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HP w2408 and w2408h Flat Panel LCD Monitor - Setting Up Your Monitor

This document describes steps to set up the HP flat panel monitor models w2408 and w2408h.

Figure 1: HP w2408 monitor

Step 1: Setting up the monitor

Your flat-panel LCD monitor can be set up for desktop use or can be wall mounted.

Setting up the monitor for desktop use

Use the following steps to unfold and set up the monitor for desktop use.

WARNING: Do not place the monitor face down when you first take it out of the box. The hinge can spring up and cause serious damage or personal injury.
  1. Set the panel screen-side up on a flat surface.

  2. Rotate the screen to the horizontal position.

    Figure 2: Screen rotation

  3. Holding the base of the monitor, lift up the panel at its top, without touching or putting pressure on the screen.

  4. Remove the shipping strap (do not cut it), and put it in a place for safe keeping.

    Figure 3: Packing tape holds the hinge in place

Adjusting the monitor position

Use the following steps to adjust your monitor screen height, tilt, swivel, and orientation for a good viewing angle.

  1. Face the front of the monitor and hold the base with one hand.

  2. Move the monitor top edge toward or away from you to adjust the tilt.

    Figure 4: monitor tilt

    CAUTION: The double-hinged monitor can fall back if the hinge is extended fully and the monitor screen is tilted back too far.
  3. Swivel the monitor left or right for the best angle (the whole base moves).

  4. To adjust the monitor height, extend or lower the base hinge.

    Figure 5: Height adjustment

To pivot the monitor:
  1. Tilt the monitor backward 10 to 30 degrees.

    CAUTION: This first step is very important. The monitor can scratch the base surface if it is not tilted before it is pivoted.

    Figure 6: Pivot without proper tilt

  2. If the monitor is in its landscape position, pivot the monitor clockwise to portrait position.

    Figure 7: Portrait position

  3. If the monitor is in its portrait position, pivot it counterclockwise to landscape position.

Setting up the monitor for wall-mounted use

The monitor can be attached to a wall-mounting arm that you purchase separately.

Preparing to install a wall-mounting arm (not supplied)

Before you mount the monitor on a wall, a swing arm, or other mounting fixture, remove the base.

WARNING: Do not place the double-hinged monitor face down with the shipping strap intact. The hinge can spring up and cause serious damage or personal injury.
WARNING: Make sure the monitor is lying flat, with the screen down. Attempting to remove the base or pedestal from the monitor while it is upright may result in personal injury.
CAUTION: The screen is fragile. Placing the monitor face-down on a flat, soft area prevents scratches, defacing, or breakage.
  1. Turn off the monitor power, and disconnect all power, video, and audio cables.

  2. Place the monitor face-down on a soft, protected surface.

    This might entail elongating the hinge and tilting the monitor back to ensure it is flat on the surface.

  3. With your fingertips, snap off the VESA cover from the back of the monitor.

  4. Remove all four screws from the VESA plate.

  5. Save the cover, screws, and base for future use.

    Figure 8: Base removal

Installing a wall mounting arm

Mount the monitor to a swing arm or other mounting fixture by following the instructions included with the mounting fixture. Ensure that the monitor is safely attached.

NOTE: Mounting fixture is sold separately.
  1. Place the monitor panel screen down on the flat, soft area.

  2. Place the wall mounting arm onto the back of the monitor. Line up the holes of the arm with the mounting holes in the back of the monitor.

  3. Insert the four screws into the mounting holes and tighten.

  4. Reconnect the cables.

  5. Refer to the user’s manual that came with the wall mounting arm (purchased separately) for instructions on attaching it to the wall.


Step 2: Connecting the monitor to the computer

  1. Turn off the computer.

  2. Connect the built-in monitor speakers to the computer, using the audio cable (green connector).

    NOTE: If you want to connect the monitor using an HDMI cable, do not connect the sound cable as the HDMI cable is capable of transferring both sound and video. However, the device that sends audio and video to the monitor must be set to send audio using HDMI. For example, if the monitor is connected to a computer using an HDMI connection, HDMI must be selected as the default audio device in Windows.

    Figure 9: Audio connection

  3. To attach a VGA cable, connect one end of the 15-pin D-Sub VGA cable (blue connector) to the back of the monitor and connect the other end to the computer VGA port.

    Figure 10: VGA connection

  4. To attach a DVI cable (not provided), connect one end of the 24-pin DVI cable (white connector) to the back of the monitor and connect the other end to the computer DVI port.

    Figure 11: DVI connection

  5. Connect one end of the HDMI cable (select models only) to the back of the monitor, and the other end to any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, a DVD player, or a digital television.

    Figure 12: HDMI connection

  6. Connect the USB hub cable from the computer to the USB In connector on the monitor.

    This enables the two USB 2.0 ports on the side of the monitor.

    Figure 13: USB hub connection

  7. After the USB hub connections are in place, connect up to four USB peripheral devices to your monitor (such as a USB flash drive or a digital camcorder).

    Figure 14: USB devices

  8. Connect one end of the power cord to the back of the monitor and plug the other end into a grounded outlet.

    Figure 15: Power connection

  9. Secure the cables by routing them through the cable manager.

    Figure 16: Cable manager

  10. Turn on your monitor and computer.


Step 3: Selecting the video input source

Attach a VGA cable (provided), or a DVI-D or an HDMI cable, or both to the monitor. The HDMI cable (select models only) replaces the DVI cable. To use DVI, your computer must have a DVI-compliant graphics card. If both cables are installed, the default input selection is DVI or HDMI. To switch the input selection, use the Switch Video Input option in the OSD menu.

  1. Press the Menu button on the front of the monitor to access the OSD main menu.

  2. Navigate to Switch Video Input by pressing the + (plus) or (minus) buttons on the monitor.

    The Switch Video Input toggles between VGA and DVI, or VGA and HDMI.

  3. Click Save and Return after you make your choice.


Step 4: Installing drivers

Install the monitor-driver INF and ICM files from the CD, or download them from the Internet as follows:

Installing drivers from the CD

To install the monitor driver from the CD:

  1. Insert the CD in your computer CD drive.

    The CD menu appears.

  2. Select the language.

  3. Click Install Monitor Driver Software .

  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.

  5. Restart the computer.

  6. Check that the proper resolutions and refresh rates appear in the Display Properties window in the Control Panel.

Installing drivers from the Web

To download the latest version of drivers and software files from the HP Support Web site:

  1. Go to the HP Support Web site .

  2. Select your country/region.

  3. Select Download Drivers and Software .

  4. Enter the model number of your monitor: w2408 .

    The software downloads information for your monitor.

  5. Ensure your system meets the requirements given.

  6. Download and install the driver and software files by following the steps on the screen.


Tips and recommendations

  • Unplug your monitor from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. If the screen requires additional cleaning, use an antistatic screen cleaner.
  • 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.
  • Use only a power source and connection appropriate for this monitor, as indicated on the label/back plate of the monitor.
  • Never disconnect the monitor by pulling the cord. Unplug the power cord from the power outlet by grasping the plug firmly.
  • Turn your monitor off when not in use. You can substantially increase the life expectancy of your monitor by using a screen saver program and turning off the monitor when not in use.
  • When removing the monitor base, you must 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.


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