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HP z556 Digital Entertainment Center support

Product Specifications

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Introduction date


Country/region sold in

  • US
  • Canada
Figure 1: HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 shown with the HP lap-sized wireless entertainment keyboard with integrated trackball and HP Digital Entertainment Center remote control


Base processor

Pentium4 630 (P) HT 3.0 GHz:
  • 800 MHz Front side bus
  • Socket 775


Intel 915P


  • Manufacturer: Asus
  • Motherboard Name: PTGD-LR
  • HP motherboard name: Bailey-P-UL8E


Memory Installed512 MB (2 x 256)
Maximum allowed4.0 GB* (4 X 1 GB) requires the replacement of the installed 256 MB DIMMs

*Actual available memory may be less
Speed supportedPC3200 MB/sec
Type184 pin, DDR SDRAM
DIMM slotsFour
Open DIMM slotsTwo

Hard drive

  • 250 GB SATA
  • 7200 rpm

16x DVD(+/-)R/RW RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe drive

  • must use Double-Layer media discs in order to take advantage of the DL technology
  • must use LightScribe-enabled media discs and supporting software in order to take advantage of the LightScribe technology
DVD-R DL Write Once4X
DVD+R DL Write Once8X
DVD+R Write Once16X
DVD+RW Rewritable8X
DVD-R Write Once16X
DVD-RW Rewritable6X
CD-R Write Once40X
CD-RW Rewritable32X
CD-ROM Read40X


Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g

Video graphics

GeForce 6600
  • 128MB DDR memory
  • PCI-E (Express) interface
  • I/O Ports: DVI out, VGA


  • TV tuner card with FM tuner
  • TV tuner card, HDTV capable


Integrated High Definition audio
  • Realtek ALC 880 chipset
  • Supports up to 8 audio channels
  • Dolby Pro Logic II compatible
Dolby 5.1

Network (LAN)

Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface

Memory card reader

  • USB interface
  • Supports the following cards:
    • Compact Flash I
    • Compact Flash II
    • SmartMedia
    • Memory Stick
    • Memory Stick Pro
    • MultiMediaCard
    • Secure Digital (SD)
    • Micro Drive
    • XD Picture Card (xD = extreme digital)

External I/O ports

I/O ports on the front panel
Port typeQuantity
9-in-1 (4 slot) + 2 USBOne
I/O ports on the back panel
Port typeQuantity
USB 2.0Four
IEEE 1394One
AudioOne each (audio in, surround, surround back, front, center, subwoofer)

Expansion slots

Slot typeQuantity
PCIOne (occupied)
PCI ExpressOne (occupied)
DIMM Four (two available)

Drive bays

Bay typeQuantity
5.25-inch, externalOne (occupied)
3.5-inch, internalOne (occupied)
Personal media driveOne (available)

Remote control

  • HP Ringmaster remote control


  • HP lap-sized wireless entertainment keyboard with integrated trackball


NOTE:HP provides basic support for software that comes with the computer. For in-depth feature assistance, refer to the help section in the software or on the software vendor's Web site.
Key to software:
  • cd/dvd = media included in box
Software titles that shipped with PC
Software CategorySoftware Title
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2
  • Microsoft Service Pack 2
  • WinDVD 5 Player Basic (with optional 7.1 upgrade)
  • Sonic DigitalMedia Plus 7.02
  • Sonic MyDVD Plus 6.13
  • Sonic DigitalMedia Archive
Entertainment, Music, and Games
  • iTunes 4.8 (w/Quicktime)
  • HP Tunes
  • Microsoft Plus Digital Media Edition LE
Imaging, Photography, Video, and Film
  • HP Software Update
  • HP Image Zone 5
  • HP Image Zone Plus for media center
  • Muvee autoProducer 1.1 for media center
Productivity and Finance
  • Adobe Reader
PC Security
  • Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition (1-year security update subscription)
  • Norton Security Center
Utility, Maintenance, and Performance
  • PC-Doctor 5 for Windows
HP Recovery
  • Microsoft system restore
  • HP Recovery Software Suite
  • Software Repair Wizard
Service and Support
  • Updates from HP
  • Help & Support Center
  • Safety and comfort guide
  • Desktop Web-based registration


Standard warranty included with purchase
Warranty typeWarranty duration
Hardware Parts and LaborOne year from date of purchase
Technical Telephone AssistanceOne year from date of purchase
Software Application Support30 days
Software Media Replacement30 days (on media shipped in box from factory)
Self Repair Kits (express parts program)One year from date of purchase
Return to HP or to an Authorized Service ProviderOne year from date of purchase
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