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HP LP2045w LCD Monitor - Operating the Monitor

Software and Utilities

The CD that comes with the monitor contains files you can install on your computer:
  • an .INF (Information) file
  • an .ICM (Image Color Matching) file
  • auto-adjustment pattern utility
  • additional software for your monitor model
Adobe Reader is supplied on this CD and can be installed from the menu.
note:
If the monitor does not include a CD, the .INF and .ICM files can be downloaded from the HP monitors support Web site. See Downloading from the Worldwide Web in this chapter.

The Information File

The .INF file defines monitor resources used by Microsoft Windows operating systems to ensure monitor compatibility with the computer’s graphics adapter.
This monitor is Microsoft Windows Plug and Play compatible and the monitor will work correctly without installing the .INF file. Monitor Plug and Play compatibility requires that the computer’s graphic card is VESA DDC2 compliant and that the monitor connects directly to the graphics card. Plug and Play does not work through separate BNC type connectors or through distribution buffers/boxes.

The Image Color Matching File

The .ICM files are data files that are used in conjunction with graphics programs to provide consistent color matching from monitor screen to printer, or from scanner to monitor screen. The .ICM file contains a monitor color system profile. This file is activated from within graphics programs that support this feature.
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The ICM color profile is written in accordance with the International Color Consortium (ICC) Profile Format specification.

Installing the .INF and .ICM Files

After you determine that you need to update, you can install the .INF and .ICM files from the CD or download them.

Installing from the CD

To install the .INF and .ICM files on the computer from the CD:
  1. Insert the CD in the computer CD-ROM drive. The CD menu is displayed.
  2. View the Monitor Driver Software Readme file.
  3. Select Install Monitor Driver Software.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. After the software has been installed, restart Windows.
  6. Ensure that the proper resolution and refresh rates appear in the Windows Display control panel.
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You may need to install the digitally signed monitor .INF and .ICM files manually from the CD in the event of an installation error. Refer to the Monitor Driver Software Readme file on the CD.

Downloading from the Worldwide Web

To download the latest version of .INF and .ICM files from the HP monitors support Web site:
  1. Refer to http://www.hp.com/support and select the country region.
  2. Follow the links for the monitor to the support page and download page.
  3. Ensure the system meets the requirements.
  4. Download the software by following the instructions.

Using the Auto-Adjustment Function

You can optimize the screen performance for the VGA (analog) input by using the -/Auto button on the monitor and the auto-adjustment pattern software utility on the CD provided.
Do not use this procedure if your monitor is using a DVI input. If your monitor is using a VGA (analog) input, this procedure can correct the following image quality conditions:
  • 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 button on the monitor front panel.
    • You can also press the Menu/Select button, then select Auto-Adjustment from the OSD Main Menu. Refer to Adjusting the Monitor Settings in this chapter.
    • If the result is not satisfactory, continue with the procedure.
  3. Insert the CD in your disc drive. The CD menu is displayed.
  4. Select Open Auto-Adjustment Software. The setup test pattern is displayed.
  5. Press the -/Auto button on the monitor front panel to produce a stable, centered image.
  6. Press the ESC key or any other key on your keyboard to exit the test pattern.

Front Panel Controls

Monitor Front Panel Controls
Control
Function
1
Menu/Select
Opens, selects or exits the OSD menu.
2
– (Minus)/Auto
  • Navigates backward through the OSD menu and decreases adjustment levels.
  • When the OSD menu is inactive, activates the auto adjustment feature to optimize the screen image.
3
+ (Plus)
Navigates forward through the OSD menu and increases adjustment levels.
4
Input Select
Selects the video input (DVI-D or VGA)
5
Power LED
Fully powered = Green.
Sleep mode = Amber.
Sleep Timer mode = Flashing Amber.
6
Power
Turns the monitor on or off.
  1. Menu/Select
  2. -(Minus)/Auto
  3. +(Plus
  4. Input Select
  5. Power LED
  6. Power

Adjusting the Monitor Settings

The monitor settings can be adjusted from the On-Screen Display (OSD) menu or from the HP Display Assistant utility.

Using the On-Screen Display Menu

Use the On-Screen Display (OSD) to adjust the screen image based on your viewing preferences. To access the OSD, do the following:
  1. If the monitor is not already on, press the Power button to turn on the monitor.
  2. To access the OSD Menu, press the Menu/Select button on the monitor’s front panel.
  3. To navigate through the OSD Menu, press the + (Plus) button on the monitor’s front panel to scroll up, or the -(Minus)/auto button to scroll in reverse.
  4. To select an item from the OSD Menu, use the + or -+ buttons to scroll to and highlight your selection, then press the Menu/Select button to select that function.
  5. Adjust the item using the + or - buttons on the front panel to adjust the scale.
  6. After adjusting the function, select Save and Return, or Cancel if you don’t want to save the setting,Cancel then select Exit from the Main Menu.
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If the buttons remain untouched for 10 seconds while displaying a menu, new adjustments will be discarded and the settings will revert to previous settings and exit the menu.

OSD Menu Selections

The following table lists the On-Screen Display (OSD) menu selections and their functional descriptions. After changing an OSD menu item, and if your menu screen has these options, you may choose to:
  • Cancel - to return to the previous menu level.
  • Save and Return - to save all changes and return to the OSD Main Menu screen. This save and return option is only active if you change a menu item.
  • Reset - to change back to the previous setting.
OSD Menu
Icon
Main Menu
Submenu
Description
Brightness
Adjusts the brightness level of the screen. The factory default range is 90.
Contrast
Adjustable scale
Adjusts the contrast level of the screen. The factory default range is 80.
Image Control
Adjusts the screen image.
Auto Adjustment
Automatically adjusts the screen image.
Horizontal Position
Adjusts the position of the screen image left and right.
Vertical Position
Adjusts the position of the screen image up and down.
Custom Scaling
Selects the method on how displayed information on the monitor will be formatted. Select:
  • Fill to Screen - Image fills the entire screen and may look distorted or elongated because of non-proportional scaling of height and width.
  • Fill to Aspect Ratio - Image is sized to fit the screen and maintains proportional image.
  • One-to-one - Disables video scaling, displays an image that is smaller in size than the monitor’s capability and centers the image on the screen in the active viewing area.
Sharpness
Adjusts the screen image to look sharper or soft.
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If the one-to-one custom scaling menu is selected, scaling is disabled and the sharpness feature will also be disabled.
Clock
Minimizes any vertical bars or strips visible on the screen background. Adjusting the Clock will also change the horizontal screen image.
Clock Phase
Adjusts the focus of the display. This adjustment allows you to remove any horizontal noise and clear or sharpen the image of characters.
Color
Selects the screen color. The factory default is 6500 K.
9300 K
Changes to slightly blueish white.
6500 K
Changes to slightly reddish white.
Custom Color
Selects and adjusts your own color scales:
  • R - sets your own red color levels
  • G - sets your own green color levels
  • B - sets your own blue color levels
sRGB
Sets your screen colors to adapt to the color standards used in the image technology industry.
Language
Selects the language in which the OSD menu is displayed. The factory default is English.
Management
Selects the power management features of the monitor.
Power Saver
Enables the power saving feature. Select:
  • On
  • Off
The factory default is On.
Power On Recall
Restores power to the monitor following an unexpected removal of power. Select:
  • On
  • Off
The factory default is On.
Mode Display
Displays the resolution, refresh rate and frequency information on the screen each time the OSD Main Menu is accessed. Select:
  • On
  • Off
The factory default is Off.
Power-On Status Display
Displays the operating status of the monitor each time the monitor is powered on. Select the location to display the status to:
  • Top
  • Middle
  • Bottom
  • Off
The factory default is Top.
DDC/CI Support
Allows the computer to control some OSD menu features such as brightness, contrast and color temperature. Set to:
  • On
  • Off
The factory default is On.
Sleep Timer
Provides the timer adjustment menu options:
  • Set Current Time - sets the current time in hours and minutes.
  • Set Sleep Time - Sets the time you want to place the monitor in sleep mode.
  • Set on Time - Sets the time you want the monitor to wake up from sleep mode.
  • Timer - Sets the Sleep Timer feature On or Off. The default setting is Off
  • Sleep Now - Immediately sets the monitor to enter sleep mode.
OSD Control
Adjusts the position of the OSD menu on the screen.
Horizontal Position
Changes the viewing position of the OSD menu to the left or right area of the screen. The factory default range is 50.
Vertical Position
Changes the viewing position of the OSD menu to the top or bottom area of the screen. The factory default range is 50.
OSD Timeout
Sets the time duration in seconds that the OSD is visible after the last button is pressed. The factory default is 30 seconds.
OSD Transparency
Adjust to view the background information through the OSD.
Information
Selects and displays important information about the monitor.
Current Settings
Provides the current input video mode.
Recommended Settings
Provides the recommended resolution mode and refresh rate for your monitor.
Serial Number
Reports the serial number of the monitor. The serial number is needed if contacting HP technical support.
Version
Reports the firmware version of the monitor.
Backlight hours
Reports the total hours of backlight operation.
Video Input Control
Selects the default or primary video input signal when the monitor is connected to two active and valid video sources. The monitor will automatically determine the video format. The default input selection is DVI.
DVI-D
Selects DVI-D input.
VGA
Selects VGA input.
Disable Input Auto-Switching
Keeps the monitor's video input selection at it's current setting. This menu selection is visible if the video input control is set to Enable Input Auto-switching.
Enable Input Auto-Switching
Automatically returns the monitor's video input to the default auto-switching mode. This menu selection is visible if the video input control is set to Disable Input Auto-switching.
Factory Reset
Returns all OSD menu settings to the factory default setting, except the Language setting.
Exit
Exits the OSD menu screen.

Optimizing Digital Conversion

This monitor contains advanced circuitry that allows the flat panel screen to function like a standard monitor. Two controls in the on-screen display can be adjusted to improve image performance: Clock and Clock Phase.
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The Clock and Clock Phase controls are adjustable only when using an analog input. These controls are not adjustable for digital inputs.
The Clock must first be set correctly since the Clock Phase settings are dependent on the main Clock setting. Use these controls only when the auto-adjustment function does not provide a satisfactory image.
  • Clock—Increase/decrease the value to minimize any vertical bars or stripes visible on the screen background.
  • Clock Phase—Increase/decrease the value to minimize video distortion or video jitter.
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When using the controls, you will obtain the best results by using the auto-adjustment pattern software utility provided on the CD.
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, select Yes from the Factory Reset menu in the on-screen display.

Using the HP Display Assistant Utility

HP Display Assistant, included on the software and documentation CD, is a software utility that guides you through the tuning process with easy to understand instructions and background patterns designed for each monitor control. It provides:
  • Accurate screen calibration through the use of step-by-step instruction Wizards to obtain the best overall image quality.
  • Software control of the monitor image and color settings to eliminate dependence on your monitor’s front panel buttons and On-Screen Display (OSD) menu.
  • Defined preset display settings for each individual user in a multi-user environment.
  • Multiple preset display settings for a single user based on content and ambient lighting.
  • Asset Management and Power Management capabilities that include remote control for individual or a group of displays on the domain from a centralized console application.
The HP Display Assistant Utility has two modes of operation: Wizard and OSD mode. The preferred method of use is Wizard mode, which takes you through a step-by-step process to accurately calibrate the monitor. This method relies on a sequence of steps that will obtain the best display results when completed.
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Refer to HP Display Assistant documentation for additional information on monitor control limitations based on the version of your computer’s operating system.

Identifying Monitor Conditions

Special messages will appear on the monitor screen when identifying the following monitor conditions:
  • Input Signal Out of Range— Change resolution setting to 1680 x 1050 - 75Hz — Indicates the monitor does not support the input signal because the resolution and/or refresh rate are set higher than the monitor supports.
  • No Input Signal— Indicates the monitor is not receiving a video signal from the PC on the monitor video input connector. Check to determine if the PC or input signal source is off or in the power saving mode.
  • Multiple Inputs are ActiveUse the OSD to select the desired video input— Indicates the monitor is connected to two video inputs. The monitor is trying to display both inputs, but after 10 seconds the monitor uses the default signal input.
  • Auto Adjustment is in Progress— Indicates the auto-adjustment function is active.
  • Monitor Going to Sleep— Indicates the screen display is entering a sleep mode.
  • Check Video Cable— Indicates the video cable is not properly connected to the computer.
  • 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-Out is displayed for ten 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.

Sleep Timer Mode

The Sleep Timer mode is an energy-saving feature that enables you to set a time for the monitor to power on and off at the same time every day. This also extends the life of the backlight bulbs in the monitor. The Sleep Timer has five settings:
  • Set Current Time
  • Set Sleep Time
  • Set On Time
  • Timer: On/Off
  • Sleep Now
To set the timer:
  1. Press the Menu button on the monitor front panel to display the Advanced Menu.
  2. Scroll down and highlight Management.
  3. Press the Menu button to select Management.
  4. Scroll down and highlight and select Sleep Timer > Set Current Time.
    note:
    You must set the current local time before you reset the time for Sleep Time or On Time. Note that the time is displayed in a 24 hour clock format. For example, 1:15 p.m. displays as 13 hours 15 minutes.
  5. Press the Menu button once to enter the adjustment mode for hours.
  6. Press the - (Minus) or +(Plus)button to adjust the hour.
  7. Press the Menu button again to enter the time for minutes.
  8. Press the - (Minus) or +(Plus) button to adjust the minutes.
  9. Press the Menu button to lock in the time chosen.
  10. After setting the current time, the highlight automatically skips to Set Sleep Time hours. Repeat steps 6 through 9 to set Sleep Time.
  11. If you do not want to set Sleep Time, press the Menu button twice, then select Save and Return to exit the menu.
  12. After setting Sleep Time, the highlight automatically skips to Set On Time hours. Repeat steps 6 through 9 to set On Time.
  13. Set the Timer mode to On to activate the Sleep Timer settings.
  14. When you are finished, select Save and Return to exit the menu.
The fifth selection, Sleep Now, turns the monitor backlights off immediately and stays in sleep mode until the next On Time activates or a monitor button is pressed.

HP Display LiteSaver

HP Display LiteSaver is a software application, available on the CD, that increases monitor life and saves energy. It allows you to place your monitor into its low power sleep mode at predefined times by shutting down or reducing power to most internal circuits. This helps protect the LCD panel against image retention. Image retention can occur when the monitor is left on while displaying the same image for an extended period of time, leaving a shadow of the image on the screen.

Installing the HP Display LiteSaver Software

  1. Insert the CD in the computer CD-ROM Drive. The CD menu is displayed.
  2. Select Install HP Display LiteSaver Software.
  3. After installing the software, click the HP Display LiteSaver icon in the Windows system tray or right-click the icon and select Configure... from the pop-up menu.
  4. Select from the following options to configure the HP Display LiteSaver features:
HP Display LiteSaver Configuration Options
Select This Option
To Do This
Enable Display LiteSaver
Enables the HP Display LiteSaver functions; deselect to disable the HP Display LiteSaver.
Display Off
Sets the time when the monitor automatically turns off. This does not affect screen saver operation, which has priority over the HP Display LiteSaver.
Display On
Sets the time when the monitor automatically turns on. This does not affect screen saver operation, which has priority over the HP Display LiteSaver.
Activity Extension
Sets the time in minutes before the monitor turns off if there is any keyboard or mouse activity after the Display Off time is reached. If the keyboard or mouse is used, then HP Display LiteSaver waits until the set amount of time before turning the display off again. Set to 0 to disable. If disabled, the monitor will turn off as soon as the Display Off time is reached, regardless of keyboard or mouse activity.
Show 1 minute Display Off Notice
Displays a popup message in the system tray 1 minute before the monitor is turned off by HP Display LiteSaver.
Status
Shows the time until the monitor is next due to be turned off by HP Display LiteSaver.
OK
Stores the current settings and minimizes HP Display LiteSaver to the System Tray.
Cancel
Restores the previous settings and minimizes HP Display LiteSaver to the System Tray. HP Display LiteSaver will continue to run.
Help
Opens the online help file.
Exit
Exits and closes the HP Display LiteSaver. It will no longer control the monitor power until it is next run.
View HP Display LiteSaver Readme on the CD for additional information on how to configure the HP Display LiteSaver.

sRGB Support

The monitor is designed to support sRGB for color management, which adapts to the color standards used in the image technology industry.
To take advantage of the sRGB support, you will need to change your monitor’s color temperature to sRGB and install the sRGB color profile (ICM) file.
note:
The sRGB color temperature preset will improve the color accuracy of sRGB images on the computer monitor, but some color variation may still occur.

Changing the Color Temperature

  1. Press the Menu button on the front panel of the monitor to launch the Main Menu of the OSD.
  2. Select Advanced Menu to access all options in the Main Menu.
  3. Select Color to display the Color Temperature menu.
  4. Select sRGB.
  5. Select Save and Return to exit the menu.

Installing the sRGB ICM File for Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP

note:
To complete the following procedure, you must be logged in as an administrator or a member of the administrator’s group. If the computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure. The sRGB ICM file does not support Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems.
  1. Click the Display icon in the Control Panel.
  2. In the Display Properties windows, select the Settings tab, then click the Advanced button.
  3. Select the Color Management tab, then click the Add button to open the Add Profile Association dialog box.
  4. Select the sRGB Color Space Profile.icm file, then click the Add button
  5. To activate a color profile for your monitor, you must set it as the Default Monitor Profile. Select SRGB Color Space Profile, then click Set as Default button.
  6. Click Apply or OK.

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