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    Multimedia User Guide...

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    © Copyright 2008 Hewlett-Packard Product notice Development Company, L.P. This user guide describes features that are Windows is a U.S. registered trademark of common to most models. Some features Microsoft Corporation. may not be available on your computer. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.

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    Table of contents 1 Multimedia features Identifying your multimedia components ....................2 Adjusting the volume ..........................3 Using the media activity functions ......................4 Using the media activity hotkeys ..................5 2 Multimedia software Accessing your preinstalled multimedia software ................. 7 Installing multimedia software from a disc ....................

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    Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD ....................24 Removing a CD or DVD ........................25 Preventing playback disruptions ......................26 Changing DVD region settings ......................27 6 HP Webcam Webcam tips ............................29 Adjusting webcam properties ......................30 Controlling the webcam focus mode (select models only) ..............31 7 Troubleshooting The optical disc tray does not open for removal of a CD or DVD ............

  • Page 5: Multimedia Features

    Multimedia features Your computer includes multimedia features that allow you to listen to music and view pictures. Your computer may include the following multimedia components: ● Optical drive for playing audio and video discs ● Integrated speakers for listening to music ●...

  • Page 6: Identifying Your Multimedia Components

    Identifying your multimedia components The following illustration and table describe the multimedia features of the computer. Component Description Internal microphones (2) Record sound. HP Webcam light Turns on when video software accesses the webcam. HP Webcam Records audio and video and captures still photographs. Speakers (2) Produce sound.

  • Page 7: Adjusting The Volume

    Adjusting the volume You can adjust the volume using the following controls: ● Computer volume controls (select models only): ◦ To mute or restore volume, press the mute button (1). ◦ To decrease volume, slide your finger across the volume scroll zone (2) from right to left. ◦...

  • Page 8: Using The Media Activity Functions

    Using the media activity functions The media activity hotkeys and the media activity buttons (select models only) control the play of an audio CD or a DVD that is inserted into the optical drive. Chapter 1 Multimedia features...

  • Page 9: Using The Media Activity Hotkeys

    Using the media activity hotkeys A media activity hotkey is a combination of the key (1) and a function key (2). ● When an audio CD or a DVD is not playing, press fn+f9 (3) to play the disc. ● When an audio CD or a DVD is playing, use the following hotkeys: ◦...

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    Multimedia software Your computer includes preinstalled multimedia software that allows you to play music, watch movies, and view pictures. The following section provides details about preinstalled multimedia software. Chapter 2 Multimedia software...

  • Page 11: Accessing Your Preinstalled Multimedia Software

    Accessing your preinstalled multimedia software To access your preinstalled multimedia software: Select Start > All Programs, and then open the multimedia program you want to use. ▲ NOTE: Some programs may be located in subfolders. NOTE: For details about using software included with the computer, refer to the software manufacturer’s instructions, which may be provided with the software, on disc, or on the manufacturer’s Web site.

  • Page 12: Installing Multimedia Software From A Disc

    Installing multimedia software from a disc To install any multimedia software from a CD or DVD, follow these steps: Insert the disc into the optical drive. When the installation wizard opens, follow the on-screen instructions. Restart the computer if you are prompted to do so. Chapter 2 Multimedia software...

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    Audio Your computer enables you to use a variety of audio features: ● Play music using your computer speakers and/or connected external speakers ● Record sound using the internal microphone or connect an external microphone ● Download music from the Internet ●...

  • Page 14: Connecting External Audio Devices

    Connecting external audio devices WARNING! To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on headphones, earbuds, or a headset. For additional safety information, refer to the Regulatory, Safety and Environmental Notices. To connect external devices such as external speakers, headphones, or a microphone, refer to the information provided with the device.

  • Page 15: Checking Your Audio Functions

    Checking your audio functions To check the system sound on your computer, follow these steps: Select Start > Control Panel. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio Devices. When the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window opens, click the Sounds tab. Under Program events, select any sound event, such as a beep or alarm, and than click the Test button.

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    Video Your computer enables you to use a variety of video features: ● Watch movies ● Play games over the Internet ● Edit pictures and video to create presentations ● Connect external video devices Chapter 4 Video...

  • Page 17: Using The External Monitor Port

    Using the external monitor port The external monitor port connects an external display device, such as an external monitor or a projector, to the computer. To connect a display device, connect the device cable to the external monitor port. ▲ NOTE: If a properly connected external display device does not display an image, press fn+f4...

  • Page 18: Connecting An Hdmi Device, Configuring The Audio Using Hdmi (select Models Only)

    Connecting an HDMI device The computer includes an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) port. The HDMI port connects the computer to an optional video or audio device, such as a high-definition television, or any compatible digital or audio component. The computer can support one HDMI device connected to the HDMI port, while simultaneously supporting an image on the computer display or any other supported external display.

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    To return audio to the computer speakers, follow these steps: Right-click the Speaker icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and then click Adjust Audio Properties. Click the Audio tab, and under Sound playback, change the default device to Sound MAX HD Audio.

  • Page 20: Identifying The Installed Optical Drive

    Optical drive Identifying the installed optical drive Select Start > My Computer. ▲ The type of optical drive installed in the computer is displayed under Devices with Removable Storage. Chapter 5 Optical drive...

  • Page 21: Using Optical Discs

    Using optical discs An optical drive, such as a DVD-ROM drive, supports optical discs (CDs and DVDs). These discs store or transport information and play music and movies. DVDs have a higher storage capacity than CDs. All optical drives can read from optical discs and some drives can also write to optical discs, as described in the following table.

  • Page 22: Selecting The Right Disc, Cd-r Discs, Cd-rw Discs, Dvd±r Discs, Dvd±rw Discs, Lightscribe Dvd+r Discs

    Selecting the right disc An optical drive supports optical discs (CDs and DVDs). CDs, used to store digital data, are also used for commercial audio recordings and are convenient for your personal storage needs. DVDs are used primarily for movies, software, and data backup purposes. DVDs are the same form factor as CDs but have 6 to 7 times the storage capacity.

  • Page 23: Blu-ray Disc

    Blu-ray Disc Also called BD, Blu-ray Disc is a high-density optical disc format for the storage of digital information, including high-definition video. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can store 25 GB, over five times the size of a single-layer DVD at 4.7 GB. A dual-layer Blu-ray Disc can store 50 GB, almost 6 times the size of a dual-layer DVD at 8.5 GB.

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    Playing a CD or DVD Turn on the computer. Press the release button (1) on the optical drive bezel to release the disc tray. Pull out the tray (2). Hold the disc by the edges and position the disc label-side up over the tray spindle. NOTE: If the tray is not fully accessible, tilt the disc carefully to position it over the spindle.

  • Page 25: Configuring Autoplay

    Configuring AutoPlay Select Start > My Computer. Right-click the device (such as CD-ROM drive), and then click Properties. Click the AutoPlay tab, and then select one of the available actions. Click OK. NOTE: For more information about AutoPlay, refer to Help and Support. Configuring AutoPlay...

  • Page 26: Observing The Copyright Warning

    Observing the copyright warning It is a criminal offense, under applicable copyright laws, to make unauthorized copies of copyright- protected material, including computer programs, films, broadcasts, and sound recordings. Do not use this computer for such purposes. CAUTION: To prevent loss of information or damage to a disc, observe the following guidelines: Before writing to a disc, connect the computer to a reliable external power source.

  • Page 27: Copying A Cd Or Dvd

    Copying a CD or DVD Select Start > All Programs > Roxio > Creator Business. In the right pane, click Copy Disc. Insert the disc you want to copy into the optical drive. Click Copy at the bottom right of the screen. Creator Business reads the source disc and copies the data to a temporary folder on your hard drive.

  • Page 28: Creating Or "burning" A Cd Or Dvd

    Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD If your computer includes a CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD±RW optical drive, you can use software such as Windows Media Player or Roxio Creator Business to burn data and audio files, including MP3 and WAV music files.

  • Page 29: Removing A Cd Or Dvd

    Removing a CD or DVD Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the disc tray, and then gently pull out the tray (2) until it stops. Remove the disc (3) from the tray by gently pressing down on the spindle while lifting the outer edges of the disc.

  • Page 30: Preventing Playback Disruptions

    Preventing playback disruptions ● Save your work and close all open programs before playing a CD or a DVD. ● Log off the Internet before playing a CD or a DVD. ● Be sure that you insert the disc properly. ●...

  • Page 31: Changing Dvd Region Settings

    Changing DVD region settings Most DVDs that contain copyrighted files also contain region codes. The region codes help protect copyrights internationally. You can play a DVD containing a region code only if the region code on the DVD matches the region setting on your DVD drive.

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    HP Webcam Your computer includes an integrated HP Webcam, located at the top of the display. With the preinstalled software, you can use the webcam to take a photo, record a video, or make an audio recording. You can preview the photo, video recording, or audio recording, and save it on your computer hard drive. To access the webcam and HP Webcam software, select Start >...

  • Page 33: Webcam Tips

    Webcam tips For optimum performance, observe the following guidelines while using the webcam: ● Be sure that you have the latest version of an instant message program before starting a video conversation. ● The webcam may not work properly across some network firewalls. If you are having trouble viewing or sending video to someone on another LAN or outside your network firewall, temporarily disable the firewall.

  • Page 34: Adjusting Webcam Properties

    Adjusting webcam properties You can adjust the following webcam properties: ● Brightness—Controls the amount of light that is incorporated into the image. A higher brightness setting creates a brighter image; a lower brightness setting creates a darker image. ● Contrast—Controls the difference between lighter and darker areas on the image. A higher contrast setting intensifies the image;...

  • Page 35: Controlling The Webcam Focus Mode (select Models Only)

    Controlling the webcam focus mode (select models only) The following focus mode options are available: ● Normal—The factory setting of the camera is appropriate for normal photography. This range extends from several feet in front of the lens to infinity. ●...

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    Troubleshooting The following sections describe several common issues and resolutions. Chapter 7 Troubleshooting...

  • Page 37: The Optical Disc Tray Does Not Open For Removal Of A Cd Or Dvd

    The optical disc tray does not open for removal of a CD or Insert the end of a paper clip (1) into the release access in the front bezel of the drive. Press in gently on the paper clip until the disc tray is released, and then pull out the tray (2) until it stops.

  • Page 38: The Computer Does Not Detect The Optical Drive

    The computer does not detect the optical drive If the computer does not detect the optical drive, use Device Manager to troubleshoot the device and update, uninstall, or disable the device driver. To check your device and drivers in Device Manager, follow these steps: Remove any discs from the optical drive.

  • Page 39: A Disc Does Not Play

    A disc does not play ● Save your work and close all open programs before playing a CD or a DVD. ● Log off the Internet before playing a CD or a DVD. ● Be sure that you insert the disc properly. ●...

  • Page 40: A Disc Does Not Play Automatically

    A disc does not play automatically Select Start > My Computer. Right-click the device (such as CD-ROM drive), and then click Properties. Click the AutoPlay tab, and then select one of the available actions. Click OK. NOTE: For more information about AutoPlay, refer to Help and Support. Chapter 7 Troubleshooting...

  • Page 41: A Dvd Movie Stops, Skips, Or Plays Erratically

    A DVD movie stops, skips, or plays erratically ● Check to be sure the disc is not scratched or damaged. ● Clean the disc. ● Conserve system resources by trying the following suggestions: ◦ Log off the Internet. ◦ Change the color properties of the desktop: 1.

  • Page 42: A Dvd Movie Is Not Visible On An External Display

    A DVD movie is not visible on an external display If both the computer display and an external display are turned on, press fn+f4 one or more times to switch between the 2 displays. Configure the monitor settings to make the external display primary: Right-click on a blank area of the computer desktop, and select Properties >...

  • Page 43: A Dvd Playing In Windows Media Player Produces No Sound Or Display

    A DVD playing in Windows Media Player produces no sound or display You must use InterVideo WinDVD 8 BD (Blu-ray) Player (or a later version), which is preinstalled on the computer, to play a DVD. A DVD playing in Windows Media Player produces no sound or display...

  • Page 44: The Process Of Burning A Disc Does Not Begin, Or It Stops Before Completion

    The process of burning a disc does not begin, or it stops before completion ● Be sure that all other programs are closed. ● Turn off Standby and Hibernation. ● Be sure that you are using the right kind of disc for your drive. See your user guides for more information about disc types.

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    The computer does not detect the optical drive If the computer does not detect the optical drive, use Device Manager to troubleshoot the device and then update, uninstall, or disable the device driver. To check your device and drivers in Device Manager, follow these steps: Remove any discs from the optical drive.

  • Page 46: A New Device Driver Is Needed, Obtaining Microsoft Device Drivers, Obtaining Hp Device Drivers

    A new device driver is needed Obtaining Microsoft device drivers Your computer is set to automatically check for and install Microsoft device drivers when new devices are connected to your computer. Obtaining HP device drivers You can obtain the latest HP device drivers in either of the following ways: ●...

  • Page 47: Index

    Index audio devices, connecting burning 24 jacks external 10 changing region setting 27 audio-in (microphone) 2 audio features 9 copying 23 audio-out (headphone) 2 audio functions, checking 11 inserting 20 audio-in (microphone) jack, removing 25 media activity hotkeys 5 identifying 2 DVD drive 17 microphone (audio-in) jack 2 audio-out (headphone) jack,...

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    software installing 8 multimedia 6 speakers 2 tips, webcam 29 troubleshooting device drivers 42 disc burning 40 disc play 35, 36 DVD movie play 37 DVD produces no sound 39 external display 38 HP device drivers 42 optical disc tray 33 optical drive detection 34, 41 using the webcam 28 video, using 12...

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