HP EliteBook 8530w Base Model Mobile Workstation, EliteBook 8530w Mobile Workstation, EliteBook 8530p Notebook PC User manual

HP EliteBook 8530w Base Model Mobile Workstation, EliteBook 8530w Mobile Workstation, EliteBook 8530p Notebook PC User manual

Multimedia

User Guide

© Copyright 2008 Hewlett-Packard

Development Company, L.P.

Windows is a U.S. registered trademark of

Microsoft Corporation.

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

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

First Edition: September 2008

Document Part Number: 489861-001

Product notice

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

Table of contents

1 Multimedia features

Identifying your multimedia components .............................................................................................. 2

Adjusting the volume ............................................................................................................................ 4

Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD ...................................................................................................... 5

2 Working with multimedia software

Accessing your preinstalled multimedia software ................................................................................. 7

Installing your preloaded multimedia software ..................................................................................... 7

Installing multimedia software from a disc ............................................................................................ 7

3 Audio

Connecting external audio devices ...................................................................................................... 9

Checking your audio functions ........................................................................................................... 10

4 Video

Connecting an external monitor or projector ...................................................................................... 12

Using the HDMI port (select models only) .......................................................................................... 13

Configuring the audio using HDMI (select models only) .................................................................... 14

5 Webcam

Webcam tips ....................................................................................................................................... 16

Adjusting webcam properties ............................................................................................................. 17

Controlling the webcam focus mode (select models only) ................................................................. 18

6 Troubleshooting

The optical disc tray does not open for removal of a CD or DVD ....................................................... 19

The computer does not detect the optical drive ................................................................................. 20

A new device driver is needed ........................................................................................................... 21

Obtaining Microsoft device drivers ..................................................................................... 21

Obtaining HP device drivers .............................................................................................. 21

A disc does not play ........................................................................................................................... 22

A disc does not play automatically ..................................................................................................... 23

A DVD movie is not visible on an external display ............................................................................. 23

The process of burning a disc does not begin, or it stops before completion .................................... 24

Index ................................................................................................................................................................... 25

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1 Multimedia features

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

Optical drive for playing audio and video discs

Integrated speakers for listening to music

Integrated microphone for recording your own audio

● Integrated webcam that allows you to ecords audio and video and capture still photographs.

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

● Hotkeys that provide fast access to multimedia tasks

NOTE:

Your computer may not include all of the components listed.

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

1

Identifying your multimedia components

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

Component

(4)

(5)

(6)

(1)

(2)

(3)

Internal microphones (2)

Webcam

Webcam light

Volume mute button

Volume scroll zone

Audio-in (microphone) jack

(7)

Audio-out (headphone) jack

Description

Record sound.

Records audio and video and captures still photographs.

Turns on when video software accesses the webcam.

Mutes and restores speaker sound.

Adjusts speaker volume.

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

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

WARNING!

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

Environmental Notices.

NOTE:

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

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Component

(8)

(9)

Speakers (2)

HDMI port

Description

Produce sound.

Connects an optional video or audio device, such as a highdefinition television, or any compatible digital or audio component.

Identifying your multimedia components 3

Adjusting the volume

You can adjust the volume using the following controls:

Computer volume buttons (select models only):

To mute or restore volume, press the mute button (1).

To decrease volume, slide your finger across the volume scroll zone (2) from right to left.

◦ To increase volume, slide your finger across the volume scroll zone (2) from left to right.

● Windows® volume control:

a.

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

b.

Increase or decrease the volume by moving the slider up or down. Select the Mute check box to mute the volume.

– or –

a.

Double-click the Volume icon in the notification area.

b.

In the Master Volume column, you can increase or decrease the volume by moving the

Volume slider up or down. You can also adjust the balance or mute the volume.

If the Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area, follow these steps to add it:

a.

Select Start > Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio

Devices > Volume tab.

b.

Select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.

c.

Click Apply.

● Program volume control:

Volume can also be adjusted within some programs.

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Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD

If your computer includes a CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD+/-RW optical drive, you can use software such as Windows Media Player or Roxio Creator Business to burn data and audio files, including MP3 and

WAV music files. To burn video files to a CD or DVD, use Windows Movie Maker.

Observe the following guidelines when burning a CD or DVD:

● Before burning a disc, save and close any open files and close all programs.

A CD-R or DVD-R is usually best for burning audio files because after the information is copied, it cannot be changed.

● Because some home and car stereos will not play CD-RWs, use CD-Rs to burn music CDs.

A CD-RW or DVD-RW is generally best for burning data files or for testing audio or video recordings before you burn them to a CD or DVD that cannot be changed.

● DVD players used in home systems usually do not support all DVD formats. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions that came with your DVD player for a list of supported formats.

An MP3 file uses less space than other music file formats, and the process for creating an MP3 disc is the same as the process for creating a data file. MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers with MP3 software installed.

To burn a CD or DVD, follow these steps:

1.

Download or copy the source files into a folder on your hard drive.

2.

Insert a blank CD or DVD into the optical drive.

3.

Select Start > All Programs and the name of the software you want to use.

4.

Select the kind of CD or DVD you want to create—data, audio, or video.

5.

Right-click Start > Explore and navigate to the folder where the source files are stored.

6.

Open the folder, and then drag the files to the drive that contains the blank optical disc.

7.

Initiate the burning process as directed by the program you have selected.

Refer to the software Help file or the software manufacturer's instructions. These instructions may be provided with the software, on disc, or on the manufacturer's Web site.

Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD 5

2 Working with multimedia software

The computer includes preinstalled and preloaded multimedia software. Some computer models also include additional multimedia software on an optical disc.

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

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

Creating or copying data CDs

Creating, editing, and burning audio CDs

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

CAUTION:

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

Before writing to a disc, connect the computer to a reliable external power source. Do not write to a disc while the computer is running on battery power.

Before writing to a disc, close all open programs except the disc software you are using.

Do not copy directly from a source disc to a destination disc or from a network drive to a destination disc. Instead, copy from a source disc or network drive to your hard drive, and then copy from your hard drive to the destination disc.

Do not use the computer keyboard or move the computer while the computer is writing to a disc. The write process is sensitive to vibration.

NOTE:

For information about using software included with the computer, refer to the software manufacturer's instructions that may be provided on disc, as software Help files, or on the software manufacturer's Web site.

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Accessing your preinstalled multimedia software

To access your preinstalled multimedia software:

Select Start > All Programs, and then open the multimedia program that you want to use.

NOTE:

Some programs may be located in subfolders.

Installing your preloaded multimedia software

To install preloaded software from your hard drive, select Start > All Programs > HP Software

Setup, and then follow the instructions on the screen.

Installing multimedia software from a disc

To install any multimedia software from a CD or DVD, follow these steps:

1.

Insert the disc into the optical drive.

2.

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

3.

Restart the computer if you are prompted to do so.

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3 Audio

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

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

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

Download music from the Internet

Create multimedia presentations using audio and images

Transmit sound and images with instant messaging programs

Stream radio programs (select models only) or receive FM radio signals

Create or “burn” audio CDs (select models only)

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Connecting external audio devices

WARNING!

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

Environmental Notices.

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

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

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

NOTE:

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

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Checking your audio functions

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

1.

Select Start > Control Panel.

2.

Select Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio Devices.

3.

When the Sound and Audio Devices Properties window opens, click the Sounds tab. Under

Program events, select any sound event, such as a beep or alarm, and than click the right-arrow button to test the sound.

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

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

1.

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder.

2.

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

3.

Open Windows Media Player and play back the sound.

NOTE:

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

To confirm or change the audio settings on your computer, right-click the Sound icon on the taskbar.

– or –

Select Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices.

When the Sound and Audio Devices Properties window opens, click the Sounds tab. Under

Program events, select any sound event, such as a beep or alarm, and than click the right-arrow button to test the sound.

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

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4 Video

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

Watch movies

● Play games over the Internet

Edit pictures and video to create presentations

Connect external video devices

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Connecting an external monitor or projector

The external monitor port connects an external display device such as an external monitor or a projector to the computer.

To connect a display device, connect the device cable to the external monitor port.

NOTE:

If a properly connected external display device does not display an image, press fn+f4 to transfer the image to the device. Repeatedly pressing fn+f4 alternates the screen image between the computer display and the device.

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Using the HDMI port (select models only)

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

The computer can support one HDMI device connected to the HDMI port, while simultaneously supporting an image on the computer display or any other supported external display. The computer does not support the simultaneous use of a DVI display and an HDMI display.

NOTE:

To transmit video signals through the HDMI port, you need an HDMI cable (purchased separately), available from most electronics retailers.

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

1.

Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the computer.

2.

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

3.

Press fn+f4 to switch the image between the display devices connected to the computer.

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Configuring the audio using HDMI (select models only)

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

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

1.

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

Adjust Audio Properties.

2.

Click the Audio tab, and under Sound playback, your computer will list one of two digital output choices, HD Audio digital out or ATI HD Audio rear output. Select the displayed choice.

3.

Click OK.

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

1.

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

Adjust Audio Properties.

2.

Click the Audio tab, and under Sound playback, change the default device to Sound MAX HD

Audio.

3.

Click OK.

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5 Webcam

Your computer includes an integrated webcam, located at the top of the display. With the preinstalled software, you can use the webcam to take a photo, record a video, or make an audio recording. You can preview the photo, video recording, or audio recording, and save it on your computer hard drive.

To access the webcam and HP Webcam software, select Start > All Programs > HP Webcam

Application.

The webcam software enables you to experiment with the following features:

Video—Record and play back webcam video.

Audio—Record and play back audio.

Streaming video—Use with instant message software solutions that support UVC (Universal Video

Class) cameras.

Snapshots—Take still photos.

HP Presto! Bizcard (select models only)—Use to transform business cards into a usable database of contact information.

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Webcam tips

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

Be sure that you have the latest version of an instant message program before starting a video conversation.

The webcam may not work properly across some network firewalls.

NOTE:

If you are having trouble viewing or sending video to someone on another LAN or outside your network firewall, temporarily disable the firewall. perform the task you want to perform, and then reenable the firewall. To permanently resolve the problem, reconfigure the firewall, as necessary, and adjust the policies and settings of other intrusion detection systems. For additional information, contact your network administrator or IT department.

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

NOTE:

For details about using your webcam, click the Help menu in the webcam software Help.

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Adjusting webcam properties

You can adjust the following webcam properties:

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

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

Hue—Controls the aspect of color that distinguishes it from another color (what makes a color red, green, or blue). Hue is distinct from saturation, which measures the intensity of the hue.

Saturation—Controls the strength of color in the final image. A higher saturation setting creates a bolder image; a lower saturation setting creates a more subtle image.

Sharpness—Controls the definition of edges in an image. A higher sharpness setting creates a more defined image; a lower sharpness setting creates a softer image.

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

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

NightMode—Compensates for low-light conditions.

Zoom (select models only)—Adjusts the zoom percentage for taking photos or recording videos.

Horizontal or vertical—Rotates the image horizontally or vertically.

50 Hz or 60 Hz—Adjusts the shutter speed to achieve a video recording that does not flicker.

Customizable preset profiles for multiple lighting conditions compensate for the following lighting conditions: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, sunny, cloudy, night.

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Controlling the webcam focus mode (select models only)

The following focus mode options are available:

Normal—The factory setting of the camera is appropriate for normal photography. This range extends from several feet in front of the lens to infinity.

Macro—The close-up focus setting, this mode is for taking photos and capturing video at a very close range (select models only).

NOTE:

The Bizcard reader (select models only) is always preset to a macro mode setting during its operation.

To view or change the webcam focus mode, follow these steps:

Selecting Start > All Programs > HP Webcam Application > HP Webcam > Settings >

Options.

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6 Troubleshooting

The following sections describe several common issues and resolutions.

The optical disc tray does not open for removal of a CD or

DVD

1.

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

2.

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

3.

Remove the disc (3) from the tray by gently pressing down on the spindle while lifting the outer edges of the disc. Hold the disc by the edges and avoid touching the flat surfaces.

NOTE:

If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully as you remove it.

4.

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

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The computer does not detect the optical drive

If the computer does not detect the optical drive, use Device Manager to troubleshoot the device and then update, uninstall, or disable the device driver.

To check your device and drivers in Device Manager, follow these steps:

1.

Remove any discs from the optical drive.

2.

Select Start > My Computer.

3.

Right-click in the window and select Properties > Hardware tab, and then click Device

Manager.

4.

In the Device Manager window, click the plus sign (+) next to Disc Drives or DVD/CD-ROM

drives, unless a minus sign (-) is already showing. Look for an optical drive listing.

5.

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

Update the driver.

Disable the device.

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

Click Properties to see if the device is working properly:

Click Troubleshoot to fix problems.

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

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A new device driver is needed

Obtaining Microsoft device drivers

Your computer is set to automatically check for and install Microsoft device drivers when new devices are connected to your computer.

Obtaining HP device drivers

You can obtain the latest HP device drivers in either of the following ways:

Using HP Update

Using the HP Web site

To use HP Update:

1.

Select Start > All Programs > HP > HP Update.

2.

On the HP Welcome screen, click Settings, and then select a time when the utility should check for software updates on the Web.

3.

Click Next to immediately check for HP software updates.

To use the HP Web site:

1.

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

2.

Select your country or region.

3.

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

4.

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

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A disc does not play

Save your work and close all open programs before playing a CD or a DVD.

Log off the Internet before playing a CD or a DVD.

Be sure that you insert the disc properly.

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

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

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

Disable Standby before playing a disc.

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

Playback may resume.

– or –

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

● Increase system resources:

Turn off external devices such as printers and scanners. This practice frees up valuable system resources and results in better playback performance.

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

1. Right-click on a blank area of the computer desktop, and select Properties > Settings.

2. Set color quality to medium (16 bit), if this setting is not already selected.

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A disc does not play automatically

1.

Click Start > My Computer.

2.

Right-click the device (such as CD-ROM drive), and then click Properties.

3.

Click the AutoPlay tab, and then select one of the available actions.

4.

Click OK.

A CD or DVD should now start automatically when it is inserted into the optical drive.

A DVD movie is not visible on an external display

1.

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

2.

Configure the monitor settings to make the external display primary:

a.

Right-click on a blank area of the computer desktop, and select Properties > Settings.

b.

Specify a primary display and a secondary display.

NOTE:

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

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

Support.

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

Be sure that all other programs are closed.

Turn off Standby and Hibernation.

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

Be sure that the disc is inserted properly.

Select a slower write speed and try again.

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

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

Manager.

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Index

A

audio devices, connecting

external 9

audio features 8

audio functions, checking 10

audio, configuring 14

audio-in (microphone) jack 2 audio-out (headphone) jack 2

AutoPlay 23

B

button, volume mute 4

C

CD

burning 5

protecting 6 writing to 6

checking audio functions 10

controlling the webcam focus 18

D

device drivers

HP devices 21

Microsoft devices 21 uninstalling, reinstalling 21

DVD

burning 5

protecting 6 writing to 6

E

earbuds 2

external audio devices,

connecting 9

external monitor port 12

F

focus, webcam 18

H

HDMI port 13

HDMI port, identifying 3

headphone (audio-out) jack 2 headphones 2

HP Webcam

adjusting properties 17

controlling the focus 18

tips 16

I

internal microphone, identifying 2

issues, resolving 19

J

jacks

audio-in (microphone) 2 audio-out (headphone) 2

M

microphone, internal 2

monitor, connecting 12

multimedia components,

identifying 2

multimedia software

installing 7

mute button 4

O

optical disc

writing to 6

optical drive

protecting 6

P

ports

external monitor 12

HDMI 3, 13

projector, connecting 12

S

speakers 3

T

tips, webcam 16

troubleshooting

device drivers 21

disc burning 24

disc play 22, 23 external display 23

optical disc tray 19

optical drive detection 20

U

using the webcam 15

V

video, using 11

volume mute button 4 volume scroll zone 4 volume, adjusting 4

W

webcam

adjusting properties 17

controlling the focus 18

identifying 2

tips 16

using 15

webcam light, identifying 2

Index 25

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