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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 Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are common to most models. Some features U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft may not be available on your computer.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Multimedia features Identifying your multimedia components ....................1 Using the MediaSmart button ....................... 3 Adjusting the volume ..........................3 Using the media activity functions ......................4 Using the media activity buttons ..................5 Previous/rewind button ..................5 Play/pause button ....................

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    Blu-ray Disc ........................17 Playing music ............................. 17 Watching a movie ..........................18 Changing DVD region settings ......................19 Creating or “burning” a CD or DVD ....................20 Removing an optical disc (CD or DVD) ....................21 6 Webcam 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 speakers for listening to music ●...

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    Component Description Internal digital dual array microphones (2) Record sound. Webcam light Turns on when video software accesses the webcam. Webcam Captures video. Speakers (2) Produce sound. TV antenna/cable jack (select models only) Connects a TV antenna, a digital cable device, or a satellite device that receives standard or high-definition TV broadcasts.

  • Page 7: Using The Mediasmart Button

    Component Description minus sign on the scroll zone to decrease volume, or tap the plus sign on the scroll zone to increase volume. Using the MediaSmart button The function of the MediaSmart button varies by model and installed software. With this button, you can watch movies, listen to music, and view pictures.

  • Page 8: Using The Media Activity Functions

    ◦ To increase volume, slide your finger across the volume scroll zone from left to right, or press the volume up button (3). ● Windows® volume control: Click the Volume icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. Increase or decrease the volume by moving the slider up or down.

  • Page 9: Using The Media Activity Buttons

    Using the media activity buttons The following illustration and tables describe the functions of the media activity buttons when a disc is inserted in the optical drive. ● Previous/rewind button (1) ● Play/pause button (2) ● Next/fast forward button (3) ●...

  • Page 10: Next/fast Forward Button

    Next/fast forward button Disc status Button Function Playing Next/fast forward button Plays the next track or chapter. Playing + next/fast forward button Fast forwards the playback. Stop button Disc status Button Function Playing Stop button Stops the playback. Using the media activity hotkeys A media activity hotkey is a combination of the key (1) and a function key (2).

  • Page 11: 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 MediaSmart and other preinstalled multimedia software. Using HP MediaSmart software MediaSmart turns your computer into a mobile entertainment center. With MediaSmart, you can enjoy music and DVD movies.

  • 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. NOTE: For details about using software included with the computer, refer to the software manufacturer’s instructions, which may be provided on disc, in the software Help, or on the...

  • Page 13: Audio

    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 ●...

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    You should hear sound through the speakers or through connected headphones. To check the record functions of the computer, follow these steps: Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Sound Recorder. Click Start Recording and speak into the microphone. Save the file to your desktop. Open Windows Media Player or MediaSmart and play back the sound.

  • Page 15: Video

    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 ● Watch TV, including high-definition TV (select models only) Connecting an external monitor or projector The external monitor port connects an external display device such as an external monitor or a projector to the computer.

  • Page 16: Connecting An Hdmi Device

    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 17: Setting Hdmi As The Default Audio Playback Device

    Setting HDMI as the default audio playback device Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound icon. If you have an Intel integrated graphics card or an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card, click the Playback tab, click Digital Output Device (HDMI), and then click Set Default. Click OK.

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    To view live television, follow these steps: Press the TV button on the HP Media Remote Control to open the MediaSmart TV mode. Use the arrow keys to select the source name, and then press the OK button. The TV broadcast begins to play in the preview window.

  • Page 19: 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 20: Selecting The Right Disc

    Optical drive type Write to CD-RW Write to DVD±RW/R Write to DVD+R DL Write label to LightScribe CD or DVD ±RW/R SuperMulti LightScribe DVD±RW and CD-RW Combo Drive with DL support Blu-ray Disc ROM Drive with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW DL support CAUTION: To prevent possible audio and video degradation, loss of information, or loss of audio or video playback functionality, do not initiate Sleep or Hibernation while reading or writing to a CD or DVD.

  • Page 21: Dvd±r Discs

    DVD±R discs Use blank DVD±R discs to permanently store large amounts of information. After data is recorded, it cannot be erased or written over. DVD±RW discs Use DVD±RW discs if you want to be able to erase or write over data that you saved earlier. This type of disc is ideal for testing audio or video recordings before you burn them to a CD or DVD that cannot be changed.

  • Page 22: Watching A Movie

    Gently press the disc (3) down onto the tray spindle until the disc snaps into place. Close the disc tray. If you have not yet configured AutoPlay, the AutoPlay dialog box opens and asks how you want to use the media content. Choose MediaSmart or Windows Media Player, both preinstalled on your computer.

  • Page 23: Changing Dvd Region Settings

    Gently press the disc (3) down onto the tray spindle until the disc snaps into place. Close the disc tray. Launch the DVD playback feature in MediaSmart by pressing the MediaSmart button, and then clicking the DVD icon. Then, follow the instructions on the screen. NOTE: To watch a high-definition movie, you must use MediaSmart.

  • Page 24: Creating Or "burning" A Cd Or Dvd

    Make the desired changes on the DVD Region tab. Click OK. 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 25: 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.

  • Page 26: Webcam

    Webcam Your computer includes an integrated webcam, located at the top of the display. The webcam is an input device that allows you to capture and share video. To use the webcam, click the HP MediaSmart icon on the desktop, select the video icon on the MediaSmart SmartMenu, and then click Webcam.

  • Page 27: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting The following sections describe several common issues and resolutions. 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 28: The Computer Does Not Detect The Optical Drive

    The computer does not detect the optical drive If Windows does not detect an installed device, the device driver software may be missing or corrupted. If you suspect that the optical drive is not being detected, verify that the optical drive is listed in the Device Manager utility.

  • Page 29: A Disc Does Not Play Automatically

    2. Set Colors to Medium (16 bit), if this setting is not already selected. 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.

  • Page 30: A Dvd Playing In Windows Media Player Produces No Sound Or Display

    ● Be sure that you are using the right kind of disc for your drive. See your user guides for more information about disc types. ● Be sure that the disc is inserted properly. ● Select a slower write speed and try again. ●...

  • Page 31: Obtaining The Latest Hp Device Drivers

    Obtaining the latest HP device drivers You can obtain the latest HP device drivers in either of the following ways: ● Using the HP Update Utility ● Using the HP Web site To use the HP Update Utility: Select Start > All Programs > HP > HP Update. On the HP Welcome screen, click Settings and select a time when the utility should check for software updates on the Web.

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    Click Microsoft Update to get the latest updates for your computer operating system, programs, and hardware. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Microsoft Update. If prompted by User Account Control, click Continue. Click Change settings and select a time for Microsoft Update to check for updates to the Windows operating system and other Microsoft products.

  • Page 33: Index

    Index DVD region settings 19 multimedia components, audio devices, connecting identifying 1 external 9 multimedia software 7 earbuds 2 audio features 9 multimedia software, installing 8 external audio devices, audio functions, checking 9 mute button 3 connecting 9 audio-in (microphone) jack 2 external monitor port 11 audio-out (headphone) jacks 2 optical disc...

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    optical drive detection 24 Windows device drivers 27 TV antenna/cable jack, identifying 2 TV, watching 13 video, using 11 volume mute button 3 volume scroll zone 3 volume, adjusting 3 watching TV 13 webcam 2 webcam light 2 webcam, using 22 Index...

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