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HP PL5000N and PL4200N Plasma TVs - Setting Up Your Plasma TV (PL5000N, PL4200N)

This document pertains to the HP Pavilion PL5000N 50-Inch and PL4200N 42-Inch Plasma TV.
This document explains how to set up your HP Pavilion Plasma TVs.
note:
It may be necessary to purchase additional video and audio cables in order to perform some of the steps in this document.

Attaching the Pedestal

The pedestal is included with your TV and is not attached. Use the parts included with the TV to assemble the pedestal and attach it to the display.
To remove the pedestal, perform these steps in reverse order.
Points to note during installation:
  • Select a location for the TV that has easy access to the AC power receptacle.
  warning:
Due to the size and weight of the display and the pedestal, it is recommended that a minimum of two people assemble and move the TV.
Items shipped in the box:
1: Pole (2 each)
2: Short screw (4 each)
3: Long screw (4 each)
4: Stand
What else you need:
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Two persons to lift the display and move the assembled TV
  1. Match each pole (1) to the mark (a circle or a triangle) on the pedestal (4).
    When facing the front of the pedestal, the right mark is a triangle and the left mark is a circle.
  2. Insert two short screws (2) for each pole.
      caution:
    Never place the television or the display unit with the glass screen facing downward, unless it is protected with pads.
  3. Position the TV display unit and the pedestal:
    • Put a pad or clean cloth on a smooth, stable table. Put the display unit with the glass screen facing downward on the pad.
    • Position the pedestal with the back (thick part of stand base) toward you on a stable table or on the floor.
  4. Lower the TV display unit onto the pedestal poles, matching the marks:
    Hold the display with the back toward you. Align the holes in the display bottom with the poles of the pedestal, matching the stamped marks on the back of the display with the pedestal marks. Gently lower the display onto the pedestal, inserting the poles into the bottom of the display.
  5. Insert two long screws (3) for each pole into the back of the display.

Connecting to the TV

Use these steps to connect the TV signal sources, such as aerial antennas, or a cable box, and to connect other equipment.

Connecting the aerial antennas, basic cable, CableCARD, or cable set-top box

Refer to TV back panel for the location of the ANT connector. Refer to TV Cable and Connection Types for more information on cable types and connections.
  1. Connect a 75-ohm coaxial cable to the ANT connector on the back of the TV.
    • For broadcast TV signals, you can use a combiner to add together your VHF antenna and UHF aerial antenna signals, and then connect the cable to the ANT connector.
    • For cable TV that does not use a converter box, including CableCARD, you can directly connect the cable supplied by your local cable company to the ANT connector.
    • For cable TV that uses a converter box to view offset channels or Premium (scrambled) channels, you can directly connect the cable converter box output to the ANT connector.
    • If you have a VCR and a cable converter box, make the following connections:
      1. Connect the incoming cable to the converter box input connector.
      2. Connect a cable from the converter box output connector to the VCR input connector.
      3. Connect a cable from the VCR output to the ANT connector.
  2. Turn on the TV. The first time setup menu displays on screen when the TV is turned on for the first time.
    During the first time setup menu, you define settings, including the Auto program settings, and then scan for channels. You can also adjust the settings and perform a scan using the Setup menu.
  3. Set the Ant In mode in the Auto program menu:
    • For broadcast TV signals, choose Antenna.
    • For cable TV service that does or does not use a converter box, including CableCARD, choose Cable.
  4. Choose the Start scan option in the Auto program menu, and press the Select button. The TV scans for channels available for reception and automatically sets them into the channel list.
  5. To close the menu, press the Exit button.
  6. For CableCARD, insert the CableCARD, with the upper side facing out, into the CableCARD slot on the back of the TV. Wait for the CableCARD message to appear; it may take several minutes to do so. Follow the onscreen messages.
  7. To watch TV, press the TV button on the remote control.
  8. Select the channel to watch:
    • For broadcast TV signals, press a channel button (CH+ or CH-) to select the desired channel. You can also use the direct program number selection buttons.
    • For cable TV service that does not use a converter box, including CableCARD, press a channel button (CH+ or CH-) to select the desired channel. You can also use the direct program number selection buttons.
    • For cable TV service that uses a converter box, set the TV channel to match the channel output from the converter box, either CH3 or CH4.

Connecting other equipment

Use the cables that work with your external equipment to connect to the TV. Connect items such as DVD players, VCR players, or signal components such as set-top boxes, HP Media Center PCs, or HP Digital Entertainment Centers. You can use Program Out terminals to connect a VCR recorder, DVD recorder, or a monitor. You can also connect a home stereo system for analog or Dolby Digital sound.
Refer to TV back panel for the location of connectors. Refer to TV Cable and Connection Types for more information on cable types and connections.

Connecting a DVD player to the TV

Use these steps to connect a DVD player, a VCR player, or other external equipment, such as a set-top box, an HP Media Center PC, or an HP Digital Entertainment Center, as a video source for the TV. A DVD is used as the example equipment.
Your DVD player may have some or all of these outputs: HDMI Out, DVI Out, Component Out, S-video Out, or Composite Out.
  1. Turn off the TV and the DVD player.
  2. Determine the DVD player output connector type to use and locate the appropriate cable.
    • Some connections require a video and an audio cable.
    • For DVI Output you must use a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable and an audio cable.
  3. Connect one end of the cable to the output connector on the back of your DVD player.
  4. Connect the other end of the cable to the input connector on the back of the TV. For:
    • HDMI Out: Connect the HDMI cable to the AV IN connector on the back of the TV. The HDMI AV In connector is Type A. It supports both video and audio signals; it is not necessary to connect an audio cable.
    • DVI Out: Connect a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable to the AV IN connector on the back of the TV. (Be sure to connect an audio cable as DVI does not support audio signals.)
    • Component Out: Use a component video cable to connect to the red, blue, and green Component Video Input connectors labeled Y, Pb, and Pr on the back of the TV. Be sure to match the color-coded connectors and plugs. The TV has two sets of component connectors; use either Component Video Input 1 or 2.
    • S-video Out: Use an S-video cable to connect to the Input 1 or Input 2 connector labeled S-video on the back of the TV.
    • Composite Out: Use a yellow RCA-type video cable to connect to the Input 1 or Input 2 connector labeled Video on the back of the TV.
    note:
    For both Input 1 and Input 2, the S-video input overrides the composite video signal when S-video cable is connected. Connect either S-video cable or video cable.
  5. Locate a stereo RCA audio cable and connect it to the red and white audio outputs on the DVD player. (It is not necessary to connect an audio cable when using HDMI.)
  6. Connect the other end of the audio cable to the red and white audio inputs on the TV. For:
    • HDMI Out: The HDMI cable supports both video and audio signals; it is not necessary to connect an audio cable.
    • DVI Out: Connect the audio cable to the red and white Audio IN connectors next to the HDMI AV IN connector on the back of the TV.
    • Component Out: Connect the audio cable to the red and white connectors labeled Audio R/L in the Component Video Input area on the back of the TV. Be sure to use the same connector set where you connected the video cable in step 4.
    • S-video Out: Connect the audio cable to the red and white connectors labeled Audio R/L in the Input 1 or Input 2 area on the back of the TV. Be sure to use the same connector set where you connected the video cable in step 4.
    • Composite Out: Connect the audio cable to the red and white connectors labeled Audio R/L in the Input 1 or Input 2 area on the back of the TV. Be sure to use the same connector set where you connected the video cable in step 4.
  7. Turn on the TV and the DVD. Play a DVD.
  8. For HDMI or DVI, make the audio option selection in the TV onscreen display (OSD) menu:
    1. Press Menu on the remote control.
    2. Press the down arrow button to select the Audio menu, and press then the Select button.
    3. Press the down arrow button to select the Other Adjust menu, and then press the Select button.
    4. Press the down arrow button to select the HDMI In option.
    5. Press the right arrow button to choose the setting:
      • Digital for audio input from the HDMI In connector.
      • Analog for audio input from the HDMI R/L Audio In connectors when using a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable.
      • Auto for automatic selection of the audio input.
    6. Press the Select button.
    7. Press the Exit button on the remote control to close the OSD menu.
  9. To watch video from the DVD player, press the Source button on the remote control and choose the DVD input.

Connecting a home stereo system to the TV

Use these steps to connect a home stereo system for analog or Dolby Digital sound.
Your home stereo system must have an Optical Digital Audio Input, a Dolby Digital decoder, and a multichannel amplifier to use the Digital Audio Out terminal for a full home theater sound experience.
  1. Turn off the TV and the home stereo system.
  2. Determine the home stereo input connector type to use and locate the appropriate cable. For:
    • Analog audio: Use a stereo RCA audio cable.
    • Optical digital audio: Use an optical digital audio cable.
  3. Connect one end of the cable to the audio input connector on the back of your home stereo system.
  4. Connect the other end to the connector on the back of the TV. For:
    • Analog audio: Connect the audio cable to the red and white connectors labeled R/L in the Prog Out area.
    • Optical digital audio: Connect the optical digital audio cable to the Digital Audio Out connector.
  5. Turn on the TV and the home stereo system.
  6. Set the audio option for speakers in the TV OSD menu:
    1. Press Menu on the remote control.
    2. Press the down arrow button to select the Audio menu, and then press the Select button.
    3. Press the down arrow button to select the Other Adjust menu, and then press the Select button.
    4. Press the down arrow button to select the Speakers option.
    5. Press the right arrow button to choose the Off option.
    6. Press the Select button.
    7. Press the Exit button on the remote control to close the OSD menu.
  7. Adjust the amplifier volume to the desired level.
    note:
    • Depending on your DVD player and DVD audio software, the copyright protection function may operate and disable optical output.
    • External speakers cannot be connected directly to Output terminals.
    • With an ATSC channel, the output from the Digital Audio Out is Dolby Digital. With an NTSC channel, the output is PCM.

Connecting TV video out to the video input of another device

Use these steps to connect a VCR recorder, DVD recorder, or a monitor to the TV. A VCR is used as the example equipment.
Your VCR must have a Composite Video Input.
  1. Turn off the TV and the VCR.
  2. Locate the cables: a yellow RCA-type video cable and a stereo RCA audio cable.
  3. Connect one end of the cables to the input connectors on the back of your VCR.
  4. Connect the other end of the cables to the Output connectors on the back of the TV. For:
    • (Composite) Video: Use a yellow RCA-type video cable to connect to the connector labeled Video in the Prog Out area.
    • Audio: Connect the stereo RCA audio cable to the red and white connectors labeled R/L in the Prog Out area.
  5. Turn on the TV and the VCR.
  6. Press the Source button on the remote control and choose the input source for viewing. If viewing TV, change the channel to the program you want to record.
  7. Press the Record button on your VCR. See your equipment manual for instructions.
    note:
    • When a device (set-top box, DVD, etc.) is connected to the HDMI terminal, only audio signals output. No video signals output.
    • When receiving digital channel signals, all digital formats are down-converted to composite NTSC video for output through Program Out terminals.
    • Some programs contain copy protection signals to prevent recording.

Connecting a PC to the TV

Connect a PC using the RGB connector (a DOS/V-compatible 15-pin D-sub terminal) and audio connector in the PC section on the back of the TV. If necessary, use an RGB cable connecting a conversion adapter at the PC end.
Consider prior to connection:
  • Some PC models cannot be connected to the TV.
  • Set the PC resolution within the maximum for your TV model. The maximum resolution range is:
    • Model PL5000N: for 4:3 the maximum is 1024 x 768, for 16:9 the maximum is 1366 x 768.
    • Model PL4200N: for 4:3 the maximum is 768 x 768, for 16:9 the maximum is 1024 x 768.
  • Additional equipment and cables are not supplied with this TV.
Refer to TV back panel for the location of connectors. Refer to TV Cable and Connection Types for more information on cable types and connections.
  1. Turn off the TV and the PC.
  2. Prepare an RGB PC cable by placing a small size gray color ferrite core within 4-inches (10-centimeters) of the TV-end of the cable:
    1. Pull back on the two tabs to open the core.
    2. Place the cable through the center of the gray color ferrite core so that it is within 4-inches of the TV-end connector.
    3. Close the core.
  3. Connect the RGB PC cable end without the ferrite core to the PC, using a conversion adapter if necessary; connect the other cable end with the gray ferrite core to the TV connector labeled PC.
  4. Prepare an audio cable by placing a small size white color ferrite core within 4-inches (10-centimeters) of the PC-end of the cable:
    1. Pull back on the two tabs to open the core.
    2. Place the cable through the center of the white color core so that it is within 4-inches of the PC-end connector.
    3. Wrap the cable around the lower section of the core and through the center again.
    4. Close the core.
  5. Connect the audio cable end with the white ferrite core to the PC audio connector; connect the other cable end to the TV connector labeled PC Audio.
  6. Turn on the TV.
  7. Turn on the PC.
  8. Press the Source button on the remote control and choose PC as the input source for viewing.
  9. Adjust the settings for the PC signal provided at the RGB connector, if needed, by using the TV OSD menu:
    1. Press the Menu button on the remote control.
    2. Press the down arrow or up arrow button to select the Picture menu, and then press the Select button.
    3. Press the down arrow button to select the PC Adjust menu, and then press the Select button.
    4. Press the down arrow button to select the an option.
    5. Press the right arrow button to change the selection.
    6. Press the Select button.
    7. Continue using the arrow buttons and the Select button to choose other options in the PC Adjust menu.
    8. Press the Exit button on the remote control to close the OSD menu.

TV back panel

    Figure : TV back panel, left side
  1. ANT: antenna cable in connector
  2. AV IN: an HDMI connector, which carries both video and audio
  3. Audio In: left and right audio connectors used with a DVI-to-HDMI video adapter cable connected to HDMI connector (2)
  4. Prog Out, a Composite video, and left and right audio connectors, which provide output signals as an audio and video input to another device for recording or an analog audio input to an audio amplifier
  5. Input 1 and Input 2: each with an S-video, a Composite video, and shared left and right audio connectors
  6. Component Video Input 1 and 2: each with three video connectors for the component video signal, and left and right audio connectors
  7. PC Audio In: an audio cable connector used with the video connected to PC connector (8)
  8. PC: an RGB connector (a DOS/V-compatible 15-pin D-sub terminal)
  9. CableCARD slot (certain countries /regions only): use when the TV is turned on by inserting a cable company-provided card (with upper side facing you) to receive standard definition or high-definition programs instead of using a separate set-top box
  10. Digital Audio Out: an optical audio cable connector for a digital audio input to an audio amplifier
Figure : TV back panel, right side

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