HP ExpressCard Analog TV Tuner
Document Part Number: 398690-001
December 2005
This guide provides information to help you set up your
HP ExpressCard Analog TV Tuner to use with your computer
and the Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 operating
system.

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  • Page 1: Hardware Setup

    HP ExpressCard Analog TV Tuner Document Part Number: 398690-001 December 2005 This guide provides information to help you set up your HP ExpressCard Analog TV Tuner to use with your computer and the Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 operating system.

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    Corporation. 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. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Introduction Before you begin ....... 1–2 Getting help ........1–3 2 Identifying the hardware Setup components .

  • Page 4: Remote Control, Troubleshooting

    Contents 5 Remote control Remote control buttons ......5–2 Using the remote control ......5–7 Replacing the remote control batteries.

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    Introduction This guide provides the necessary steps to connect the HP ExpressCard Analog TV Tuner to your computer using your existing cable/satellite service. 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. you want to make. 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 provided in Chapter 4, “Advanced connections.”...

  • Page 7: Getting Help

    Introduction Getting help If you have any difficulty with the setup process, refer to Appendix A, “Troubleshooting,” for help. If you are still having trouble, refer to the Media Center Help menu: 1. Open Media Center: ❏ Press the START button on your remote. –...

  • Page 8: Setup Components

    Identifying the hardware Setup components To set up Media Center, unpack your TV tuner and obtain additional items, including the following components (not provided): ■ Computer with a Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 operating system and computer equipment (such as an AC adapter) required to use the computer.

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    The following components are included with your TV tuner. Depending on your connection, not all components are required to set up Media Center. Component Description HP ExpressCard Analog Provides input and output jacks for TV Tuner the Media Center. Composite audio/video and...

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    Remote sensor Connects to the USB port on the computer. When connected, you can change channels using the Media Center Remote Control. HP Media Center Remote Used to change channels and Control navigate Media Center. ✎ For more information on composite video, RF coaxial, S-Video, and other terms, refer to Appendix B, “Glossary.”...

  • 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 Getting Started guide, included with your computer, for instructions. Step 2: Set up your audio/video connection Two common connections are detailed in the following sections. The connection you use will depend on what you want to do with your audio/video setup and the type of TV input you use.

  • Page 12: Connections

    TV tuner setup Connections Connecting the TV tuner is a simple setup that allows you to ■ Watch and/or record a live TV program on your computer. – or – ■ Record one live TV program while watching a previously recorded TV program.

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    TV tuner setup Connection 1: Connecting with regular TV or cable TV without a set-top box ✎ Computer features may vary. Cable lengths are not shown to scale. To connect the TV tuner to your existing regular TV or cable TV source (without a set-top box): 1.

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    TV tuner setup 4. Connect the remote sensor to a USB port on the computer. ✎ You can connect the remote sensor to any USB port on your computer. 5. Complete the setup of your TV tuner. Refer to “Step 4: Complete the setup,”...

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    TV tuner setup Connection 2: Connecting with satellite TV or cable TV with a set-top box ✎ Refer to your cable or satellite set-top box user guide for the exact location and labeling of components. ✎ Computer features may vary. Cable lengths are not shown to scale.

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    TV tuner setup 3. Connect the RF coaxial cable attachment 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. ✎ You can connect the remote sensor to any USB port on your computer. 6. Connect the infrared (IR) emitter cable from the IR receiver to the set-top box.

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    Step 3: Connect the infrared (IR) emitter cable (set-top box connections only) In order to change channels using the HP Media Center Remote Control, you must connect the IR emitter cable from the remote sensor to your cable or satellite set-top box.

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    TV tuner setup 3. Press the adhesive side of the IR emitter onto the infrared (IR) lens on the front of the set-top box 3. ✎ To help locate the IR lens, shine a flashlight on the front of the set-top box. The IR lens is usually a small, dark red window.

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    TV tuner setup After the IR emitter is connected to the set-top box, you can use the HP Media Center Remote Control to change the channels. 3–10 Hardware Setup...

  • Page 21: Step 4: Complete The Setup

    TV tuner setup Step 4: Complete the setup To complete the setup: 1. Point the remote control at the remote sensor. and then press the START button on your remote control to open Media Center. Refer to Chapter 5, “Remote control,”...

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    TV tuner setup 2. The Media Center Setup Wizard opens. (Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the Media Center software.) If the Setup Wizard does not open, or if you have already runHthe Setup Wizard and would like to run it again: a.

  • Page 23: Advanced Connections

    Advanced connections The following sections provide additional setup instructions on ■ 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: 1. To avoid video transmission problems, unplug the RF coaxial cable before connecting a composite video cable. 2. 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.

  • Page 27: S-video

    Advanced connections S-Video To connect S-Video: 1. To avoid video transmission problems, unplug the RF coaxial cable before connecting an S-Video cable. 2. 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.

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    Advanced connections 4. Connect the S-Video cable and the red and white audio plugs on the composite audio and video cable 3 on the TV tuner. Ä Do not connect the yellow composite video plug. 4–6 Hardware Setup...

  • Page 29: 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 may 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: 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. b.

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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 Media Center Setup Wizard for the first time, you may need to reconfigure settings in Media Center.

  • 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 If you connected your audio receiver after running the Media Center Setup Wizard for the first time, you may need to reconfigure settings in Media Center. ✎ If you have not run the Media Center Setup Wizard yet, you do not need to perform the following procedure.

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    Remote control The HP Media Center Remote Control is designed to work with the Windows XP Media Center 2005 operating system. Use the remote control to open the Media Center application, change channels, view and record television programs, play previously recorded TV programs, and play music, movies, or video.

  • 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. DVD MENU Opens the main menu on a DVD movie, if available. MUSIC Selects My Music, where you can access, manage, record, and play music files. RADIO Selects FM Radio as your media source (optional).

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    Remote control Button Description ARROWS, OK ARROWS move between menus, windows, or activities. Arrows move the cursor to select actions within the Media Center windows. OK selects a desired action and works as the ENTER button. If you are watching live TV, press the OK button to go to the previous channel.

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    Remote control Button Description MUTE Turns off computer sound. The word “Mute” is displayed on the screen when Mute is turned on. MORE Displays available information about a selected media file, such as a TV program summary or music artist information. It also displays options to rotate or print your pictures.

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    Remote control Button Description VIDEOS Selects My Videos, where you can access, manage, and play previously recorded video files. PICTURES Selects My Pictures, where you can access, manage and share pictures, plus create slideshows. Selects My TV, which allows you to manage your TV viewing experience.

  • Page 40: Using The Remote Control

    Remote control Using the remote control To use the remote control: 1. Be sure the remote control batteries are installed. Refer to “Replacing the remote control batteries” for details. 2. Be sure the remote sensor is connected to the computer. Refer to Chapter 3, “TV tuner setup,”...

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    Remote control When you press a button on the remote control, the remote sensor light on the remote control will blink briefly, indicating that the remote control is sending a signal to the TV tuner. You must point the remote control at the remote sensor for the signal to be received.

  • 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 Media Center hardware, refer to the following pages. If your problem is not addressed in this guide, refer to the Media Center Help files by selecting the question mark icon on the Media Center menu bar at the top of the screen.

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution ■ Be sure you are using the HP Media Center My remote control does not work. Remote Control and not an unsupported remote control. ■ Be sure the remote sensor is connected to the computer. Refer to Chapter 3, “TV tuner...

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution My TV tuner is Media Center does not automatically detect TV connected to a TV antenna signals during the setup process. In order antenna but I do not get to properly get a TV antenna configuration setup, a broadcast signal.

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    Troubleshooting Problem Solution I hear no sound, or the The Windows Media Player and Windows XP volume is too low in Media Center share certain audio device control Media Center. settings. If volume settings in Media Center do not meet your expectations, check the following: ■...

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    Glossary composite audio/video—An audio/video transmission type that provides improved video quality over RF coaxial. Can be used instead of RF coaxial in setups that use a cable or satellite set-top box. A composite audio/video cable is provided. Digital Video Recorder—See TV tuner. ExpressCard—An ExpressCard is a next-generation, high-performance PC Card that must be inserted in the ExpressCard slot.

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    Glossary S-Video—A video transmission type that provides improved video quality over RF coaxial and composite video types. TV tuner—The TV tuner allows you to watch and record TV programming on your computer. B–2 Hardware Setup...

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    Index computer, setting up 3–1 connections 3–1 3–2 audio connecting a stereo 4–10 connecting a television 4–8 Digital Video Recorder. See connecting composite 4–4 TV tuner connecting S-Video 4–6 troubleshooting A–4 ExpressCard 2–2 audio problems A–4 audio receiver, connecting 4–10 features 1–1 1–2 battery, remote control 5–9...

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    Index Media Center Setup Wizard S-Video 3–12 defined D–2 Media Center, configure video quality 4–3 settings 4–9 4–11 S-Video cable 2–2 connecting television 4–7 connecting to set-top box operating system 1–1 4–3 planning 1–2 3–1 television connecting 4–7 remote control display settings 4–9 buttons 5–2 troubleshooting A–2...

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