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How to Connect Your Laptop in Teaching Spaces & Meeting Rooms
Most teaching spaces and meeting rooms have connections for a laptop, so that you can display the laptop content on the projector/LCD screen.
- Identifying the cables
- Connecting your laptop
Identifying the cables
VGA connector (video only). Used in conjunction with the audio cable.
Audio connector. Used in conjunction with the VGA cable.
HDMI connector (video & audio)
Network connector (also called the ethernet connector). This cable connection is faster and more reliable than using Wi-Fi.
USB connector. Only required in rooms with a SMARTBoard
Connecting your laptop
- If there is a control panel on the desk, you will need to press the laptop button on the panel.
- To connect your laptop, plug in the cables that you will find on the desk. There will be several cables – video, audio, network, USB (for the SMARTBoard).
For video, some rooms have a VGA cable, others have an HDMI cable, and some have both. If your laptop accepts both, then HDMI is the preferred option.
- HDMI connection: An HDMI connection requires 2 cables - the HDMI cable carries video and audio, and you will also need to connect the blue network cable.
- VGA connection: A VGA connection requires 3 cables – VGA connection for video; audio cable to plug into the audio out/headphone socket of the laptop; and the blue network cable.
- For rooms that display to a SMARTBoard, 4 cables are required - VGA connection for video; audio cable to plug into the audio out/headphone socket of the laptop; a blue network cable; and USB (for connecting to the SMARTBoard).
- MacBook connections: A MacBook can connect directly with an HDMI cable, but if the room has only a VGA connection, then you will need to provide your own VGA to MiniDisplayPort (Thunderbolt) adapter, plus an audio cable to plug into the audio out/headphone socket of the laptop.
- If the laptop image does not display automatically, press the WINDOWS and P key, then select duplicate display; or press Function and F7 keys on your laptop (on some laptops, it is Function and F5 keys) in order to send the laptop image to the projector/LCD.
- If the document camera image continues to be displayed rather then the laptop, either;
- For a SMART document camera, press the Computer View button on the base of the document camera.
- For a Lumens document camera, power off the document camera.
- If the laptop image still does not appear on the projector/LCD screen, try the following;
- Right click on the desktop.
- From the menu select screen resolution.
- Change the resolution to 1024 x 768 to force the display.
- If using an Apple device, go through a similar process using System Preferences > Display.