HP Compaq 615 Notebook PC, Compaq 516 Notebook PC, Compaq 515 Notebook PC User manual

HP Compaq 615 Notebook PC, Compaq 516 Notebook PC, Compaq 515 Notebook PC User manual

Multimedia

User Guide

© Copyright 2009 Hewlett-Packard

Development Company, L.P.

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: June 2009

Document Part Number: 534279-001

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 ............................................................................................................................ 3

2 Multimedia software

Using preinstalled multimedia software ................................................................................................ 5

Installing multimedia software from a disc ............................................................................................ 6

3 Audio

Connecting external audio devices ...................................................................................................... 8

Checking your audio functions ............................................................................................................. 9

4 Video

Using the external monitor port .......................................................................................................... 11

5 Optical drive

Identifying the installed optical drive ................................................................................................... 12

Using optical discs (CDs and DVDs) .................................................................................................. 13

Selecting the right disc (CDs and DVDs) ........................................................................................... 14

CD-R discs ......................................................................................................................... 14

CD-RW discs ..................................................................................................................... 14

DVD±R discs ..................................................................................................................... 14

DVD±RW discs .................................................................................................................. 14

LightScribe DVD+R discs .................................................................................................. 14

Playing music ..................................................................................................................................... 15

Watching a movie ............................................................................................................................... 16

Observing the copyright warning ........................................................................................................ 17

Copying or creating a CD or DVD ...................................................................................................... 18

Removing an optical disc (CD or DVD) .............................................................................................. 19

The optical disc tray does not open for removal of a CD or DVD ....................................................... 20

6 Webcam (select models only)

Index ................................................................................................................................................................... 22

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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 (select models only) that allows you to capture and share video

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

(1)

(2)

(3)

Webcam (select models only)

Speaker

Audio-out (headphone) jack

(4)

(5)

Internal microphone

Audio-in (microphone) jack

Description

Records audio and video and captures still photographs.

Produces sound.

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

NOTE:

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

Records sound.

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

2 Chapter 1 Multimedia features

Adjusting the volume

You can adjust the volume using the following controls:

Computer volume hotkey—A combination of the fn key (1) and either the f9 (2), f11 (3), or f12 (4) function key:

To mute or restore volume, press fn+f9 .

To decrease volume, press fn+f11 .

To increase volume, press fn+f12 .

Operating system 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. Click the Mute icon located beneath the slider to mute the volume.

– or –

a.

Right-click the Volume icon in the notification area, and then click Open Volume Control.

b.

In the Master column, you can increase or decrease the volume by moving the slider up or down. You can also mute the volume by clicking the Mute icon.

Program volume control:

Volume can also be adjusted within some programs.

Adjusting the volume 3

2 Multimedia software

Your computer includes preinstalled multimedia software that allows you to play music and view pictures.

The following sections provide details about preinstalled multimedia software and installing multimedia software from a disc.

4 Chapter 2 Multimedia software

Using preinstalled multimedia software

To locate preinstalled multimedia software, select Computer > More Applications, and then open the multimedia program you want to use.

Using preinstalled multimedia software 5

Installing multimedia software from a disc

1.

Insert the disc into the optical drive.

2.

Follow the software user instructions.

3.

Restart the computer if prompted to do so.

NOTE:

For details about using software included with the computer, refer to the software manufacturer’s instructions, which may be provided with the software, on disc, or on the manufacturer’s

Web site.

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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)

7

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.

8 Chapter 3 Audio

Checking your audio functions

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

1.

Select Computer > Control Center > System > Sound.

2.

Click Sound.

3.

When the Sound window opens, click the Sounds tab.

4.

Under the Sounds tab, select the Device tab.

5.

Under Sound Events, click a Test button for a corresponding sound event to test system sound.

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

1.

Select Computer > More Applications > Sound Recorder.

2.

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

3.

To play the sound, select Computer > More Applications.

4.

Open an audio player, such as Helix Banshee, 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.

Checking your audio functions 9

4 Video

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

Play games over the Internet

● Edit pictures and video to create presentations

Connect external video devices

10 Chapter 4 Video

Using the external monitor port

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

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

NOTE:

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

Using the external monitor port 11

5 Optical drive

Identifying the installed optical drive

Select Computer, and look under Status.

You will see a list of all the devices installed on your computer, including your optical drive. You may have one of the following types of drives:

DVD-ROM Drive

DVD±RW SuperMulti Double-Layer (DL) LightScribe Drive

NOTE:

Some of the drives listed above may not be supported by your computer.

12 Chapter 5 Optical drive

Using optical discs (CDs and DVDs)

An optical drive, such as a DVD-ROM drive, supports optical discs (CDs and DVDs). These discs store information, such as music, photos, and movies. DVDs have a higher storage capacity than CDs.

Your optical drive can read standard CD and DVD discs.

NOTE:

Some of the optical drives listed may not be supported by your computer. The listed drives are not necessarily all of the supported optical drives.

Some optical drives can also write to optical discs as described in the following table.

Optical drive type Write to CD-RW Write to DVD*

DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive

DVD±RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe

Drive

*Includes DVD+R DL, DVD±RW/R, and DVD-RAM.

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Write label to

LightScribe CD or DVD

No

Yes

Using optical discs (CDs and DVDs) 13

Selecting the right disc (CDs and DVDs)

CDs, used to store digital data, are also used for commercial audio recordings and are convenient for your personal storage needs. DVDs are used primarily for movies, software, and data backup purposes.

DVDs are the same form factor as CDs but have a much higher storage capacity.

NOTE:

The optical drive on your computer may not support all the types of optical discs discussed in this section.

CD-R discs

Use CD-R (write-once) discs to create permanent archives and to share files with virtually anyone.

Typical uses include the following:

● Distributing large presentations

Sharing scanned and digital photos, video clips, and written data

● Making your own music CDs

Keeping permanent archives of computer files and scanned home records

● Offloading files from your hard drive to free up disk space

After data is recorded, it cannot be erased or written over.

CD-RW discs

Use a CD-RW disc (a rewritable version of a CD) to store large projects that must be updated frequently.

Typical uses include the following:

Developing and maintaining large documents and project files

● Transporting work files

Making weekly backups of hard drive files

● Updating photos, video, audio, and data continuously

DVD±R discs

Use blank DVD±R discs to permanently store large amounts of information. After data is recorded, it cannot be erased or written over.

DVD±RW discs

Use DVD±RW discs if you want to be able to erase or write over data that you saved earlier. This type of disc is ideal for testing audio or video recordings before you burn them to a CD or DVD that cannot be changed.

LightScribe DVD+R discs

Use LightScribe DVD+R discs for sharing and storing data, home videos, and photos. These discs are read-compatible with most DVD-ROM drives and DVD video players. With a LightScribe-enabled drive and LightScribe software, you can write data to the disc and then add a designer label to the outside of the disc.

14 Chapter 5 Optical drive

Playing music

1.

Turn on the computer.

2.

Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the disc tray.

3.

Pull out the tray (2).

4.

Hold the disc by the edges to avoid touching the flat surfaces and position the disc label-side up over the tray spindle.

NOTE:

If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully to position it over the spindle.

5.

Gently press the disc (3) down onto the tray spindle until the disc snaps into place.

6.

Close the disc tray.

7.

Select Computer > More Applications.

8.

Open an audio player, such as Helix Banshee, to play the disc.

NOTE:

After you insert a disc, a short pause is normal.

If Suspend or Hibernation is initiated during playback of a disc, you may experience the following behaviors:

● Your playback may be interrupted.

You may see a warning message asking if you want to continue. If this message is displayed, click

No.

● You may need to restart the CD or DVD to resume playback.

Playing music 15

Watching a movie

Your optical drive allows you to watch movies from a disc.

1.

Turn on the computer.

2.

Press the release button (1) on the optical drive bezel to release the disc tray.

3.

Pull out the tray (2).

4.

Hold the disc by the edges and position the disc label-side up over the tray spindle.

NOTE:

If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully to position it over the spindle.

5.

Gently press the disc (3) down onto the tray spindle until the disc snaps into place.

6.

Close the disc tray.

NOTE:

After you insert a disc, a short pause is normal.

7.

Select Computer > More Applications > LinDVD to watch the movie.

16 Chapter 5 Optical drive

Observing the copyright warning

It is a criminal offense, under applicable copyright laws, to make unauthorized copies of copyrightprotected material, including computer programs, films, broadcasts, and sound recordings. Do not use this computer for such purposes.

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.

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 details about using software included with the computer, refer to the software manufacturer’s instructions, which may be provided with the software, on disc, or on the manufacturer’s

Web site.

Observing the copyright warning 17

Copying or creating a CD or DVD

1.

Select Computer > More Applications, and launch Brasero.

2.

In the left pane, click Disc copy.

3.

Follow on-screen instructions to copy or create a CD or DVD.

18 Chapter 5 Optical drive

Removing an optical disc (CD or DVD)

1.

Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the disc tray, and then gently pull out the tray (2) until it stops.

2.

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

NOTE:

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

3.

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

Removing an optical disc (CD or DVD) 19

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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6 Webcam (select models only)

NOTE:

The section describes features that are common to most models. Some features may not be available on your computer.

Your computer includes an integrated webcam, located at the top of the display. 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.

NOTE:

Cheese, which is installed on the computer, is designed for use with the integrated webcam.

To access Cheese, click Computer > More Applications.

NOTE:

For information about using software designed for use with the integrated webcam, refer to the software Help for that software.

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Index

A

audio devices, connecting

external 8

audio features 7

audio functions, checking 9

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

B

button, volume mute 3

C

CD

burning 18

inserting 15

removing 19

CD drive 12

checking audio functions 9

copyright warning 17

D

drives

CD 12

DVD 12

DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive 13

DVD±RW SuperMulti DL

LightScribe Drive 13

optical 12

DVD

burning 18

inserting 15

removing 19

E

earbuds 2

external audio devices,

connecting 8

external monitor port 11

H

headphone (audio-out) jack 2 headphones 2

I

internal microphone, identifying 2

J

jacks

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

M

microphone, internal 2

monitor, connecting 11

movie, watching 16

multimedia components,

identifying 2

multimedia software

accessing 5

mute button 3

O

optical disc

inserting 15

removing 19

optical drive 12

P

ports

external monitor 11 projector, connecting 11

S

speaker 2

T

troubleshooting

optical disc tray 20

U

using the webcam 21

V

video, using 10

volume mute button 3 volume, adjusting 3

W

webcam

identifying 2

using 21

22 Index

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