect an S-video cable from the S-video In jack on the TV to the S-video jack on the back of the PC.

C

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

B

C

A Composite video cable

B Back of PC

C Composite video jack

A Composite video cable

B S-video adapter cable

C Back of PC

D S-video jack

A

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

S-video adapter cable. Connect the S-video adapter cable to the S-video jack on the back of the PC.

D

C

A

B

NOTE:

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

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

Viewing the PC Image on Your TV Screen

NOTE:

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

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

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

2 Turn on the TV. Press the Video/TV button on your remote control to select the

Video setting, not the TV setting.

3 Turn on your PC.

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

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5 Click the Settings tab.

6 Click the Advanced button.

7 Look at the tabs and follow the steps that apply to your PC:

If you see the nView tab, continue with “nView Tab.”

If you see the Ge Force FX xxxx tab, continue with “Ge Force Tab.” (FX xxxx is the video card number.)

If you see the Displays tab, continue with “Displays Tab.”

nView Tab

1 Click the nView tab.

2 To view the computer image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, in the area nView Display Mode select Clone.

Or

To view the PC image on just the TV, in the area nView Display Mode, select

Standard [Dualview], click the Device Settings button, choose Select

Output Device, and then select the TV option.

3 Click the OK button.

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

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

5 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the

Display Properties window.

Ge Force Tab

1 Click the Ge Force FX xxxx tab.

2 To view the computer image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, in the area nView Modes select Clone from the drop-down list.

Or

To view the PC image on just the TV, in the area nView Modes select Single

display from the drop-down list, and then, if necessary, in the Current display area select TV from the drop-down list.

3 Click the Apply button.

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

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

5 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the

Display Properties window.

Displays Tab

1 Click the Displays tab. This tab shows a monitor and a TV. The upper-left corner of each display icon is a button and a status indicator. A red corner indicates an inactive display; a green corner indicates an active display.

NOTE:

Your TV must be connected to the PC to change the display.

2 To view the computer image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, click the upper-left corner of the TV icon so that it is green. Click Apply.

Or

To view the PC image on just the TV, click the TV corner so it is green, and then click the monitor corner so it is red. Click Apply.

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

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

4 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the

Display Properties window.

NOTE:

Some PC models can connect more than one display device (CRT monitor, flat panel monitor, TV, and so on) to the PC. You can quickly change where the

PC desktop appears by pressing Alt+F5. (Press the Alt key and the F5 key on the keyboard at the same time.) Each time you press the Alt+F5 key combination, the

PC desktop appears on the next device. If Alt+F5 does not work, restart the PC and try again.

Disabling the TV Option

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

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

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

Properties window opens.

2 Click the Settings tab.

3 Click the Advanced button.

4 Look at the tabs and follow the steps that apply to your PC:

If you see the nView tab, continue with “nView Tab (Disabling).”

If you see the Ge Force FX xxxx tab, continue with “Ge Force Tab

(Disabling).”

If you see the Displays tab, continue with “Displays Tab (Disabling).”

nView Tab (Disabling)

1 Click the nView tab.

2 If you viewed the computer image on your PC monitor and your TV simultaneously, click the nView Display Mode in the list on the left, and then select the Standard [Dualview] option.

Or

If you viewed the PC image on just the TV, click the nView Display Mode in the list on the left, select Standard [Dualview], click the Device Settings button, choose Select Output Device, and then select the Analog Display option.

3 Click the OK button.

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

5 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the

Display Properties window.

Ge Force Tab (Disabling)

1 Click the Ge Force FX xxxx tab.

2 In the area nView Modes select Single display from the drop-down list. In the area Current display select Analog Display or Digital Display.

3 Click the Apply button.

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

5 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the

Display Properties window.

Displays Tab (Disabling)

1 Click the Displays tab. This tab shows a monitor and a TV. The upper-left corner of each display icon is a button and a status indicator. A red corner indicates an inactive display; a green corner indicates an active display.

2 Click the upper-left corner of the TV icon so it is red, and then click the upperleft corner of the monitor icon so it is green. Click Apply button.

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

4 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click OK again to close the

Display Properties window.

Disconnecting the TV

1 Disable the TV option. See the previous procedure.

2 Turn off the TV and the PC.

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

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

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

Playing CDs and DVDs

Your PC includes software that lets you play music CDs and DVD movies (select models only). This section describes how to:

Play music CDs using Windows Media Player, or play music CDs or DVDs with iTunes.

Play DVD movies using Windows Media Player or InterVideo WinDVD Player

(select models only).

Play video CDs (VCD) with InterVideo WinDVD or Windows Media Player.

Playing Music CDs with iTunes

You must have either a CD or DVD drive.

1 Insert the music CD into your CD or DVD drive.

The iTunes window opens. If the Audio CD wizard window opens, select

iTunes from the list. 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, click iTunes, and then click iTunes.

2 Select the CD Name from the Source list.

NOTE:

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.

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. For help online, go to http://www.hp.com/music

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Playing CDs and DVDs with Windows

Media Player

Your PC must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies.

1 Insert the music CD or DVD movie into the drive.

The Windows Media Player window opens. If the wizard window opens, select Windows Media Player from the list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see Windows Media Player.

Or

If the Windows Media Player window does not automatically open, click

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

Media Player.

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

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

For more information on using Windows Media Player, click the Help menu in the Windows Media Player menu bar. If necessary, first display the menu bar by clicking the up-arrow icon in the upper left corner of the Windows Media Player window.

Playing DVD Movies with

InterVideo WinDVD

The InterVideo WinDVD program uses a DVD drive (select models only) to play

DVD movies.

NOTE:

Most DVD movies are localized to geographical countries/regions. See

“Using Country/Region Codes” on page 34.

1 Insert a DVD disc into the DVD drive.

NOTE:

On a double-sided DVD, read the text around the inner hole of the disc to determine which side (A versus B or Standard versus Widescreen) to play. Place the disc in the tray with the label facing up for the side you want to play.

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

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

WinDVD, click InterVideo WinDVD 4.

b Use the playback buttons on the control panel to view the movie.

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

NOTE:

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

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To use the WinDVD control panel:

To move the WinDVD control panel, place the mouse pointer on the panel (but not on a button), and drag it to the desired location on the screen.

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

Or

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

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

Using Country/Region Codes

Most DVD discs have country/region codes embedded in the disc data that limit where the DVD movie can be played.

The country/region number is usually placed over a world globe printed on the

DVD packaging and disc. DVDs without country/region codes will play on any player or drive in any country/region.

WARNING: You can change countries/regions only five times before the country/region code locks and becomes permanent. Once the code locks, you can play DVDs from that country/region only. If the country/region code locks, and you need help, contact Support.

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

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

Playing Video CDs (VCD) with

InterVideo WinDVD

1 Insert your Video CD (VCD) into a DVD or CD drive.

2 Select Play DVD movie using InterVideo WinDVD, and click OK.

Or

If the program doesn’t open, click Start, choose All Programs, Video,

InterVideo WinDVD, and InterVideo WinDVD 4.

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 Video CDs (VCD) with Windows

Media Player 9

1 Insert your Video CD (VCD) into a DVD or CD drive.

2 Select Play DVD movie using Windows Media Player, and click OK.

Or

If the program doesn’t open, click Start, choose All Programs, and

Windows Media Player.

3 Click File on the menu bar at the top, and click Open. (If you do not see the menu bar, click the small circle with the up/down arrows in the upper-left corner of the window.)

4 Click the Look In drop-down arrow and select the drive that has the

Video CD.

5 Double-click the MPEGAV folder.

6 Select Any File (*.*) from the Files of type drop-down list.

7 Select the file, and click Open.

8 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. Click

View on the menu bar, choose Enhancements, and select Graphic

Equalizer.

9 Move the Balance slider bar all the way to the left or to the right, depending on which language you want to hear.

10 Close the Graphic Equalizer window.

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Creating (Burning) CDs

NOTE:

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.

NOTE:

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.

NOTE:

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

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

Your PC 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.

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

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

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Creating (Burning) Music CDs with iTunes

To create a music CD using iTunes:

1 Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs, select iTunes, and then click iTunes.

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.

5 Select the playlist you want to burn to the CD, and then click the Burn Disc button in the upper right corner.

6 Insert a blank disc into your drive.

7 Click OK.

For more information on using iTunes, click the Help menu in the iTunes menu bar. For help online, go to http://www.hp.com/music

Creating (Burning) Music CDs with

Windows Media Player

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

Windows Media Player.

2 Click Copy to CD or Device.

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

For more information on using Windows Media Player, click the Help menu in the Windows Media Player menu bar. If necessary, first display the menu bar by clicking the up-arrow icon in the upper left corner of the Windows Media Player window.

Creating (Burning) Data CDs Using

Windows XP

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

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

2 Select the file or files you want to copy.

3 Click Copy to CD in the Tasks list.

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

5 Insert a blank disc into the drive.

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

Wizard window appears.

7 Click Next.

8 Click Finish.

Creating (Burning) CDs with RecordNow!

NOTE:

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

RecordNow! software program.

NOTE:

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

1 Click Start on the taskbar.

2 Choose All Programs.

3 Choose CD (DVD) Recorder.

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

NOTE:

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

5 If you need to erase a disc (CD-RW or DVD+RW): Insert the disc, and select

Erase Disc under your Home Screen or Data Projects tab.

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 rewriteable CD-RW disc, but all previously recorded files must be erased first. CD-R discs cannot be erased.

NOTE:

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

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.

You can use RecordNow! to create audio CDs to play in your car or home CD player or on your PC.

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Creating CDs to Play in Your Car or Home

CD Players with RecordNow!

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, 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.

5 Select the tracks you want to record, and then click Add.

NOTE:

Press and hold Control (Ctrl) on your keyboard 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.

9 Click OK. It is best not to use the PC while recording.

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.

Creating CDs to Play on Your PC

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, 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. 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.

NOTE:

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 in the seconds.

5 Select the tracks you want to record, and then click Add.

NOTE:

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.

NOTE:

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. It is best not to use the PC while recording.

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.

About Creating a Music 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.

When recording music files, it is important to note that:

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 rewriteable (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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Storing Files on a DVD or CD

Unlike music CDs, data DVDs and CDs can be recorded in multiple sessions.

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, 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 Double Layer DVD+R (select models) disc into your drive, and then click Data Disc.

If the disc is blank, follow onscreen instructions.

Or

If the disc is full, insert a blank or another appendable disc.

Or

If you are adding files to a disc, follow onscreen instructions.

NOTE:

An appendable disc means additional files can be added to it, if there is disc space available. Recorded audio CDs are closed session discs which are not appendable.

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 in a name.

5 Add your data files to the file selection window:

Click the Add Files and Folders button, click the browse folder icon to find and select your file, and then click Add. Repeat this step until all files are added.

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Or

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.

NOTE:

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.

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.

About 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 file names and titles of files you want to record and files that were previously recorded.

As you select data files to record to your disc, RecordNow! calculates and displays the amount of recording space available on your disc.

Copying a DVD or 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.

RecordNow! allows you to make a copy of a music or data disc from your collection. You can’t copy commercial DVDs because they are protected by copyright laws and are encoded to prevent illegal duplication.

To make a copy of a music or data disc from your collection:

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow! again.

2 Select the Data Projects tab.

3 Select Exact Copy.

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4 Insert the CD or DVD you want to copy.

5 Click the Copy icon.

6 Insert a blank DVD or CD into the drive, and then click OK.

7 Click Done when the recording is complete.

Erasing a DVD or CD

You can use RecordNow! to erase music, data, or video files from rewriteable

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 rewriteable disc that has files on it, the recording program prompts you to erase the disc first.

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow! again.

2 Insert the DVD+RW or CD-RW you want to erase. If an Auto Play window opens, click Cancel.

3 Select Erase Disc under your Home Screen or Data Projects tab.

4 Click Yes to confirm that you want to erase the disc.

About 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 or CD-R, the disc space is lost and can’t be used for new recordings.

You can’t 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 or CD-R after the disc is recorded, available disc space is lost.

Removing Files from a Recorded Data Disc

RecordNow! can’t 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 or CD-R, the disc space is lost and can’t be used for new recordings.

To remove data files from a recorded DVD or CD:

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, 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 Auto

Play 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 hand 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.

Archiving Files on a DVD or CD

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow! again.

2 Select the Backup Projects tab.

3 Select File Archive.

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:

Select one or more categories from the list on the left and click Scan.

RecordNow! scans your hard disk for files related to the category.

Drag files from the Windows Explorer to the Archive window.

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.

About Image Files

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.

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Saving an Image

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow! again.

2 Select the Backup Projects tab.

3 Select Save Image.

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.

Burning an Image

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, CD (DVD) Recorder, RecordNow!, and then click RecordNow! again.

2 Select the Backup Projects tab.

3 Select Burn Image.

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.

About Recording Video Files

Video quality depends on the quality of the source files, the PC speed, and its graphics processing ability. Refer to the ”Recording VHS Video Files Direct to

DVD” section on page 64 of this guide.

NOTE:

Your DVD Writer or CD Writer drive will not copy commercially available

DVD movies. Most commercial DVDs are encoded to prevent unauthorized duplication.

Disc Labels

WARNING: 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.

Creating Recovery CD/DVDs for the PC

For more information about creating Recovery CDs/DVDs, refer to the Warranty

and Support Guide that came with your PC.

Setting Automatic Recording Options

When you first insert a blank CD into your DVD Writer or CD Writer drive,

Microsoft

®

Windows

®

XP may give you options for the type of disc you insert.

NOTE:

When you insert a blank DVD into your DVD Writer/CD Writer drive, an options window does not appear. You must open the program you want to use with your DVD, and then perform an action.

For example, if you insert a blank CD-RW disc, you see options such as:

Open writeable CD folder using Windows Explorer.

Create a disc using RecordNow!

Take no action.

The options displayed depend on what software is on the PC.

You can choose to have a specific action occur automatically each time you insert a blank CD by selecting the Always do the selected action box.

If you later decide that you want to change the option you have set:

1 Click Start.

2 Click My Computer.

3 Right-click the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive icon and select Properties.

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4 Click the AutoPlay tab.

5 Click Select an action to perform, select an action, and then click OK.

Or

Click Prompt me each time to choose an action, and then click OK.

If this window of options does not appear, you can click Start, My Computer, right-click the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive icon, and then select one of the available options.

You can also open a program before you insert a disc. After the program is opened, select an action and follow onscreen instructions within the program.

If the option you want is not listed, you can select Take no action, and then click OK. The window closes, and you can then manually select a different option through the Start menu on the desktop.

Here are some of the other options you can choose:

To view the files on the disc you inserted, click Start, My Computer, and then right-click the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive icon and choose

Explore.

To view the files on the disc you inserted, click Start, My Computer, and then double-click the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive icon.

To open a particular program, click Start, choose All Programs, and then click the program you want.

Compatibility Information

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.

The CDs that you create play in most home and car stereos and in most computer DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drives.

NOTE:

CD-R discs are more compatible with home and car stereos than CD-RW discs.

The DVDs that you create are compatible with some DVD video players and with most computer DVD-ROM drives.

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.

IMPORTANT:

The DVD Writer/CD Writer drive can’t record to DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM discs. When recording, use DVDs that have a “+” in their names.

Compatible File Formats

Your DVD Writer/CD Writer drive can read and record the following audio formats:

WAV, MP3, WMA, and CDA for CDs

WAV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMA, and Layer 2 files for DVDs

Your DVD Writer/CD Writer drive can read and record the following video formats:

MPEG-1 and MPEG-2

AVI and WMV

Disc Quick Reference

You can use DVD+RW, DVD+R, CD-RW, and CD-R discs in the DVD Writer/

CD Writer drive.

Double Layer DVD+R Discs

Can only be written to with a Double Layer DVD drive (select models only).

Can’t be erased or written to again.

Hold up to 8.5 GB — the equivalent of 12 CDs.

Record up to 4 hours of video files, depending on the quality of the recording.

Can be used to back up your hard disk drive files.

DVD+R Discs

Can’t be erased or written to again. Some programs, like RecordNow!, allow you to record data in multiple sessions until the disc is full.

Can’t edit a DVD+R that has been recorded as a DVD movie.

Hold up to 4.7 GB — the equivalent of seven CDs.

Record up to 2 hours of video files, depending on the quality of the recording.

Are compatible with more DVD drives and players than a DVD+RW disc is.

Can be used to back up your hard disk drive files.

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DVD+RW Discs

Can be erased and rewritten.

Can hold up to 4.7 GB — equivalent of seven CDs.

Record up to 2 hours of video files, depending on the quality of the recording.

Can be used to back up hard disk drive files that you can update periodically.

CD-R Discs

Can’t be erased or written to again. Some programs, like RecordNow!, allow you to record data in multiple sessions until the disc is full.

Can hold about 80 minutes of music files, or up to 99 tracks.

Can hold 700 MB of data, depending on the CD.

Can be used to create storage discs for your hard disk drive files.

CD-RW Discs

Can be erased or rewritten.

Can hold about 80 minutes of music files, or up to 99 tracks.

Can hold 700 MB of data, depending on the CD.

Can be used to create storage discs for your hard disk drive files.

Video Recording Length

Disc type

8.5 GB Double Layer DVD+R

4.7 GB DVD+RW, DVD+R

700 MB CD-RW, CD-R

650 MB CD-RW, CD-R

Video quality setting

Good Better Best

325 minutes 217 minutes 108 minutes

180 minutes 120 minutes 60 minutes

27 minutes 18 minutes 9 minutes

24 minutes 16 minutes 8 minutes

NOTE:

CD-R discs are more compatible with home and car stereos than

CD-RW discs.

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Disc Feature and Compatibility

Disc

CD-ROM

File type

Can be recorded onto

Music No

CD-R

MP3 Music Yes

Plays in PC

Yes

Yes

Plays in home or car stereo

Plays in home

DVD player

Yes

Varies by model

Varies by model

Varies by model

CD-RW

MP3 Music Yes Yes Varies by model

Varies by model

DVD-

ROM

DVD movie

DVD+R

DVD movie

Double

Layer

DVD

DVD+RW

DVD movie

VCD

DVD movie

DVD movie

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Varies by model

Yes

Varies by model

Varies by model

NOTE:

For the latest disc compatibility information for your PC, check the following Web site: http://www.hp.com

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Optical Drive Quick Reference

Record data or music to disc for storage or backup

View DVD movies

Record

DVD movies

Play PC games

Optical drive can

Read CDs,

CD-Rs, and

CD-RWs

Read

DVDs

Read data on a CD

Play music

CD-ROM CD-RW DVD-ROM DVD+RW/+R

X X X

X X X

X X X

X

Double

Layer

Combo

CD-RW/

DVD

X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

Software Quick Reference

To open the DVD Writer/CD Writer software programs, 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.

NOTE:

You may have a software update CD included with your PC. 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.

Your PC comes with the following software programs. Use this table to find out what you can do within each program.

NOTE:

Some programs listed below may not be included with your PC model.

Software

iTunes

Windows Media

Player

RealOne Player

Windows

Movie Maker 2.0

InterVideo WinDVD

With this program you can

Play music CDs, MP3, and other audio files.

Record music files.

Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the PC.

Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.

Play music CDs, MP3, 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, MP3, and other audio files.

Play DVD movies. (RealOne Player 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.

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 movie in an e-mail or 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.

Can create AVI and WMV (Windows Media Video) files.

Play DVD movies and video CDs (VCD).

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Software

RecordNow!

InterVideo WinDVD

Creator

With this program you can

Record data and music files.

Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the PC.

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.

NOTE: Video files recorded with RecordNow! can be viewed on a PC but not on home DVD video players.

Capture digital and analog video files directly from a digital video (DV) camera, VCR, or other analog capture device.

NOTE: Your PC may not include an 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 PC.

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.

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Creating DVD Movies

Your PC allows you to capture (copy), edit, and record your home movies in four easy steps by using the InterVideo WinDVD Creator

®

software program (select models only).

Capture: Take videos and pictures from digital camcorders, capture cards, and

Webcams, and then save them to your hard disk drive.

Edit: Arrange and trim your files. Add titles, transition effects, images, and audio.

Author (or Add Menu): Add a menu with chapters to your DVD.

Make Movie: Finalize your project by burning your movie to a DVD.

For more information on WinDVD Creator, click the Help menu in the WinDVD

Creator menu bar.

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1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

2 Select one of the menu options:

Create new project: Opens the Edit section for you to begin creating a new project.

Open existing project: Brings up the Open window for you to select an existing project.

Create CD/DVD with existing video file: Brings up the Open window for you to select existing video files.

Capture video into hard disk: Opens the Capture section for you to capture media.

Record video tape into DVD disc in one step: Enables you to bypass the hard disk and record straight from your camera to a disc in your DVD drive.

Preview Window

The Preview window is located in the upper left corner. It behaves differently for each task.

Capture: Displays what your capture device is viewing.

Edit: Plays back the selected video or displays the selected image.

Author (or Add Menu): Displays what your menu and buttons look like.

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Media Library

The Media Library contains your video clips, images, and audio tracks. To import existing media files from your hard disk or CDs into your Media Library, click the

Import (or 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.

Author (or Add Menu): Located in upper right corner. Contains menu themes, video backgrounds, audio tracks, images, buttons, chapter layouts, and chapter thumbnails.

Storyboard

Located on the bottom of the Edit and Author (or 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 (select models only).

Requirements for Capturing Video

You can copy (capture) video files to your hard disk drive by using the WinDVD

Creator program. Among the devices supported by WinDVD Creator are capture cards, digital camcorders, and Web cameras. Use the capture card to capture video from a TV, a VCR, or an analog video camera.

To capture video files, you need to:

Connect your digital video capture device properly.

Turn your device on and set it to playback mode.

Make sure the program you want to use can detect your digital or analog device.

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NOTE:

You may need to turn your device off and on again for the program to detect it.

If your PC has multiple video devices connected, they all appear on the Capture screen. Select the video source you would like to use.

Capturing Digital Camcorder Video

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

2 Click the Capture video into hard disk button.

3 Connect your Digital Camcorder to your PC.

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 before you record it.

6 Find your starting point in the video and click the Pause button.

7 Click the Record button.

8 Enter a file name, 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 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.

Capturing Web Camera Video

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

2 Click the Capture video into hard disk button.

3 Connect your Web Camera to your PC.

4 Make sure the output from your Web Camera appears in the Preview window.

If it does not, double-check your connections.

5 Click the Record button.

6 Enter a file name, click Save, and recording begins.

7 Click the Stop button to stop capturing your video 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.

8 To play back your captured video, click the file in the Media Library and click the Play button in the Preview window.

Capturing Video with a Capture Card

1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, 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 input device to your capture card.

4 Use the Up and Down arrows to select the channel you would like to record.

5 Click the Record button.

6 Enter a file name, click Save, and recording begins.

7 Click the Stop button to stop capturing your video 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.

8 To play back your captured video, click the file in the Media Library and click the Play button in the Preview window.

Capturing a Still Image

1 Pause your input device on the position for which you would like an image.

2 Click the Capture Still Image button under the Preview window.

3 The image is saved to the My Pictures folder on your hard disk drive.

Editing Video Files in 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

Still images

Audio and music tracks

Transition effects

Title effects

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, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

3 Open a project by either selecting the Create new project or Open

existing project button.

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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 you would like to add to this project, click Import (or 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

1 Click the Image Library icon.

2 Click the Import (or Drag and Drop) button to open the My Pictures folder on your hard disk drive.

3 Select the images from your hard disk you would like to add to your Image

Library and click Open.

4 Drag and drop images from the Image Library to your storyboard.

Click the following icons to edit still images and video files.

Storyboard Icons

/

Group

Switches between Storyboard Mode and Timeline Mode.

Groups multiple images into one on the storyboard.

Expand

Expands grouped images so they are all displayed on the storyboard.

Records output directly to a DV camcorder.

Save Movie

Save Movie

Writes output to a file in your selected format.

Edit Clip

Trims a video clip:

Edit Clip

1

2

Double-click a video clip on the Storyboard.

Adjust the sliders to cut off video at the beginning or the end.

Merges clip with the next clip.

Edit Clip

Splits a video clip:

1

2

3

Click the video clip you want to split.

Click the Play button in the Preview window.

Click the Split Clip icon at the point of the clip you want split.

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Adding Audio Effects

1 Click the Audio Library icon.

2 Click the Import (or Drag and Drop) button to open the My Music folder on your hard disk drive.

3 Select the audio files from your hard disk you want to add to your audio library, and click Open.

4 Drag and drop the audio files from the Audio Library to the video file of your choice.

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 then one video file.

Adding Transition Effects

1 Click the Transition Effects icon.

2 Drag and drop a transition effect between the two video files you would like the effect to appear.

Adding Title Effects

1 Click the Title Effects icon.

2 Drag and drop a title effect either in between video files or to a video file on the storyboard.

3 Type the text you would like to appear on your title screen.

4 If you inserted the Title Effect in between video clips, click on the Image

Setting icon to adjust the length of time you want the title clip to appear.

5 A capital T appears in the bottom right corner of the title clip on the storyboard.

Adding Video Filters

1 Click the Video Filters icon (select models only).

2 Drag and drop a video filter to the video of your choice.

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Authoring Your DVD

The Author (or Add Menu) section turns your project interactive. It creates a menu theme and breaks your project 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 Author (or Add Menu) button.

2 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

3 Select the Open existing project button and select your project.

4 Click the Author (or Add Menu) button.

Click the following icons to add a menu theme, chapters, buttons, audio tracks and images to your DVD:

Menu and Chapter Icons

(icons may vary)

Select a custom-made menu theme by WinDVD Creator.

Select a video background for your menu that runs continuously.

Select an audio track to run in the background when your menu is displayed.

Select one of your own images as the background for your menu.

Double-click on a button to add it to your menu.

Double-click one of the five menu layouts to add it to your project.

Double-click one of the shapes for chapter frames. These shapes appear around your chapters on the menu.

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Click the following icons to edit chapter and menu items:

Storyboard Icons in Author Mode

/

Switches between Menu and Chapter layout.

Add Chapter

Adds a chapter mark. There is a minimum length of time required for each chapter.

Deletes a chapter mark.

Delete Chapter

Hides the menu border in the Preview window.

TV Overscan

Inserts text for titles and button descriptions.

Add Text

Preview

Displays the menu and chapters as they would actually be seen in the Preview window.

Chapter Settings

Add captions to your chapters. Change the display of your chapter button.

Set the music properties to your menu.

Menu Properties

Make Movie

This is the final step of your DVD project. You select a format, the type of TV system, and volume name.

1 If your project is already open, click the Make Movie button and skip to step 5.

2 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

3 Select the Open existing project button and select your project.

4 Click the Make Movie button.

5 Insert a blank recordable DVD or CD into your drive.

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6 Choose one from each of the following sections (order of selections may differ):

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.

Enter a Volume name for your disc (optional).

Volume

Name of

Disc

Select Device Select the device that contains the blank recordable DVD or CD.

Burning

Speed

Select the speed to use when recording your project.

Burn to Disc

Select where you would like the file to be recorded:

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.

7 Click Start.

8 Click OK.

Recording VHS Video Files Direct to DVD

To record VHS video files direct to DVDs:

1 Connect your VCR or other analog video source to your capture card.

2 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and 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.

6 Press the Playback button on your VCR.

7 Click the Record button when the preview window displays what you want to record.

Converting Recorded TV to MPEG-2

Format (Europe only)

1 If your project is already open, click the Edit button and skip to step 4.

2 Click Start, choose All Programs, Video, InterVideo WinDVD

Creator, and then click InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.

3 Open a project by either selecting the Create new project or Open

existing project button.

4 Click the Output to File (or Save Movie) icon.

5 Select a GQ, HQ, SP, LP or EP format and click OK.

6 Enter a file name and click Save.

Troubleshooting

Symptom describes the sign or warning message for the type of problem.

Problem identifies one or more reasons why the symptom may have occurred.

Solution describes what you should do to try to solve the problem.

For help on general and miscellaneous problems you may be experiencing with your PC, refer to the following pages for possible solutions. For more detailed information, press the Help button on your keyboard, or click Start on the taskbar and select Help and Support.

To find help for problems with your PC, see the table in this section that describes the symptom, problem, and solution for your situation. Look up the description of the symptom or problem, and try the solution listed. The tables appear in this order:

Audio

CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD Writer Drive

Diskette (Floppy) Drive

Display (Monitor)

Hard Disk Drive

Hardware Installation

Internet Access

Keyboard and Mouse

Memory

Power

Miscellaneous

Some of the symptoms listed may not apply to your PC. For problems relating specifically to the monitor or printer, refer to the equipment documentation.

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Audio

Symptom Problem

No sound is produced.

Volume is muted.

Volume is turned down.

Speakers are turned off.

Speaker cables are not properly connected.

PC is in standby mode.

A passive speaker system is being used.

Solution

Press the Mute button on the keyboard to see if the mute feature is turned on.

Or

1

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2

Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, if it is present, and then double-click Sounds and Audio

Devices.

3

Click the Mute check box to remove the check mark from the box.

Use the keyboard controls to increase the volume.

Check whether speakers are turned on.

Turn off your PC, and reconnect the speakers.

Press the Standby button (select models only) or press the Esc key on the keyboard to resume from standby mode.

Replace the speaker system with an active speaker system.

Active speakers have a power cord and On button, and connect to the Audio Out (green) connector on the PC.

CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD Writer Drive

Symptom Problem

CD-ROM, CD-RW,

DVD-ROM, or

DVD+RW/+R drive cannot read a disc or takes too long to start.

Disc is upside down in the drive tray.

DVD drive takes longer to start because it has to determine media type being played.

Disc is dirty.

Windows does not detect

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM driver.

Solution

Reinsert the disc with the label facing up.

Wait at least 30 seconds to let the DVD drive determine the type of media. If it still does not start, read the other solutions listed in this topic.

Clean the disc with a CD cleaning kit, available from most

PC stores.

Driver program may be corrupted. Force the software to reinstall it by doing the following:

1

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2

Click Performance and Maintenance, if it is present, and then double-click System.

3

Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device

Manager button.

4

Click the plus sign (+) next to the DVD/CD-ROM drives, and select the problem drive.

5

Click the Action menu item, and select Uninstall.

Click OK.

6

Restart your PC: Click Start, click Turn Off

Computer, and then click Restart.

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CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD Writer Drive (continued)

Symptom Problem Solution

Cannot remove a CD or

DVD disc.

Cannot create (burn) a disc.

The PC is turned off.

Problem with disc.

Problem with drive.

Problem with PC operation.

Turn on your PC and press the Eject button to extend the tray.

Make sure the label is face up and centered in the tray.

Verify that you are using the correct disc type (media) for the drive. Try a different brand of disc.

Make sure the disc is clean and undamaged. If recording stopped during a recording session, the disc may be damaged; use a different disc.

Use the correct type of disc for the type of files you are recording. When using a CD-R disc, make sure it is blank when recording music, and is blank or appendable (disc with space to add more data files) when recording data.

Verify that you are using the correct disk when making a copy of a disc. RecordNow! can record only to the same disc type as the source. For example, you can record a

DVD only to a DVD+R or a DVD+RW disc, and you can record a CD only to a CD-R or a CD-RW disc.

Make sure the disc is in the correct drive.

Make sure you select the correct drive before recording.

RecordNow! selects the first optical drive it finds, but you can select the drive in RecordNow! before you begin recording.

Make sure the recording disc tray is clean and undamaged.

Select a slower write speed for the recording drive, if it is available. Each time you make a recording,

RecordNow! selects the optimum recording speed. Refer to the Help menu in the RecordNow! recording program to choose the speed.

RecordNow! does not let you add a track if it exceeds the available space on your disc. You can make space available by removing one or more tracks from the list before recording the files to disc.

Close all software programs and windows before recording.

Make sure you have enough space available on your hard disk drive to store a temporary copy of the content.

If you are on a network, copy the files from a network drive to your hard disk drive first, and then record them to disc.

Enable Direct Memory Access (DMA) on your PC.

Restart the PC and try again.

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CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD Writer Drive (continued)

Symptom Problem Solution

Cannot add files to my music CD.

Cannot add data to my DVD.

Cannot play my music CD in my stereo.

RecordNow! creates a closed session music CD.

Wrong recording option being used.

Problem with disc.

When recording a music CD, RecordNow! does not allow recording of additional files after the initial recording.

Make sure you set the correct recording option: Insert your data disc, open RecordNow!, click the Options icon

(wrench), click Data, select the multiple session recording options, and then click OK.

Use a CD-R, not a CD-RW disc.

Try a different brand of disc, or check to see if the brand of disc works with your stereo. Refer to the documentation that came with your stereo or player and check the manufacturer’s Web site.

Use a CD instead of a DVD. Audio files on a DVD can be played on your PC, but you cannot create a music

DVD to be played in a home CD player.

Titles of music tracks do not appear on my CD.

An error message appears when I try to capture video.

Problem with file type.

Not connected to Internet. The PC must be connected to the Internet for the artist, title, and track information to appear when playing your music

CD in Windows Media Player, or when recording your music CD with RecordNow!

Note that RecordNow! does not record the information to disc.

Video capture device not selected.

Convert MP3 or WMA audio files to WAV or CDA music files before recording.

You may need to select the capture device if your PC has both an analog and a digital video capture device. Refer to the Help menu in the video capturing program to find out how to change the video device selection.

Cannot play my DVD movie on my DVD player.

Movie recorded using wrong file format.

Problem with recording method.

Your DVD player cannot play video files recorded onto the

DVD as data files. To play a movie properly, use a video recording program such as WinDVD.

Video files recorded with RecordNow! can be viewed on a

PC but not on a home DVD video player.

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Diskette (Floppy) Drive (Select Models Only)

Symptom Problem

PC is unable to read the diskette (floppy disk).

A non-formatted diskette has been inserted.

Diskette drive activity light stays on.

Diskette is improperly inserted.

Diskette drive is damaged.

Solution

To format the diskette:

1

Click Start, and then click My Computer.

2

3

Right-click the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon.

4

Select Format.

Select the desired options, and click Start to begin formatting the diskette.

Use a new diskette.

Press the Help ? button on the keyboard to open the Help and

Support Center, or refer to the Warranty and Support Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

Remove the diskette, and reinsert it: Insert the diskette with the round metal disk facing-down and the arrow on the top pointing into the drive, and then push the diskette in until it stops.

Press the Help ? button on the keyboard to open the Help and

Support Center, or refer to the Warranty and Support Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

Use another diskette or compress the file to reduce its size. Diskette drive cannot save (write) information to the diskette.

Diskette is damaged.

Diskette drive has failed.

Diskette is full or the file is too big.

Diskette is write-protected.

File Save command was not properly executed.

Diskette is damaged.

Diskette is not formatted.

Slide the write-protection tab to the unlocked position on the diskette.

When saving information to the diskette drive, verify that you are using the correct drive letter.

Replace the diskette.

To format the diskette:

1

2

3

Click Start, and then click My Computer.

Right-click the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon.

4

Select Format.

Select the desired options, and click Start to begin formatting the diskette.

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Display (Monitor)

NOTE:

If you encounter display (monitor) problems, refer to the documentation that came with your monitor and to the common causes and solutions listed in this table.

Symptom Problem Solution

Screen is blank, and monitor power light is not lit.

Monitor power cable is not connected to the monitor or to the wall outlet.

Reconnect the power plug on the back of the monitor and on the wall outlet.

Press the On button on the front of the monitor.

Screen is blank.

Monitor is off (not turned on).

Screen saver is enabled.

PC is in standby mode.

Press any key or move the mouse to make the screen display visible again.

Press the Standby button (select models only) or press the

Esc key on the keyboard to resume from standby mode.

Press the On button to turn on the PC.

Images on the screen are too large or too small, or the images are fuzzy.

PC is in hibernation mode or is off.

Monitor connector cable is not properly connected to the back of the PC.

The screen resolution setting may not be set to your liking or may not be the best for your monitor.

Inspect the monitor video connector for bent pins. If no pins are bent, reconnect the monitor connector cable on the back of the PC.

Adjust the monitor resolution setting in Windows. See your monitor documentation for the best resolution for your monitor.

Hard Disk Drive

Symptom Problem Solution

PC seems to be locked up and not responding.

Program in use has stopped responding to commands.

Use the Windows Task Manager to close any programs not responding or to Restart the PC:

1

2

Press the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys on the keyboard at the same time.

Select the program that is not responding, and click

End Task.

Or

Click Shut Down, and then click Restart.

If this does not work, press the On button for 5 or more seconds to turn off the PC. Then, press the On button.

Hard disk drive error message displays.

Part of hard disk drive has failed or is about to fail.

Press the Help ? button on the keyboard to open the Help and Support Center, or refer to the Warranty and Support

Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

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Hardware Installation

Symptom Problem Solution

A new device is not recognized as part of the system.

Device driver is not installed.

Install the device driver from the CD or diskette provided with the device, or download and install the driver from the device manufacturer’s Web site.

You may need an updated driver for Windows XP. Contact the device vendor directly for an update.

For HP peripherals, visit the HP Web site.

Ensure that the device is properly and securely connected and that the pins in the connector are not bent down.

Device connector is not seated or connected properly.

Cable(s) of new external device are loose, or power cables are unplugged.

Power switch of new device is not turned on.

Ensure that all cables are properly and securely connected and that the pins in the cable or connector are not bent.

Turn off the PC, turn on the external device, and then turn on the PC to integrate the device with the PC system.

Restart the PC, and follow the instructions for accepting the changes.

New device does not work.

When the system advised you of changes to the configuration, you did not accept them.

A Plug and Play card may not automatically configure when added, if the default configuration conflicts with other devices.

Cannot install new device driver.

Deselect the automatic settings in the operating system for the card, and choose a basic configuration that doesn’t cause a resource conflict.

You can also reconfigure or disable devices to resolve the resource conflict.

You must be logged in as the computer administrator to install or uninstall a device driver. To switch users, click

Start, click Log Off, and then click Switch User; choose the computer administrator user. (The computer administrator is usually the user Owner.)

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Hardware Installation (continued)

Symptom Problem Solution

New or existing device does not work after installing a new device.

A hardware device conflict exists.

To resolve a device conflict, you may need to disable one of the devices or uninstall an old device driver:

1

Click Start and click Control Panel.

2

Click Performance and Maintenance, if it is present.

3

4

Double-click the System icon and select the

Hardware tab.

Click the Device Manager button.

5

6

Click the + (plus) symbol next to the problem device and check for exclamation points in a yellow circle near the device icon. The exclamation point means there is a device conflict or problem with the device. Exclamation points do not always appear when a device is not working properly.

If there is an old or unnecessary device driver listed in the Device Manager, this may be causing the device conflict. To uninstall the old driver for the new device driver to work properly, do the following: Right-click the device, click Uninstall, and then click OK.

7

8

9

10

Right-click the device and select Properties.

If available, click the Resources tab to verify that there is a device conflict.

Click the General tab to see if your device is enabled and working properly. If it is available, click the

Troubleshoot button and follow the onscreen instructions in the device troubleshooter wizard.

Restart the PC. Click Start, click Turn Off Computer, and then click Restart.

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Internet Access

Symptom Problem Solution

Cannot connect to the

Internet.

Internet Service Provider

(ISP) account is not set up properly.

Verify Internet settings, or contact your ISP for assistance.

Modem is not set up properly.

Reconnect the modem, verifying connections.

Note that your PC may also have an Ethernet network interface (also called a network interface card, or NIC) that connects to a LAN (local area network). Although it looks similar to the modem connector, the RJ-45 Ethernet network connector is not the same. Verify that you are using the modem connector. Do not connect a telephone cable to the

NIC. Do not plug a network cable into a telephone service line; doing so may damage the NIC.

Cannot automatically start

Internet programs.

Web browser is not set up properly.

You must log in to your ISP before some programs will start.

Verify that the Web browser is installed and set up to work with your ISP.

Log in to your ISP, and start the desired program.

Internet takes too long to download Web sites.

The AOL program comes up even when it is not being used.

Modem is not set up properly.

The PC is still trying to use

AOL for Internet access.

Verify that the correct modem speed and COM port are selected:

1

2

3

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Click Printers and Other Hardware, if it is present.

4

5

6

7

Double-click Phone and Modem Options.

Select the Modems tab, and then click the Properties button.

In the Device status area, verify the modem is working properly.

In the Device usage area, verify the modem is enabled.

If there are further problems, click the Troubleshoot button and follow the onscreen instructions.

You may want to remove the AOL program.

To uninstall AOL:

1

Click Start on the taskbar.

2

3

4

Click Control Panel.

Double-click Add or Remove Programs.

Select America Online, click Change/Remove, and then follow onscreen instructions.

NOTE: Removing the AOL program will not cancel your account with AOL.

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Keyboard and Mouse

Symptom Problem Solution

Keyboard commands and typing are not recognized by the PC.

Keyboard connector is not properly connected.

Program in use has stopped responding to commands.

Turn off the PC by using the mouse, reconnect the keyboard to the back of your PC, and turn on your PC.

Restart or turn off your PC using the mouse.

Keyboard is damaged.

Cursor will not move using the arrow keys on the keypad.

The keyboard Print button does not work.

Wireless keyboard does not work after installation or is not detected.

The Num Lock key may be on.

Some programs do not recognize the Print button.

Keyboard batteries are low or empty.

Press the Help ? button on the keyboard to open the Help and Support Center, or refer to the Warranty and Support

Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

Press the Num Lock key. The Num Lock light should not be on if you want to use the arrow keys in the number keys group.

Use the Print menu item in the program.

Replace the two AA alkaline batteries in the wireless keyboard; then set the ID channel by pressing the Connect button on the wireless receiver and then on the keyboard.

Refer to the documentation that came with your wireless set.

Mouse does not respond to movement or is too slow.

Mouse moves only vertically or horizontally.

Mouse connector is not properly plugged into the back of the PC.

Program in use has stopped responding to commands.

Surface in use for a roller-ball type mouse is too smooth.

Mouse roller ball is dirty.

Turn off your PC using the keyboard:

1

Press the Ctrl and Esc keys on the keyboard at the same time to display the Start menu.

2

Use the Up arrow or Down arrow key to select Turn Off

Computer, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard.

3

Use the Up arrow or Down arrow key to select Turn

Off, and then press the Enter key.

After the shutdown is complete, plug the mouse connector into the back of your PC and turn on your PC.

Restart your PC by using the keyboard. If possible, save any open files and close open applications before restarting.

Use a mouse pad or other rough surface for the mouse.

Mouse does not work after installation or is not detected.

Mouse is damaged.

Mouse is not connected properly.

Wireless mouse batteries are low or empty.

Remove roller ball cover from bottom of mouse and clean the ball with a damp, lint-free cloth (not paper).

Press the Help ? button on the keyboard to open the Help and Support Center, or refer to the Warranty and Support

Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

Try unplugging and then reconnecting the mouse cable to your PC.

Replace the two AA alkaline batteries in the mouse; then set the ID channel by pressing the Connect button on the wireless receiver and then on the mouse. Refer to the documentation that came with your wireless set.

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Keyboard and Mouse (continued)

Symptom Problem Solution

Optical mouse does not track cursor well.

The optical sensor uses the pattern of the surface to track the position of the cursor. Reflective surfaces, grooved surfaces, glass, or other see-through surfaces inhibit the ability of the sensor to track the cursor.

Place the mouse on a mousepad or white sheet of paper.

Mouse sensor is dirty. Wipe the light sensor lens on the bottom of the mouse with a lint-free cloth (not paper).

Mouse cursor moves too fast.

The wireless mouse moves the cursor more quickly than a standard mouse.

Adjust the mouse speed in Windows.

Memory

Symptom Problem Solution

Insufficient memory message is displayed.

All memory in the PC is being used by open programs, and memory is needed for a desired task.

Close all open programs, and then try desired task again.

Or

Restart your PC:

1

2

3

Click the Start button.

Click Turn Off Computer.

Select Restart.

Miscellaneous

Symptom Problem

PC date and time display is incorrect.

RTC (real-time clock) battery may need to be replaced.

Battery life is approximately

3–5 years.

Printer has problems. Printer will not print correctly or at all.

Solution

First, reset the date and time in your operating system by using the Control Panel. If the problem persists, replace the battery. See the Upgrading and Servicing Guide for instructions, or refer to the Warranty and Support Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

If you encounter printer problems, refer to the documentation that came with your printer.

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Power

Symptom Problem

PC will not turn on or start.

PC is not securely connected to an external power source.

Monitor is not connected or is not on.

Line voltage selection switch is not in the proper position for your country/region

(115VAC/230VAC).

Wall outlet is defective.

Solution

Ensure that cables connecting the PC to the external power source are plugged in properly.

Connect the monitor to the PC, plug it in, and turn it on.

Set the line voltage selection switch to the correct setting for your country/region, or refer to the Warranty and Support

Guide to contact Support.

Wrong memory modules were used in an upgrade, or memory modules were installed in the wrong location.

Hard disk drive is damaged.

Test the outlet by connecting a different electrical device to the outlet.

Reinstall the old memory to return your PC to its original state.

Refer to the Upgrading and Servicing Guide for instructions.

Press the Help ? button on the keyboard to open the Help and

Support Center, or refer to the Warranty and Support Guide to contact Support for replacement details.

Reseat drive power, data, and power supply cables. See the

Upgrading and Servicing Guide for instructions.

Invalid system disk or

Non-System disk or

disk error message displays

PC appears locked up and won’t turn off when the On button is pressed.

PC powered off automatically.

After an upgrade or repair, the drive power, data, or power supply cables may not be properly connected.

A diskette has been left in the drive during startup.

PC is not working.

The unit temperature was exceeded.

The unit temperature was exceeded because the PC was functioning with the cover or access panel removed.

Processor or system fan has failed.

When drive activity stops, remove the diskette and press the spacebar. The PC should start up.

Press and hold the On button until the PC turns off.

Unit is in an exceedingly hot environment. Let it cool down.

Ensure PC air vents are not blocked and internal fan is running. Note that your PC may not have an internal fan.

Replace cover or access panel, and let the PC cool down before attempting to turn on power to the PC.

Refer to the Warranty and Support Guide to contact Support for replacement details. Note that your PC may not have an internal fan.

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Index

5.1 speakers, 21

56K modem, 6

A

adding images, 60 adjusting speaker volume, 66

America Online, troubleshooting, 73 appendable disc, 42 archiving files

CD, 45

DVD, 45 author, 62 authoring your DVD, 62 automatic recording options setting, 47

B

burning CDs, 37 buttons

Compaq, 12 customizing, 16

E-Mail, 13

Help, 12

Mute, 13

On, 5

Power, 5

Search, 13 special keys, 12

Standby, 12 user, 12

C

cables, for connecting a TV, 26 cannot play DVD movie on DVD player, 68 cannot play music CD on stereo, 68 capturing capture card, 59 digital camcorder video, 58 requirements, 57 video and images, 55 capturing web camera video, 58 card reader, memory, 24 carpal tunnel syndrome, 3

CD/DVD keyboard button, 13 making recovery discs, 17 removing, 67 troubleshooting, 65

Compaq Connections, using, 18

Compaq keyboard button, 12 connecting a TV, 26 multi-channel speakers, 22 connectors

PC back, 4 converting recorded TV, 64 copying a DVD or CD, 43 country/region codes, 34 creating recovery CD/DVDs for the PC, 46 creating CDs, 37 creating music CDs to play in your car and home, 40 to play on your PC, 40 customizing keyboard buttons, 16

D

desktop, 7 device conflict, resolving, 72 device not working, 75 digital pictures, 23, 24

Index

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CD-R, 50

CD-RW, 50 compatible file formats, 49 double layer DVD+R, 49

DVD+R, 49

DVD+RW, 50 feature and compatibility, 51 quick reference, 49 disc and drive compatibility information, 48 disc labels, 46 disconnecting TV, 30 double layer DVD+R discs, 49 double-sided DVD, 32

DVD cannot play movie DVD on DVD player, 68 keyboard button, 13 multiple session recording of data, 68 troubleshooting, 65

DVD player, multi-channel audio, 23

E

edit video files, 59 e-mail keyboard button, 13 erasing a DVD or CD, 44 error capturing video, 68

Invalid system disk, 76 music titles do not appear, 68

Non-system disk or disk error, 76

F

file formats, 49

H

Help commonly asked questions, 1 finding answers, 1

Help button, 12

I

image files, 45 adding, 60 burning, 46 saving, 46 installing software programs, 6

Instant Support, 18

Internet finding an ISP, 5 keyboard button, 13 organizing destinations, 8 signing up with an ISP, 5

Invalid system disk error, 76 iTunes, 12, 38 creating music CD, 38 features, 53 playing music CDs, 31

K

keyboard customizing buttons, 16 features, 9, 10 troubleshooting, 74 types of buttons, 12 using, 9 wireless, 11

L

LEDs, defined, 11

M

manuals, online, 19 memory card reader card types, 24 using, 24 microphone using with multi-channel speakers, 23 modem

V.92, 6 monitor, 5 troubleshooting, 70 mouse troubleshooting, 74

Multi-channel Sound Manager, 21, 22 multi-channel speakers, 21 connecting, 22 selecting, 22 using a microphone, 23 multiple session recording for DVD, 68 music about burning a music CD, 41 burning CD, 38 keyboard button, 12 playing with iTunes, 31 playing with Windows Media Player,

32 music titles do not appear, 68

Mute button, 13

N

no sound, 66

Non-System disk or disk error, 76

O

online manuals, 19 onscreen guides, 8 optical drive quick reference, 52 organizing Internet links and the PC, 8

P

PC keyboard not working, 74 no sound, 66 organizing information, 8 problem turning on, 76 problem, powered off, 76 problem, won't turn off, 76 running tests, 18 setting it up, 3 transferring files and settings to new

PC, 7 troubleshooting, 65 turning on, 5 viewing PC image on TV, 27

PC Help & Tools, 8 peripherals, 5

Pictures (Photos) button, 12

Print button, not working, 74 printer troubleshooting, 75 problem cannot add data to DVD, 68 cannot play DVD movie on my DVD player, 68 cannot play music CD on stereo, 68 keyboard, 74 monitor, 70 mouse, 74 no sound, 66

PC not working, 74

PC powered off, 76

PC won't turn off, 76 printer, 75 troubleshooting, 65 turning on PC, 76 problem resolution, troubleshooting, 65 product notices, 18

R

RealOne Player features, 53 recording VHS files direct to DVD, 64

RecordNow!, 39 archiving files, 45 copying a DVD or CD, 43 creating music CD to play on your PC, 40 creating music CDs, 39 creating music CDs for car and home

CD players, 40 erasing a DVD or CD, 44 features, 54 image files, 45 removing files, 44 storing files on a DVD or CD, 42 recovery CD/DVDs for the PC, 46 recovery discs, 17 removing files, 44 repair software, 7 repetitive strain injury (RSI), 3 resolving a device conflict, 72

S

safety warnings, 3 setting up PC, 3 shortcut icons, 7 software installing, 6 software quick reference, 52 software repair wizard, 7 solving common problems, 65 sound manager, multi-channel, 21, 22 sound, troubleshooting, 66 speakers, 21 multi-channel, 21 special offers, 18

Standby button, 12 storing files about storing data files, 43 using RecordNow!, 42

Support messages, 18 system recovery programs, 17

System Restore, 17 system updates, 18

T

television, viewing PC image on a TV, 26 tips, 18 transferring information to your new PC, 7 troubleshooting, 65 turning on PC first time, 5 troubleshooting, 65

Index

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TV connecting, 26 disconnecting, 30

TV-out, 26 cables, 26 connecting a TV set, 26 disabling TV option, 29 viewing PC image on TV, 27

U

updating, system, 18 upgrading to V.92 modem features, 6

User button, 12

V

V.92 modem, 6

VCD playing with

Windows Media Player, 35 playing with WinDVD, 35 video capture error, 68

Video CDs playing with

Windows Media Player, 35 playing with WinDVD, 35 video files recording, 46 video recording length, 50 viewing onscreen guides, 8 volume adjusting, 66 controls, 13

W

web camera video, 58

Windows Media Player creating music CDs, 38 features, 53 play music CDs, 32 playing video CDs, 35

Windows Movie Maker 2.0 features, 53

Windows XP creating data CDs, 38

WinDVD, 23 control panel, 34 features, 53 playing DVD movies, 32 playing video CDs, 35

WinDVD Creator adding audio effects, 61 adding images, 60 adding title effects, 61 adding transition effects, 61 authoring your DVD, 62 capture, 55 capturing digital camcorder video, 58 capturing video with a capture card, 59 capturing web camera videos, 58 edit, 55 editing video files, 59 features, 54 getting started, 56 help, 55 make movie, 63 media library, 57 menu and chapter icons, 62 preview window, 56 recording VHS video files direct to

DVD, 64 storyboard, 57 wireless keyboard, 11 working in comfort, 3

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