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Product notice
This user guide describes features that are
common to most models. Some features may
not be available on your computer.
This computer may require upgraded and/or
separately purchased hardware and/or a DVD
drive to install the Windows 7 software and
take full advantage of Windows 7 functionality.
Go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/
windows7/get-know-windows-7 for details.
To access the latest user guide, go to
http://www.hp.com/support, and select your
country. Select Drivers & Downloads, and then
follow the on-screen instructions.
Software terms
By installing, copying, downloading, or
otherwise using any software product
preinstalled on this computer , you agree to be
bound by the terms of the HP End User License
Agreement (EULA). If you do not accept these
license terms, your sole remedy is to return the
entire unused product (hardware and software)
within 14 days for a full refund subject to the
refund policy of your seller.
For any further information or to request a full
refund of the price of the computer , please
contact your seller.Safety warning notice
WARNING! To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the computer , do not place the
computer directly on your lap or obstruct the computer air vents. Use the computer only on a hard, flat
surface. Do not allow another hard surface, such as an adjoining optional printer , or a soft surface, such as
pillows or rugs or clothing, to block airflow. Also, do not allow the AC adapter to come into contact with the
skin or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, during operation. The computer and the AC adapter
comply with the user-accessible surface temperature limits defined by the International Standard for Safety
of Information Technology Equipment (IEC 60950-1).
iiiiv Safety warning noticeProcessor configuration setting (select models only)
IMPORTANT: Select computer models are configured with an Intel® Pentium® N35xx series or a Celeron®
N28xx/N29xx series processor and a Windows® operating system. If your computer is configured as
described, do not change the processor configuration setting in msconfig.exe from 4 or 2 processors to 1
processor. If you do so, your computer will not restart. You will have to perform a factory reset to restore the
original settings.
vvi Processor configuration setting (select models only)Table of contents
1 Welcome ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Finding information …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
2 Getting to know your computer ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Right ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Left ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
Display ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Top …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
TouchPad …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
Lights ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 8
Buttons, speakers, and fingerprint reader ……………………………………………………………………………. 10
Keys ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 12
Bottom …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
Front ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
3 Connecting to a network ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Connecting to a wireless network ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
Using the wireless controls ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Turning wireless devices on or off ………………………………………………………………………. 15
Using HP Connection Manager (select models only) ……………………………………………… 16
Using the wireless button ………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
Using operating system controls ………………………………………………………………………… 16
Using a WLAN ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Using an Internet service provider ……………………………………………………………………… 17
Setting up a WLAN ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
Configuring a wireless router ……………………………………………………………………………… 17
Protecting your WLAN ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
Connecting to a WLAN ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
Using Bluetooth wireless devices (select models only) ………………………………………………………….. 18
Connecting to a wired network ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19
Connecting to a local area network (LAN) …………………………………………………………………………….. 19
4 Navigating using the keyboard, touch gestures and pointing devices ……………………………………………………… 20
Using pointing devices ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
Setting pointing device preferences ……………………………………………………………………………………. 20
Using the TouchPad and gestures ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
viiTurning the TouchPad off and on ………………………………………………………………………… 20
Tapping ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
Scrolling ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21
2-finger pinch zoom ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22
2-finger click ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22
Rotating (select models only) …………………………………………………………………………….. 23
Flicking (select models only) ……………………………………………………………………………… 23
Using the keyboard ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
Identifying the hot keys …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24
Using keypads ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24
Using the embedded numeric keypad …………………………………………………………………. 25
Turning the embedded numeric keypad on and off ………………………………. 25
Switching key functions on the embedded numeric keypad ………………….. 25
Using an optional external numeric keypad …………………………………………………………. 25
5 Multimedia ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Using the media activity controls ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Audio ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Connecting speakers …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27
Adjusting the volume ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Connecting headphones and microphones ………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Checking audio functions on the computer ………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Webcam (select models only) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
Video ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
HDMI ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Configuring audio for HDMI ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30
Intel Wireless Display (select models only) ………………………………………………………………………….. 30
Discovering and connecting wired displays using MultiStream Transport ……………………………….. 30
Connect displays to computers with Intel graphics (with an optional hub) ………………. 30
Connect displays to computers with Intel graphics (with a built-in hub) …………………. 31
Discovering and connecting to Miracast-compatible wireless displays (select Intel models
only) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
6 Power management ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
Shutting down the computer ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
Setting power options ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 32
Using power-saving states …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
Intel Rapid Start Technology (select models only) ………………………………………………… 33
Initiating and exiting Sleep ………………………………………………………………………………… 33
Initiating and exiting Hibernation ……………………………………………………………………….. 33
Using the power meter and power settings …………………………………………………………. 34
viiiSetting password protection on wakeup ……………………………………………………………… 34
Using battery power ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 34
Factory-sealed battery ……………………………………………………………………………………… 35
Finding additional battery information ……………………………………………………………….. 35
Using Battery Check ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35
Displaying the remaining battery charge …………………………………………………………….. 35
Maximizing battery discharge time …………………………………………………………………….. 35
Managing low battery levels ………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Identifying low battery levels ……………………………………………………………. 36
Resolving a low battery level …………………………………………………………….. 36
Conserving battery power …………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Using external AC power ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Testing an AC adapter ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
Refreshing your software content with Intel Smart Connect Technology (select models only) ….. 37
Switchable graphics/dual graphics (select models only) ……………………………………………………….. 38
Using switchable graphics (select models only) …………………………………………………… 38
Using dual graphics (select models only) …………………………………………………………….. 38
7 External cards and devices …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 40
Using memory card readers ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
Inserting a memory card ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 40
Removing a memory card ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
Using a USB device …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41
Connecting a USB device ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 41
Removing a USB device ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 42
Using optional external devices ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 42
Using optional external drives ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
8 Drives ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
Handling drives …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43
Using hard drives ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43
Intel Smart Response Technology (select models only) ………………………………………………………… 43
Improving hard drive performance ……………………………………………………………………………………… 44
Using Disk Defragmenter …………………………………………………………………………………… 44
Using Disk Cleanup ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 44
Using HP 3D DriveGuard (select models only) ………………………………………………………………………. 44
Identifying HP 3D DriveGuard status …………………………………………………………………… 45
Using RAID (select models only) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
ix9 Security …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46
Protecting the computer ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
Using passwords ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
Setting passwords in Windows …………………………………………………………………………………………… 47
Setting passwords in Computer Setup ………………………………………………………………………………… 48
Managing a BIOS administrator password ……………………………………………………………………………. 48
Entering a BIOS administrator password …………………………………………………………….. 49
Managing a Computer Setup DriveLock password ………………………………………………………………… 49
Setting a DriveLock password ……………………………………………………………………………. 50
Entering a DriveLock password ………………………………………………………………………….. 50
Changing a DriveLock password …………………………………………………………………………. 51
Removing DriveLock protection …………………………………………………………………………. 51
Using Computer Setup Automatic DriveLock ………………………………………………………………………… 52
Entering an Automatic DriveLock password ………………………………………………………… 52
Removing Automatic DriveLock protection ………………………………………………………….. 52
Using antivirus software …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 53
Using firewall software ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
Installing critical security updates ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
Using HP Client Security (select models only) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 54
Using HP Touchpoint Manager (select models only) ………………………………………………………………………………. 54
Installing an optional security cable ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 54
Using the fingerprint reader (select models only) …………………………………………………………………………………. 55
Locating the fingerprint reader …………………………………………………………………………………………… 55
10 Maintenance ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 56
Cleaning your computer …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
Cleaning procedures ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
Cleaning the display (All-in-Ones or Notebooks) ………………………………………………….. 56
Cleaning the sides or cover ………………………………………………………………………………… 56
Cleaning the TouchPad, keyboard, or mouse ……………………………………………………….. 57
Updating programs and drivers ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 57
Using SoftPaq Download Manager ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 57
11 Backup and recovery …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 58
Creating recovery media and backups …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 58
Guidelines ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 58
Creating recovery media with HP Recovery Disc Creator ……………………………………………………….. 58
Creating recovery media ……………………………………………………………………………………. 59
Backing up your information ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
Performing a system recovery ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 60
xUsing the Windows recovery tools ………………………………………………………………………………………. 60
Using f11 recovery tools (select models only) ……………………………………………………………………… 61
Using Windows 7 operating system media …………………………………………………………………………… 61
12 Computer Setup (BIOS), TPM, and HP Sure Start ……………………………………………………………………………….. 63
Using Computer Setup ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63
Starting Computer Setup …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 63
Navigating and selecting in Computer Setup ……………………………………………………………………….. 63
Restoring factory settings in Computer Setup ……………………………………………………………………… 64
Updating the BIOS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 64
Determining the BIOS version …………………………………………………………………………….. 64
Downloading a BIOS update ………………………………………………………………………………. 65
Changing the boot order using the f9 prompt ………………………………………………………………………. 66
TPM BIOS settings (select products only) …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 66
Using HP Sure Start (select products only) …………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
13 HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (UEFI) ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 67
Downloading HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (UEFI) to a USB device ………………………………………………………….. 67
14 Support …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
Contacting support ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
Labels ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
15 Specifications ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 71
Input power ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71
Operating environment ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 71
16 Accessibility ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72
Supported assistive technologies ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 72
Contacting support ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72
Appendix A Traveling with or shipping your computer …………………………………………………………………………… 73
Appendix B Troubleshooting …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 74
Troubleshooting resources …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 74
Resolving issues ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 74
The computer is unable to start up ……………………………………………………………………………………… 74
The computer screen is blank …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 74
Software is functioning abnormally ……………………………………………………………………………………. 75
The computer is on but not responding ……………………………………………………………………………….. 75
xiThe computer is unusually warm ………………………………………………………………………………………… 75
An external device is not working ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 75
The wireless network connection is not working ………………………………………………………………….. 75
A optional external disc does not play …………………………………………………………………………………. 76
A movie is not visible on an external display ………………………………………………………………………… 76
The process of burning an optional external disc does not begin, or it stops before
completion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 77
Appendix C Electrostatic discharge …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 78
Index …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 79
xii1 Welcome
After you set up and register the computer , we recommend the following steps to get the most out of your
smart investment:
● Connect to the Internet—Set up your wired or wireless network so that you can connect to the Internet.
For more information, see Connecting to a network on page 15.
● Update your antivirus software—Protect your computer from damage caused by viruses. The software
is preinstalled on the computer. For more information, see Using antivirus software on page 53.
● Get to know your computer—Learn about your computer features. See Getting to know your computer
on page 3 and Navigating using the keyboard, touch gestures and pointing devices on page 20 for
additional information.
● Find installed software—Access a list of the software preinstalled on the computer:
Select Start > All Programs. For details about using the software included with the computer , see the
software manufacturer`s instructions, which may be provided with the software or on the
manufacturer`s website.
● Back up your hard drive by creating recovery discs or a recovery flash drive. See Backup and recovery
on page 58.
1Finding information
You have already used Setup Instructions to turn on the computer and locate this guide. To locate resources
that provide product details, how-to information, and more, use this table.
Resources For information about
Setup Instructions poster ● How to set up the computer
● Help to identify computer components
Help and Support
To access Help and Support, select Start > All Programs >
HP Help and Support.
To access the latest user guide, go to http://www.hp.com/
support, and select your country. Select Drivers &
Downloads, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
● Operating system information
● Software, driver , and BIOS updates
● Troubleshooting tools
● How to access support
Worldwide support
To get support in your language, go to
http://www.hp.com/support, and select your country.
● Online chat with an HP technician
● Support telephone numbers
● HP service center locations
HP website
To access the latest user guide, go to http://www.hp.com/
support, and select your country. Select Drivers &
Downloads, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
● Support information
● Ordering parts and finding additional help
● Accessories available for the device
Safety & Comfort Guide
To access the user guide, select Start > All Programs > HP
Help and Support > HP Documentation.
– or –
Go to http://www.hp.com/ergo.
● Proper workstation setup, posture, health, and work habits
● Electrical and mechanical safety information
Regulatory, Safety, and Environmental Notices
To access the user guide, select Start > All Programs > HP
Help and Support > HP Documentation.
● Regulatory and safety information
● Battery disposal information
Limited Warranty*
To access the Limited Warranty, select Start > All
Programs > HP Help and Support > HP Documentation >
View Warranty Information.
– or –
Go to http://www.hp.com/go/orderdocuments.
Warranty information
*You can find your HP Limited Warranty located with the user guides on your product and/or on the CD or DVD provided in the box. In
some countries or regions, HP may provide a printed warranty in the box. For countries or regions where the warranty is not provided
in printed format, you can request a copy from http://www.hp.com/go/orderdocuments. For products purchased in Asia Pacific, you
can write to HP at Hewlett Packard, POD, P.O. Box 200, Alexandra Post Office, Singapore 911507. Include your product name, and your
name, phone number , and postal address.
2 Chapter 1 Welcome2 Getting to know your computer
Right
Component Description
(1) Audio-out (headphone)/Audio-in (microphone)
combo jack
Connects optional powered stereo speakers, headphones,
earbuds, a headset, or a television audio cable. Also connects an
optional headset microphone. This jack does not support
optional microphone-only devices.
WARNING! To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the
volume before putting on headphones, earbuds, or a headset.
For additional safety information, see the Regulatory, Safety,
and Environmental Notices. To access the user guides, select
Start > All Programs > HP Help and Support > HP
Documentation.
NOTE: When a device is connected to the jack, the computer
speakers are disabled.
NOTE: Be sure that the device cable has a 4-conductor
connector that supports both audio-out (headphone) and
audio-in (microphone).
(2) USB 3.0 port Connects an optional USB device, such as a keyboard, mouse,
external drive, printer , scanner or USB hub.
NOTE: For details about different types of USB ports, see
Using a USB device on page 41.
(3) HDMI port Connects an optional video or audio device, such as a high-
definition television, any compatible digital or audio
component, or a high-speed HDMI device.
(4) USB Type-C (charging) ports (2) Connect any USB device with a Type-C connector.
NOTE: USB Type-C ports charge products such as cell phones,
laptops, tablets, and MP3 players, even when the computer is
off. Also, some USB Type-C ports connect DisplayPort, VGA,
HDMI and other video devices to provide video output.
NOTE: Adapters (purchased separately) may be required.
Right 3Component Description
(5) Power connector Connects an AC adapter.
(6) AC adapter and battery light ● White: The AC adapter is connected and the battery is fully
charged.
● Blinking white: The AC adapter is disconnected and the
battery has reached a low battery level.
● Amber: The AC adapter is connected and the battery is
charging.
● Off: The battery is not charging.
4 Chapter 2 Getting to know your computerLeft
Component Description
(1) Security cable slot Attaches an optional security cable to the computer.
NOTE: The security cable is designed to act as a deterrent, but
it may not prevent the computer from being mishandled or
stolen.
(2) RJ-45 (network) jack/lights Connects a network cable.
● Green (left): The network is connected.
● Amber (right): The network is showing activity.
(3) USB 3.0 port Connects an optional USB device, such as a keyboard, mouse,
external drive, printer , scanner or USB hub.
NOTE: For details about different types of USB ports, see
Using a USB device on page 41.
(4) USB 3.0 charging (powered) port Connects an optional USB device, such as a keyboard, mouse,
external drive, printer , scanner or USB hub. Standard USB ports
will not charge all USB devices or will charge using a low current.
Some USB devices require power and require you to use a
powered port.
NOTE: USB charging ports can also charge select models of
cell phones and MP3 players, even when the computer is off.
NOTE: For details about different types of USB ports, see
Using a USB device on page 41.
(5) Memory card reader Reads optional memory cards that store, manage, share, or
access information.
Left 5Display
Component Description
(1) WLAN antennas (2)* (select products only) Send and receive wireless signals to communicate with wireless local
area networks (WLAN).
(2) Internal microphones (2) (select products only) Record sound.
(3) Webcam light (select products only) On: The webcam is in use.
(4) Webcam (select products only) Records video and captures photographs. Some models allow you to
video conference and chat online using streaming video.
For information on using the webcam, select Start > All Programs >
Communication and Chat > HP WebCam.
*The antennas are not visible on the outside of the computer. For optimal transmission, keep the areas immediately around the
antennas free from obstructions. To see wireless regulatory notices, see the section of the Regulatory, Safety, and Environmental
Notices that applies to your country or region. To access the user guides, select Start > All Programs > HP Help and Support > HP
Documentation.
6 Chapter 2 Getting to know your computerTop
TouchPad
Component Description
(1) TouchPad on/off button Turns the TouchPad on and off.
(2) TouchPad zone Moves the pointer and selects or activates items on the screen.
Top 7Lights
Component Description
(1) Power light ● On: The computer is on.
● Blinking: The computer is in the Sleep state, a power-saving
state. The computer shuts off power to the display and
other unneeded components.
● Off: The computer is off or in Hibernation. Hibernation is a
power-saving state that uses the least amount of power.
NOTE: For select models, the Intel® Rapid Start Technology
feature is enabled at the factory. Rapid Start Technology allows
your computer to resume quickly from inactivity. For more
information, see Using power-saving states on page 32.
(2) Caps lock light On: Caps lock is on, which switches the keys to all capital letters.
(3) Microphone mute light ● Amber: microphone sound is off.
● Off: microphone sound is on.
(4) Num lock light On: Num lock is on.
(5) Wireless light On: An integrated wireless device, such as a wireless local area
network (WLAN) device and/or a Bluetooth® device, is on.
NOTE: On some models, the wireless light is amber when all
wireless devices are off.
(6) Mute light ● Amber: Computer sound is off.
● Off: Computer sound is on.
(7) TouchPad light ● On: The TouchPad is off.
8 Chapter 2 Getting to know your computerComponent Description
● Off: The TouchPad is on.
Top 9Buttons, speakers, and fingerprint reader
Component Description
(1) Power button ● When the computer is off, press the button to turn on the
computer.
● When the computer is on, press the button briefly to initiate
Sleep.
● When the computer is in the Sleep state, press the button
briefly to exit Sleep.
● When the computer is in Hibernation, press the button
briefly to exit Hibernation.
CAUTION: Pressing and holding down the power button will
result in the loss of unsaved information.
If the computer has stopped responding and Windows® shutdown
procedures are ineffective, press and hold the power button for at
least 5 seconds to turn off the computer.
NOTE: For select models, the Intel® Rapid Start Technology
feature is enabled at the factory. Rapid Start Technology allows
your computer to resume quickly from inactivity. For more
information, see Using power-saving states on page 32.
To learn more about your power settings: Select Start > Control
Panel > System and Security > Power Options.
(2) Wireless button Turns the wireless feature on or off but does not establish a
wireless connection.
(3) Volume mute button Mutes and restores speaker sound.
10 Chapter 2 Getting to know your computerComponent Description
(4) Speakers (2) Produce sound.
(5) Fingerprint reader (select models only) Allows a fingerprint logon to Windows, instead of a password
logon.
Top 11Keys
Component Description
(1) esc key Displays system information when pressed in combination with
the fn key.
(2) fn key Executes frequently used system functions when pressed in
combination with a function key, the num lk key, or the esc key.
(3) Windows button Displays the Windows Start menu.
(4) Function keys Execute frequently used system functions when pressed in
combination with the fn key.
(5) Embedded numeric keypad When the keypad is turned on, it can be used like an external
numeric keypad.
Each key on the keypad performs the function indicated by the
icon in the upper-right corner of the key.
(6) Windows applications key Displays a shortcut menu for items beneath the cursor.
(7) num lk key Turns the embedded numeric keypad on and off when pressed in
combination with the fn key.
12 Chapter 2 Getting to know your computerBottom
Component Description
(1) Vent Enables airflow to cool internal components.
NOTE: The computer fan starts up automatically to cool
internal components and prevent overheating. It is normal
for the internal fan to cycle on and off during routine
operation.
Bottom 13Front
Component Description
(1) Wireless light On: An integrated wireless device, such as a wireless local
area network (WLAN) device and/or a Bluetooth® device, is
on.
NOTE: On some models, the wireless light is amber when
all wireless devices are off.
(2) Power light ● On: The computer is on.
● Blinking: The computer is in the Sleep state, a power-
saving state. The computer shuts off power to the
display and other unneeded components.
● Off: The computer is off or in Hibernation.
Hibernation is a power-saving state that uses the
least amount of power.
NOTE: For select models, the Intel® Rapid Start
Technology feature is enabled at the factory. Rapid Start
Technology allows your computer to resume quickly from
inactivity. For more information, see Using power-saving
states on page 32.
(3) Battery light When AC power is connected:
● White: The battery charge is greater than 90 percent.
● Amber: The battery charge is from 0 to 90 percent.
● Off: The battery is not charging.
When AC power is disconnected (battery not charging):
● Blinking amber: The battery has reached a low
battery level. When the battery has reached a critical
battery level, the battery light begins blinking
rapidly.
● Off: The battery is not charging.
(4) Drive light ● Blinking white: The hard drive is being accessed.
● Amber: HP 3D DriveGuard has temporarily parked the
hard drive.
NOTE: For more information about HP 3D DriveGuard,
see Using HP 3D DriveGuard (select models only)
on page 44.
14 Chapter 2 Getting to know your computer3 Connecting to a network
Your computer can travel with you wherever you go. But even at home, you can explore the globe and access
information from millions of websites using your computer and a wired or wireless network connection. This
chapter will help you get connected to that world.
Connecting to a wireless network
Wireless technology transfers data across radio waves instead of wires. Your computer may be equipped with
one or more of the following wireless devices:
● Wireless local area network (WLAN) device—Connects the computer to wireless local area networks
(commonly referred to as Wi-Fi networks, wireless LANs, or WLANs) in corporate offices, your home, and
public places such as airports, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and universities. In a WLAN, the mobile
wireless device in your computer communicates with a wireless router or a wireless access point.
● Bluetooth device (select models only)—Creates a personal area network (PAN) to connect to other
Bluetooth-enabled devices such as computers, phones, printers, headsets, speakers, and cameras. In a
PAN, each device communicates directly with other devices, and devices must be relatively close
together—typically within 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) of each other.
For more information about wireless technology, see the information and website links provided in Help and
Support. To access Help and Support, select Start > Help and Support.
Using the wireless controls
You can control the wireless devices in your computer using these features:
● Wireless button, wireless switch, or wireless key (referred to in this chapter as the wireless button)
● Operating system controls
Turning wireless devices on or off
You can use the wireless button or HP Connection Manager (select models only) to turn on and turn off
wireless devices.
NOTE: A computer may have a wireless button, a wireless switch, or a wireless key on the keyboard. The
term wireless button is used throughout this guide to refer to all types of wireless controls.
To turn off wireless devices using HP Connection Manager:
▲ Right-click the HP Connection Manager icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar , and
then click the power button next to the desired device.
-or-
Select Start > All Programs > Productivity and Tools > HP Connection Manager, and then click the
power button next to the desired device.
Connecting to a wireless network 15Using HP Connection Manager (select models only)
HP Connection Manager provides a central location for managing your wireless devices, and an interface for
sending and receiving SMS (text) messages. HP Connection Manager allows you to manage the following
devices:
● Wireless local area network (WLAN)/Wi-Fi
● Bluetooth
HP Connection Manager provides information and notifications on connection status, power status, SIM card
details, and SMS messages. Status information and notifications are provided in the notification area, at the
far right of the taskbar.
To open HP Connection Manager:
▲ Click the HP Connection Manager icon in the taskbar.
-or-
Select Start > All Programs > Productivity and Tools > HP Connection Manager.
For more information, see the HP Connection Manager software Help.
Using the wireless button
The computer has a wireless button, one or more wireless devices, and one or two wireless lights, depending
on the model. All of the wireless devices on your computer are enabled at the factory, so the wireless light is
on (white) when you turn on the computer.
The wireless light indicates the overall power state of your wireless devices, not the status of individual
devices. If the wireless light is white, at least one wireless device is on. If the wireless light is off, all wireless
devices are off.
NOTE: On some models, the wireless light is amber when all wireless devices are off.
Because the wireless devices are enabled at the factory, you can use the wireless button to turn on or turn off
the wireless devices simultaneously.
Using operating system controls
The Network and Sharing Center allows you to set up a connection or network, connect to a network, manage
wireless networks, and diagnose and repair network problems.
To use operating system controls:
▲ Select Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
For more information, access Help and Support by selecting Start > Help and Support.
Using a WLAN
With a WLAN device, you can access a wireless local area network (WLAN), which is composed of other
computers and accessories that are linked by a wireless router or a wireless access point.
NOTE: The terms wireless router and wireless access point are often used interchangeably.
16 Chapter 3 Connecting to a network● A large-scale WLAN, such as a corporate or public WLAN, typically uses wireless access points that can
accommodate a large number of computers and accessories and can separate critical network functions.
● A home or small office WLAN typically uses a wireless router , which allows several wireless and wired
computers to share an Internet connection, a printer , and files without requiring additional pieces of
hardware or software.
To use the WLAN device in your computer , you must connect to a WLAN infrastructure (provided through a
service provider or a public or corporate network).
Using an Internet service provider
When you are setting up Internet access in your home, you must establish an account with an Internet service
provider (ISP). To purchase Internet service and a modem, contact a local ISP. The ISP will help set up the
modem, install a network cable to connect your wireless computer to the modem, and test the Internet
service.
NOTE: Your ISP will give you a user ID and a password to use for Internet access. Record this information
and store it in a safe place.
Setting up a WLAN
To set up a WLAN and connect to the Internet, you need the following equipment:
● A broadband modem (either DSL or cable) (1) and high-speed Internet service purchased from an
Internet service provider
● A wireless router (2) (purchased separately)
● A wireless computer (3)
NOTE: Some modems have a built-in wireless router. Check with your ISP to determine what type of modem
you have.
The illustration below shows an example of a wireless network installation that is connected to the Internet.
As your network grows, additional wireless and wired computers can be connected to the network to access
the Internet.
For help in setting up your WLAN, see the information provided by your router manufacturer or your ISP.
Configuring a wireless router
For help in configuring a wireless router , see the information provided by your router manufacturer or your
ISP.
NOTE: It is recommended that you initially connect your new wireless computer to the router by using the
network cable provided with the router. When the computer successfully connects to the Internet, disconnect
the cable, and access the Internet through your wireless network.
Connecting to a wireless network 17Protecting your WLAN
When you set up a WLAN or access an existing WLAN, always enable security features to protect your network
from unauthorized access. WLANs in public areas (hotspots) like coffee shops and airports may not provide
any security. If you are concerned about the security of your computer in a hotspot, limit your network
activities to email that is not confidential and basic Internet surfing.
Wireless radio signals travel outside the network, so other WLAN devices can pick up unprotected signals.
Take the following precautions to protect your WLAN:
● Use a firewall.
A firewall checks both data and requests for data that are sent to your network, and discards any
suspicious items. Firewalls are available in both software and hardware. Some networks use a
combination of both types.
● Use wireless encryption.
Wireless encryption uses security settings to encrypt and decrypt data that is transmitted over the
network. For more information, access Help and Support by selecting Start > Help and Support.
Connecting to a WLAN
To connect to the WLAN, follow these steps:
1. Be sure that the WLAN device is on. If the device is on, the wireless light is on. If the wireless light is off,
press the wireless button.
NOTE: On some models, the wireless light is amber when all wireless devices are off.
2. Click the network status icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.
3. Select a WLAN to connect to.
4. Click Connect.
If the WLAN is a security-enabled WLAN, you are prompted to enter a security code. Type the code, and
then click OK to complete the connection.
NOTE: If no WLANs are listed, you may be out of range of a wireless router or access point.
NOTE: If you do not see the WLAN you want to connect to, click Open Network and Sharing Center.
and then click Set up a new connection or network. A list of options is displayed, allowing you to
manually search for and connect to a network or to create a new network connection.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection.
After the connection is made, place the mouse pointer over the network status icon in the notification area, at
the far right of the taskbar , to verify the name and status of the connection.
NOTE: The functional range (how far your wireless signals travel) depends on WLAN implementation, router
manufacturer , and interference from other electronic devices or structural barriers such as walls and floors.
Using Bluetooth wireless devices (select models only)
A Bluetooth device provides short-range wireless communications that replace the physical cable connections
that traditionally link electronic devices such as the following:
● Computers (desktop, notebook, PDA)
● Phones (cellular , cordless, smart phone)
18 Chapter 3 Connecting to a network● Imaging devices (printer , camera)
● Audio devices (headset, speakers)
● Mouse
Bluetooth devices provide peer-to-peer capability that allows you to set up a personal area network (PAN) of
Bluetooth devices. For information about configuring and using Bluetooth devices, see the Bluetooth
software Help.
Connecting to a wired network
There are 2 kinds of wired connections: local area network (LAN) and modem connection. A LAN connection
uses a network cable and is much faster than a modem, which uses a telephone cable. Both cables are sold
separately.
WARNING! To reduce the risk of electric shock, fire, or damage to the equipment, do not plug a modem
cable or telephone cable into an RJ-45 (network) jack.
Connecting to a local area network (LAN)
Use a LAN connection if you want to connect the computer directly to a router in your home (instead of
working wirelessly), or if you want to connect to an existing network at your office.
Connecting to a LAN requires an 8-pin, RJ-45 network cable.
To connect the network cable, follow these steps:
1. Plug the network cable into the network jack (1) on the computer.
2. Plug the other end of the network cable into a network wall jack (2) or router.
NOTE: If the network cable contains noise suppression circuitry (3), which prevents interference from
TV and radio reception, orient the circuitry end of the cable toward the computer.
Connecting to a wired network 194 Navigating using the keyboard, touch
gestures and pointing devices
Your computer allows navigation using touch gestures (select models only) in addition to the keyboard and
mouse. Touch gestures can be used on your computer TouchPad or on a touch screen (select models only).
Select computer models have special action key or hot key functions on the keyboard to perform routine
tasks.
Using pointing devices
NOTE: In addition to the pointing devices included with your computer , you can use an external USB mouse
(purchased separately) by connecting it to one of the USB ports on the computer.
Setting pointing device preferences
Use Mouse Properties in Windows to customize settings for pointing devices, such as button configuration,
click speed, and pointer options. You can also view demonstrations of TouchPad gestures.
To access Mouse Properties:
● Select Start > Devices and Printers. Then right-click the device representing your computer , and select
Mouse settings.
Using the TouchPad and gestures
The TouchPad allows you to navigate the computer screen and control the pointer by using simple finger
movements.
TIP: Use the left and right buttons on the TouchPad as you would use the corresponding buttons on an
external mouse.
NOTE: TouchPad gestures are not supported in all apps.
Turning the TouchPad off and on
To turn the TouchPad off and on, quickly double-tap the TouchPad on/off button.
20 Chapter 4 Navigating using the keyboard, touch gestures and pointing devicesTapping
To make an on-screen selection, use the Tap function on the TouchPad.
● Tap one finger on the TouchPad zone to make a selection. Double-tap an item to open it.
Scrolling
Scrolling is useful for moving up, down, or sideways on a page or image.
● Place two fingers slightly apart on the TouchPad zone and then drag them up, down, left, or right.
Using pointing devices 212-finger pinch zoom
2-finger pinch zoom allows you to zoom out or in on images or text.
● Zoom in by placing two fingers together on the TouchPad zone and then moving your fingers apart.
● Zoom out by placing two fingers apart on the TouchPad zone and then moving your fingers together.
2-finger click
2-finger click allows you to make menu selections for an object on the screen.
NOTE: Using 2-finger click is the same action as using right-click with the mouse.
● Place two fingers on the TouchPad zone and press to open the options menu for the selected object.
22 Chapter 4 Navigating using the keyboard, touch gestures and pointing devicesRotating (select models only)
Rotating allows you to turn items such as photos.
● Anchor the forefinger of your left hand in the TouchPad zone. Using your right hand, slide your
forefinger in a sweeping motion from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock. To reverse the rotation, move your
forefinger from 3 o’clock to 12 o’clock.
Flicking (select models only)
Flicking allows you to navigate through screens or quickly scroll through documents.
● Place three fingers on the TouchPad zone and flick your fingers in a light, quick motion up, down, left or
right.
Using the keyboard
The keyboard and mouse allow you to type select items, scroll and to perform the same functions as using
touch gestures. The keyboard also allows you to use action keys and hot keys to perform specific functions.
NOTE: Depending on the country or region, your keyboard may have different keys and keyboard functions
than those discussed in this section.
Using the keyboard 23Identifying the hot keys
A hot key is a combination of the fn key (1) and either the esc key (2), or one of the function keys (3).
To use a hot key:
▲ Briefly press the fn key, and then briefly press the second key of the hot key combination.
Hot key combination Description
fn+esc Displays system information.
fn+f1 Initiates Sleep, which saves your information in system memory. The display and other system components
turn off and power is conserved.
To exit Sleep, briefly press the power button.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of information loss, save your work before initiating Sleep.
fn+f3 Turns the keyboard backlight (select products only) on and off.
NOTE: The keyboard backlight is turned on at the factory. To extend battery life, turn off the keyboard
backlight.
fn+f4 Switches the screen image among display devices connected to the system. For example, if a monitor is
connected to the computer , fn+f4 alternates the screen image from computer display to monitor display to
simultaneous display on both the computer and the monitor.
Most external monitors receive video information on the computer using the external VGA video standard.
The fn+f4 hot key can also alternate images among other devices that are receiving video information on
the computer.
fn+f5 Decreases the screen brightness level.
fn+f6 Increases the screen brightness level.
fn+ f8 Decreases speaker volume.
fn+f9 Increases speaker volume.
fn+f10 Mutes the microphone.
fn+f12 Turns the embedded numeric keypad on and off.
Using keypads
The computer includes an embedded numeric keypad, and it also supports an optional external numeric
keypad, or an optional external keyboard that includes a numeric keypad.
24 Chapter 4 Navigating using the keyboard, touch gestures and pointing devicesUsing the embedded numeric keypad
Component Description
(1) fn key Turns the embedded numeric keypad on and off when pressed in
combination with the num lk key.
NOTE: The embedded numeric keypad will not function while an
external ke

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