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HP ExpressCard Digital/Analog TV Tuner
Document Part Number: 438624-001
December 2006
This guide provides information to help you set up your
HP ExpressCard Hybrid Digital/Analog TV Tuner to use with
your computer and the Windows Vistaâ„¢ operating system.

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  • Page 1: Hardware Setup

    Hardware Setup HP ExpressCard Digital/Analog TV Tuner Document Part Number: 438624-001 December 2006 This guide provides information to help you set up your HP ExpressCard Hybrid Digital/Analog TV Tuner to use with your computer and the Windows Vista™ operating system.

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    Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Introduction Before you begin ....... 1–2 Getting help ........1–3 Getting help for Windows Media Center .

  • Page 4: Remote Control, Troubleshooting

    Contents 5 Remote control Remote control buttons ......5–2 Using the remote control ......5–6 Replacing the remote control batteries.

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    Introduction This guide provides instructions for connecting the HP ExpressCard Digital/Analog TV Tuner to your computer using your existing cable/satellite setup or the antenna included. When connected, the TV tuner lets you use your computer like a standard TV and video recorder, allowing you to watch and record TV programs, and schedule TV recordings.

  • Page 6: Before You Begin

    Introduction Before you begin Review this guide carefully to determine the most appropriate connection for your equipment. Refer to Chapter 3, “TV tuner setup,” for information on the most common connections. Additional connections, such as adding a TV to your setup, are described in Chapter 4, “Advanced connections.”...

  • Page 7: Getting Help, Getting Help For Windows Media Center, Getting Help For Quickplay

    Introduction Getting help If you have any difficulty with the setup process, refer to Appendix A, “Troubleshooting,” for help. For help with your software, refer to one of the following sections. Getting help for Windows Media Center If you are having trouble with Windows Media Center, refer to Windows Help and Support: From your Windows desktop, select Start >...

  • Page 8: Setup Components

    Identifying the hardware Setup components Unpack your TV tuner. In addition to the items provided with the TV Tuner, you will also need the following items (purchased separately): ■ Computer with a Windows Vista operating system and required computer equipment (such as an AC adapter). ■...

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    Identifying the hardware The following components are included with your TV tuner. Depending on your connection, not all components are required. Component Description HP ExpressCard Provides input and output jacks for Digital/Analog TV Tuner the antenna or media cables. TV tuner antenna Receives standard and high definition digital broadcast signals.

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    HP MediaBuddy Remote Control. Remote sensor Connects to the USB port on the computer. When it is connected, you can change channels using the HP MediaBuddy Remote Control. RF coaxial cable adapter Connects an RF coaxial cable to the TV tuner.

  • Page 11: Step 1: Set Up Your Computer, Step 2: Set Up Your Audio/video Connection

    TV tuner setup Step 1: Set up your computer If you have not already set up your computer, refer to the printed Setup Instructions poster, included with your computer, for details. Step 2: Set up your audio/video connection Three common connections are detailed in the following sections. The connection you use depends on what you want to do with your audio/video setup and on the type of TV input you use.

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    TV tuner setup ✎ QuickPlay is preinstalled on your computer and may be used with any version of the Windows Vista operating system. Windows Media Center is included in only the Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. If you have the Basic or Business edition of Windows Vista, you must use QuickPlay.

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    TV tuner setup The type of connection you use will depend on your existing TV source and the availability of a digital broadcast. Refer to the following table for more information. Your TV Source Refer to Section Digitally broadcast “Connection 1: Connecting with an antenna”...

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    ✎ The antenna cable length is not shown to scale. To install the TV tuner and connect it to the TV tuner antenna: 1. Insert the TV tuner 1 into the ExpressCard slot on the computer. ✎ The location of the ExpressCard slot varies by computer model.

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    To connect the TV tuner to your regular TV or cable TV source without a set-top box: 1. Insert the TV tuner 1 into the ExpressCard slot on the computer. 2. Connect the RF coaxial cable adapter 2 to the TV tuner.

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    RF coaxial cable. Refer to Chapter 4, “Advanced connections,” for instructions. 3. Connect the RF coaxial cable adapter 5 to the TV tuner. 4. Insert the TV tuner 6 into the ExpressCard slot on the computer. 3–6 Hardware Setup...

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    TV tuner setup 5. Connect the remote sensor to a USB port on the computer. Refer to “Step 3: Connect the remote sensor,” for details. 6. Complete the setup of your TV tuner. Refer to “Step 4: Complete the setup,” later in this chapter. ✎...

  • Page 18: Step 3: Connect The Remote Sensor

    TV tuner setup Step 3: Connect the remote sensor To change channels using the HP MediaBuddy Remote Control, the remote sensor must be connected to your computer: 1. Connect the remote sensor to a USB port on the computer. ✎...

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    TV tuner setup 2. Connect the infrared (IR) emitter cable from the IR receiver to the set-top box. If you did not include a set-top box in your setup, proceed to “Step 4: Complete the setup,” later in this chapter. a.

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    TV tuner setup After the IR emitter is connected to the set-top box, you can use the HP MediaBuddy Remote Control to change the channels. 3. Complete the setup of your TV tuner. Refer to “Step 4: Complete the setup,” later in this chapter.

  • Page 21: Step 4: Complete The Setup

    TV tuner setup Step 4: Complete the setup Complete the following steps to finish the setup procedure: 1. Turn on the computer. 2. Point the remote control at the remote sensor and then press the Start 1 or QuickPlay 2 button on your remote control to open your software.

  • Page 22: Running The Setup Wizard

    TV tuner setup Running the Setup Wizard If the Setup Wizard fails to open after you perform the preceeding steps, or if you have already run the Setup Wizard and would like to run it again, perform either of the following procedures: 1.

  • Page 23: Advanced Connections

    Advanced connections The following sections provide additional setup instructions for these connections: ■ Using composite video or S-Video instead of RF coaxial (for connections with cable or satellite set-top boxes only) ■ Adding a television to your connection ■ Adding a stereo to your connection ✎...

  • Page 24: Tv Tuner Cable Components

    Advanced connections TV tuner cable components Component Description Composite video cable Connects to video equipment for composite video input. Composite audio cables (2) Connects to video equipment for composite audio input. S-Video cable* Connects to video equipment that supports S-Video input. Provides improved video performance over composite video.

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    Advanced connections Using composite video or S-Video (set-top box connections only) If you are using a cable or satellite set-top box in your setup, you have the option of improving video quality by connecting a composite video or S-Video cable (instead of an RF coaxial cable) from your set-top box to the TV tuner.

  • Page 26: Composite Video

    Advanced connections Composite video To connect composite video, complete the following steps: 1. Connect the composite audio/video cable 1 to the red, white, and yellow composite audio and video jacks on your cable or satellite set-top box. ✎ Refer to your cable or satellite set-top box user guide for the exact location and labeling of jacks.

  • Page 27: S-video

    Advanced connections S-Video To connect S-Video, complete the following steps: 1. Connect the S-Video cable 1 to the S-Video-out jack on your cable or satellite set-top box. ✎ Refer to your cable or satellite set-top box user guide for the exact location and labeling of jacks.

  • Page 28: Adding A Tv To Your Connection

    Advanced connections Adding a TV to your connection Adding a TV to your connection allows you to watch and listen to TV programs on the television as well as on your computer. ✎ TV and computer features vary. Refer to your TV and computer user guides for the exact location and labeling of jacks.

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    Advanced connections 2. If you want to hear sound from your TV rather than from your computer, complete these steps: a. Connect the red and white (right and left) plugs of an audio Y-cable (not included) to the red and white (right and left) audio-in jacks on your TV 1.

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    Advanced connections 3. Turn on your TV. 4. Be sure your TV is set to view the correct video source (video 1, video 2, etc.). 5. Press on your computer keyboard one or more times to fn+f4 display your computer screen on your TV. If you connected your TV after running the Setup Wizard for the first time, you may need to reconfigure settings.

  • Page 31: Configuring The Tv Display

    Advanced connections Configuring the TV display You can use either Windows Media Center or QuickPlay to configure the display on your TV. To configure the TV display using Windows Media Center, follow these steps: 1. Open Windows Media Center: ❏ Press the Start button on your remote.

  • Page 32: Adding An Audio Receiver To Your Connection

    Advanced connections Adding an audio receiver to your connection Adding a stereo or surround sound audio receiver to your connection allows you to play music on your computer and listen to it on the audio receiver. To add an audio receiver to your connection: ✎...

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    Advanced connections Configuring external speakers If you connected your audio receiver after running the Setup Wizard for the first time, you may need to reconfigure settings. ✎ If you have not yet run the Setup Wizard, you do not need to perform the following procedure.

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    Remote control The HP MediaBuddy Remote Control is designed to work with the Windows Vista operating system. Use the remote control to open media applications, change channels, view and record television programs, play previously recorded TV programs, and play music, movies, or video. The...

  • Page 35: Remote Control Buttons

    Remote control Remote control buttons 5–2 Hardware Setup...

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    Remote control Button Description Power Puts the computer into and brings it out of a power-reduced state. Print Prints pictures that you select in the My Pictures window. This button does not print files from Windows Explorer. Media Radio selects FM Radio as your media source. Music selects My Music, where you can access, manage, record, and play music files.

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    Remote control Button Description ■ Records TV programs. The Record button works Record only when My TV is used to play a TV show. It is inactive when other media are playing. ■ To record a TV show while watching live TV or viewing the Program Guide, press Record once.

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    Remote control Button Description Pause Pauses selected media. To play media frame by frame in slow motion, press the Pause button and then press the Forward button repeatedly. To continue slow motion, press the Forward button more than once. ■ Advances 30 seconds in live TV or in a recorded Skip program.

  • Page 39: Using The Remote Control

    Remote control Button Description Zoom Alternates between various aspect modes in TV. Guide Opens the electronic television Program Guide. Internet access may be required. ■ Moves a TV program forward to the end of the Live TV pause buffer and resumes playing live TV. When you pause a TV program, you can use the LIVE TV button to move forward to live TV.

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    Remote control 4. Press the Start 1 or QuickPlay 2 button on your remote control to open your software. Hardware Setup 5–7...

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    Remote control The remote control must be pointed at the remote sensor when any button is pushed for the TV tuner to receive the signal. The remote sensor light 1 on the remote control then blinks briefly to indicate that a signal has been sent successfully. 5–8 Hardware Setup...

  • Page 42: Replacing The Remote Control Batteries

    Remote control Replacing the remote control batteries To replace the remote control batteries: 1. Turn the remote control over with the back facing up. 2. Remove the battery cover 1. 3. Remove the old batteries and insert new batteries 2. 4.

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    Troubleshooting For help in troubleshooting problems with your hardware, refer to the following pages. Hardware Setup A–1...

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution ■ Be sure you are using the HP MediaBuddy My remote control does not work. Remote Control and not an unsupported remote control. ■ Be sure that the remote control has a clear line-of-sight with the remote sensor. Refer to “Using the remote...

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution I am using a TV in my Confirm that the TV is properly connected to the setup, but I cannot see computer. Refer to “Adding a TV to your anything on the TV connection” in Chapter 4. screen.

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution I want to use an external Perform the following procedure: hard drive, secondary 1. Be sure your external hard drive is connected hard drive, or optional to your computer or optional expansion base. expansion base hard 2. If using an optional expansion base, be sure it drive to store my TV is connected to the computer.

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution I hear no sound, or the The Windows Media Player and Windows Vista volume is too low. may share certain audio device control settings. If volume performance does not meet your expectations, check the following settings: ■ Open Windows Media Player and verify that the volume settings are not muted or turned down too low.

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    A composite audio/video cable is provided. Digital video recorder—See TV tuner. ExpressCard—A next-generation, high-performance PC Card that must be inserted in the ExpressCard slot. An ExpressCard can add TV tuner functionality to the computer. HDTV—High-definition television, the highest of the digital television standards.

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    Glossary remote sensor—Connects to the USB port on the computer so that you can change channels using the HP MediaBuddy Remote Control. RF coaxial—An audio/video transmission type that provides standard video quality. RF coaxial cables are used to connect your TV source to the TV tuner.

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    A–5 tuner audio problems A–5 Digital/Analog TV Tuner. See audio receiver, connecting TV tuner 4–10 ExpressCard 2–2 battery, remote control 5–9 ExpressCard slot 3–4 buttons QuickPlay 3–11 5–7 features 1–1 1–2 remote control 5–2 START 3–11 5–7 hard drive, external A–4 HDTV, defined B–1...

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    Index infrared lens B–1 set-top box Internet connection 1–2 2–1 connecting composite IR emitter cable, identifying video 4–3 2–3 connecting S-Video 4–3 IR receiver, using remote defined B–2 control 3–11 5–6 5–8 Setup Wizard 3–11 4–11 speaker settings 4–11 standard definition 3–3 4–3 NTSC, defined B–1 stereo, connecting 4–10...

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    Index video types supported 4–3 volume, problems with A–5 Windows Media Center 1–2 1–3 3–1 4–11 Windows Media Center, defined B–1 Windows Media Player A–5 Windows Vista operating system 1–2 Basic edition 3–2 Business edition 3–2 Premium edition 3–2 Ultimate edition 3–2 Hardware Setup Index–3...

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