HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. HP assumes no responsibility for the use or reliability of its software on equipment that is not furnished by HP. This document contains proprietary information that is protected by copyright. No part of this document may be photocopied, reproduced, or translated to another language without the prior written consent of HP.
Table of Contents Setting Up the Computer ................1 Putting the Computer Together .................1 Placing the computer in the proper location ............1 Using surge protection ..................1 Connecting to the computer ................2 Connecting a Digital Camera (Photo or Video)............8 Connecting Other Devices ..................10 Storing Documentation and Recovery Discs..............10 Adjusting the Monitor....................11 Adjusting the screen resolution by using Vista .............11...
Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center ............40 Using the PC Help & Tools Folder ................40 Using the hardware diagnostic tools ..............40 Using HP Total Care Advisor Software ..............41 Turning On the Computer for the First Time ..........43 Turning Off the Computer ..................44 Using Shut Down .....................44...
Using the Computer with Safety and Comfort ............48 Setting Up User Accounts ..................49 Protecting the Computer ..................50 Using passwords .....................50 Using antivirus software..................52 Using firewall software..................52 Configuring the computer for automatic Microsoft software updates.......53 Installing critical security updates...............54 Guidelines for Installing Software and Hardware Devices..........54 Transferring Files and Settings from an Old Computer to a New Computer....55 Using the Keyboard ................57 Identifying Keyboard Features................57...
Configuring Speaker and Sound Options ..........73 Adjusting speaker volume .................74 Selecting a microphone..................75 Configuring audio output..................75 Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi Fatality audio card......76 Configuring the FlexiJack connector ..............77 Sound Blaster X-Fi configuration modes ..............77 Configuring speakers with Realtek HD Audio Manager ........78 The Realtek HD Audio Manager control screens ..........79 Configuring sound for recording with the Realtek HD Audio Manager....81 Retasking front panel audio connectors ..............82...
Understanding the Activity Light ................123 Formatting a Memory Card .................123 Troubleshooting the Memory Card Reader............. 124 Using the HP Personal Media Drive and HP Pocket Media Drive ...125 Connecting the Drive ..................126 Inserting the Drive into an HP Drive Bay ..............127 Connecting the Drive to a Computer Without a Drive Bay ........
Playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs ..............133 Using Music....................... 133 Using Music with Windows Media Center............. 134 Using the music library..................135 Adding music to the music library ..............135 Adding music files from the hard disk drive............135 Adding music files from a CD................136 Deleting music files from the music library............
Windows Media Center Features ................. 161 The right music for the moment ................ 162 Playing Internet radio ..................162 Sharing your digital memories................. 162 Transforming your living space into a theater ............ 163 Online media....................163 Navigating Windows Media Center ..............163 Opening Windows Media Center with a mouse..........163 Opening Windows Media Center with the Windows Media Center remote control ....................164...
Playing Videos in Windows Media Center ............187 Playing digital videos..................187 Using supported video file types ..............188 Transferring and Recording Video Files ..............188 Recording analog and digital video files ............188 Creating a DVD from Video Files in Windows Media Center ........189 Creating Movies by Using muvee autoProducer........191 Basic steps for making a movie ...............
Setting Up the 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”...
Not all power strips provide surge protection; the power strip must be specifically labeled as having this capability. Use a power strip whose manufacturer offers a damage replacement policy that replaces the equipment if surge protection fails. Connecting to the computer Connect the main hardware devices, such as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, to the back of the computer.
Connector Icon/Label Description and function (continued) Audio Line Out (powered speakers). Audio Line In. Headphones. Microphone. ® FireWire (IEEE 1394) for video cameras or other devices with very fast transfer rates. NOTE: You must use a 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) transfer cable with this 6-pin connector.
Connector Icon/Label Description and function (continued) Secondary Composite video connector (yellow) to Composite connect to a VCR, video camera, or other analog Video 2 source to the computer. Secondary Left audio input connector (white). NOTE: This Audio In connector is connected to the A/V In TV tuner.
Connector Icon/Label Description and function (continued) Printer (parallel) connector to connect a parallel printer (select models only). Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 connector to connect a mouse, keyboard, digital camera, or another device with a USB connector. Ethernet LAN connector is a network interface adapter (also called a network interface card, or NIC) that connects to an Ethernet (10BaseT) or Fast Ethernet (100BaseT) network hub.
Connector Icon/Label Description and function (continued) Composite Composite Video In connector (yellow) to connect to Video a TV set-top box. Primary left audio input from set-top box connector (white). A/V In NOTE: Audio can be recorded by using this Audio Audio 1 In connector, which is connected to the motherboard.
Connector Icon/Label Description and function (continued) Modem (Line In RJ-11) (select models only). Plug the modem cable (provided in the computer box) into the computer modem connector on the back of the computer. Plug the other end to the telephone line wall jack connector. Analog Video Out: S-video or composite video Analog Video connector (select models only), which connects...
Connecting a Digital Camera (Photo or Video) The following instructions apply only to digital photo cameras and digital video cameras. NOTE: When connecting an analog video camera to the computer, use the Video and Audio In connectors on the front or back of the computer. Refer to the documentation that came with your digital photo camera or digital video camera.
A Found New Hardware message appears. Wait 2 or 3 minutes for Windows Vista to make the necessary settings for the new device. When installation is complete, a message appears, indicating that the camera is ready to use. You may need to install driver software for your camera. If so, Windows displays a message asking if you want to locate and install driver software.
Connecting Other Devices Other peripheral devices can be connected to the front or back of the computer by using USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports. These peripheral devices include printers, scanners, video cameras, digital photo cameras, memory card readers, and PDAs (personal digital assistants) or handheld computers.
Adjusting the Monitor Adjusting the screen resolution by using Vista To change the screen resolution by using Vista: Right-click an empty area of the desktop, and then click Personalize. Click Display Settings. If necessary, select the monitor, and then adjust the screen resolution by using the slider under Resolution.
Setting Up a Local Area Network A home local area network (LAN) may consist of either a wired or a wireless network that you can use to connect the computer to other devices on the network, including other computers. The network components may include a hub or a switch, which can connect multiple devices to the network, or a router, which can connect computers or a broadband Internet connection to the network.
Setting Up a Wired (Ethernet) Connection The Ethernet connection, which may be called network interface adapter, Network Interface Card, or NIC, 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.
For more information about wireless technology, go to: http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless Connecting the Wireless LAN Device (Select models only) You can connect the computer to an 802.11n (select models only), 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network by using the external antenna that was included with the...
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click Help and Support, and then type Setting up a wireless network into the Search Help box. Go to: http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless (English only). Go to: http://hp.com/support and search for wireless topics. Setting Up the Computer...
Wi-Fi Protected Access Personal (WPA-Personal) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). When setting up a network, HP recommends that you use one or more of the following security measures: Enable WPA-Personal or WEP security encryption on the router.
Connecting Speakers or Microphone Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only), or they are sold separately. NOTE: For product information on the HP Support Web site, go to: http://www.hp.com/support For details about connecting stereo speakers to the computer, see the setup poster.
The connectors are 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) stereo mini-jacks that connect from the back of the computer to speakers and microphones. Your system may also have a separate Digital Out connector (select models only). Software configuration is different for each connector type, as noted in the instructions. NOTE: Type 3 has three connectors.
The following table shows the sound connectors on the back panel of computer systems. Sound connector Type 3 Type 6 Type S Description Line Side (gray) connects to side left and right analog speakers in an eight-speaker system (7.1). Line C/Sub (gold) connects to front center/ subwoofer speakers in a multichannel audio configuration.
To use a microphone connected to the front of your computer (select models only), select the working microphone. See “Selecting a microphone.” HP computers support many different audio options, sound connections, and speaker configurations. You may set up your computer for two stereo speakers or for multichannel audio speaker systems.
Speaker Configurations You may set up your computer for the following supported configurations: Name Speaker system Headphones None, muted. “Connecting Headphones.” 2 (stereo) Left speaker, right speaker. “Connecting 2/2.1 (Two speakers and a subwoofer) audio speakers.” Left speaker, right speaker, “Connecting 2/2.1 (Two speakers and and a subwoofer.
Speaker types Speakers may be included with the monitor (select models only) or are sold separately. Refer to the product documentation for your speakers. Your computer supports only an active (powered) speaker system. An active speaker system must have its own power cord. A home audio system does not require active speakers, because the receiver provides amplification.
Turn on the computer. NOTE: Always turn on the computer before you turn on the speaker system. Plug in the speaker system power. Turn on the speaker system. Step 8 is optional for a two-speaker setup. After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for sound output for your computer model.
Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector that matches the back of your computer. For type 3-connector systems, the blue Audio Line In connector functions as a Rear Line Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated. Connect the cables to the audio system. Connect the front and rear speakers to the subwoofer.
Connecting 5.1 (Five speakers and a subwoofer) audio speakers To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer for six-channel (5.1 speaker) output: Turn off the computer. Connect the front speaker cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector that matches the back of your computer.
Plug in the speaker system power. Turn on the speaker system. After the speakers are connected to the computer, configure the audio software for sound output for your computer model. See “Configuring Speaker and Sound Options.” Type 3: See “Configuring speakers with Realtek HD Audio Manager.” Type 6: See “Configuring speakers with Realtek HD Audio Manager.”...
For type 6 connectors only, connect the side speaker cable to the gray Audio Line Side connector on the back of your computer. Connect the center speaker and subwoofer speaker cable to the gold Audio Line C/ Sub connector on the back of your computer. Connect the cables to the audio system.
The following diagram shows a typical 7.1 audio installation. Color Description Lime green Front audio input Black Rear audio input Orange Center/subwoofer audio input Gray Side audio input (not shown) Connecting your home stereo system (optional) Most home receivers/amplifiers have RCA-type input connectors. You must connect Y adapter cables between your computer and your receiver/amplifier.
Connecting a home stereo system to a computer requires audio cables that are long enough to reach from the computer to the stereo. You also must purchase Y adapter or mini-extension cables. NOTE: Y adapter and mini-extension cables are purchased separately. 2.1 home stereo installation The following diagram shows a typical two-channel (2.1 speaker) installation that uses passive stereo speakers and plugs into a home stereo standard left and right input.
5.1 home audio installation The following diagram shows a typical advanced home theater audio six-channel (6/5.1 speaker) installation that requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier. This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different. Computer to 5.1 multichannel audio system connection Computer back-panel connectors (type 3, type 6, or sound card) Y adapter cables Receiver/amplifier (audio input jacks)
5.1 home audio installation procedure To connect a six-channel (5.1 speaker) home audio system to the computer: Turn off the computer. Turn off the receiver/amplifier. Connect the front stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable into the lime green Audio Line Out connector that matches the back of your computer.
Select the receiver/amplifier input that the Y adapter cables are plugged into. Turn on the computer. After the audio system is connected to the computer, configure the audio software for sound output for your computer model. See “Connecting Speakers or Microphone.” Type 3: See “Configuring speakers with Realtek HD Audio Manager.”...
7.1 home audio installation procedure To connect an eight-channel (7.1 speaker) home audio system to the computer: Turn off the computer. Turn off the receiver/amplifier. Connect the front stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable into the lime green Audio Line Out connector on the back of your computer.
Turn on the receiver/amplifier. Select the receiver/amplifier input to which the Y adapter cables are connected. Turn on the computer. After the audio system is connected to the computer, configure the audio software for sound output for your computer model. See “Configuring Speaker and Sound Options.”...
For select models that include a 5.1 or higher speaker system, a headphones connector is located on the right side of the control tower. If the control tower displays HP (for headphones), the headphones are enabled; the sound to the speakers and the subwoofer is muted.
Connecting Speakers Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card This section provides an overview of connecting to the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card. NOTE: For additional information on connecting the speakers, refer to the documentation that came with your speakers. Connecting the speakers Connector Description...
To connect the X-Fi sound card to your speakers: Use the audio connection table to connect your audio system to the sound card. Turn on the computer. Plug in and turn on the speaker system power. After connecting the speaker system to the sound card, follow the steps in “Configuring the FlexiJack connector”...
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Finding Guides on the Web You can find guides and information for your computer by using the Internet to access the Support Web site. Go to http://www.hp.com/support in your Web browser. Select your country/region and language. Click Support and Drivers.
Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center Information about your computer is in the onscreen Help and Support Center (select models only). Here, you can find links to driver updates, access to technical support options, and information about commonly asked questions. To open the Help and Support Center: Press the Help button (select models only) on your keyboard.
Using HP Total Care Advisor Software HP Total Care Advisor is a desktop tool you use to monitor and access system health information about key areas of your computer. HP Total Care Advisor has four major areas: PC Health & Security provides a dashboard view of the status of key areas of your computer.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Set up Microsoft Windows Vista by following the onscreen instructions. Follow the onscreen instructions to register with HP or Compaq, sign up for updates, and get online. If you do not want to set up an Internet connection at this time, you can do so later by manually starting Easy Internet Services.
Turning Off the Computer For best results, when using Microsoft Windows Vista, do not shut down the computer, except when you must turn off the power for safety reasons, such as to make repairs, install new hardware or cards in the computer chassis, or change a battery. As an alternative to shutting down the computer, you can lock it or put it into either Sleep or Hibernate mode, if it is available.
Using Lock If you lock the computer, only you or the administrator can log on to it. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click the Lock button. To unlock this computer, you must enter your password. Using Sleep mode When the computer is in Sleep mode, it goes into a reduced-power state.
Using Hibernate mode Hibernate mode is available as an advanced power setting. When the computer is in Hibernate mode, it saves to the hard disk drive everything that is in computer memory, turns off the monitor and the hard disk drive, and then turns itself off. When you turn on the computer again, your programs, folders, and documents are restored to the screen.
Restarting the Computer When you restart the computer, the computer clears some settings and starts over using the operating system and software in its memory. Restarting is the easiest and most effective way to solve many software issues for the computer. Also, you may want to install additional software programs or hardware devices onto the computer, and doing so may require that you restart the computer after installation.
Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click All Programs, click User Guides, and then click Safety & Comfort Guide. Type http://www.hp.com/ergo into the Web browser address box, and then press Enter on the keyboard. Getting Started (features vary by model)
Setting Up User Accounts User accounts enable you to set the privileges for each user of the computer. For example, you can set the software programs that each user is allowed to access. Windows Vista provides three types of user accounts: Administrator: Is allowed to change account types for other users, change passwords, change system-wide settings, access all files on the computer, and install software and drivers...
Protecting the Computer Protect the computer, personal settings, and data from a variety of risks by using: Passwords. Antivirus software. Firewall software. Critical security updates. NOTE: Security solutions are designed to act as deterrents, but they may not be able to prevent software attacks or to prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen.
Don’t use personal information that others can easily figure out, such as your birthday, child’s name, or phone number. Don’t write down passwords unless you store them in a secure place away from the computer. Do not store passwords in a file on the computer. You can use the same password for more than one Windows Vista security feature.
Using antivirus software When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, you expose it to computer viruses. Computer viruses can disable the operating system, software programs, or utilities, or cause them to function abnormally. Antivirus software can detect most viruses, destroy them, and in most cases repair any damage that viruses may have caused.
Configuring the computer for automatic Microsoft software updates Microsoft continually updates the Windows Vista operating system. HP recommends that you run Windows Vista Update monthly to install these updates. One way to keep the operating system up to date is to use the Automatic Updates feature.
Installing critical security updates CAUTION: To reduce the risk of information damage or loss from security breaches and computer viruses, install all critical updates from Microsoft as soon as you receive an alert. Additional updates to the operating system and other software may have become available after the computer was shipped.
If you need to restore factory settings after you install a program that is incompatible: Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click Help and Support. Click Recover factory settings. Choose an option, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Using the Keyboard IMPORTANT: Please see the documentation that came with the keyboard for additional information about using the keyboard, customizing keyboard buttons, and using any special keyboard keys. You may need to install keyboard software and drivers to access all the special features and functions of the keyboard.
Function keys The function keys, located above the main keys, are labeled F1 through F12. Most function key operations vary by software program. F1 and F3 are available at all times: Pressing F1 opens a Help window for the software program being used. Pressing F3 opens a search window.
Numeric keys Press the Num Lock key to lock and unlock the numeric key functions: When the Num Lock light on the keyboard is on, the numeric keys work in the same way as the number keys and arithmetic functions found on a basic calculator. When the Num Lock light on the keyboard is off, the numeric keys are directional keys used to move the cursor or play games.
Special keyboard buttons There are special buttons (select models only) at the top of the keyboard. These buttons operate a CD or DVD player, control speaker volume, connect you to the Internet, or provide quick access to specific functions. (Some keyboard models have some of these special buttons to the left side of the main keys, some do not have the Internet buttons, and some use a different layout on the top right.) Identifying Special Keyboard Buttons...
Can be reconfigured to open any Web site or software program. E-mail Opens e-mail program. Can be reconfigured to open any Web site or software program. HP Club Links to HP Web site. Compaq Links to Compaq Web site. My Presario Compaq Shopping Goes to a shopping Web site.
Media control or playback buttons Icon Label Description Eject 1 and Opens or closes upper and lower optical drive trays. Eject 2 Starts recording to selected media. Stop Stops media. Play/Pause Plays or pauses media. Prev Rewinds media. Next Fast-forwards media. Volume Volume knob controls speaker volume: Turn clockwise to increase speaker volume and counterclockwise to decrease...
Click the Buttons tab, and then double-click the button that you want to change. NOTE: You can click the Speed tab to adjust the character repeat delay speed or the cursor blink rate. You can also click the Hardware tab, and then click the Properties button to view keyboard information.
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Troubleshooting Synchronizing a wireless mouse and keyboard If the wireless mouse and keyboard do not respond, use this procedure to resynchronize the devices. Plug the receiver into a USB port on the computer. If you have a choice, a USB port on the front of the computer is best if it will be closer to the mouse and keyboard.
After the mouse connection is established, repeat the procedure with the keyboard: Push the Connect button on the receiver, and hold it for 5 to 10 seconds until the blue light starts to flash. Push and hold the Connect button (C) on the underside of the keyboard until the blue LED on the receiver stops flashing.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Using the Mouse IMPORTANT: Please see any documentation that came with the mouse for additional information about using the mouse, customizing mouse buttons, and using special buttons or features that are included with the mouse. You may need to install mouse software and drivers to access all the special features and functions of the mouse.
Using the Mouse Buttons The mouse has two or three buttons on the top: Click the left mouse button (A) to position the cursor or select an item. Click the right mouse button (C) to display a menu of commands for the item you clicked. On select models, use the scroll wheel button (B) in the center for scrolling and panning.
Autoscrolling Place the cursor anywhere in the document, and then press the scroll wheel button once. An autoscroll icon appears. Move the mouse in the direction you want to scroll. The farther you move the mouse from the starting point, the faster the document scrolls. To stop autoscrolling, press the scroll wheel button again.
Changing mouse pointer speed To change the speed of the cursor on the screen relative to the motion of the mouse: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present. Click Mouse.
Changing the scroll wheel speed To change the scroll wheel speed: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound, if it is present. Click Mouse. Click the Wheel tab. In the Vertical Scrolling area, adjust the number of lines per scroll by clicking the arrow buttons.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Configuring Speaker and Sound Options Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only), or they are sold separately. For details about connecting stereo speakers to the computer, see the setup poster. For details about connecting multichannel speakers, see “Connecting Speakers or Microphone.”...
Adjusting speaker volume Use the Volume icon on the taskbar to set speaker volume. Then, you can adjust the volume by using: The Volume knob or buttons on the keyboard (select models only). The Volume knob on the speakers (select models only). There are two ways to use the Volume icon: Click the orange Realtek HD Audio Manager Volume icon on the taskbar.
Selecting a microphone Your computer comes with one microphone connector on the back of the computer. Some models have a second microphone connector on the front of the computer. Only one microphone connector works at a time, and the back connector is ready to use unless you have the multichannel audio speakers option.
Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi Fatality audio card This section provides an overview of configuring and recording with the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or X-Fi Fatality audio card (select models). Configuring the audio card software After you have installed and connected the speakers, follow these steps to configure multichannel audio output for computers: NOTE: Three modes are available;...
Configuring the FlexiJack connector Your audio device may have a FlexiJack connector that supports both microphone and Line input. If so, you can change the FlexiJack mode, if necessary. To do this, you must select the function in the Creative Console Launcher after you connect the audio cable to the FlexiJack connector on the audio card.
Using Entertainment Mode The Entertainment Mode optimizes the audio card for playing movies and music. Available features: Configuring speakers and headphones Configuring surround sound, DTS, and THX Volume, bass, and treble controls Mixer settings Using Game Mode The Game Mode optimizes the audio card for playing games. Available features: Volume, bass, and treble controls Mixer settings...
Click the Speaker Configuration tab. Select your type of speakers from the drop-down menu. Click OK. The Realtek HD Audio Manager control screens Digital Output: Enables you to select the Environment and Equalizer settings. You can select an environment, such as Stone Room or Auditorium. Under Equalizer, you can either click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the settings and then save them for easy selection later.
Microphone: Enables fine control over the recording volume and playback volume of the microphone. Includes buttons for noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation. Line In (Digital Input): Enables control over volume, playback, mute, recording, and multistreaming audio. Getting Started (features vary by model)
HDMI Output: Enables you to select the Environment and Equalizer settings. You can select an environment, such as Stone Room or Auditorium. Under Equalizer, you can either click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the settings and then save them for easy selection later.
Retasking front panel audio connectors You can retask the Line In, Mic In, Headphone, and Front Speaker Out connectors on the front of the computer, as necessary. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound, and then click Realtek HD Audio Manager. Click a front connector icon that you want to retask.
An MP3 player with cable connected to Line In (blue). From an internal source inside, or directly connected to, the computer, audio files may reside on: hard disk drives, DVDs, CDs, USB drives, HP Personal Media Drives, or any connected device. Play internal media files through programs such as: Microsoft Windows Media Player.
When to use multistreaming audio You may multistream two audio sources as described in the following typical examples: For online gaming: You hear 5.1 game sound on AV receiver or powered speakers. You also hear gaming conversation on a headset. See “Example 1: For online gaming.”...
Example 2: For digital home entertainment To configure multistreaming audio output for digital home entertainment with Realtek HD Audio Manager: Connect the audio output connectors as follows: A headphone set or powered speakers to the front Headphone Out (green) connector for stereo music playback A set of powered stereo 5.1 or 7.1 speakers to the rear Speaker Out connectors for DVD playback sound output Click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the taskbar to open the...
Selecting recording devices (Type 6 connectors only) To select a sound recording device: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Sounds and Audio Devices (or Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices). The Sounds and Audio Devices window opens. Click the Audio tab.
Using the Windows Media Center Remote Control (Select models only) NOTE: The remote control is included with select models only. Features and location may vary. The remote control is designed to work with Windows Media Center. You can use the remote control with Windows Media Center to play CDs and DVDs, view pictures, and much more.
Remote Control Buttons Overview On/Off (Sleep) — Puts the computer into and out of a power-reduced Sleep mode. It does not turn the computer off. Visualization — Displays visual imagery that is synchronized to the sound of the music tracks. Music —...
0 to 9, #, * — Enters text and numbers into a Windows Media Center search or text box. Each time you press a number button, a different character appears. Press the Enter button to select a character. Clear — Deletes the last character entered. LED —...
About the Remote Control Use the remote control to open the Windows Media Center program, and use it to view TV, record TV programs, play previously recorded TV programs, and play music, movies, or video. To open Windows Media Center using the remote control, simply point it at the remote sensor, and press the Windows Media Center Start button Use the remote control at a maximum distance of 8 meters (26 feet) from the remote sensor and at a maximum of 22.5 degrees (45 degrees total) from the center of the remote...
Troubleshooting the Remote Control If the remote doesn’t work: Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed correctly. Make sure the front of the remote sensor (IR receiver) is not blocked. Point the remote control within a 45-degree angle range and less than 8 meters (26 feet) away.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Introducing Your Computer Software The operation of your computer is controlled by two kinds of software: The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, which displays the desktop on the monitor and controls your computer’s hardware, peripherals, and software programs. Software programs that perform specific functions, such as word processing. The software programs included with the computer may vary by model and by country/region.
Removing desktop icons You can remove most desktop icons by deleting them. To delete a desktop icon: Right-click the desktop icon. Click Delete. The icon is placed in the Recycle Bin. Retrieving desktop icons Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. Drag the icon onto the desktop.
Organizing the All Programs list To change the name of an item: Right-click the item. Click Rename. Type the new name, and then press Enter on the keyboard. Click Yes in the message that appears. To copy an item: Right-click the item. Click Copy.
Resizing Windows All windows have three buttons in the upper-right corner. The middle button is either the Maximize button or the Restore Down button, depending on the state of the window. Feature Name Description Minimize Collapses the window to the taskbar (but does not close it). To bring the window back up, click the taskbar button with the name of the window.
The URL identifies a Web site location, typically in the form http://www.name.extension (for example, http://www.hp.com). The URL may include the path to a specific file within that site. Each period, or dot, in the URL separates elements within the address. For example, you will see the URL extension .com used by companies.
Once you are connected to the Internet, your browser opens the home Web page. You can go to a different Web site by entering its address (such as http://www.hp.com) into the address box in the browser, and then pressing Enter on your keyboard. Or you can use the browser search feature to search for references to a specific word or phrase on the Web.
Restricting Internet content The Internet provides you with a wide variety of information, but some information may not be suitable for every viewer. With Content Advisor (a feature of Internet Explorer), you can: Set up a password. Control Internet access. Set up a list of Web sites that people who use your computer cannot view.
Using the Norton Internet Security Antivirus Software When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, you expose it to computer viruses. Computer viruses can disable or damage your operating system, software programs, or computer utilities. Antivirus software can detect most viruses, remove them, and, in most cases, repair any damage that they have caused.
Setting a Full System Scan time To schedule a time for a Norton Internet Security Full System Scan: Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the desktop. Click the Norton Internet Security tab. Click the Tasks & Scans bar. Click Configure a Scan. Click Schedule Full System Scan.
Sending and Receiving E-Mail E-mail enables you to send and receive letters, pictures, postcards, and even music and video clips. NOTE: E-mail may contain a virus in the message itself or as an attachment. To protect your computer, do not open any message that originates from an unfamiliar source or that appears suspect to you.
Edit your photos: crop, resize, flip, rotate, make black and white, change the contrast, and more. To open this program, click the Windows Start Button , All Programs, HP, and then click HP Photosmart Essential. Rhapsody Play music CDs, .mp3s, and other audio files. (select models only) Record music files.
Quickly organize the Web links you want to keep available to you on your (select models only) desktop. Comparison-shop using the convenient shopping search engine. Get HP software and driver updates. Get important messages from HP. Access PC Health and Security and PC Help tools. Getting Started (features vary by model)
With this program: You can: (continued) Backup My PC Create computer backup files to protect your data and other important files on (select models only) your computer. NOTE: This software is included with the Personal Media Drive only. Microsoft Windows Import audio, video, and other media files from videotape, audiotape, Web Movie Maker cameras, or television broadcasts.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Managing Files A file is any unit of information that is named and stored on the computer hard disk drive or other electronic storage media, such as a CD, diskette, or even in a digital camera. A file can be a document, picture, music, video, or other data. Almost everything that you do on the computer involves working with files.
Creating Folders Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Computer. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Explorer. Navigate to the location where you want to place the new folder. Click Organize, and then click New Folder. Type a name for the folder, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
Finding Files To find a file, you can use the Search box at the top of every folder, or the search box on the Windows Start Button menu, which searches the whole computer. To search from a folder Search box: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
Renaming Files CAUTION: Do not change the file name extension (the last three characters of a file name, after the period). Doing so could make the file unrecognizable to the computer. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Computer. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Explorer.
Copying Files Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Computer. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Explorer. Find the file that you want to copy, and then click it to select it. Click Organize, and then Copy.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Using CD and DVD Media Drives Using the CD and DVD Drives Your computer can come with several types of CD or DVD drives that allow you to perform different tasks. What you can do depends on what kind of drive you have. Blu-ray Allows you to: CD-ROM CD-RW...
Handling CDs and DVDs To avoid damaging a disc, follow these guidelines: Return the disc to the case when you are finished using it. Handle the disc by its outside edges or center hole only. Do not touch the unlabeled side of a disc or place the unlabeled side down on a desk. Doing so could scratch the surface of the disc.
Close the disc tray by: Gently pushing the tray into the computer. Clicking the open/close button on the control panel for the program that controls the drive. Pressing the media control open/close button or Eject button on the keyboard (select models only). Pressing the Eject button on the drive, if it is accessible.
*1 GB is defined as 1 billion bytes. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less. For the latest disc compatibility information for your computer, go to the HP Support Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support NOTE: Double-layer DVD technology is supported by select models only.
Optical Drive Quick Reference Table Double- Combo Optical DVD- DVD- DVD+RW/+R layer CD-RW/ LightScribe BD HD drive can: CD-ROM CD-RW DVD-RW/-R DVD+RW/+R DVD+RW/+R Read CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. Read DVDs. Read data on a CD. Play music. Record data or music to disc for storage or backup.
Using Blu-ray and HD Disc Drives If the computer came with a Blu-ray (BR) and high-definition (HD) disc drive, there are three programs that are designed specifically for use with this drive: DVD Play plays Blu-ray, high-definition (HD), and regular commercial DVD discs. PowerDirector is a video editing program for creating Blu-ray or DVD discs.
Using the Memory Card Reader Digital cameras and other digital imaging devices use memory cards, or media, to store digital picture files. The optional memory card reader (select models only) can read from and write to a variety of types of memory cards and the IBM Microdrive disk drive. The card reader is accessible directly on the front of the computer.
To use the memory card reader: Insert the media into the card slot until it stops. The activity light (A) on the memory card reader lights, and the computer automatically detects the media. NOTE: You must insert media correctly. Note the direction of the notched corner on the media.
4-slot reader Card Insert the media location SmartMedia (SM) memory card Facing up B (upper-left) SM xD media Facing up B (upper-left) xD CompactFlash Type I media Receptacle edge (holes) C (lower-left) CF/l CompactFlash Type II media Receptacle edge (holes) C (lower-left) CF/II Microdrive disk drive Receptacle edge (holes)
2-slot memory card reader (select models only) Activity light Upper slot Lower slot 2-slot reader Card Insert the media location Secure Digital (SD) Facing up F (upper) Memory Card (gold connector fingers down) MultiMediaCard (MMC) Facing up F (upper) (gold connector fingers down) Memory Stick (MS) Facing up Memory Card...
Understanding the Activity Light The memory card reader activity light is off when there are no media cards plugged into the slots. The light turns on when a media card is inserted into a slot. The light blinks when data is being transferred between the card and the computer. Formatting a Memory Card If you have not used the memory card before, or if the card has become corrupted, you may need to format the card before using it.
Troubleshooting the Memory Card Reader If you are having problems reading from or writing to a memory card, try the following: Some cards have a read/write or security switch on the card. Make sure that the read/write switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write data to the card. Make sure that the amount of data that you want to store is not larger than the storage limit of the memory card.
USB hard disk drives designed to quickly and easily increase the storage capacity and to transfer media files such as digital photos, music, videos, and other important files. You can also use the HP Media Drives to back up other drives on the computer.
Connecting the Drive The HP Media Drive is designed to work with most computers as an external drive that is connected by using a USB cable, but it also can be inserted into specifically designed HP computers. These computers have a special horizontal or vertical drive bay that connects to the drive by using an internal USB connector.
Inserting the Drive into an HP Drive Bay Turn on the computer. In the horizontal position, insert the drive with the HP logo facing up and the HP product name right-reading. In the vertical position, the drive’s flat side is down, and the rounded side is up.
Connecting the Drive to a Computer Without a Drive Bay The HP Media Drives are designed to work with most computers as an external hard disk drive that you connect by using a USB 2.0 cable. If the computer has USB 1.1 ports, use two USB ports to insure that enough power is supplied.
Locating the Drive and Assigning a Drive Letter When you plug the drive into an USB 2.0 connector or insert it into an HP Media Drive bay, the operating system automatically assigns a letter to the hard disk drive. The assigned letter depends on other storage devices connected to the computer.
To transfer your files manually: Connect the drive to the computer. Select your files, and then drag and drop them to the HP Media Drive in the Computer window. Disconnect the drive and then connect it to another computer.
Look for the label of this drive. Select HP Media Drive, and then click OK. The name of the drive may be different if you renamed it, or it may appear as Generic Volume followed by the assigned drive letter.
Data transfer rate seems slow with my USB 2.0 adapter card The HP Media Drive operates as fast as the host adapter card allows (up to the maximum burst rate of 480MB/sec.). If you are having performance issues, make sure that the USB 2.0 card drivers are the most current available and are installed properly.
Playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs This section describes how to play CDs, DVDs, or VCDs by using Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player, or other audio and video programs. This section also describes using Music and radio, and changing DVD and audio settings. Using Music The Music area in Windows Media Center is a great way to play, organize, and back up your music files.
Delete songs from a music library or a queue list. Burn your favorite songs to CDs. Back up your music tracks to a DVD or to an HP Personal Media Drive or other storage device. Listen to Internet Radio (select models only).
Using the music library Adding music to the music library When you add music files to the music library, they are placed into the music library in the Windows Media Center and the Windows Media Player. The added music files can immediately be found and played back using Music in Windows Media Center or the Windows Media Player.
Click Add folders on this computer, and then click Next. Use the arrow buttons on the keyboard or the remote control to select a location. When you find the folder that contains the music folder, select it by making sure an arrow appears next to the folder.
Deleting music files from the music library Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. Click Music. Click music library. Click albums. Select the album that you would like to delete, and then click Delete. Click Yes when the Confirm Delete window is displayed.
Playing Music Files in Windows Media Center To open Windows Media Center, select Music by scrolling up or down in the Windows Media Center window, and then by clicking music library. You will find a few music albums and tracks listed in the Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player music library.
If you insert a music CD when Windows Media Center is not open, the AutoPlay window appears and lists various options. You can select the Audio CD options by using the Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player. If you have another program set as the default audio player, Windows opens the program and begins playing the CD.
Playing an album in Windows Media Center Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. Click Music. Click music library. Insert a music CD into the CD drive. Click albums. Select the album that you want to play. Click Play Album.
Creating a Queue in Windows Media Center A queue is a temporary list of songs that is created in Music as you select songs, albums, or playlists to play. You can continue to add songs, or you can delete songs from the queue.
Click Play Album to play the album from the album details window. The now playing window opens, and the album starts playing. In the now playing window, you can also select: View Queue to view an ordered list of all tracks that will be played on the album.
Creating a Playlist in Windows Media Center A playlist is a customized list of songs that you can keep to play later or record to a CD. Using playlists, you can group various digital music files together and determine the order in which you want the files to play.
Go back to the Windows Media Center. Click the mouse on the left arrow on the top left of the screen to go back to Windows Media Center. Click play all. Click View Queue. Click Save As Playlist, and give the playlist a name. Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a name for the playlist, and then click Save.
Click OK to do other things while the disc is being burned. Click Done when the recording is complete. IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.
Listening to Online Radio Stations In the radio area of Windows Media Center, you can play, listen, and preset various online radio stations. From the Windows Media Center, click Music, and then click radio twice. Click presets to preset and organize your favorite radio stations. By clicking sources, you can access the Music and Radio menu.
If the dialog window does not appear, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click All Programs, and then click HP DVD Play or DVD Play BD/HD, or Power Cinema depending on the type of DVD drive and computer model that you have.
All Programs, and then click Windows Media Center. Scroll up to the TV + Movies menu, and then select HP DVD Play. Use the DVD controls to play the movie. Change the resolution of the display until the issue is resolved.
Insert the DVD into the drive. If you have other media playing, Windows Media Center asks if you want to play the DVD. Select HP DVD Play. If you don’t select an option, the DVD automatically plays in full-screen mode after a few seconds.
If a DVD menu appears, use the remote control or the mouse to select the DVD menu items and control the DVD movie playback. To stop playing the DVD, press Stop on the remote control or move the mouse to display the media controls, and then click the Stop button.
When you find the language you want, click Save. To return to the main settings window, press the Backspace key on the keyboard or press the Back button on the remote control, or click the left arrow on the top left of the screen. Changing DVD remote control options To change the DVD remote control options: Click the Windows Start Button...
Changing DVD closed captioning You can change the DVD closed captioning options: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. From the Tasks menu, click settings. In the settings window, click DVD. In the DVD Settings window, click Closed Captioning. After making the changes, click Save.
Playing DVDs with Windows Media Player The computer must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies. Insert the DVD movie into the drive. When the AutoPlay window opens, select Windows Media Player from the list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see Windows Media Player. If the Windows Media Player window does not automatically open, click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, click All Programs, and then click...
Some HD DVD and Blu-ray advanced features may not be supported. As HD DVD and Blu-ray are new formats containing new technologies, certain disc, digital connection, compatibility, and/or performance issues may arise, and do not constitute defects in the product. Flawless playback on all systems is not guaranteed. For some HD-DVD and Blu-ray titles to play, they may require a DVI or HDMI digital connection, and the display may require HDCP support.
Playing Video CDs (VCDs) To play a VCD you must have either a CD or DVD drive: Insert the VCD into the CD or DVD drive. The default video CD program opens. If the Video CD wizard window opens, choose the program you want to use from the list.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Using Windows Media Center Microsoft Windows Media Center lets you do amazing things with your computer. With a full range of easy-to-use digital entertainment features, you can experience movies, music, and photos like never before. Windows Media Center is simple and convenient to use. You can easily find and choose your media.
Setting Up Windows Media Center The first time that you start Windows Media Center on the computer, a Windows Media Center setup wizard opens. You must complete each step in the setup wizard to be able to use all the features in Windows Media Center. The Windows Media Center setup wizard may take several minutes to complete.
The following are some of the items that are included in the setup wizard: Check for your Internet connection. An Internet connection allows you to access media links, display information about your music CDs and DVDs, and download the Television Program Guide if your computer came with a TV tuner. NOTE: You must subscribe to an Internet Service Provider to have an Internet connection.
Windows Media Center Start Menu Open the Windows Media Center Start menu. Go back one screen. Minimize the Windows Media Center window. Resize the Windows Media Center window. Close the Windows Media Center window. Use arrow keys to scroll up and down, left and right through the submenu items. Use media playback controls: Play, Stop, Pause, Skip, Fast-forward, Replay, Rewind, Record, Volume Up/Down, Mute, and Channel Up/Down.
Music — Play music files or music CDs, create and edit playlists, and record music files to CD. See “Using Music with Windows Media Center” and “Copying Music Files to CD in Windows Media Center.” Listen to internet radio station. See “Listening to Online Radio Stations.”...
Easily back up your media files to CD, DVD, or another hard disk drive, such as the HP Personal Media Drive and HP Pocket Media Drive (sold separately). Use the Optimization setting to keep the computer running smoothly.
Transforming your living space into a theater In the Videos Library, you can easily play any of the home movies that have been imported from your video recorder. Windows Media Center has built-in support for high-definition video. Whether you are watching a DVD movie or your own home videos, Windows Media Center delivers a rich viewing experience with a high-quality digital sound system.
Opening Windows Media Center with the Windows Media Center remote control You can use either the remote control or the mouse to open and navigate Windows Media Center. To use the remote control: Press the Windows Media Center Start button on the remote control.
Selecting items in Windows Media Center You can control the Windows Media Center functions and navigate Windows Media Center windows by using the remote control, the keyboard, or a mouse. In the Windows Media Center windows, a selected item such as a folder, file, or menu item is either highlighted or moves to a zoomed-out position.
Windows Media Center control menu To access the control menu in Windows Media Center, move the mouse to display the menu bars: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. From the Tasks menu, click shutdown to open the window with the menu items that are listed in the following table.
Select a settings category. Select one of the settings listed. Then, use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the arrow buttons on the remote control to select an option, or follow the onscreen instructions. Select Save to save your changes. Windows Media Center Settings categories General Startup and Window behavior.
To view information for your computer, go to the Support Web address that is listed in the Limited Warranty and Support Guide, and search for your model’s name and number. The product model is on the lower front of the computer. To find the online documentation for your product, search for your model number, and then click Manuals.
Windows Media Player to download and copy music files to a portable device or memory card. IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.
Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording Previously recorded files on rewritable discs (CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW) must be erased before recording new files. CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R discs cannot be erased. To erase a rewritable disc in CyberLink Power2Go: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, All Programs, and then click CyberLink DVD Suite.
NOTE: Music files can be recorded repeatedly on a rewritable CD-RW disc, but all previously recorded files must be erased first. CD-R discs cannot be erased. IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.
Before you begin creating discs Save all work, and close all open programs. Turn off the screen saver. Creating audio CDs This section provides instructions for burning an audio CD that can be played in most home and car CD players. To create an audio CD: Insert a writable CD into the disc-burning drive.
Creating video discs This section provides instructions for creating a video disc. You can create a video disc from files on the computer hard disk drive or directly from a digital video camera. Insert a writable disc into the disc-burning drive. Open the CyberLink PowerDirector program by clicking the Windows Start Button , All Programs, and then clicking CyberLink DVD Suite.
Copying a disc The following section explains how to make a copy of an existing CD or DVD. Copying a disc using two disc drives If you have two disc drives, you can copy a CD or DVD directly from one drive to the other.
Creating data discs This section provides instructions for burning data files onto a disc. To create a data disc: Insert a writable disc into the disc-burning drive. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, All Programs, and then click CyberLink DVD Suite. Click the icon in the lower-right corner of the window to open a list of CyberLink programs, and then click Power2Go.
LightScribe requirements Burning a label with LightScribe requires three things: A LightScribe-enabled disc drive (select models only), identified by the LightScribe logo Labeling software that supports LightScribe A writable LightScribe disc (sold separately) Making a LightScribe label by using CyberLink LabelPrint You may burn data, music, and videos to the disc before or after labeling the disc.
Under Step 3: Select the label’s layout and background: Select a layout style by clicking the arrows under Layout Style to scroll through the different label layouts available, and then click the Select button when you find the one that you want. Select a background image by clicking the arrows under Background Image to scroll through the different background images that are available, and then click the Select button when you find the one that you want.
Click the arrow button at the bottom of the window to continue. Under Step 3: Select the label’s layout and background: Select a layout style by clicking the arrows under Layout Style to scroll through the different label layouts available, and then click the Select button when you find the one that you want.
Working with Pictures and Videos You can view, copy, edit, print, and share digital images and videos by using the computer. You can transfer digital images and videos to the computer by using the following methods: CD or DVD: Insert the disc into the CD or DVD drive. Digital camera or digital video camera: Connect the device to the computer by using the transfer cable that came with the device.
Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center With Windows Media Center, you can view, sort, edit, print, and create a CD or DVD of the pictures from the folders that you create in the Pictures directory in Windows Explorer. Pictures is a folder on the hard disk drive in the Documents window, and it is also a Windows Media Center menu item that enables you to view and search for the digital images by using the remote control or the keyboard and mouse.
Viewing Pictures in Windows Media Center After you organize your pictures in the Pictures folder in Windows Explorer, open Windows Media Center to view them: Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. Click Pictures + Videos and then click picture library. Select a folder, tags, or date taken.
Viewing pictures as a slide show Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library. Select the folder of pictures that you want to view as a slide show, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
Using supported picture file types in Windows Media Center You can view the following types of image files in Windows Media Center. File extension File type .jpg, .jpeg Joint Photographic Experts Group .tif, .tiff Tagged Image File Format .gif Graphics Interchange Format .bmp Bitmap .wmf...
Editing Pictures in Windows Media Center Fixing red eye or contrast Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. Click Pictures + Videos, and then click picture library. Select a picture to edit. Press the i (More information) button on the remote control or Ctrl+D on the keyboard, and then select Picture Details.
Press the i (More information) button on the remote control or Ctrl+D on the keyboard, and then select Picture Details. Click Touch Up. Click Crop. Use the mouse and keyboard to do one or more of the following: Select the arrows under the picture to move the picture side to side, or up or down.
Printing Pictures in Windows Media Center NOTE: You must set up the printer before you try to print from Windows Media Center; otherwise, by default, the file is saved to the Documents folder when you try to print the picture. Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center.
Playing Videos in Windows Media Center The Pictures + Videos area in Windows Media Center makes it easy to play home video files that you created or video files that you downloaded from the Internet. In Pictures + Videos you can: Play videos that are stored anywhere on the hard disk drive.
Using supported video file types You can view the following types of video files in Windows Media Center. Other file types are supported if the computer has the correct software installed: File extension File type .avi Windows Video file (Audio Video Interleaved) .dvr-ms Digital Video Recording—Microsoft (TV file format) .mpeg, .mpg, .mpe,...
Creating a DVD from Video Files in Windows Media Center Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar, and then click Windows Media Center. From the Tasks menu, click burn cd/dvd. Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW) into the drive. Select Video DVD, and then click Next.
Getting Started (features vary by model)
Creating Movies by Using muvee autoProducer (Select models only) Creating personalized and professional-looking video movies is simple with muvee autoProducer, a software program that is installed on the computer. The 6.0 version of muvee autoProducer includes features such as video capture and disc recording.
File extension File type (continued) .png Portable Network Graphics, still image .tif Tagged Image File Format, still image .bmp Bitmap, still image NOTE: If you upgrade muvee autoProducer, you can use the DivX video format. See “Upgrading muvee autoProducer.” Add music: Select music files on the computer to add to the movie soundtrack. You can use the following music file types in the movie project: File extension File type...
Using muvee autoProducer Getting started To open muvee autoProducer (select models only): Click the Windows Start Button on the taskbar. Click All Programs, muvee autoProducer, Home movies made easy!, and then click Launch muvee autoProducer 6 to open muvee autoProducer. On the File menu, select either New Project to start a new project or Open Project to open an existing project.
Select one of the following buttons: Button Enables you to: Get Video from Open the muvee Video Capture window to “Capturing video from a Camera capture (copy) live or recorded video. digital video camera.” Add Video Open the Add Video window to add existing “Adding videos.”...
Capturing video from a digital video camera You can use muvee autoProducer to capture (copy) digital video files to the hard disk drive in either of the following ways: Live (known as camera mode), by using a compatible digital video (DV) camera. See “Capturing live video from a DV camera.”...
Click Browse to select a place to save the files, and then click OK. Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file. Click Done to add the captured video file automatically to the movie project. Capturing recorded video from a DV camera For best results when using muvee autoProducer, capture only video footage that you are most interested in using in the movie project.
Adjust the order of the video files by dragging and dropping the files. NOTE: To remove a clip from the project, select it, and then click the trash can icon. You can use the magicMoments feature in muvee autoProducer to mark specific scenes in a video clip that you want to include in, or leave out of, the final movie: Select a video file in the Select Video/Pictures window, and then click the magicMoments button.
Adding pictures To add still-image picture files to the movie project: Click the Add pictures button in the Video/Pictures area. The Add Pictures window opens. Browse the folders on the hard disk drive to select existing still-image files for the movie: Add up to 50 picture files.
Adding music To add music files to the movie project as a soundtrack: Click the Add music button in the Music area. The Add Music window opens. Browse the folders on the hard disk drive to select existing music files for the movie: Add up to three music files.
Changing the settings IMPORTANT: Each time that you make a change to a movie project, you must click the make muvee button again to add that change to the movie. To adjust the audio and video project settings for the movie: Click the Personalize button.
Click the Title tab to type in the movie title. Select the animation style of the title. Choose the background color or image style. Click the Use image button to browse for an image that you want to use with the title. Type in the title.
Previewing the movie After you have made the movie, you can preview how it looks and sounds, and take snapshots of frames in the movie. Click the Start Playback button. The movie starts playing. Use the Stop and Previous Frame/Next Frame buttons to navigate through the movie.
Use the controls in the Tweak muvee window to modify the movie project: NOTE: In the Tweak muvee window, you can replace a video segment only with another video segment from the original footage; likewise you can replace pictures only with other pictures. You cannot expand the duration of the selected clip or the replacement clip.
Saving the movie project After you are satisfied with the look of the movie project, you are ready to save the movie as a file on the hard disk drive: Click the muveeShare button. The Listed muvee Files window opens, with all the muvee files listed.
Recording the movie project to disc To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc of the movie project: Click the muveeShare button. The Listed muvee files window opens with all the muvee files listed. Remove the check mark next to any muvee files that you do not want to save.
It also includes support for DivX file types, so that you can import or create DivX-format movies. (Purchasing DivX videos from DivX services may require a subscription.) To see muvee autoProducer offers for HP customers: At the top of the muvee autoProducer window, click Help.
Index adding cable modem, using card reader, memory CD tracks to the music library carpal tunnel syndrome music files to the music library from the hard disk drive erasing rewritable adjusting monitor playing antivirus, installing program change the speed of the cursor audio connector CompactFlash media Audio Line Out...
connector discs Audio Line In drive compatibility Audio Line Out erasing rewritable back panel features and compatibility Composite Video In documentation, onscreen DV camera capture computer DVD movies FM In changing headphones audio settings keyboard language Microphone In playing modem in Windows Media Center monitor DVD Play, features...
HP Photosmart Essential monitor HP Pocket Media Drive adjusting HP Total Care Advisor monitor connector mouse autoscroll IBM Microdrive cursor speed Internet security panning...
remote control buttons network interface adapter range Network Interface Card (NIC) type of battery to use Norton Internet Security using configuring remote sensor registering using repetitive strain injury (RSI), see Safety & Comfort Guide rewritable discs, erasing Off button, See turning off computer optical drive quick reference Optimization setting Safety &...
transferring information to your new computer troubleshooting Windows Media Center remote sensor menu bars turning off computer navigating opening with remote control playing DVDs playing videos update, Windows Vista updating, system resizing window USB connector using with another program open user accounts viewing your pictures creating...
Part number: 5992-3576...