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Installing and Updating QuickPlay/DVD Play 1.x

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QuickPlay and DVD Play software plays DVD movies or music CDs on your notebook. It comes pre-installed on some notebooks and is displayed as either QuickPlay or DVD Play depending on the computer model and hardware components. When it is configured as QuickPlay it has additional features such as the ability to connect to a webcam.
On computer models with a QuickPlay button on the keyboard, you can start the computer and the application by pressing the QuickPlay button. QuickPlay will be the first application started. The other start-up applications will continue to load while the DVD movie or music CD is already playing. Pop-up windows (such as Norton Anti-Virus and HP Total Care) will appear during the startup but can be minimized so that you can continue watching the DVD. DVD Play can be started after the computer is running in Windows.

Recognizing the different versions of QuickPlay/DVD Play

There are three different versions of QuickPlay/DVD Play. You should determine which version is designed for your computer and then verify which version is actually installed. If an incorrect version is installed, you should uninstall the old application and then install the correct version.
QuickPlay versionDescriptionSee also
QuickPlay 1.xAvailable on older notebooks with XP operating system that were shipped with an Operating System CD, a Driver Recovery CD, and the QuickPlay Installation CD. Version 1.x requires the manual creation of a 204 MB Linux partition on the hard drive. This document covers installing and upgrading QuickPlay / DVD Play 1.x.
QuickPlay 2.xAvailable on notebook PCs with XP operating system that were shipped with the diskless Recovery Manager utility. The Recovery Manager, which is installed on a separate hard drive partition, can be used to reinstall the application.

If a set of XP recovery disks for the XP operating system was created, they can be used to reinstall the application. Version 2.x requires a 1 GB windows partition on the hard drive.

If a PC that shipped with the Vista operating system was downgraded to the XP OS, you will need to reorder the OS CDs to reinstall the QuickPlay/DVD Player application.
See the document HP Notebook PCs - Installing and Updating QuickPlay / DVD Play 2.x .
QuickPlay 3.xAvailable on notebook PCs with the Windows Vista operating system that were shipped with the diskless Recovery Manager utility. The Recovery Manager, which is installed on a separate hard drive partition, can be used to reinstall the application. It is also available for PCs that were shipped with the XP operating system but are certified by HP as Vista capable, and have been upgraded to Vista using the HP Vista Upgrade utility. The 3.x version can be downloaded from the HP web site and can be used to install the Vista version of the application.See the document HP Notebook PCs - Installing and Updating QuickPlay / DVD Play 3.x .

Installation issues

QuickPlay 1.x installation stops if any of the following conditions occur:
  • There is insufficient hard drive space.
  • You are attempting to install QuickPlay 1.x on an unsupported notebook.

Required software

Required software for the installation of QuickPlay 1.x:
  • Operating System CD-ROM (OSCD) or Operating System DVD (OSDVD)
  • Driver Recovery CD-ROM (DRCD) or DVD (DRDVD)
  • QuickPlay Installation CD-ROM

Install QuickPlay 1.x on a new or existing hard drive

To install QuickPlay 1.x for the first time, follow the steps below.
  1. Insert the OSCD or OSDVD that was included with your notebook and then restart the notebook.
  2. During the Windows Setup, you will be prompted to create a partition on your hard drive for Windows installation. When the prompt To create the new partition, enter a size below and press enter appears, enter your adjusted Windows partition size. This will allow 204 MB of free space to be allocated for the QuickPlay 1.x partition.
    To determine your adjusted Windows partition size, subtract the number 204 from the number already suggested by the Windows Setup. For example, the suggested partition size for an average 40 GB hard drive will be similar to 39333 MB. The adjusted Windows partition size would be 33129 MB or 39333 MB minus 204 MB.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation and setup of Windows XP.
  4. Once Windows XP is installed, insert the DRCD or DRDVD and follow the prompts to install all of the required drivers and software.
  5. After the software and drivers for your notebook have been installed, including the WinDVD Player software, insert the QuickPlay 1.x Installation CD-ROM.
  6. Restart the notebook. The QuickPlay Installation CD-ROM automatically begins installing the QuickPlay 1.x software.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the QuickPlay 1.x installation.
QuickPlay 1.x is now installed.

Re-install the QuickPlay 1.x software

To re-install QuickPlay 1.x on your existing hard drive, follow the steps below.
  1. Insert the QuickPlay Installation CD-ROM into the drive.
  2. Turn off and then turn on the notebook PC.
  3. When the notebook is restarting, the QuickPlay Installation CD-ROM automatically begins installing the QuickPlay 1.x software.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the QuickPlay 1.x installation.
QuickPlay 1.x is now reinstalled on your existing hard drive.

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