Drives User Guide...
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Table of contents 1 Handling drives 2 Using an optical drive Identifying the installed optical drive ..................... 3 Using optical discs ..........................4 Selecting the right disc ......................... 5 CD-R discs ........................... 5 CD-RW discs ........................5 DVD±R discs ........................5 DVD±RW discs ........................
Obtaining the latest HP device drivers ................26 Obtaining the latest Windows device drivers ..............27 Index ................................... 28...
Handling drives Drives are fragile computer components that must be handled with care. Refer to the following cautions before handling drives. Additional cautions are included with the procedures to which they apply. CAUTION: To reduce the risk of damage to the computer, damage to a drive, or loss of information, observe these precautions: Before handling a drive, discharge static electricity by touching the unpainted metal surface of the drive.
Using an optical drive Your computer includes 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 or an HD DVD Drive, then you can also watch high-definition video from disc.
Identifying the installed optical drive Select Start > Computer. ▲ You will see a list of all the devices installed on your computer, including your optical drive. You may have one of the following types of drives: ● DVD-ROM Drive ●...
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.
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 at least 8 times the storage capacity.
HD DVD discs and Blu-ray Disc HD DVD is a high-density disc format designed for the storage of large amounts of data and high- definition video. The capacity for an HD DVD is 15 gigabytes (GB) for single layer and 30 GB for dual layer, about three times the capacity of a standard DVD.
Playing a CD or DVD Turn on the computer. Press the release button (1) on the drive bezel to release the disc tray. Pull out the tray (2). Hold the disc by the edges to avoid touching the flat surfaces and position the disc label-side up over the tray spindle.
Using AutoPlay To configure AutoPlay, follow these steps: Select Start > Control Panel > Play CDs or other media automatically. Confirm that the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box at the upper left of the computer screen is selected. Click Choose a default for each media type listed.
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.
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.
Copying a CD or DVD Select Start > All Programs > CyberLink DVD Suites > Power2Go. Insert the disc you want to copy into the optical drive. Click Copy at the bottom right of the screen. When prompted, remove the source disc from the optical drive and insert a blank disc into the drive. After the information is copied, the disc you created ejects automatically.
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.
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.
Improving hard drive performance Using Disk Defragmenter As you use the computer, files on the hard drive become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter consolidates the fragmented files and folders on the hard drive so that the system can run more efficiently. Disk Defragmenter is easy to use. After you start it, it works without supervision. Depending on the size of your hard drive and the number of fragmented files, it may take more than an hour to complete.
Using Disk Cleanup Disk Cleanup searches the hard drive for unnecessary files that you can safely delete to free up disk space and help the computer to run more efficiently. To run Disk Cleanup: Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Replacing the hard drive CAUTION: To prevent information loss or an unresponsive system: Shut down the computer before removing the hard drive from the hard drive bay. Do not remove the hard drive while the computer is on, in the Sleep state, or in Hibernation. If you are not sure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn the computer on by pressing the power button.
Lift the hard drive cover away from the computer (2). Use the black plastic tab on top of the hard drive to lift the left side of the hard drive to a 45-degree angle (1). Lift the hard drive away from the computer (2) as far as the hard drive cable allows, and then flip the it over to allow it rest it on the computer.
Pull the small black plastic tab firmly to disconnect the hard drive cable from the system board (3). Remove the hard drive. To install a hard drive: Connect the hard drive cable to the hard drive connector on the system board (1). Insert the hard drive by tucking in the rubber spacers on the right side of the hard drive (2) into the openings in the right side of the hard drive bay.
Gently lower the left side of the hard drive until it is flush in the hard drive bay (3). Align the tabs on the hard drive cover with the notches on the computer (1). Close the cover (2). Tighten the 2 hard drive cover screws (3).
Troubleshooting The following sections describe several common issues and resolutions. Chapter 5 Troubleshooting...
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.
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 DVD/CD-ROM drive is not being detected, verify that the optical drive is listed in the Device Manager utility.
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. ●...
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.
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.
A device driver must be reinstalled Remove any discs from the optical drive. Click Start and type device manager in the Start Search box. As you type, search results are listed in the pane above the box. In the results pane, click Device Manager. If prompted by User Account Control, click Continue. In Device Manager, click the plus sign (+) next to the type of driver you want to uninstall and reinstall (for example, DVD/CD-ROMs, Modems, and so on) unless the minus sign (-) is already showing.
Click your specific product from the models listed. Click the Windows Vista® operating system. When the list of drivers is displayed, click an updated driver to open a window containing additional information. Click Install now to install the updated driver without downloading the file. –...
Index disc play 23, 24 airport security devices 1 hard disk drive HP device drivers 26 AutoPlay 8 installing 18 optical disc tray 21 removing 16 optical drive detection 22 replacing 16 Windows drivers 27 Blu-ray disc 6 hard drive installing 18 removing 16 replacing 16...