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    Getting Started Getting Started Guid Guide...

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    HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. HP assumes no responsibility for the use or reliability of its software on equipment that is not furnished by HP. This document contains proprietary information that is protected by copyright. No part of this document may be photocopied, reproduced, or translated to another language without the prior written consent of HP.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Guidelines for Installing Software and Hardware Devices... 9 Using HP and Compaq Products... 10 Transferring Files and Settings from Your Old PC to Your New PC... 10 Using HP Organize or Compaq Organize Software ... 10 Using the Keyboard ... 11 Using Your PC Top ...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Connecting 5.1 (5 speakers and a subwoofer) audio speakers ... 25 Connecting 7.1 (7 speakers and a subwoofer) audio speakers ... 27 Connecting the PC to a home audio system ... 29 2 or 2.1 home stereo installation... 30 5.1 (5 speakers and a subwoofer) home audio installation ... 31 5.1 (5 speakers and a subwoofer) home audio installation procedure...

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    Working with Digital Images... 59 Using HP Photosmart Premier ... 60 Playing CDs and DVDs ... 63 Playing Music CDs ... 63 Playing DVDs ... 63 Using country/region codes... 64 Playing CDs and DVDs with Windows Media Player ... 64 Playing Video CDs (VCDs)...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Finding Guides on the Web ... 105 Using the Onscreen Help and Support Center... 106 Using PC Help & Tools... 106 Using Updates from HP (or Compaq Connections)... 106 Index ... 109 Getting Started Guide Adding files to a video project ... 83 Capturing video to a video project ...

  • Page 7: Setting Up Your Pc, Putting Your Pc Together, Placing Your Pc In The Proper Location

    Putting Your PC Together Follow the steps on the setup poster to set up your PC. Look in the PC box for printed details or updates regarding your model PC. Placing your PC in the proper location When setting up your new PC, place it where ventilation openings are unobstructed.

  • Page 8: Connecting To The Pc

    Connect your main hardware devices such as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the back of the PC. Other peripheral devices such as a printer, scanner, or camera also plug into connectors on the back of your computer. Some PC models also have connectors on the front of the PC.

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    Audio Line Out (powered speakers) Audio Line In Headphones Microphone ® FireWire (IEEE 1394) for video cameras or other devices with very fast transfer rates Digital audio in and digital audio out Side speaker out Rear speaker out Center/subwoofer Setting Up Your PC...

  • Page 10: Storing Documentation And Recovery Discs, Turning On Your Pc For The First Time

    See “Setting Up and Connecting to the Internet” on page 5. tools, register the PC and finish PC setup. If you decide to finish setup at a later time, the wizard can be started by double-clicking the Easy Setup icon on the...

  • Page 11: Setting Up And Connecting To The Internet

    2 Sign up with an ISP. If you already have an account with an ISP, skip this step and follow the instructions provided by the ISP. If Internet service was not set up during the initial setup of the PC, it can be set up now using the Easy Internet Sign-up or the Internet Services wizard (select models only).

  • Page 12: Configuring And Registering Norton Internet Security Software

    Symantec’s LiveUpdate ™ to obtain protection updates automatically whenever you are online. When you first set up the PC, the Norton Internet Security Information Wizard helps you to configure and register your copy of Norton Internet Security. Be sure to set up Norton Internet Security before you start surfing the Internet. Just click on the Norton Internet Security icon after you’ve established an Internet...

  • Page 13: Using The Pc With Safety And Comfort, Signing Up For Software Updates

    PC users. It also provides important electrical and mechanical safety information. Before you begin using the PC, arrange the PC and your work area to maintain your comfort and productivity. Refer to the Safety & Comfort Guide for important ergonomic information: •...

  • Page 14: Setting Up Accounts On Your New Pc, Creating User Accounts

    Setting Up Accounts on Your New PC User accounts allow you to set the privileges for each user of your PC. For example, you can set the software programs that each user is allowed to access. Follow the simple steps in this section when setting up your PC to create user accounts.

  • Page 15: Creating Passwords, Guidelines For Installing Software And Hardware Devices

    Creating passwords Passwords help protect your PC and information from unauthorized access and help ensure that information on the PC stays private and secure. Use the following list as a basic guide when choosing your password: • Choose a password that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.

  • Page 16: Using Hp And Compaq Products

    Your Old PC to Your New PC You can copy the old PC files to the new PC using media such as CD or DVD discs, memory sticks, or personal media drives. You can also copy certain settings such as Web browser Favorites and address books using Microsoft’s Files and Settings...

  • Page 17: Using The Keyboard

    (Photos) Music Description Puts PC into power-saving mode (screen is blank but PC is still on). To make the screen reappear, press the Esc key, or press Standby again. May take 10–30 seconds before the screen reappears. Switches between the PC users.

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    Icon Getting Started Guide Feature Video Shopping Sports Finance Connect to Internet Search Chat E-Mail Entertainment Offers Calculator Media controls (CD/ DVD/MP3) Description Opens video software program. Can be reconfigured. Goes to popular Web sites. Can be reconfigured to open a site or software program.

  • Page 19: Customizing The Keyboard Buttons

    Icon Feature Volume control (Volume knob or Volume Up and Volume – + Down buttons) Mute The number, location, and labeling of buttons vary by keyboard model. NOTE: Customizing the keyboard buttons You can customize some of the special buttons on the keyboard (select models only) to open different programs or files or to connect to favorite Web sites: 1 Click Start on the taskbar.

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    Getting Started Guide...

  • Page 21: Using Your Pc Top, Using Your Docking Bay

    Using Your PC Top Your PC may have a storage area or docking bay (select models only) on the top of the PC chassis. Using Your Docking Bay You can use the docking bay to: • Store CDs, DVDs, or memory cards.

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    To store CDs, DVDs, or memory cards: Gently press down on the bay lid and slide it open. To install a peripheral device or an HP camera and HP camera docking station: 1 Gently press down on the bay lid and slide it open.

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    4 Thread the cables that came with your peripheral devices or camera docking station through the cable tunnel (C). Starting from the back of the PC, thread them to the front of the PC. Pull the cables to the center and connect them to the peripheral or the docking station (D).

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    6 Place the correct camera docking station lid (F) on top of the PC. Gently guide 7 When you want to use it, place the HP digital camera (G) into the docking 8 Follow the instructions that came with your peripheral or docking station.

  • Page 25: Configuring Speaker And Sound Options, Step 1: Connecting The Speakers, Sound Connector Types

    This chapter describes the most typical options. Your system may have different components. NOTE: For additional information on connecting the speakers, refer to the setup poster that came with the PC and the documentation that came with your speakers. Step 1: Connecting the speakers Sound connector types...

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    Description Your PC model may include three sound connectors. You can connect up to a 5.1 audio system to the PC. If you want to connect multichannel audio, follow the instructions carefully. Your PC model may include six sound connectors on the back of your PC.

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    Use the sound connectors that match your PC model when installing cables, as shown in the installation procedure steps. The following table shows the sound connectors on the back panel of PC systems. Sound connector Description Line Side (gray) for side speakers in an eight- speaker system (7.1).

  • Page 28: Speaker Configurations

    Speaker configurations You may set up your PC for the following supported configurations: Name Headphones 2 (stereo) 6/5.1 8/7.1 Home audio system Digital audio Multistreaming audio Getting Started Guide Speaker system None, muted. Left speaker, right speaker. Left speaker, right speaker, and a subwoofer.

  • Page 29: Speaker Types, Connecting 2.1 (2 Speakers And A Subwoofer) Audio Speakers

    Type S is a sound card connector 3 Connect the cable to the audio system. 4 For 2.1 speakers that were shipped with your PC (select models only), connect the Audio Line Out connector to the subwoofer. 5 Connect the left and right speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker documentation.

  • Page 30: Connecting 4.1 (4 Speakers And A Subwoofer) Audio Speakers

    9 After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for The following diagram shows a typical 2.1 audio installation: Connecting 4.1 (4 speakers and a subwoofer) audio speakers To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer for four-channel (4.1 speaker) output:...

  • Page 31: Connecting 5.1 (5 Speakers And A Subwoofer) Audio Speakers

    NOTE: Always turn on the PC before you turn on the speaker system. 7 Plug in the speaker system power. 8 Turn on the speaker system. 9 After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model: •...

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    7 Turn on the PC. 8 Plug in the speaker system power. 9 Turn on the speaker system. 10 After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for Getting Started Guide your PC. For type 3 connectors, the blue Audio Line In connector functions as a rear Line Out when a multichannel audio configuration is activated.

  • Page 33: Connecting 7.1 (7 Speakers And A Subwoofer) Audio Speakers

    2 Connect the front speaker cable to the lime green Audio Line Out connector on the back of your PC. 3 Connect the rear speaker cable to the black connector on the back of your PC. 4 For 6 connectors only, connect the side speaker cable to the gray connector on the back of your PC.

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    8 Turn on the PC. 9 Plug in the speaker system power. 10 Turn on the speaker system. 11 After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for The following diagram shows a typical 7.1 audio installation: Getting Started Guide speaker documentation.

  • Page 35: Connecting The Pc To A Home Audio System

    • 7.1 speaker system: 4 Y adapter cables Connecting a home stereo to a PC typically requires audio cables that are long enough to connect from the PC to the stereo. You may also need to purchase RCA or mini-extension cables.

  • Page 36: Or 2.1 Home Stereo Installation

    This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may be different. A PC back-panel connectors (3, 6, or sound card) B Y adapter cables C Receiver/amplifier D Subwoofer E Front speakers (left and right) PC to 2.1 multichannel audio system connection Getting Started Guide...

  • Page 37: Speakers And A Subwoofer) Home Audio Installation

    (type 3, type 6, or sound card) B Y adapter cables C Receiver/amplifier D Subwoofer E Center speaker F Front speakers (left and right) G Rear speakers (left and right) PC to 5.1 multichannel audio system connection Configuring Speaker and Sound Options...

  • Page 38: Speakers And A Subwoofer) Home Audio Installation Procedure

    NOTE: Receiver/amplifier input connectors may be labeled Surround, 5.1, or 6 Channel inputs, CD, DVD, or DVD In. To connect a six-channel (5.1 speaker) home audio system to the PC: 1 Turn off the PC. 2 Turn off the receiver/amplifier.

  • Page 39: Connecting Digital Audio

    8 Turn on the PC. NOTE: Always turn on the PC before you turn on the speaker system. 9 After the audio system is connected to the PC, configure the audio software for sound output for your PC model: •...

  • Page 40: Step 2: Configuring The Sound Software

    4 Plug in the speaker system power. 5 Turn on the speaker system. 6 After the speakers are connected to the PC, configure the audio software for After connecting the speaker system to the PC, configure the sound software. Step 2: Configuring the Sound...

  • Page 41: Configuring Audio Output With Multi-channel Sound Manager

    Configuring audio output with Multi-channel Sound Manager If your PC model has type 3 connectors, follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers. To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with Multi-channel Sound Manager: 1 Click Start on the taskbar.

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    1 Follow steps 1 through 5 of the previous procedure, “Configuring audio output 2 Place a check next to Enable digital audio output. The Output digital and 3 Connect the Digital Audio Output connector on the back of your PC to your 4 Select your stereo system’s digital audio input.

  • Page 43: Configuring Audio Output With Sound Effect Manager

    Configuring audio output with Sound Effect Manager Follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers, if your PC model has 6 connectors. NOTE: A connector with no descriptive text in the Connection Guide indicates that the connector is not used for the selected speaker configuration.

  • Page 44: Using The Audio Wizard In The Sound Effect Manager

    With the Audio Wizard enabled, both the microphone connector and the headphones connector on the front of the PC can be retasked to perform a different audio function. These two connectors are universal audio jacks. When you plug in a cable, the wizard asks you to select the function for the cable from a list, and then it sets the universal audio jack to perform as the selected function.

  • Page 45: Configuring Audio Output With Realtek Hd Sound Effect Manager

    Configuring audio output with Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager Follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers, if your PC model has type 6 connectors and is capable of multistreaming audio. To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager: 1 Click Start on the taskbar.

  • Page 46: Configuring The Realtek Hd Sound Effect Manager

    DVD player software program to match your speaker configuration (if your DVD program supports more than two channels). To use a microphone or set up the PC for recording, see “Configuring sound for recording with the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager” on page 40.

  • Page 47: Configuring Multistreaming Audio

    Retasking front panel audio connectors with the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager The pink and green connectors on the front of the PC connectors can be retasked as needed. 1 Click Start on the taskbar, click Control Panel, Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, and then select Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager.

  • Page 48: Setting Up Multistreaming Audio

    Setting up multistreaming audio Example 1: Online gaming To configure multistreaming audio output for online gaming with Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager, you must enable Voice-over IP (VOIP) software (software used to converse over the Internet). Other players hear your voice from the microphone via the Internet and you hear the game audio from the rear speakers: 1 Connect the audio input and output connectors to: 2 Click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the system tray to...

  • Page 49: Step 3: Configuring Sound For The Media Software Program

    Example 2: For digital home entertainment To configure multistreaming audio output for digital home entertainment with Sound Effect Manager: 1 Connect the audio output connectors to: • A headphone set or powered speakers connected to the front Headphone Out (green) connector for stereo music playback. •...

  • Page 50: Selecting Recording Devices, Resolving Sound Issues

    • Some programs may result in low volume, even when the Volume knob is turned • Reconfigure the sound software for surround sound. • Reinstall the sound card drivers by using HP or Compaq Application Recovery. Getting Started Guide Devices). The Sounds and Audio Devices window opens.

  • Page 51: Connecting The Speakers

    1 Use the audio connection table above to connect your audio system to the sound card. 2 Turn on the PC. 3 Plug in and turn on the speaker system power. After connecting the speaker system to the sound card, follow the steps below to configure the speaker settings in the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi software.

  • Page 52: Configuring The Sound Card Software, Configuring The Flexijack Connector

    Configuring the sound card software Follow these steps after you have installed and connected your speakers to configure multi-channel audio output for PCs. NOTE: Three modes are available; Entertainment Mode is highlighted here. For information about other modes, see “Sound Blaster X-Fi configuration modes” on page 47.

  • Page 53: Recording With The Sound Card, Sound Blaster X-fi Configuration Modes

    Recording with the sound card The Sound Blaster X-Fi enables sound recording from multiple audio sources using Smart Recorder. 1 Click Start on the taskbar. 2 Choose All Programs, Creative, SoundBlaster X-Fi, and then click Smart Recorder. The Smart Recorder window displays. Smart Description Recorder Tools...

  • Page 54: More Information

    The main functions, such as speaker configuration, equalizer, and volume control, are available in all three modes. However, each mode optimizes the sound card resources to provide the best audio performance for the activity. Select the appropriate mode for what you are doing. Modes Audio Creation Mode...

  • Page 55: Using The Memory Card Reader

    CAUTION: Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove Hardware window with the USB Mass Storage Device selected. Doing so removes the operating system recognition of the memory card reader from your PC; you must restart the PC to see your memory card reader again. Using the Memory Card Reader...

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    1 Insert the media into the card slot until it stops. 2 The PC opens a window so you can use the media contents. You can copy files 3 When you are finished, right-click the drive icon, select Eject, check that the...

  • Page 57: Media Insertion Guide

    Media Insertion Guide 4-slot memory card reader (select models only) A Activity light B Upper-left slot C Lower-left slot D Upper-right slot E Lower-right slot Card CompactFlash Type I media CompactFlash Type II media IBM Microdrive disk drive Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD) Memory Card MultiMediaCard (MMC)

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    2-slot memory card reader (select models only) A Activity light F Upper slot G Lower slot Card Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card MultiMediaCard (MMC) Memory Stick (MS) Memory Card Memory Stick (MS-Pro) Memory Card SmartMedia (SM) Memory Card Label down xD media IBM Microdrive disk drive CompactFlash Type I media...

  • Page 59: Using The Hp Personal Media Drive

    USB hard disk drive designed to quickly and easily increase your storage capacity and to transfer media files such as digital photos, music, videos, and other important files. You can also use the HP Personal Media Drive to back up other drives on your PC.

  • Page 60: Connecting The Drive

    This special drive bay includes an internal USB port and power cable that connect to the drive when it is inserted. The drive turns on when it is plugged into an active USB port. If the PC is turned on NOTE: The drive can be with the drive connected, the drive automatically turns on.

  • Page 61: Inserting The Drive

    C HP Personal Media Drive guide ridges bottom of the PC drive bay. Do not force the drive into the bay; it should slide easily into the bay. to the internal power and USB port. With the PC turned on, the power indicator (B) on the front of the drive is lit when the drive is inserted correctly.

  • Page 62: Locating The Drive And Assigning A Drive Letter

    Locating the Drive and Assigning a Drive Letter After you insert the drive into the PC, you can find the drive in My Computer. The operating system automatically assigns a letter to the drive. The assigned letter depends on the other storage devices connected to the PC.

  • Page 63: Using The Drive

    PC, please place the drive in a well-ventilated area. Storing files The best way to transfer files to the HP Personal Media Drive is to drag them from your local hard disk drive. This allows you to place files in specific folders. Refer to the following procedures for more detailed instructions about creating linked folders.

  • Page 64: Disconnecting The Drive

    2 Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray 3 Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate your HP Personal Media 4 Select the HP Personal Media Drive, and then click OK. The name of the 5 Click Close.

  • Page 65: Working With Digital Images

    • CD or DVD: Insert the disc into the CD or DVD drive. • Digital camera or digital video camera: Connect the device to the PC with the transfer cable that came with the device. (Select models have a digital camera docking bay.

  • Page 66: Using Hp Photosmart Premier

    Using HP Photosmart Premier Use the HP Photosmart Premier software program to manage your photos, scanned images, and video clips. It has all the tools you need for viewing, organizing, editing, printing, sharing, and protecting digital images. To open HP Photosmart Premier: Click Start on the taskbar, All Programs, HP, and HP Photosmart Premier.

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    You must be connected to the Internet to use the Share feature. NOTE: Backup Click this tab to create backup discs of all the images on your PC or to recover images (either from a backup disc or from the Image Vault).

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    Getting Started Guide...

  • Page 69: Playing Cds And Dvds, Playing Music Cds, Playing Dvds

    You must have either a CD or DVD drive. 1 Insert the music CD into your CD or DVD drive. 2 The music CD automatically begins to play. For help online, go to: http://www.hp.com/music (English only) Playing DVDs You must have a DVD drive.

  • Page 70: Using Country/region Codes, Playing Cds And Dvds With Windows Media Player

    Playing CDs and DVDs with Windows Media Player Your PC must have a DVD drive to play DVD movies. 1 Insert the music CD or DVD movie into the drive. 2 To play the CD or DVD, use the playback buttons in the Windows Media Player For more information on using Windows Media Player, click the Help menu in the Windows Media Player menu bar.

  • Page 71: Playing Video Cds (vcds), Playing Video Cds (vcds) With Windows Media Player

    Playing Video CDs (VCDs) You must have either a CD or DVD drive. 1 Insert the video CD into your CD or DVD drive. The default video CD program opens. If the Video CD wizard window opens, choose the program you want to use from the list. You may have to scroll down in the window to see all available programs.

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    Getting Started Guide...

  • Page 73: Creating Audio And Data Discs

    For information about recording video files to DVDs, see “Creating Video Discs and Movies” on page 81. Your PC includes one or more CD, DVD, or combination optical drives capable of recording. Additionally, your PC may include the following software programs for recording to CDs or DVDs: •...

  • Page 74: Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording, Working With Audio Cds

    Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording Previously recorded files on CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW discs must be erased before recording new files. CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R discs cannot be erased. To erase a rewritable disc in Sonic DigitalMedia Plus: 1 Open the DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, 2 Click Tools and then Erase Disc.

  • Page 75: Verifying Audio Disc Recorded Without Errors, Audio Cd Tips

    CD-RW disc, but all previously recorded files must be erased first. CD-R discs cannot be erased. IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.

  • Page 76: Creating Audio Cds, Creating Jukebox Discs

    Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home. • Click Add Music and navigate to music stored on your PC. • In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to automatically search your PC for songs. • Insert a CD and add songs from it.

  • Page 77: Working With Data Dvds And Cds, Verifying Data Disc Recorded Without Errors, Data Disc Tips

    You can get detailed online Help by clicking the Help menu and then selecting Help. NOTE: DigitalMedia Plus scans for all audio files, even the sounds from your operating system. If you don’t want to display some of these sounds, you can select the Options icon (wrench).

  • Page 78: Creating Data Discs

    Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home. • Click Add Data and navigate to files stored on your PC. • In the Quick Scan panel, select a type of file to search for, and then click Scan to automatically search your PC for the selected file type.

  • Page 79: Archiving Files On A Cd Or Dvd

    6 Click Done when the recording is complete. Archiving Files on a CD or DVD To make an archive file copy of files stored on your PC using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus: 1 Open the DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

  • Page 80: Working With Image Files, Creating An Image File, Burning From An Image File

    8 When prompted, insert a recordable disc, and then click OK. 9 Click Done when recording is complete. For additional information about saving archives on your hard disk drive or scheduling automatic archives, see the online Help. Working with Image Files The Sonic recording programs can convert all the files from a CD or DVD and convert them into a single .iso file, or a series of .gi files (none exceeding 2 GB) known as an image file.

  • Page 81: Disc Labeling With Lightscribe, Lightscribe Requirements, Burning A Lightscribe Label With Sonic Express Labeler

    LightScribe media is identified by the LightScribe logo on the retail packaging and on the inner hub area of the disc itself. Your PC may come ready to work with many versions of LightScribe media (select models only); however, as new media versions are introduced, you need to update the driver software for your LightScribe-enabled CD or DVD drive.

  • Page 82: Using Adhesive Disc Labels, Compatibility Information

    CD and DVD players: • The CDs that you create play in most home and car stereos and in most PC • The DVDs that you create are compatible with some DVD video players and •...

  • Page 83: Disc Features And Compatibility Table

    *1 GB is defined as 1 billion bytes. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less. For the latest disc compatibility information for your PC, go to the HP Support Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support NOTE: Double-layer DVD technology is supported by select models only.

  • Page 84: Optical Drive Quick Reference Table

    Optical Drive Quick Reference Table Optical drive can: CD-ROM Read CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs Read DVDs Read data on a CD Play music Record data or music to disc for storage or backup View DVD movies Record DVD movies Play games Getting Started Guide CD-RW DVD-ROM...

  • Page 85: Software Quick Reference Table

    • Play music CDs, .mp3s, and other audio files. (select models only) • Record music files. • Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the PC. • Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening. muvee autoProducer •...

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    • Create .avi and .wmv (Windows Media Video) files. NOTE: You may have a software update CD included with your PC. You may need to install this CD before using the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive. To do this, follow the installation instructions that came with the CD.

  • Page 87: Creating Video Discs And Movies, Before You Begin Capturing Video

    These programs all capture, edit, and manage your home video files, while allowing you to add your own personal touch to your home movies. They come installed on your PC and can be started by clicking Start and then All Programs on your desktop.

  • Page 88: Sonic Mydvd Video Projects, Creating A Video Project

    PC and organize them into a project. (A scanner is required to transfer printed photos and is not included.) Projects can remain on your PC for playback and as an archive, and they can be burned to a DVD or video CD (VCD).

  • Page 89: Adding Files To A Video Project, Capturing Video To A Video Project

    You can capture live video or still images by connecting a Web camera or digital video camera to your PC’s USB connector. The video capture is added to your video project and stored in a file on your hard disk drive.

  • Page 90: Adding Slideshows To A Video Project, Adding Submenus To A Video Project

    8 In the Save As dialog box, name the captured file, and select the file format and 9 Click OK to return to the project window. Adding slideshows to a video project You can create a slideshow (a series of still images displayed automatically) by adding existing still photos to your project or by capturing them with a connected digital video source.

  • Page 91: Editing The Style Of A Video Project, Editing Movie Files

    4 Double-click the new submenu, and do one or more of the following: • Add existing video files as described in “Adding files to a video project” on page 83. • Capture video as described in “Capturing video to a video project” on page 83.

  • Page 92: Burning A Video Project To Disc

    • The DVD formats include 2xDVD (8.5GB) (double layer); DVD (4.7GB) (the default setting); DVD-RAM (2.6GB); and DVD (1.4GB). Some of these formats may not be supported by your model of PC. and click Burn.

  • Page 93: Creating A Video Project With The Direct-to-disc Wizards

    DVD or VCD video project. A video project is a way to group, organize, store, play, and burn related video and still digital files. 1 Connect your digital camcorder or Web camera to your PC. 2 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

  • Page 94: Video Quality And Disc Size

    Note that the Direct-to-Disc Wizards do not include the editing features that are available from the standard interface. You can edit a project created with a wizard before burning it to a disc as described in: • “Editing the style of a video project” on page 85. •...

  • Page 95: Dvd Recording Time

    415 min. 265 min. • The video quality depends on PC speed and graphics processing abilities. Some PCs may be unable to capture video at the HQ setting. • These are estimated recording times. The maximum duration is reduced if you use animated menu buttons or backgrounds.

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    Getting Started Guide...

  • Page 97: Creating Movies Using Muvee Autoproducer, Basic Steps To Make A Movie

    The basic steps to produce a movie with muvee autoProducer are: 1 Capture digital video: Capture live or recorded video to your hard disk 2 Add videos and pictures: Select video and picture files from your PC drive directly from a compatible digital video camcorder.

  • Page 98: Locating Muvee Autoproducer

    3 Add music: Select music files on your PC to add to your movie soundtrack. 4 Select a style: Apply a movie style editing template for different effects and 5 Add captions: Personalize your movie with opening titles and closing credits.

  • Page 99: Using Muvee Autoproducer, Getting Started

    Save/Burn Open the Listed muvee Files window to save the muvee finished movie on your PC hard disk drive, or to record the finished movie to a disc. “Adding videos” on page 95. “Adding pictures” on page 97.

  • Page 100: Capturing Video From A Dv Camcorder

    When capturing video, it is important to be aware of the amount of free space available on your PC hard disk drive. Capturing video can use a large amount of disk space. The amount of free disk space displays on the Capture Video window in muvee autoProducer while you are capturing video.

  • Page 101: Adding Videos

    To capture camcorder (copy) recorded video to your hard disk drive: 1 Connect your DV camcorder to the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port on your PC. 2 Turn on the camcorder and set to VCR mode. For more information about using VCR mode with your camcorder, refer to the instructions that came with the camcorder.

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    5 You can mark specific scenes in a video clip to include or leave out of your final Getting Started Guide movie, with the magicMoments feature in muvee autoProducer. To select video scenes with magicMoments: a Select a video file in the Select Video/Pictures window, and then click the magicMoments button.

  • Page 103: Adding Pictures, Adding Music

    Adding pictures To add still image files to your movie production: 1 Select the Add Pictures button in the Video/Pictures area. The Add Picture window opens. 2 Browse the folders, as required. 3 Select existing still image files on your hard disk drive, if desired for your movie: •...

  • Page 104: Selecting The Style, Changing The Settings

    Selecting the style The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of style templates for setting the pace, scene transition effects, and caption fonts. The style you use also affects how muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture, and music files in your movie project to produce the final movie.

  • Page 105: Adding An Opening Title And Closing Credits

    4 Select the Audio tab to set the sound preferences. Click one of the following settings: • Use all music. Place a check in the check box to use the sequence of sound files in the Add Music window. smartJoin ™ multiple music files. Place a check in the check box to •...

  • Page 106: Making The Movie, Previewing The Movie

    Making the movie After you have added at least one video or picture file to your movie project, you can have muvee autoProducer make the movie. The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by combining the video, picture, and music files you have selected, along with the style of movie, and puts together all of these pieces into a professional-looking movie with just a few steps.

  • Page 107: Modify The Movie

    Modify the movie After you have created the movie, muvee autoProducer allows you make some quick final changes to your project before saving. muvee autoProducer can automatically replace shots with other similar or contrasting ones. Alternatively, you can manually choose your replacement shots. To modify a movie: 1 Click the Tweak muvee button.

  • Page 108: Saving The Movie Project

    4 The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the 5 Click Save Now. 6 Choose where you want to play the movie (PC, TV, or Mobile Devices) and Getting Started Guide The Listed muvee Files window opens with all your muvee files listed.

  • Page 109: Recording The Movie Project To Disc

    7 Click the Change Settings button to change the video and audio settings of the movie file type as required (advanced users only). 8 Click Browse to choose a location on the hard disk drive to save the movie. 9 Click the Save button. You can watch the preview as it saves. 10 When saving is complete, you can click Play muvees to watch the files you saved or Open output folder to view the folder where you saved the files.

  • Page 110

    10 Select the type of video disc to create: DVD, VCD, or SVCD. 11 If you wish to create more than one disc using the same muvee file, use 12 Click Burn Now to begin burning your movie to disc. 13 Click OK when the recording is complete.

  • Page 111: Getting Help, Finding Onscreen Guides, Finding Guides On The Web

    4 Click an item to view it or use it. NOTE: guides. Finding Guides on the Web You can find guides and information for your PC using the Internet to access the Support Web site. 1 Go to http://www.hp.com/support in your Web browser. 2 Select your country/region and language.

  • Page 112: Using The Onscreen Help And Support Center, Using Pc Help & Tools

    • Click Start on the taskbar, and choose Help and Support. Using PC Help & Tools The PC Help & Tools folder (select models only) in the All Programs menu contains special utilities for PC owners such as support information and programs.

  • Page 113: Getting Messages, Turning Off Messages

    You cannot receive Updates from HP (or Compaq Connections) messages, NOTE: including important information that may be critical to the operation of your PC, while the service is off. To turn off the Updates from HP (or Compaq Connections) Service: 1 Click Start on the taskbar.

  • Page 114: Reactivating Messages

    Reactivating messages When you reactivate the Updates from HP (or Compaq Connections) service, the service runs whenever you are connected to the Internet, and you automatically receive messages as they become available. To turn on the service: 1 Click Start on the taskbar.

  • Page 115: Index

    Index adding adhesive disc labels antivirus, installing program appending discs audio connectors best fit for videos and pictures bit rate Burn to disc burning buttons, keyboard files to video projects music pictures video retasking (multistreaming) DVDs, VCDs audio and data disc –...

  • Page 116

    FireWire Fit to music getting video from Camera Help and Support home stereo system connecting to the PC home videos HP Organize HP Personal Media Drive activity and power lights automatic on and off feature disconnecting the drive...

  • Page 117

    MyDVD see: Sonic MyDVD Norton Internet Security configuring registering optical drive quick reference organizing Internet links and the PC passwords creating Help & Tools setting up transferring files and settings to new PC peripherals...

  • Page 118

    (quality) enable digital audio output multichannel audio configuring connecting – resolving sound issues connecting to the PC messages video Title effect Title/Credits Title/Credits in muvee autoProducer transferring information to your new PC TV shows copying to CDs or DVDs...

  • Page 119

    projects background music burning to disc button styles capture length capturing video chapter points custom styles Direct-to-Disc wizards editing MyDVD scene detection searching for scenes slideshows submenus supported file formats text formatting transition effects user interfaces quality settings (MyDVD) supported DVD formats volume controls Web Streaming...

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