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Dell™ Media Center
User's Guide
media
control
buttons
Media Center
start menu
back
arrow buttons
live TV
my music
my videos
volume
numeric buttons*
clear
enter
*Note: When entering text in a Media Center search or text box on a computer running
®
Japanese Microsoft
buttons. Follow the instructions on the screen.
®
Windows
XP , you can enter extended characters using the numeric
w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m
standby
guide
more info
my TV
my pictures
channel/page
Japan only
star
pound

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  • Page 1 Japan only numeric buttons* star pound clear enter *Note: When entering text in a Media Center search or text box on a computer running ® ® Japanese Microsoft Windows XP , you can enter extended characters using the numeric buttons. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Page 2 Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Computer Corporation is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Computer Corporation; Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Viewing Pictures in Media Center ........
  • Page 4 Adding Files to Media Library and Creating a Playlist ....20 Playing Music ............21 Using My Videos .
  • Page 5: Quick Start

    XP Media Center is your all-in-one computer entertainment center. Whether you want to watch or record TV programs, play DVDs, or view pictures, Media Center does it all. The following instructions explain how to explore some of the more common functions of Windows XP Media Center using either your mouse/keyboard or the all-in-one remote control.
  • Page 6: Remote Control Buttons

    Remote Control Buttons media control Controls features for a TV, DVD, and CD. center Media Center Opens the Media Center start menu (see start menu page 7). back Returns the computer to the previous window within Media Center. arrow buttons Helps navigate within all Media Center windows.
  • Page 7: Starting Media Center

    Media Center allows you to watch any program offered by your TV service provider. However, before you can watch TV using Media Center, you must correctly set up your computer for the TV signal source (cable, satellite, etc.) and run the software wizard. For more information on hardware setup, see "Other Features" on page 19 and the setup diagram that came with your computer.
  • Page 8: Watching A Tv Program

    Television Program Guide Media Center provides a Television Program Guide that allows you to scroll through a list of the current TV programs and channels available from your TV service provider. The Guide displays the channel and network, as well as the show title and scheduled time block.
  • Page 9: Recording Tv

    Recording TV Media Center allows you to record TV programs so that you can watch them at your convenience. You can record the program you are watching or a future program or program series using the Guide, using Search or manually.
  • Page 10: Recording A Program You Are Watching

    During scheduled recordings, you can only watch the program being recorded. If you change channels while recording, the recording stops. Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control In the Media Center Start Menu window, click Press the MY TV button. My TV. Highlight Guide and press OK.
  • Page 11: Recording A Program Using Search

    During scheduled recordings, you can only watch the program being recorded. If you change channels while recording, the recording stops. NOTE: If you go to another area in Media Center, the TV channel you last selected is displayed in the inset window at the bottom of the window. Using the Mouse and Keyboard...
  • Page 12: Recording A Program Manually

    Media Center Start Menu window. Recording a Program Manually Media Center allows you to begin recording before the scheduled program begins and after the program ends. Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control In the Media Center Start Menu window, click Press the MY TV button.
  • Page 13: Changing Your Tv Guide Settings

    Changing Your TV Guide Settings Media Center allows you to change the settings for playing and recording TV programs as well as playing DVDs. If you set up a program recording and another program is scheduled at the same time, you can enable Media Center to resolve the conflict.
  • Page 14: Playing A Recorded Program

    Playing DVDs Media Center allows you to watch DVDs while using your remote control or mouse to control the DVD menu items. If you play your DVD in another program, the use of some remote control buttons is not supported.
  • Page 15 • To watch your DVD in Media Center, cancel the on-screen messages to use the DVD player software and then open Media Center. Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control While in the Media Center Start Menu window, While in the Media Center Start Menu window, insert the DVD into the drive.
  • Page 16: Playing A Dvd Already In Your Drive

    Playing a DVD Already in Your Drive If you have a DVD in your drive and have been working in another area of Media Center or another program. Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control In the Media Center Start Menu window, click In the Media Center Start Menu window, press Play DVD.
  • Page 17: Viewing Your Pictures

    Viewing Your Pictures Media Center allows you to view your pictures individually, as a slide show, or as a slide show with music. You must organize your pictures in the My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer to view them in Media Center.
  • Page 18: Sorting Pictures

    Sorting Pictures Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control In the Media Center Start Menu window, click Press the MY PICTURES button. My Pictures. Highlight Sort by date or Sort by name and press NOTE: If you do not see the My Pictures option, scroll through the list using on your keyboard.
  • Page 19: Other Features

    Other Features Using My Music Media Center allows you to copy, organize, and play CDs or digital music files in your music library. Copying a CD to the Media Library Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control In the Media Center Start Menu window, Press the MY MUSIC button.
  • Page 20: Adding Files To Media Library And Creating A Playlist

    OK. Repeat this step to add all of your music files. In the Media Library, select your playlist to confirm your music files have been added. If open, close Media Center. Your playlist does not appear in My Music unless you close and open Media Center.
  • Page 21: Playing Music

    Artists, and Genres. The following table is an example of playing music by album. Using the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Remote Control In the Media Center Start Menu window, click Press the MY MUSIC button. My Music. Highlight Albums and press OK.
  • Page 22: Using My Videos

    My Videos or Shared Video folder in Windows Explorer in order to play them in Media Center. When you have placed all your videos into the My Videos or Shared Video folder, you can rename, add, delete, and organize them into folders.
  • Page 23: Index

    TV program, 9 organizing, 22 resizing window, 16 and watching a program, 10, playing, 22 manually, 12 using Search, 11 using the Guide, 10 Media Center remote control starting, 7 buttons, 6 Media Library copying CD, 19 music playing, 21...
  • Page 24 Index...