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Using the Media Center Remote Control (Windows 7 and Windows Vista)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq desktop computers that came with Windows 7 or Windows Vista (Premium or Ultimate) and a remote control.
This document is intended to provide a brief explanation about the functions of each button of the three versions of the Windows Media Center remote controls.
Differences between remote controls
There are three similar types of remote controls that are distributed with Windows 7 or Windows Vista. The remote control that came with your computer depends on the country/region where it was purchased.
    Figure : Three Windows Media Center remote controls
  1. Remote control 1 includes 5 teletext buttons and buttons with iconic labels
  2. Remote control 2 includes buttons with text labels
  3. Remote control 3 includes buttons with iconic labels
Remote control (1) contains teletext buttons and buttons with iconic labels. Remote control (2) contains buttons with text labels. Remote control (3) contains buttons with iconic labels.
Remote control buttons
Figure : Remote control buttons (remote control 2 used as example image)
Reference
Button label (or icon)
Function
1
On/Off (Sleep)
Puts the computer into and out of a power-reduced sleep mode. It does not turn the computer off.
2
Visualization (Remote Controls 2 and 3)
Or
Teletext (Remote Control 1)
Displays visual imagery that is synchronized to the sound of your music tracks.
Or
Turns teletext on or off while in Live TV mode. The teletext page either replaces the live TV picture or is displayed over it. TV sound is still available
3
Music (Remote Controls 2 and 3)
Or
Green (Remote Control 1)
Opens the Music Library window in Windows Media Center.
Or
Opens a teletext menu.
4
Radio
Or
Red
Opens the FM Radio window in Windows Media Center.
Or
Opens a teletext menu.
5
Guide
Opens the Television Program Guide.
6
Recorded TV
Opens the Recorded TV window where recorded TV programs are listed.
7
Arrows
Moves the cursor to navigate and select actions within all Windows Media Center windows.
8
DVD Menu
Opens the Play DVD window in Windows Media Center or opens the main menu of a DVD movie, if available.
9
Back
Returns to the previous window within Windows Media Center.
10
More info
Displays available information about a selected media file and displays other menus.
11
Start
Opens the Windows Media Center main menu.
12
Volume
Increases (+) and decreases (-) volume.
13
Mute
Turns off computer sound off. The word Mute is displayed when Mute is turned on.
14
Record
Records a selected television program and stores it on the hard disk drive.
15
Play
Plays the selected media.
16
Rewind
Moves the media backward at three speeds.
17
Skip Backward
Moves the media backward 7 seconds, or to the beginning of a music track or a DVD chapter.
18
0 to 9, #, *
Enters text and numbers into a Windows Media Center search or text box. Each time you press a number button, a different character appears. Press the Enter button to select a character.
19
Clear
Deletes the last character entered.
20
LED
Activity indicator light. The LED tells you that the remote control is emitting a signal when you press a button.
21
Print
Prints an item in Windows Media Center.
22
Picture (Remote Controls 2 and 3)
Or
Yellow (Remote Control 1)
Opens the Pictures Library window in Windows Media Center.
Or
Opens a teletext window.
23
Video (Remote Controls 2 and 3)
Or
Blue (Remote Control 1)
Opens the Videos Library window in Windows Media Center.
Or
Opens a teletext window.
24
Live TV
Displays the full-screen view of live TV. Moves a TV program forward to the end of the pause buffer and resumes playing live TV.
25
OK
Selects the desired action or window option and acts as the Enter key.
26
Aspect
Changes the aspect ratio of the display. Zooms in on the picture three times then returns to the full-screen aspect ratio.
27
Slide Show
Plays a slide show of all the pictures on your hard disk drive.
28
CH/PG Up (+) and down (-)
Changes the TV channels or moves pages up and down, depending on available options. Moves to the next DVD chapter.
29
Eject
Ejects a CD or DVD drive.
30
Pause
Pauses audio and video tracks and live or recorded TV programs.
31
Fast Forward
Moves media forward at three speeds.
32
Skip Forward
Moves media forward 30 seconds in videos and live TV, one music track, or one DVD chapter.
33
Stop
Stops the media currently playing.
34
Enter
Selects the desired action, menu, or window option.
 note:
The remote control requires two AA batteries. The remote control operates up to 8 meters (26 feet) away from the remote sensor. Make sure there is nothing blocking the pathway between your remote control and the remote sensor.
 note:
If the computer model does not include a TV tuner, some remote control buttons are inactive.
Troubleshooting the remote control
If the remote does not work:
  • Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed correctly.
  • Make sure the front of the remote sensor (IR receiver) is not blocked.
  • Point the remote control within a 45-degree angle range and less than 8 meters (26 feet) away.
  • If a pressed key repeats itself or sticks, unplug the remote sensor from the USB connector, wait 1 minute, and plug the remote sensor back in. Try altering the lighting conditions in the room or moving the location of the remote sensor if this continues.
  • Press the Enter button on the remote control after changing a channel.
  • Point the remote control toward the remote sensor, and press a button. A faint red light should appear on the remote sensor. If the light appears, then the problem is probably in the Windows Media Center software. Close Windows Media Center, restart the computer, and then open Windows Media Center again.
  • If the remote control works in Windows Media Center but not when changing channels, you need to reconfigure the Windows Media Center software settings for the cable set-top box or satellite receiver.

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