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HP Display Assistant
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  • Page 1 HP Display Assistant User Guide...
  • Page 2 © Copyright 2007 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The only warranties for HP products and...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Overview What is HP Display Assistant? ......................1 Installing HP Display Assistant ......................1 Uninstalling HP Display Assistant ......................2 Opening HP Display Assistant ......................2 Wizard and OSD Modes ........................2 Common Controls ..........................3 2 OSD Mode Adjust Tab ............................
  • Page 4 HP Display and Graphics Card Compatibility ..................18 HP Display Assistant Software Update ....................18 Asset Management (Select HP Display Models Only) ............... 19 Cautions for Theft Deterrence Function Operation (Select HP Display Models Only) ....... 19 If HP Display Assistant Is Not Working ....................19 Laptop Users ............................
  • Page 5: Overview

    Overview What is HP Display Assistant? Monitor performance can vary due to the graphics cards, host computers, lighting conditions, and other environmental factors. To get the best image on a monitor, you must adjust it for your unique setting. Using the manual controls to adjust the image can often be challenging. In most cases, even simple adjustments to brightness or contrast require navigation of the multi-level, on-screen display (OSD) menus that can be difficult to understand.
  • Page 6: Uninstalling Hp Display Assistant

    Uninstalling HP Display Assistant HP Display Assistant can be uninstalled from either Add/Remove Programs or the Start menu. Follow the steps below to uninstall HP Display Assistant from Add/Remove Programs: From the Start menu, select Settings, then select Control Panel. (For Windows XP, select Control Panel from the Start menu).
  • Page 7: Common Controls

    Common Controls The following are common controls used to adjust many of the monitor settings. ?: Opens the online help file in the default browser window. X: Closes HP Display Assistant. +/-: Increases or decreases the monitor value by one unit for the current adjustment pane. Slider: Increases or decreases the monitor value for the current adjustment pane.
  • Page 8: Osd Mode

    OSD Mode Adjust Tab OSD mode provides quick access to adjust any of the of the monitor settings. The adjustment controls for OSD mode are located on the Adjust tab. Each button on the left side of the tab opens an adjustment pane for that setting.
  • Page 9 Position: (This settings button is not available if you are using the digital connection of your graphics card and monitor.) Opens the Position adjustment pane. Click the Pattern button to load the adjustment image then click the control buttons on the monitor graphic above the Pattern button to position the grid so that all edges are visible.
  • Page 10: Wizard Mode

    Wizard Mode Wizard Tab Wizard mode guides you through a predefined step-by-step process with instructions and patterns for adjusting each monitor setting. Select the Wizard tab to make adjustments in Wizard mode. To run the Wizard, click the Start Wizard button and follow the instructions in the Wizard to adjust the display settings.
  • Page 11 Position: (This adjustment is not available if you are using the digital connection of your graphics card and monitor.) Opens the Position adjustment pane. Click the control buttons on the monitor graphic to position the grid so that all edges are visible. White Point: Opens the White Point adjustment pane.
  • Page 12: Options

    Options Options Tab The Options tab includes preference settings, online help, signal inputs, and a link to software updates. Click on a button on the left side of the tab to open the pane for that option. Preferences: Opens the Preferences pane. To turn on or off any preference, click the check box next to the preference to add a check mark or clear the check mark.
  • Page 13 Help: Opens the online help user manual in the default browser window. ❑ Technical Support: Opens a link to the automated online Technical Support form (requires ❑ an Internet connection to work). Check for Update: Opens a link to http://www.portrait.com/prodCurrent.html ❑...
  • Page 14: Presets

    Presets File Tab Selecting the File tab opens the File pane for managing presets. A preset is a file that captures all the monitor settings. You can create multiple presets that can be loaded at any time from the desktop or set to automatically load each time the computer is restarted.
  • Page 15: Creating Presets

    Creating Presets After making adjustments to the settings in either OSD mode or Wizard mode, you can save your settings as a preset. The preset dialog options are available on the File tab. Adjust the settings in OSD mode or Wizard mode. Click the File tab and enter a new file name by highlighting the current file name in the Enter Preset name box and typing a new name.
  • Page 16: Plug-ins

    Plug-Ins Plug-ins Tab The Plug-ins tab contains optional modules that can be installed on an HP Display Assistant-compatible system. A plug-in provides additional functionality beyond the standard OSD replacement functions associated with HP Display Assistant. The version of HP Display Assistant installed on your system may have all plug-ins, some plug-ins, or no plug-ins.
  • Page 17: Color Calibration

    Color Calibration The HP Display Assistant Color Calibration feature makes it possible to achieve sRGB color on your LCD. sRGB color is used to display images from Web sites and specifies a color matching technique to provide consistent monitor and output device color. HP Display Assistant color calibration is done through an interactive series of targets used to “dial in”...
  • Page 18: Calibrated Target

    Once the square appears to be neutral, move the slider up and down until the square blends into the background. Some targets will not allow the square to completely vanish into the background. Get as close to blending the foreground square into the background gray as possible. Alternate between removing tint from the square and using the slider to get the optimal results.
  • Page 19: Uncalibrated Target

    Uncalibrated Target Color Calibration...
  • Page 20: Theft Deterrence

    Theft Deterrence NOTE: The Theft Deterrence feature is available on select models. The Theft Deterrence feature should only be used with a single-monitor and computer configuration. Dual-monitor use is not supported. The HP Display Assistant's Theft Deterrence feature minimizes theft or unauthorized relocation of the display.
  • Page 21 NOTE: If Theft Deterrence is enabled and you want to move your monitor to a different computer, you must either disable Theft Deterrence to completely avoid triggering a theft condition or install HP Display Assistant on the new computer and enter your PIN when prompted the first time you turn on power to the computer.
  • Page 22: Tips & Troubleshooting

    Tips & Troubleshooting HP Display and Graphics Card Compatibility HP Display Assistant is a Windows-based software utility designed for select HP displays that support the Display Data Channel/Command Interface (DDC/CI) communications channel defined by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). HP Display Assistant does not function on non-HP displays (including non-HP displays that support DDC/CI), and does not function on HP displays that do not support DDC/CI.
  • Page 23: Asset Management (select Hp Display Models Only)

    Asset Management (Select HP Display Models Only) HP Display Assistant’s Asset Management feature allows supported HP display models to be tracked and controlled within a large business or enterprise. By default, the Asset Management plug-In is not automatically installed with HP Display Assistant. To install this feature, check the Plug-In Asset Management box during the HP Display Assistant installation process.
  • Page 24: Laptop Users

    Click on Diagnostics to open the Display Diagnostic Utility. Click on the Clean Registry button to remove the old display information from the Microsoft Windows registry files. The computer will restart and store the new display information in the Microsoft Windows registry files.

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