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Identifying monitor connection requirements
The following are various scenarios for connecting monitors. (See Matching graphics cards to monitor
connectors on page 26 for more information about the different graphic cards):
●Graphics card with DisplayPort output — If the workstation has a graphics card with four
DisplayPort output receptacles, you can connect a monitor to each receptacle. Use the proper
adapters if required.
●Graphics card with DVI output — If the workstation has a PCIe graphics card with two DVI
output receptacles, you can connect a monitor to each DVI receptacle. Use the proper adapters
NOTE:Some HP computers have only one DVI port. However, such computers will always
have a second graphics output option (Display Port or VGA). Note also that many graphics cards
provide more than two monitor outputs but limit you to using only two at a time. Consult the
graphics card documentation or look up information on the card according to the procedure in
Finding supported graphics cards on page 26.
NOTE:If you need to identify port number 1 on a system with two DVI connections, it provides
the primary display, which is where the BIOS POST screen appears after a system boot.
(Usually, this is the lower of the two outputs. Only one card is used during BIOS POST, although
you can change this in the BIOS settings.)
●Graphics card with SVGA and DVI-D output — If the workstation does not have a PCIe
graphics card, but has one or more SVGA and/or a DVI-D output receptacles located on the rear
panel of the workstation chassis, you can connect a monitor to each output.
●Graphics card with DMS-59 output — If the workstation has a PCIe graphics card with a
DMS-59 output receptacle, use the appropriate adapter to connect your monitors.
Adapters are available to connect the DMS-59 output to two DVI or two VGA monitors.
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Connecting the monitors
NOTE:HP-supported graphics card typically support at least two monitors, as shown in this section;
some supported cards support more monitors. Refer to the graphics card documentation for details.
1.Connect the monitor cable adapters (1) (if required) to the workstation, then connect the
appropriate monitor cables to the adapters (2) or directly to the graphics card, as shown in the
Figure 3-8 Connecting the cables to the workstation
2.Connect the other ends of the graphics cables to the monitors as shown below.
Figure 3-9 Connecting cables to the monitors
3.Connect one end of the monitor power cord to the monitor and the other end to a grounded
Configuring the monitors using Microsoft® operating systems
Refer to Microsoft Help information or the Microsoft Web site for details about monitor configuration
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Using a third-party graphics configuration utility
Third-party graphics cards may include a monitor configuration utility. Upon installation, this utility is
integrated into Windows. You can select the utility and use it to configure multiple monitors with your
Refer to your graphics card documentation for instructions on using the monitor configuration utility.
NOTE:Some third-party configuration utilities require that you enable the monitors in Windows
before using the configuration tool. Refer to your graphics card documentation for more information.
NOTE:Monitor configuration utilities are also often available on the HP support Web site.
Refer to the Linux User Guide for instructions about using Linux to configure monitors with your
Customizing the monitor display (Microsoft operating systems only)
You can manually select or change the monitor model, refresh rates, screen resolution, color settings,
font sizes, and power management settings.
To change display settings, right-click on the Windows Desktop, then click Properties in Microsoft®
Windows® XP Professional or Personalize in Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business.
For more information about customizing your monitor display, see these resources:
●Online documentation provided with the graphics controller utility
●Documentation included with your monitor
HP is committed to developing products, services, and information that is easier to access for all
customers, including customers with disabilities and age-related limitations. HP products with
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business and Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional preinstalled are
designed for accessibility, and these products are tested with industry-leading Assistive Technology
http://www.hp.com/accessibility for more information.
Some HP workstations have a lock on the side access panel. The key for this lock is shipped
attached to the back panel of the workstation chassis.
The workstation includes several security features to reduce the risk of theft and to warn of chassis
intrusion. Refer to the Maintenance and Service Guide for information about additional hardware and
software security features available for your system.
HP encourages customers to recycle used electronic hardware, HP original print cartridges, and
For information about recycling HP components or products, see
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4 Setting up the operating system
This chapter provides setup and update information for the workstation operating system. It includes
Setting up the Microsoft operating system on page 32
Setting up Red Hat Enterprise Linux on page 33
Setting up Novell SLED on page 34
Updating the workstation on page 34
This chapter also includes information on how to determine that you have the latest BIOS, drivers,
and software updates installed on the workstation.
CAUTION:Do not add optional hardware or third-party devices to the HP workstation until the
operating system is successfully installed. Adding hardware might cause errors and prevent the
operating system from installing correctly.
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Setting up the Microsoft operating system
NOTE:If you ordered a downgrade from Windows 7 or Windows Vista to Windows XP Professional
operating system, your system will be preinstalled with Windows XP Professional operating system.
With this configuration, you will receive recovery media for the Windows 7 or Windows Vista
operating system only. In case you need to restore or recover the Windows XP Professional
operating system in the future, it is important that you create recovery media disks for Windows XP
Professional operating system after first boot.
When you first apply power to the workstation, the operating system is installed. This process takes
approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Carefully follow the instructions on the screen to complete the
CAUTION:After installation has started, do not turn off the workstation until the process is
complete. Turning off the workstation during installation can damage the installation and operation of
For complete operating system installation and configuration instructions, see the operating system
documentation that was provided with the workstation. Additional information is available in the online
help tool after you successfully install the operating system.
Installing or upgrading device drivers
To install hardware devices after the operating system is installed, you must install the appropriate
device drivers before you install the devices. Follow the installation instructions that came with the
device. In addition, for optimum performance, your operating system must have the most recent
updates, patches, and software fixes. For additional driver and software update information, refer to
Upgrading device drivers on page 36.
Transferring files and settings to your Windows workstation
The Microsoft Windows operating system offers data migration tools that helps you choose and
transfer files and data from a Windows computer to your Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
Professional operating system workstation.
For instructions on how to use these tools, see the documents at
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