Emerson IT Help Desk

Using Classroom Computers

In-room computer

 

Laptop-PC

 

Laptop-Mac


In-room computer

Mediated classrooms have a Mac Mini (either at teaching table or in the equipment rack), or an iMac at the teaching table

 

iMac Mac Mini


The workstation (LCD monitor, keyboard, and mouse) resides at the teacher's table in the front of the room.

How to Turn the Computer On

 

If there is a Mac Mini at the table or in the rack, turn on the computer monitor power, and first see if the computer is already on. if it is not then use the power button behind the computer.

If you have an iMac in your classroom turn the computer on by locating the power button on the back of the computer.

 


How to Log In

After initial startup, the welcome screen appears.

At the login screen, enter your Emerson username and password and press Enter.


How to Project from the In Room Computer

Ensure the computer is on. On the main page of the Crestron panel, press In Room Computer (may also be listed as "iMac" or "Lectern Computer")

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This will turn on the data projector and lower the screen. It may take a full minute for the projector to warm up.

Confirm that the computer is projecting on the screen.


Connect a USB Device

To connect any USB device, use the computer's rear USB ports.

To confirm that the computer has recognized the USB device, look for the device's icon in your finder window or on your desktop. Consult your USB's device documentation for additional help with connectivity.


Laptops

Locate the visiting laptop cable(s) for this room. These cables should be available at the teaching table. 

The systems on campus will be able to handle the inputs show below:

VGA HDMI

 

Mac

Connect

To connect a Mac laptop to the AV system, you may need the required video adapter for your model laptop. Refer to the Mac Display Adapter Chart below. Adapters and cables can be borrowed from Media Services. 

VGA Mac Laptop Adapter HDMI Mac Laptop Adapter

PC

Connect

Ensure that your laptop is turned on.

On the touchpanel main page, press Laptop (select the source - depending on which cable you connected to your laptop, as identified above).

This will select the laptop input and also turn on the data projector and lower the screen if this hasn't yet happened. It may take a full minute for the projector to warm up.

Once the data projector is fully on, your laptop should automatically appear on both the projection screen and your laptop's LCD screen.


PC Laptop Projection Tips

Locate the “Fn" button in the lower-left corner of your laptop's keyboard.Then find the following function key according to manufacturer:

Dell: F8

IBM: F7

HP, Compaq, Gateway: F4

IBM: F3

Press Fn + F(#) together once firmly. Within four seconds, you should see the projector trying to recognize the video signal from the laptop. Each subsequent press will change between the three possible projection states: Laptop only, Projector only, or Both.


PC Audio Control

The computer volume is controlled by the user in two places: on the computer itself and on the touchpanel main page. It's ideal to set the computer volume all the way up.

From the Windows taskbar, click on the speaker icon.

From the Touchpanel main page, adjust using the program volume.


Mac Laptop Projection Tips

Go to Display Settings under System Preferences.

Click on Detect Displays.

Under the Arrangements tab, check Mirror Displays. If the Arrangements tab is not available, there could be a problem with the VGA cable or some other hardware issue.


Mac Audio Control

The computer volume is controlled by the user in two places: on the computer itself and on the touchpanel main page. It is ideal to set the computer volume all the way up.

From the Mac keyboard, use the speaker volume controls.

From the Touchpanel main page, adjust using the program volume.

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