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Classroom Laptop, VCR, TV and DVD usage

Level 2 classrooms (such as most of the classrooms in Ritter Hall) have a black panel located on the wall near the chalkboard. This is the master control panel for any video source.

Turn on the projector and warm-up the system by clicking the “ON” button in the box labeled projector, located in the upper-right of the panel. The green “ready” light will illuminate.

Connecting a Laptop:

To connect a laptop to the data projector, you will need a VGA Cable – laptops checked out from the LLC should have a VGA cable in the bag, and other cables are available for you to use with your own laptop.

  1. Plug one end of the VGA cable into the VGA port on the back (or side) or your laptop. In most cases this port will be colored blue.
  2. Plug the other end of the VGA cable into the port marked VGA on the black control panel, located under the “Computer” label.
  3. Press the gray button under the “Computer” label – the panel behind the word “Computer” will glow blue to indicate that it is selected.
  4. IMPORTANT: Now that the laptop is connected, and the projector is on, you must tell your laptop to display on the external screen. On the LLC Dell laptops, the key combination to enable the external screen is Fn + F8 (the Fn key is located at the bottom left of the keyboard, and F5 is located in the row above the number keys. Press both keys simultaneously to enable the external screen. Press both keys again until you can see the desktop image on both the built-in laptop screen and the projector. If you are using your own or a different laptop, the key combination necessary will be Fn + Another F# key—usually the appropriate F key will have an icon of a screen or the words LCD/CRT on it.
  1. OPTIONAL: If you need audio from your laptop to come from the projector speakers, use the 3.5mm headphone plug to RCA cable (included in the LLC laptop bags). Plug the headphone plug into the headphone jack of the laptop, and plug the red and white RCA plugs into the audio jacks on the panel under the “Computer” label. You may need to adjust the sound both on the laptop volume controls as well as the panel volume controls to get the audio loud enough.

Connecting a DVD Player:

To connect a DVD Player to the data projector, you will need a RCA Video/Audio cable as well as a BNC-to-RCA adapter plug. DVD players checked out from the LLC should have this cable and appropriate adapter included in the bag. You will also need to have a key to the locked VCR cabinet in order to be able to access the front panel of the VCR.

  1. Plug the yellow RCA plug into the “Video Out” jack on the DVD player, which is usually also colored yellow. Plug the Red and White plugs into the “Audio Out” jacks, also colored red and white.
  2. Make sure the BNC-to-RCA adapter is plugged in to the other Yellow (Video) plug, and then attach this to the “Video” input under “Auxiliary Video” on the black panel. Attach the red and white (audio) plugs to the audio jacks.
  3. Press the gray button under the “Auxiliary Video” label – the panel behind the word “Auxiliary Video” will glow blue to indicate that it is selected.
  1. Open the VCR cabinet and make sure the VCR is powered ON. Use the channel controls to make sure the VCR channel is listed as “AU” (for Auxiliary).
  2. Use the volume controls on the black panel to adjust the volume for playback.

Using the VCR and watching TV:

To use the VCR or watch TV, you will need to have a key to the locked VCR cabinet.

  1. Turn the projector ON and press the “VCR” button.
  2. Open the VCR cabinet and turn ON the VCR.
  3. To watch TV, use the channel buttons on the VCR front panel to move up and down. The same channels that are available in the LLC are available throughout Ritter Hall.
  4. Simply insert a tape and press PLAY to watch a VHS tape. PLEASE NOTE that none of the VCRs built into the cabinets are capable of playing PAL or SECAM (Non-North American) videotapes. When taking a movie from the LLC collection please make sure you are getting an NTSC tape—conversions can be made ahead of time to the format you need, if necessary.
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