Setting Up Your Computer

Setting Up Your Computer
Setting Up Your Computer
WARNING: The power supply is preset for the country/region in which
you purchased your computer. If you move, please check the voltage
requirements for your new location before plugging the computer into an
AC power outlet.
WARNING: Please read “Safety Information” in the Limited Warranty
and Support Guide before installing and connecting the computer to the
electrical power system.
Follow the steps on the setup poster to set up the computer:
1
Connect a keyboard and a mouse to the computer.
2
Connect a display (monitor) to the computer.
Your computer may have a graphics card with an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia
Interface) connector. If you use it to connect your display (monitor) to the computer, you
should also connect analog speakers to the computer if you want to hear sound during
the initial setup of the computer.
3
Connect power to the computer.
4
Follow the steps on the setup poster to turn on the computer. See “Turning On Your
Computer for the First Time” on page 15.
Checking the Computer Installation
Place the computer in the proper location so that:
All ventilation openings are unobstructed.
All cabling is out of the way. Do not place any cable in a walkway or where it can
be stepped on or damaged from placing furniture on it.
Protect the monitor, computer, and connected accessories by connecting all power cords
to a power surge protection device. Use a power strip specifically labeled as having
surge protection, or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), or similar device.
If the computer has a television tuner, or a modem or telephone connection, protect the
computer by using the surge protection with these signal inputs, as well. Connect the
television cable or the telephone line cord to the inputs and outputs of the surge
protection device and then to the computer.
Look in the computer box for printed details or updates regarding the computer.
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Connecting other devices to the computer
(Select models only)
Connect the main hardware devices, such as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, to the back
of the computer. See your setup poster for information on connecting your mouse, keyboard,
monitor, and speakers.
Other peripheral devices can plug into connectors on the back of the computer or on the front
of the computer (select models only).
NOTE: Do not connect or add other devices to the computer until after you turn on the
computer for the first time and complete the initial setup. See “Turning On Your Computer for
the First Time” on page 15.
Computer connectors
Some, but not all, connectors that may be on the computer appear in the following tables in
this order:
Power cord and devices (mouse, keyboard, USB, and so on)
Network
Modem
Display video output (monitor or TV)
For audio and speaker connectors, see “Connecting Speakers or Microphone” on page 4.
For television connectors and video input with audio, see “Connecting the Television Signal
and Video Cables” on page 8.
NOTE: The location, availability, and number of connectors on the computer may vary.
Power cord
and devices
Icon/Label
Description and function
Power connector.
Mouse (PS/2 connector).
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Power cord
and devices
Icon/Label
Description and function (continued)
Keyboard (PS/2 connector).
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 for mouse, keyboard,
digital cameras, or other devices with USB
connectors.
Network
Modem
Icon/Label
Description and function
ETHERNET
Ethernet LAN connector to connect to an Ethernet
(RJ-45) local area network (LAN) hub or any
broadband connection. This wired LAN connector is
a network interface adapter (also called a network
interface card, or NIC). The green LED indicates a
valid connection.
Icon/Label
Description and function
Modem (Line In RJ-11) (select models only) to
connect the computer modem to a telephone wall
jack for dial-up connections to the Internet.
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Display video
output
Icon/Label
Description and function
NOTE: For specific information, see the documentation that came with the display device.
VGA/Monitor
VGA/Monitor (blue) display output connector, to
connect to a VGA monitor. You may need to use a
VGA-to-DVI adapter to connect a display with only a
DVI connector to the computer.
HDMI
HDMI display output connector, to connect to an
HDMI monitor or TV display. You may need to use
an HDMI-to-DVI adapter to connect a display with
only a DVI connector to the computer.
NOTE: Adjust settings to hear sound through the
HDMI connector. See “HDMI-connected display
produces no sound.” on page 42.
DVI
Digital video output connector (select models only),
to connect to a TV or monitor. You may need to use
a VGA-to-DVI or an HDMI-to-DVI adapter to connect
the display to the computer.
VGA-DVI
VGA-to-DVI adapter, to adapt a TV or a monitor
video cable so it can connect to the computer.
HDMI-DVI
HDMI-to-DVI adapter, to adapt a TV or a monitor
video cable so it can connect to the computer.
Connecting Speakers or Microphone
This section describes connecting speakers, headphones, or a microphone to your computer.
Speakers are available separately, or may be included with the monitor (select models only).
Headphones are available separately.
Your computer model may include audio connectors on the back of the computer. Some
computers have connectors on the front of the computer, as well. The connectors are stereo
mini-jacks that connect from the computer to active (powered) speakers or speaker systems, to
headphones, or to an input device such as a microphone, webcam, or audio player.
Some, but not all, audio connectors that may be on the computer appear in the following
table.
NOTE: The location, availability, and number of connectors on the computer may vary.
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Audio connectors
Icon/Label
Description and function
Microphone In (Mic) (pink) to connect a
microphone.
May function as a center/subwoofer Line Out in
a multichannel audio configuration.
Headphones Out connector (green) to connect
headphones.
Audio Line Out (lime green) to connect front left
and front right analog speakers.
Audio Line In (blue) connector to connect input to
the computer from an analog audio device, such
as a CD player.
May function as rear Line Out in a multichannel
audio configuration.
Center
Line C/Sub (gold) connector to connect Center/
Subwoofer speakers in a multichannel audio
configuration.
Rear
Line Rear (black) connector to connect rear
speakers in a multichannel audio configuration.
Side
Line Side (gray) connector to connect side
speakers in an eight-speaker system (7.1).
Connecting speakers
Speakers are available separately, or included with the monitor.
Your computer supports only active (powered) speaker systems; the speaker system must have
its own power source, such as batteries or a separate power cord.
For detailed instructions about how to connect and configure other multichannel speakers, go
to the Web support page for your model; see “Accessing Support on the Web” on page 35.
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Connecting a stereo-speaker system
To connect active speakers, such as left/right stereo speakers or a 2.1 system of two speakers
and a subwoofer, to the computer:
1
Make sure the computer is turned off. Make sure the speaker system is turned off and
unplugged.
2
Connect the speaker system cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector that
matches the back of your computer.
Or
For 2.1 speakers or other multichannel speakers that were shipped with your computer
(select models only), connect the subwoofer to the Audio Line Out connector on the
computer, and connect the left and right speakers to the subwoofer.
NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system.
Connecting headphones
Headphones are available separately.
Your computer comes with a headphones connector (lime green) on the front of the
computer. The headphones connector is labeled with a headphones icon.
You can also connect headphones to the Line Out connector (lime green) on the back
of your computer.
When headphones are plugged in, the sound to the speakers (and the subwoofer) is
usually muted.
Connecting a microphone
Your computer comes with a microphone connector on the back of the computer. Some
models have a second microphone connector on the front of the computer (select
models only).
Connect the microphone to the microphone connector on the computer.
To adjust the recording volume or select the microphone, see “Selecting the Microphone” on
page 21.
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Connecting to a Network
This section describes connecting to a network through a wired or wireless connection.
Setting up a wired Ethernet network connection
The Ethernet connection may be called a network interface adapter, network interface card,
or NIC. It provides a high-speed or broadband connection to an Ethernet (10BaseT) or Fast
Ethernet (100BaseT) network. After you connect this interface to a network, such as a LAN,
you can connect to the Internet through the network.
1
Connect an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet (RJ-45) connector (A) on the back of the
computer, and to the network router or LAN device.
2
With the computer turned on, check the indicator lights (B) next to the Ethernet connector
for the status:
ACTIVITY — Lit yellow during network data transfer activity
LINK — Lit green when there is a valid network connection
NOTE: Your Ethernet connector may have only one indicator light.
Setting up a wireless network connection
(Select models only)
You can connect the computer to a wireless network supporting IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, or
802.11n (select models only) by using the antenna that is included with the computer.
Connect the external antenna to the wireless antenna connector on the network card to
increase the range and sensitivity of the wireless radio signal.
NOTE: For the best wireless performance, place the antenna on the computer or in an
elevated and open area.
You need an existing wireless LAN with an Internet connection. Consult your Internet Service
Provider (ISP) for further information.
To verify that the integrated WLAN device is installed on the computer correctly, see
“Checking the wireless LAN device installation” on page 19.
For more information about setting up a wireless network: Click the Windows Vista start
button™
on the taskbar, click Help and Support, and then type Setting up a wireless
network into the Search Help box and press Enter.
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Connecting a Modem
(Select models only)
The modem connects the computer to the telephone line. Use it to connect to an ISP that
provides a telephone dial-up connection to the Internet. If you use a network connection, you
may not need a modem connection.
NOTE: Your computer may not come with a modem. The modem may be a connector on the
back of the computer or it may be an external device that plugs into a computer USB
connector.
Before you can use telephone dial-up to connect to the Internet and send or receive e-mail
and faxes, you must connect your telephone service line to the modem (A).
1
Plug a modem/telephone cable into the computer modem connector (A). Note that the
modem connector on the computer may be green.
2
Plug the other end of the modem/telephone cable into the telephone service line wall
jack connector.
Connecting the Television Signal and Video
Cables
(Select models only)
This section describes how to connect the computer to a television and which cables to use.
Use cables to connect:
TV signal source coaxial cable for video/audio in to the computer.
Or
TV signal source S-video or composite video in to the computer.
TV signal source audio in to the computer.
Or
Video out from the computer.
You may need to purchase cables, a coaxial cable signal splitter, or other accessories
separately. Your computer may not include all the cables you need for the computer setup.
NOTE: The location and number of connectors on the computer may vary by model.
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Video input
with audio
Icon/Label
Description and function
S-Video
S-video In connector to connect video input from a
TV set-top box output connector.
Composite
Video
Composite Video In connector (yellow) to connect
video input from a TV set-top box.
S-Video 2
Secondary S-video connector to connect video input
from a VCR, video camera, or other analog video
source to the computer.
Composite
Video 2
Secondary composite video connector (yellow) to
connect video input from a VCR, video camera, or
other analog source to the computer.
A/V In
Audio 1 L
Primary left audio input from a TV set-top box
connector (white).
NOTE: You can record audio by using this Audio In
connector, which is connected to the motherboard.
Some computers include this primary left audio input
connector on the front of the computer
(select models only).
A/V In
Audio 1 R
Primary right audio input from a TV set-top box
connector (red).
NOTE: You can record audio by using this Audio In
connector, which is connected to the motherboard.
Some computers include this primary right audio
input connector on the front of the computer (select
models only).
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Video input
with audio
Television
output
Television
input
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Icon/Label
Description and function (continued)
A/V In
Audio 2 L
Secondary left audio input connector (white).
A/V In
Audio 2 R
Secondary right audio input connector (red).
Icon/Label
Description and function
Analog Video
Analog Video Out: S-video or composite video
connector (select models only), to connect video
output to a TV.
Icon/Label
Description and function
TV/Cable Ant
TV In (TV antenna or cable input from wall outlet
with no set-top box).
ATSC
TV In connector for TV cable or antenna, to receive
ATSC (Advanced Television System Committee)
channels, which are over-the-air digital transmission
channels.
CATV
TV In connector for TV cable or antenna, to receive
CATV (Community Antenna Television) channels or
cable TV channels.
NTSC
TV In connector for TV cable or antenna, to receive
NTSC (National Television System Committee)
channels, which are over-the-air analog transmission
channels.
NOTE: This Audio In connector is connected to the
TV tuner. You must use the Audio In connector, which
is connected to the motherboard and located on the
back of the computer, to record audio only (select
models only).
NOTE: This Audio In connector is connected to the
TV tuner. You must use the Audio In connector, which
is connected to the motherboard and located on the
back of the computer, to record audio only (select
models only).
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Connecting the TV signal source coaxial cable (no set-top box)
To connect the computer into an existing setup
for the TV signal source without a set-top box,
insert (add) a splitter (B) to route the coaxial TV
signal cable from the wall outlet (A) to the
computer connector (C).
Callouts
A
TV signal cable (coaxial) wall outlet (from
antenna or cable)
B
Splitter
C
Computer coaxial TV In connector
D
Video recorder
E
TV
F
Set-top box/satellite box
G
Remote control IR blaster cable (select
models only)
H
Computer S-video In connector
J
Computer right and left audio (analog)
connectors
Connecting the TV signal source with a set-top box
To connect the computer into an existing setup
for the TV signal source with a set-top box
(cable or satellite), insert (add) a splitter (B) to
route the coaxial TV signal cable from the
set-top box (F) to the computer connector (C).
Connect the remote control cable/IR blaster
(select models only) (G) to the IR OUT
connector on the computer, and then position
the blaster on the set-top box. This enables the
computer to change the channel on the box.
See “Using an infrared receiver (IR) blaster”
on page 13 for blaster placement details.
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Connecting the TV signal source with a set-top box and using S-video or
composite video cable to the computer
To use video output from the set-top box (F),
add the cables to route video and audio to the
computer:
Do not detach any cables from the
existing setup.
Connect an S-video cable (or you can
use an S-video-to-composite cable
adapter) to the S-Video In connector (H)
on the computer.
Connect audio cables to the audio right
(red) and left (white) connectors (J) on
the computer.
Connect the remote control cable/IR
blaster (select models only) (G) to the
IR OUT connector on the computer, and
then position the blaster on the set-top
box. This enables the computer to
change the channel on the box. See
“Using an infrared receiver (IR) blaster”
on page 13 for blaster placement
details.
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Using an infrared receiver (IR) blaster
(Select models only)
If you have a cable TV or satellite TV set-top box, you can control the set-top box from the
computer by using the remote control sensor cable/IR blaster (select models only) and the
connector on the computer (not available on all models). Remove the tape (1) on the end of
the blaster, adhere it to the IR receiver on the set-top box (2), and connect it to the IR OUT
connector (3) on the back of the computer. Point the remote control at the remote control
sensor on the front top of the computer.
1
3
2
IR OUT
1
2
Using an external IR receiver
(Select models only)
If you do not have a direct line of sight to the remote sensor on the front of the computer, you
can use an external IR receiver (select models only) and place the IR receiver in a location
that can receive a signal from the remote control.
Connect the external receiver to the red IR IN connector on the back of the computer (1).
Place the IR receiver (2) in a location with a direct line of sight to the remote control. Point the
remote control (3) at the external IR receiver.
3
2
1
IR IN
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