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    Mini User Guide User Guide...

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    Product notice This user guide describes features that are common to most models. Some features may not be available on your computer. To obtain the latest information in the Mini User Guide, go to the HP Web site at

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    Safety warning notice WARNING! To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the computer, do not place the computer directly on your lap or obstruct the computer air vents. Use the computer only on a hard, flat surface. Do not allow another hard surface, such as an adjoining optional printer, or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, to block airflow.

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    Safety warning notice...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Getting started 2 Knowing the parts Identifying the hardware ... 2 Top components ... 2 Front components ... 4 Right-side components ... 5 Left-side components ... 6 Display components ... 7 Bottom components ... 8 Wireless antennas ... 9 Additional hardware components ...

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    Connecting to a wireless network ... 27 Using wireless devices ... 27 Using a WLAN ... 29 Using HP Mobile Broadband (select models only) ... 33 Inserting a SIM ... 33 Removing a SIM ... 34 Using Bluetooth wireless devices ... 36 Bluetooth and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) ...

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    Video ... 42 Connecting an external monitor or projector ... 42 Webcam ... 44 6 Security Protecting the computer ... 45 Using passwords ... 45 Setting passwords in Windows ... 46 Setting passwords in Setup Utility ... 46 Using antivirus software ... 49 Using firewall software ...

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    12 Updating software Updating the BIOS ... 69 Determining the BIOS version ... 69 Downloading a BIOS update ... 69 Updating programs and drivers ... 71 13 Setup Utility Starting Setup Utility ... 72 Using Setup Utility ... 72 Changing the language of Setup Utility ... 72 Navigating and selecting in Setup Utility ...

  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting started Your HP computer's main operating system is Microsoft® Windows®. The Microsoft Windows operating system displays the desktop on the display and controls your HP computer's hardware, peripherals, and software programs.

  • Page 10: Knowing The Parts

    Knowing the parts Identifying the hardware Components included with the computer may vary by region and model. The illustrations in this chapter identify the standard features on most computer models. To see a list of hardware installed in the computer: Select Start >...

  • Page 11: Lights

    Component Left TouchPad button* Right TouchPad button* *This table describes factory settings. To view or change pointing device preferences, select Start > Devices and Printers. Then, right-click the icon representing your device, and select Mouse settings. Lights Component TouchPad light Caps lock light Mute light Wireless light...

  • Page 12: Keys

    Keys Component Action keys Windows® logo key Windows applications key Front components Component Speakers (2) Chapter 2 Knowing the parts Description Execute frequently used system functions. Executes frequently used system functions when pressed in combination with an action key or the key.

  • Page 13: Right-side Components

    Right-side components Component Digital Media Slot Power light Power switch Vent USB ports (2) Description Supports the following optional digital card formats: ● Memory Stick (MS) ● MS/Pro ● MultiMediaCard (MMC) ● Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory card (standard and large size) ●...

  • Page 14: Left-side Components

    Component RJ-45 (network) jack and cover Security cable slot Left-side components Component Power connector Battery light External monitor port Vent Drive light USB port Audio-out (headphone) jack/Audio-in (microphone) jack Chapter 2 Knowing the parts Description Connects a network cable. Attaches an optional security cable to the computer. NOTE: The security cable is designed to act as a deterrent, but it may not prevent the computer from...

  • Page 15: Display Components

    Component Display components Component Internal display switch Webcam light Webcam Internal microphone Description NOTE: When an audio component is connected to the jack, the computer speakers are disabled. The audio component cable must have a 4-conductor connector. Description Initiates Sleep if the display is closed while the power is on. NOTE: The display switch is not visible from the outside of the computer.

  • Page 16: Bottom Components

    Bottom components Component Battery release latches (2) Battery bay NOTE: For more information on removing the bottom panel, refer to the chapter, “Memory modules,” later in this guide. Chapter 2 Knowing the parts Description Release the battery from the battery bay. Holds the battery.

  • Page 17: Wireless Antennas

    Wireless antennas Component WWAN antennas (2) (select models only)* WLAN antennas (2) (select models only)* *The antennas are not visible from the outside of the computer. For optimal transmission, keep the areas immediately around the antennas free from obstructions. To see wireless regulatory notices, refer to the section of the Regulatory, Safety and Environmental Notices that applies to your country or region.

  • Page 18: Additional Hardware Components

    Additional hardware components Component Power cord* AC adapter Battery* *Batteries and power cords vary in appearance by region and country. Identifying the labels The labels affixed to the computer provide information you may need when you troubleshoot system problems or travel internationally with the computer. ●...

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    ◦ The serial number of your HP Mobile Broadband Module (select models only). The regulatory label is located under the bottom panel of the computer. To access the regulatory label in the computer, refer to the section “Memory modules,” later in this guide.

  • Page 20: Power Management

    Power management Setting power options Using power-saving states The computer has two power-saving states enabled at the factory: Sleep and Hibernation. When Sleep is initiated, the power light blinks and the screen clears. Your work is saved to memory. Exiting Sleep is faster than exiting Hibernation. If the computer is in the Sleep state for an extended period or if the battery reaches a critical battery level while in the Sleep state, the computer initiates Hibernation.

  • Page 21: Initiating And Exiting Hibernation

    A power plan is a collection of system settings that manages how the computer uses power. Power plans can help you conserve power and maximize computer performance. The following power plans are available: ● HP recommended ● High performance ●...

  • Page 22: Customizing A Power Plan

    To reduce potential safety issues, use only the AC adapter provided with the computer, a replacement AC adapter provided by HP, or a compatible AC adapter purchased from HP. Connect the computer to external AC power under any of the following conditions: WARNING! Do not charge the battery while you are onboard aircraft.

  • Page 23: Connecting The Ac Adapter

    WARNING! To reduce potential safety issues, use only the battery provided with the computer, a replacement battery provided by HP, or a compatible battery purchased from HP. action key or reconnect the AC adapter. Using battery power...

  • Page 24: Displaying The Remaining Battery Charge

    Battery life varies, depending on power management settings, programs running on the computer, display brightness, external devices connected to the computer, and other factors. Displaying the remaining battery charge Move the pointer over the Battery Meter icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. ▲...

  • Page 25: Charging A Battery

    Align the tabs on the battery with the notches on the computer, and then insert the battery into the battery bay. The battery release latches automatically lock the battery into place. To remove the battery: Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface. Slide the battery release latches (1) to release the battery, lift the battery (2), and then remove the battery.

  • Page 26: Maximizing Battery Discharge Time

    The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. Charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.

  • Page 27: Identifying Low Battery Levels

    Identifying low battery levels The computer takes the following actions for a critical battery level: ● If Hibernation is enabled and the computer is on or in the Sleep state, the computer initiates Hibernation. ● If Hibernation is disabled and the computer is on or in the Sleep state, the computer remains briefly in the Sleep state, and then shuts down and loses any unsaved information.

  • Page 28: Resolving A Low Battery Level

    Resolving a low battery level CAUTION: To reduce the risk of losing information when the computer reaches a critical battery level and has initiated Hibernation, do not restore power until the power light turns off. Resolving a low battery level when external power is available Connect to an approved AC adapter.

  • Page 29: Step 2: Disable Hibernation And Sleep

    To fully charge the battery: Insert the battery into the computer. Connect the computer to an AC adapter and then plug the adapter into external power. The battery light on the computer turns amber. Leave the computer plugged into external power until the battery is fully charged. The battery light on the computer turns white.

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    To discharge a battery: Unplug the computer from its external power source, but do not turn off the computer. Run the computer on battery power until the battery is discharged. The battery light begins to blink amber when the battery has discharged to a low battery level. When the battery is discharged, the battery light turns off and the computer shuts down.

  • Page 31: Step 4: Fully Recharge The Battery

    Step 4: Fully recharge the battery To recharge the battery: Plug the computer into external power and maintain external power until the battery is fully recharged. When the battery is recharged, the battery light on the computer turns white. You can use the computer while the battery is recharging, but the battery will charge faster if the computer is off.

  • Page 32: Disposing Of A Used Battery

    If a computer will be unused and unplugged from external power for more than 2 weeks, remove the battery and store it separately. To prolong the charge of a stored battery, place it in a cool, dry place. NOTE: A stored battery should be checked every 6 months. If the capacity is less than 50 percent, recharge the battery before returning it to storage.

  • Page 33: Internet

    Internet Your computer supports the following types of Internet access: ● Wired—You can access the Internet by connecting to a broadband network using the RJ-45 (network) jack. ● Wireless—For mobile Internet access, you can use a wireless connection. To learn about setting up a wireless network or adding your computer to an existing network, refer to the “Connecting to a wireless network”...

  • Page 34: Connecting To A Wired Network

    Connecting to a wired network Connecting to a local area network (LAN) requires an 8-pin, RJ-45 network cable (purchased separately). If the network cable contains noise suppression circuitry (1), which prevents interference from TV and radio reception, orient the circuitry end of the cable (2) toward the computer. To connect the network cable: WARNING! To reduce the risk of electric shock, fire, or damage to the equipment, do not plug a modem...

  • Page 35: Connecting To A Wireless Network

    ● HP Mobile Broadband Module (select models only)—A wireless wide area network (WWAN) device that provides access to information wherever mobile network operator service is available. In a WWAN, each mobile device communicates to a mobile network operator’s base station. Mobile network operators install networks of base stations (similar to cell phone towers) throughout large geographic areas, effectively providing coverage across entire states, regions, or even countries.

  • Page 36: Using The Wireless Controls

    Using HP Connection Manager (select models only) You can use HP Connection Manager to connect to WWANs using the HP Mobile Broadband device in your computer (select models only).

  • Page 37: Using Operating System Controls

    If the wireless icon is not displayed in the notification area, complete the following steps to change Wireless Assistant properties: Select Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > HP Wireless Assistant. Click Properties. Select the check box next to HP Wireless Assistant icon in notification area.

  • Page 38: Setting Up A Wlan

    NOTE: The terms wireless router and wireless access point are often used interchangeably. ● A large-scale WLAN, such as a corporate or public WLAN, typically uses wireless access points that can accommodate a large number of devices and accessories and can separate critical network functions.

  • Page 39: Connecting To A Wlan

    (uninvited) or capture information being sent across it. However, you can take precautions to protect your WLAN: ● Use a wireless transmitter with built-in security Many wireless base stations, gateways, or routers provide built-in security features such as wireless security protocols and firewalls. With the correct wireless transmitter, you can protect your network from the most common wireless security risks.

  • Page 40: Roaming To Another Network

    NOTE: The functional range (how far your wireless signals travel) depends on WLAN implementation, router manufacturer, and interference from other electronic devices or structural barriers such as walls and floors. More information about using a WLAN is available through the following resources: ●...

  • Page 41: Using Hp Mobile Broadband (select Models Only)

    HP Mobile Broadband enables your computer to use wireless wide area networks (WWANs) to access the Internet from more places and over larger areas than it can by using WLANs. Using HP Mobile Broadband requires a network service provider (called a mobile network operator), which in most cases is a mobile phone network operator.

  • Page 42: Removing A Sim

    Insert the SIM into the SIM slot, and gently push the SIM into the slot until it is firmly seated. Replace the battery. NOTE: HP Mobile Broadband is disabled if the battery is not replaced. Reconnect external power. Reconnect external devices.

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    For more information on replacing the battery and the bottom cover, refer to the section “Replacing the bottom cover,” earlier in this guide. Reconnect external power. Reconnect external devices. Turn on the computer. Using HP Mobile Broadband (select models only)

  • Page 44: Using Bluetooth Wireless Devices

    Bluetooth and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) HP does not recommend setting up one computer with Bluetooth as a host and using it as a gateway through which other computers may connect to the Internet. When two or more computers are connected using Bluetooth, and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is enabled on one of the computers, the other computers may not be able to connect to the Internet using the Bluetooth network.

  • Page 45: Multimedia

    Multimedia 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: ● Integrated speakers for listening to music ● Integrated webcam that allows you to capture photographs and videos ●...

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    Component Webcam light Webcam Internal microphone Speakers (2) volume mute volume up volume down Audio-out (headphone) jack/Audio-in (microphone) jack Chapter 5 Multimedia Description On: The webcam is in use. Records video and captures still photographs. NOTE: webcam software. Records sound. Produce sound.

  • Page 47: Adjusting The Volume

    Component Adjusting the volume You can adjust the volume using the following computer volume action keys: ● To decrease volume, press the ● To increase volume, press the ● To mute or restore volume, press the ● Windows® volume control: Click the Volume icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

  • Page 48: Using The Media Activity Action Keys

    Volume can also be adjusted within some programs. Using the media activity action keys The media activity action keys control the play of an audio CD, or a DVD or BD that is inserted into an external optical drive (purchased separately). NOTE: The external optical drive must be connected to a USB port on the computer, not to a USB port on another external device, such as a hub or docking station.

  • Page 49: Using Other Preinstalled Multimedia Software

    Using other preinstalled multimedia software To locate other preinstalled multimedia software: Select Start > All Programs, and then open the multimedia program you want to use. For example, ▲ if you want to use Windows Media Player (select models only), click Windows Media Player. NOTE: Some programs may be located in subfolders.

  • Page 50: Video

    Click Sound. When the Sound window opens, click the Sounds tab. Under Program Events, select any sound event, such as a beep or alarm, and click the Test button. You should hear sound through the speakers or through connected headphones. To check the record functions of the computer, follow these steps: Select Start >...

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    To connect an external monitor or projector: Connect the optional VGA cable to the external monitor port on the computer. Connect the external monitor or projector to the other end of the cable. NOTE: If a properly connected external monitor or projector does not display a screen image, press action key to transfer the image to the external display.

  • Page 52: Webcam

    Webcam Your computer includes an integrated webcam located at the top of the display. The webcam is an input device that allows you to record video and capture still photographs. NOTE: To record videos, you need to install additional webcam software. To access the webcam: Select Start >...

  • Page 53: Security

    Security Protecting the computer Standard security features provided by the Windows operating system and the non-Windows Setup Utility can protect your personal settings and data from a variety of risks. Follow the procedures in this chapter to use the following features: ●...

  • Page 54: Setting Passwords In Windows

    You can use the same password for a Setup Utility feature and for a Windows security feature. You can also use the same password for more than one Setup Utility feature. Use the following guidelines when setting a password in Setup Utility: ●...

  • Page 55: Administrator Password

    Administrator password Your administrator password protects the configuration settings and system identification information in Setup Utility. After this password is set, you must enter it each time you access Setup Utility. Your administrator password is not interchangeable with an administrator password set in Windows, nor is it displayed as it is set, entered, changed, or deleted.

  • Page 56: Managing A Power-on Password

    Managing a power-on password To set, change, or delete this password, follow these steps: Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer, and then pressing = BIOS Setup Options” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. Use the arrow keys to select Security >...

  • Page 57: Using Antivirus Software

    Programs > McAfee > Managed Services > Total Protection. NOTE: HP recommends that you always update the antivirus software to help protect your computer. NOTE: For more information about computer viruses, type viruses in the Search box in Help and Support.

  • Page 58: Using Firewall Software

    Using firewall software When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, unauthorized persons may be able to gain access to the computer, your personal files, and information about you. Use the firewall software preinstalled on the computer to protect your privacy. Firewall features include logging and reporting of network activity, and automatic monitoring of all incoming and outgoing traffic.

  • Page 59: Installing Critical Updates

    Installing critical updates CAUTION: Microsoft sends alerts regarding critical updates. To protect the computer from security breaches and computer viruses, install all critical updates from Microsoft as soon as you receive an alert. Updates to the operating system and other software may have become available after the computer was shipped.

  • Page 60: Digital Cards

    Digital cards Optional digital cards provide secure data storage and convenient data sharing. These cards are often used with digital media–equipped cameras and PDAs as well as with other devices. The Digital Media Slot supports the following formats: ● Memory Stick (MS) ●...

  • Page 61: Removing A Digital Card

    Removing a digital card CAUTION: To prevent loss of information or an unresponsive system, use the following procedure to safely remove the digital card. Save your information and close all programs associated with the digital card. NOTE: To stop a data transfer, click Cancel in the operating system Copying window. To remove a digital card: Click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

  • Page 62: Usb Devices

    USB devices Using a USB device Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a hardware interface that can be used to connect an optional external device, such as a USB keyboard, mouse, drive, printer, scanner, or hub. Devices can be connected to the system.

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    CAUTION: To prevent damage to a USB connector, do not pull on the cable to remove the USB device. To remove a USB device: Click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

  • Page 64: Pointing Devices And Keyboard

    Pointing devices and keyboard Setting pointing device preferences Use Mouse Properties in Windows® to customize settings for pointing devices, such as button configuration, click speed, and pointer options. To access Mouse Properties, select Start > Devices and Printers. Then, right-click the device representing your device, and select Mouse settings.

  • Page 65: Scrolling

    Scrolling Scrolling is useful for moving up or down on a page or image. To scroll, place two fingers on the TouchPad and drag them across the TouchPad in an up, down, left, or right motion. Pinching Pinching allows you to zoom in or out on items such as PDFs, images, and photos. To pinch: ●...

  • Page 66: Connecting An External Mouse

    Connecting an external mouse You can connect an external USB mouse to the computer using one of the USB ports on the computer. Using the keyboard Using the action keys Action keys are customized actions that are assigned to specific keys at the top of the keyboard. To use an action key, press and hold this key to activate the assigned function.

  • Page 67: Using Hotkeys

    Icon prt sc Using hotkeys The single hotkey combination is the Description Increases the screen brightness level incrementally when you hold down this key. Switches the screen image among display devices connected to the system. For example, if a monitor is connected to the computer, pressing this key alternates the screen image from computer display to monitor display to simultaneous display on both the computer and the monitor.

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    Function Display system information. To use a hotkey command on the computer keyboard, follow either of these steps: ● Briefly press the – or – ● Press and hold down the release both keys at the same time. Chapter 9 Pointing devices and keyboard Hotkey fn+esc key, and then briefly press the second key of the hotkey command.

  • Page 69: 10 Drives

    10 Drives Identifying installed drives To view the drives installed on the computer, select Start > Computer. Handling drives Drives are fragile computer components that must be handled with care. Refer to the following cautions before handling drives. Additional cautions are included with the procedures to which they apply. Identifying installed drives...

  • Page 70: Using External Drives

    CAUTION: To reduce the risk of damage to the computer, damage to a drive, or loss of information, observe these precautions: Before you move a computer that is connected to an external hard drive, initiate Sleep and allow the screen to clear, or properly disconnect the external hard drive. Before handling a drive, discharge static electricity by touching the unpainted metal surface of the drive.

  • Page 71: Using Optional External Devices

    Using optional external devices NOTE: For more information about required software and drivers, or to learn which device port to use, refer to the manufacturer's instructions. To connect an external device: CAUTION: To reduce the risk of damage to the equipment when connecting a powered device, be sure that the computer is turned off and the AC power cord is unplugged.

  • Page 72: 11 Memory Modules

    11 Memory modules The computer has one memory module compartment, which is located on the bottom of the computer, beneath the removable bottom panel. The memory capacity of the computer can be upgraded by replacing the existing memory module in the memory module slot. WARNING! To reduce the risk of electric shock and damage to the equipment, unplug the power cord and remove all batteries before installing a memory module.

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    Remove the existing memory module: Pull away the retention clips (1) on each side of the memory module. The memory module tilts up. CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module. Grasp the edge of the memory module (2), and gently pull the module out of the memory module slot.

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    CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module, and do not bend the memory module. Align the notch (1) in the memory module with the tab in the memory module slot. With the memory module at a 45-degree angle from the surface of the memory module compartment, press the module (2) into the memory module slot until it is seated.

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    Replace the battery (3). NOTE: For more information, refer to the section “Inserting and removing the battery,” earlier in this guide. Turn the computer right-side up, and then reconnect external power and external devices. Turn on the computer.

  • Page 76: 12 Updating Software

    12 Updating software Updated versions of the software provided with your computer may be available on the HP Web site. Most software and BIOS updates on the HP Web site are packaged in compressed files called SoftPaqs. Some download packages contain a file named Readme.txt, which contains information regarding installing and troubleshooting the file.

  • Page 77: Updating The Bios

    Do not insert, remove, connect, or disconnect any device, cable, or cord. To download a BIOS update: Access the page on the HP Web site that provides software for your computer: Select Start > Help and Support, and then select the software and drivers update.

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    NOTE: If you connect your computer to a network, consult the network administrator before installing any software updates, especially system BIOS updates. BIOS installation procedures vary. Follow any instructions that are displayed on the screen after the download is complete. If no instructions are displayed, follow these steps: Open Windows Explorer by selecting Start >...

  • Page 79: Updating Programs And Drivers

    To download and install software other than a BIOS update, follow these steps: Access the page on the HP Web site that provides software for your computer: Select Start > Help and Support, and then select the software and drivers update.

  • Page 80: 13 Setup Utility

    13 Setup Utility Starting Setup Utility Setup Utility is a ROM-based information and customization utility that can be used even when your Windows operating system is not working. The utility reports information about the computer and provides settings for startup, security, and other preferences.

  • Page 81: Displaying System Information

    ● To select an item, press enter. ● To close a text box or return to the menu display, press esc. ● To display additional navigation and selection information while Setup Utility is open, press f1. Displaying system information The following procedure explains how to display system information in Setup Utility. If Setup Utility is not open, begin at step 1.

  • Page 82: Setup Utility Menus

    Delay (sec.)―Set the delay for the of Setup Utility in intervals of 5 seconds each (0, 5, 10, 15, 20). ● HP Instant Web―Enable/disable the HP Instant Web menu in Setup Utility. ● Internal Network Adapter boot―Enable/disable boot from Internal Network Adapter.

  • Page 83: Diagnostics Menu

    Select Diagnostics menu Select Hard Disk Self Test (select models only) Memory Test To do this ◦ USB Card reader ◦ Network adapter NOTE: Only the devices attached to the system appear in the boot order menu. To do this Run a comprehensive self-test on the hard drive.

  • Page 84: Index

    Index AC adapter connecting 15 identifying 10 action key volume down 38, 39 volume mute 38, 39 volume up 38, 39 action keys 4 administrator password creating 47 entering 47 managing 47 airport security devices 62 antennas 9 applications key, Windows 4 audio devices, connecting external 41 audio functions, checking 41...

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    19 initiating 13 hotkeys description 59 using 60 HP Connection Manager software 28 HP Mobile Broadband Module 33 HP Mobile Broadband, disabled 33 hubs 54 icons Connection Manager 27 network 27 wired network 27 wireless 27...

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    24 inserting 33 removing 34 Sleep exiting 12 initiating 12 software HP Connection Manager 28 installing 41 multimedia 41 Windows Media Player 41 speakers 4 speakers, identifying 38 storing battery 23 System Configuration menu 74 system information 74...

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