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Photo of Laptop PCUsing a Laptop Computer
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If you prefer to use a Laptop Computer rather than the Lectern Computer, you may connect it to the system for display on the projection screen. Auxiliary jacks are located on the Control Panel to attach your VGA cable and mini stereo audio cable (if sound from the laptop is needed).

After attaching the cables from your laptop to the auxiliary jacks, select ”Laptop Computer“ as the source, and your Laptop should be displayed on the projection screen.

If not, you may need to press a sequence of keys on your laptop to actually "send" the image out through the external cable. The sequence is different for each brand of laptop computer, but usually requires you to press the "Fn" (function) key simultaneously with the "F5" or "F8" key. Check your Laptop Owner's Manual for instructions.

If you need to access the internet or your faculty folder on the Z-Drive of the College Network*, wall jacks are located near the Instructor's Desk. There is also a connection for AC power, so you don't have to drain your Laptop batteries.

*PLEASE NOTE: Only College owned computer equipment may be connected to the college network. Connecting your own laptop to the network without authorization is a violation of college policy. You may connect your laptop to the Presentation System for display, but if you wish to connect to the College computer network, you must have authorization from the College Information Technology Department (906-5252, Room 601).


Connecting a Laptop Computer
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Close-up of VGA out

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Connect the VGA and Power cable from your Laptop PC to the Auxiliary Jacks on the Control Panel.  » Close-up of VGA Connection
Close-up of Audio out

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Connect the Sound cable from your Laptop PC to the Auxiliary Jack on the Control Panel. » Close-up of Audio Connection
Close-up of Source Buttons » Turn on the Projector and select "Laptop" as your source.    

Laptop Troubleshooting
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If you don't find a solution to your particular problem here, please e-mail the Academic Media Technology Dept. We will get back to you as soon as we can, and will add your solution to our Troubleshooting Grid.

Problem Possible Cause Solution
No image appears on the projector screen Projector not on Use the DISPLAY POWER button on the Control Panel to turn the Projector on.
  Wrong source selected Press the source button labeled Laptop.
  VGA Cable not connected properly VGA Cable must be connected from your Laptop to the Auxiliary Jack on the Control Panel (see above).
  Laptop not "sending" image out Usually requires a specific keystroke on your Laptop to "send" the image out through the VGA cable while also displaying to the Laptop monitor (see above).
  Projector not on Use the DISPLAY POWER button on the Control Panel to turn the Projector on.
Projected image "chops-off" the Laptop Desktop (only partial image displayed) Laptop screen resolution incorrect Under Laptop Settings>Control Panels>Display, set the Laptop screen resolution for the secondary display to 800x600.
Image appears on Projector Screen, but not on the Laptop monitor Laptop "sending" image out only Usually requires a specific keystroke on your Laptop to "send" the image out through the VGA cable while also displaying to the Laptop monitor (see above).
Picture from Laptop is OK, but no sound Audio cable not connected properly Audio Cable must be connected from your Laptop to the Auxiliary Jack on the Control Panel (see above).
  System Volume not turned up Turn up the System Volume with the Volume knob on the Control Panel.
  Laptop Volume muted or not turned up Turn up the Laptop Volume under Laptop Settings>Control Panels>Sound. See Adjusting the Sound for details.

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