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HP f2105 Flat Panel Monitor - Using and Adjusting Your Monitor

Front-Panel Buttons

The monitor buttons are located on the front panel.
Reference
Icon/Label
Control
Function
1
Vol down/minus
Decreases the volume level of the monitor speakers. Does not control volume of optional subwoofer or optional external speakers (sold separately).
Vol up/plus
Increases the volume level of the monitor speakers. Does not control volume of optional subwoofer or optional external speakers (sold separately).
2
Menu
Onscreen display (OSD)
  • OSD Menu Active: Closes OSD. (Also closes setting screens on OSD menu.)
  • OSD Inactive: Opens OSD.
3
VGA/minus
  • OSD Menu Active: Navigates down or left browse, and adjusts settings down.
  • OSD Inactive: Selects the VGA (analog) video input.
4
DVI/plus
  • OSD Menu Active: Navigates up or right browse, and adjusts settings up.
  • OSD Inactive: Selects the DVI video input (select models only).
5
Auto/Select
  • OSD Menu Active: Acts as an Enter (Select) key to select setting screen options.
  • OSD Inactive: Starts auto-adjustment, which automatically adjusts the display to the ideal setting (VGA input only).
6
Power switch
Turns monitor on and to standby (sleep mode).
Power light: Displays blue when monitor is fully powered. Displays amber when monitor is in sleep mode.
7
Headphone Jack

Using the Onscreen Display

  1. If the monitor is not already on, press the Power switch (6) to turn on the monitor.
  2. To access the OSD menu, press the Menu button (2). The OSD Main Menu displays.
    Auto Adjustment appears for VGA (analog) connections only.
  3. To access the Advanced OSD menu, press the Menu button again. The OSD Advanced Menu displays. See the Adjusting Monitor Settings section for more information.
  4. To navigate through the Main or Advanced OSD menu, press the + (Plus) button (4) on the monitor's front panel to scroll up, or the - (Minus) button (3) to scroll in reverse. Then press the Auto/Select button (5) to select the highlighted function.
  5. To adjust the scale of a selected item, press the + or - buttons.
  6. Select Save and Return.
    If saving the setting is not desired, select Cancel from the Advanced Menu or Exit from the Main Menu.
  7. Press the Menu button to exit the OSD.
note:
If the buttons remain untouched for 30 seconds (factory default) while displaying a menu, new adjustments and settings (except for brightness and contrast) revert to previous settings. The menu then closes.

Adjusting Monitor Settings

The screen adjustments are set in the OSD menus. Two OSD menus are available:

Main Menu

To access the Main Menu, press the Menu button on the monitor. The Main Menu level 1 displays.
The following table describes Main Menu selections and levels.
Main Menu
Icon
Menu level 1
Menu level 2
Brightness
Adjustment Scale
Contrast
Adjustment Scale
Auto Adjustment
note:
Auto Adjustment appears for VGA (analog) connections only.
Advanced Menu
Exit

Advanced Menu

To access the Advanced Menu, press the Menu button again (twice), or select Advanced Menu from the Main Menu. The Advanced Menu level 1 displays.
note:
After selecting the Advanced Menu from the Main Menu, the Advanced Menu remains the default OSD on subsequent power-ups of the monitor until the Main Menu is selected or factory reset is applied.
The Advanced Menu has up to three levels and can be viewed in one of the available languages. The following table describes Advanced Menu selections, levels, and factory presets.
Advanced Menu
Icon
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Factory Preset
Brightness
Adjustment Scale
Contrast
Adjustment Scale
Image Control
Auto Adjustment (VGA analog only)
Horizontal Position
Adjustment Scale
Vertical Position
Adjustment Scale
Custom Scaling
Fill to Screen
Fill to Aspect Ratio
One to One
Sharpness (non-native modes)
Adjustment Scale
Clock
Adjustment Scale
Clock Phase
Adjustment Scale
Cancel
Save and Return
Color
9300 K
6500 K
Custom Color
RGB Color Adjustment
Custom Color
Cancel
Save and Return
Language
Deutsch
English
English
Español
Français
Italiano
Nederlands
Cancel
Save and Return
Management
Power Saver
On/Off Selection
Power On Recall
On/Off Selection
Mode Display
On/Off Selection
Power On Status Display
On/Off Selection
Sleep Timer
Timer Menu
Video Input Select
Analog (VGA)
Digital (DVI)
Auto Detect
Basic Menu
Cancel
Save and Return
OSD Control
Horizontal Position
Adjustment Scale
Vertical Position
Adjustment Scale
OSD Timeout
Adjustment Scale
OSD Transparency
Adjustment Scale
Cancel
Save and Return
Information
(displays model/input data)
Factory Reset
Yes
No
Exit

Identifying Monitor Conditions

Special messages display on the monitor screen for the following monitor conditions:
  • Input Signal Out of Range: Indicates the monitor does not support the video input signal because the resolution or response rate are set higher than the monitor supports. Set the resolution and response rate to the value displayed. Restart your PC for the new settings to take effect.
  • Going to Sleep: Indicates the screen display is entering a sleep mode. The speakers are turned off in sleep mode.
  • Check Video Cable: Indicates a video input cable is not properly connected to the PC or monitor.
  • OSD Lock: The OSD can be enabled or disabled by pressing and holding the Menu button on the front panel for 10 seconds. If the OSD is locked, the warning message OSD Lock displays for 10 seconds.
    • If the OSD is locked, press and hold the Menu button for 10 seconds to unlock the OSD.
    • If the OSD is unlocked, press and hold the Menu button for 10 seconds to lock the OSD.
  • No Input Signal: Indicates the monitor is not receiving a video signal from the PC on the monitor video input connector(s). Check to see if the PC or input signal source is off or in the power-saving mode.
  • Auto Adjustment is in Progress: Indicates the auto-adjustment function is active. See Adjusting Screen Quality in this chapter.
  • Multiple Inputs are active - Use the OSD to select the desired video input: Indicates that the monitor is connected to two video inputs. The monitor is trying to display using both inputs, but after 10 seconds the monitor uses the default input.

Adjusting Screen Quality

The auto-adjustment feature automatically fine-tunes the image quality for display size, position, clock, and phase each time a new video mode is displayed. For more precise adjustments of the VGA (analog) input, run the Auto-Adjustment software on the CD. See Using the Auto-Adjustment Function in this chapter.
If additional image quality improvement is desired, use the Clock and Phase controls of the monitor to fine-tune the image. See Optimizing Analog Video in this chapter.

Enhancing the Video Function

Wide-screen monitors like the HP f2105 have a tendency to stretch the picture when the monitor is set at Fill to Screen mode. It is possible to use the Custom Scaling feature described below to change the monitor display mode to a One to One or a Fill to Aspect Ratio mode which removes the stretching effect.
The monitor includes a custom scaling feature that allows you to enhance the video performance by adjusting the viewable image to an optimal display. There are three different options to be chosen: a One to One display, a Fill to Screen display, or a Fill to Aspect Ratio display. The Custom Scaling feature enhances video performance by changing the screen's aspect ratio (the ratio of the picture's width to its height) to display 4:3 (standard broadcast) and 16:9 (wide-screen) formats.
To use the Custom Scaling feature:
  1. Press the Menu button on the front panel of the monitor to launch the On Screen Display (OSD) Main Menu.
  2. Select Advanced Menu.
  3. Select Image Control from the OSD Advanced Menu. When the Image Control menu opens, use the + and - buttons to scroll down and then select Custom Scaling.
  4. In the Custom Scaling menu, use the OSD up and down buttons on the front panel to select and highlight the desired display format:
    • One to One: The image is not stretched or altered, but it may appear smaller than the active viewing area. Black borders may appear at the edge of the display, depending on the resolution setting. When custom scaling is set to One to One, the Sharpness selection is disabled.
    • Fill to Screen: This display format adjusts the horizontal and vertical size of the image to fill the screen. Aspect ratio is not preserved, so the image appears stretched. There are no black borders at the edge of the display.
    • Fill to Aspect Ratio: This display format adjusts the horizontal and vertical size of the image to fill the screen as much as possible while maintaining the selected aspect ratio. For most video modes, black borders appear on the sides of the screen, but the image is not skewed or stretched. This format optimizes the image for 16:9 format sources such as wide-screen broadcast and DVD format.
      note:
      Some DVD wide-screen modes may provide formats other than 16:9. When this occurs, black video borders may remain visible above and below the displayed image when Fill to Aspect Ratio is active.
  5. When the desired display setting is highlighted, press the Menu button to confirm the selection. The OSD returns to the Image Control menu. To keep the new setting select Save, otherwise select Cancel.
  6. Press the Menu button and select Exit to close the Main menu.

Using the Auto-Adjustment Function

It is possible to easily optimize the screen performance for the VGA (analog) input by using the Auto/Select button on the monitor and the auto-adjustment pattern software utility on the CD provided.
If your monitor is using a VGA (analog) input, this procedure can correct the following image quality conditions:
  caution:
Do not use this procedure if your monitor is using a DVI input.
  • Fuzzy or unclear focus
  • Ghosting, streaking, or shadowing effects
  • Faint vertical bars
  • Thin, horizontal scrolling lines
  • An off-center picture
To use the auto-adjustment feature:
  1. Allow the monitor to warm up for 20 minutes before adjusting.
  2. Press the Auto/Select button on the monitor front panel; or press the Menu button, then select Auto-Adjustment from the OSD Main Menu (see the Adjusting Monitor Settings section).
    If the result is not satisfactory, continue with the procedure.
  3. Insert the CD in your disc drive. The CD menu launches.
  4. Select Open Auto-Adjustment Software.
  5. The setup test pattern displays.
  6. Press the Auto/Select button on the monitor front panel to produce a stable, centered image.

Selecting the Video Input Connectors

The two input connectors are:
  • VGA connector (analog)
  • DVI-D connector (digital) (select models only)
The monitor automatically determines which inputs have valid video signals and displays the image. The video input can be manually selected through the OSD feature or selected using the monitor buttons by pressing the button for VGA (analog) input or the button for DVI (digital) input.
  caution:
Image retention (burn-in) may occur on monitors that display the same static image on screen for a prolonged period of time. To avoid image retention on your monitor screen, always use a screen saver or turn off the monitor when it is not in use for a prolonged period of time.

Optimizing Analog Video

This monitor contains advanced circuitry that allows the flat panel screen to function as a standard analog monitor. Two controls in the Advanced Menu OSD can be adjusted to improve analog image performance:
  • Clock: Increases or decreases the value to minimize any vertical bars or stripes visible on the screen background.
  • Clock Phase: Increases or decreases the value to minimize video distortion or video jitter.
Use these controls only when the auto-adjustment function does not provide a satisfactory monitor image in analog mode. To obtain the best results:
  1. Allow the monitor to warm up for 20 minutes before adjusting.
  2. Display the adjustment pattern application provided on the CD.
  3. Access the Advanced Menu OSD and select Image Control.
  4. Set the main Clock correctly first, because the Clock Phase settings depend on the main Clock setting.
    note:
    When adjusting the Clock and Clock Phase values, if the monitor images become distorted, continue adjusting the values until the distortion disappears.
To restore the factory settings, access the Advanced Menu OSD, select Factory Reset, and then select Yes.

Entering User Modes

The video controller signal may occasionally require a custom user mode if a standard graphics adapter or preset mode is being used. In this condition, a user mode may be needed. It is possible to use the OSD to:
  • Create a user-defined mode with custom monitor screen parameters.
  • Readjust the parameters of any user mode.
  • Save them in memory. The monitor automatically stores the new setting, then recognizes the new mode just as it does a preset mode.
Ten user modes can be entered and stored, in addition to the factory preset modes.

Cleaning the Monitor

The monitor is a high-quality optical device that requires special care when cleaning. To clean the monitor, follow these steps:
  1. Turn off the PC and the monitor.
  2. Unplug your monitor from the wall outlet before cleaning.
      caution:
    Do not use benzene, thinner, ammonia, or any volatile substances to clean the monitor screen or cabinet. These chemicals may damage the monitor. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Never use water to clean an LCD screen.
  3. Wipe the screen with a dry, soft, clean cloth. If the screen requires additional cleaning, use an antistatic screen cleaner.
  4. Dust the monitor housing. Use a damp cloth to clean the cabinet. If the cabinet requires additional cleaning, use a clean cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol.
  5. Plug in the monitor.
  6. Turn on the monitor and the PC.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Avoid applying pressure to the LCD screen; doing so can cause damage.
  • Do not open your monitor cabinet or attempt to service this product yourself. Adjust only those controls that are covered in the operating instructions. If your monitor is not operating properly, or has been dropped or damaged, contact your HP authorized dealer, reseller, or service provider.
  • Adjust only those controls that are described in the operating instructions.
  • Use only a power source and connection appropriate for this monitor, as indicated on the label/back plate of the monitor.
  • Keep your monitor in a well-ventilated area, away from excessive light, heat, or moisture.
  • Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation. These openings must not be blocked or covered. Never push objects of any kind into cabinet slots or other openings.
  • Never disconnect the monitor by pulling the cord.
  • When removing the monitor base, lay the monitor face down on a soft flat area to prevent it from getting scratched, defaced, or broken.
  • Burn-in image damage may occur on monitors that display the same static image on screen for a prolonged period of time. To avoid burn-in image damage on your monitor screen, always activate a screen saver application or turn off the monitor when it is not in use for a prolonged period of time. You may substantially increase the life expectancy of your monitor by doing so.

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