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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 ..........................4 Using the media activity functions ......................5 Using the media activity hotkeys ..................6 2 Multimedia software Accessing your preinstalled multimedia software ................. 8 Installing multimedia software from a disc ....................

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    Changing DVD region settings ......................23 Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD ....................24 Removing an optical disc (CD or DVD) ....................25 6 HP Webcam Webcam tips ............................27 Adjusting webcam properties ......................28 Controlling the webcam focus mode (select models only) ..............29 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, watch movies, and view pictures. Your computer may include the following multimedia components: ● Optical drive for playing audio and video discs ● Integrated stereo 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) (select models only) Record sound. NOTE: Some models have only one internal microphone. HP Webcam light Turns on when video software accesses the webcam. HP Webcam Records audio and video and captures still photographs.

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    Component Description Audio-out (headphone) jack Produces sound when connected to optional powered stereo speakers, headphones, ear buds, or a headset. 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.

  • Page 8: 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 9: Using The Media Activity Functions

    Using the media activity functions The media activity buttons (select models only) and the media activity hotkeys control the play of an audio CD or a DVD in the optical drive. Using the media activity functions...

  • Page 10: 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: ◦...

  • Page 11: 2 Multimedia Software

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

  • Page 12: 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 13: 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. Installing multimedia software from a disc...

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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 15: 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, headphone, or a microphone, refer to the information provided with the device.

  • Page 16: Checking Your Audio Functions

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

  • Page 18: Connecting An Optional External Monitor Or Projector

    Connecting an optional external monitor or projector 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. ▲...

  • Page 19: Connecting An Hdmi Device, Configuring The Audio Using Hdmi

    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.

  • Page 20: Determining The Type Of Graphics Card Installed On Your Computer

    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 Playback Devices. On the Playback tab, select Speakers. Click Set Default, and then click OK. Determining the type of graphics card installed on your computer Check the label on the computer keyboard.

  • Page 21: Identifying The Installed Optical Drive

    Optical drive Your computer may include an optical drive that expands the functionality of the computer. Identify what kind of device is installed in your computer to see its capabilities. The optical drive allows you to read data discs, play music, and watch movies. If your computer includes a Blu-ray Disc ROM Drive, then you can also watch high-definition video from disc.

  • Page 22: Using Optical Discs

    Using optical discs An optical drive, such as a DVD-ROM drive, supports optical discs (CDs and DVDs). These discs store information, such as music, photos, and movies. DVDs have a higher storage capacity than CDs. Your optical drive can read standard CD and DVD discs. If your optical drive is a Blu-ray Disc ROM Drive, it can also read Blu-ray discs.

  • Page 23: Selecting The Right Disc, Cd-r Discs, Cd-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 24: 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.

  • Page 25: Playing Music

    Playing music 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 26: Watching A Movie

    Watching a movie Your optical drive allows you to watch movies from a disc. You can also watch high-definition movies from a disc if your computer includes an optional Blu-ray Disc ROM Drive. Turn on the computer. Press the release button (1) on the optical drive bezel to release the disc tray. Pull out the tray (2).

  • Page 27: 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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    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 CyberLink Power2Go to burn data and audio files, including MP3 and WAV music files.

  • Page 29: Removing An Optical Disc (cd Or Dvd)

    Removing an optical disc (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.

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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 31: 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 32: 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 33: 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 35: 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 36: 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 then update, uninstall, or disable the device driver: Remove any discs from the optical drive. Select Start >...

  • Page 37: 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 38: A Disc Does Not Play Automatically

    A disc does not play automatically Click Start and type autoplay in the Start Search box. As you type, search results are listed in the pane above the box. In the results pane, click Autoplay. If prompted by User Account Control, click Continue. Select the check box for Use AutoPlay for all media and devices, and then click Save.

  • Page 39: 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 40: 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 Personalize >...

  • Page 41: 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 above), which is preinstalled on the computer, to play a DVD. A DVD playing in Windows Media Player produces no sound or display...

  • Page 42: 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 Sleep mode 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.

  • Page 43: 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 Follow either of the following procedures to obtain HP device drivers. To use HP Update: Select Start >...

  • Page 44: Index

    Index external audio devices, monitor, connecting 14 audio devices, connecting connecting 11 movie, watching 22 external 11 external monitor port 14 multimedia components, audio features 10 identifying 2 audio functions, checking 12 multimedia software 7, 8 focus, webcam 29 audio-in (microphone) jack, multimedia software, installing 9 identifying 3 mute button 4...

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    DVD movie play 35 DVD produces no sound 37 external display 36 HP device drivers 39 optical disc tray 31 optical drive detection 32 using the webcam 26 video, using 13 volume hotkeys 4 volume mute button 4 volume, adjusting 4 webcam adjusting properties 28 controlling the focus 29...

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