Troubleshooting: DPL1 Teacher Staton

    DPL1

    The teacher station in DPL1 has the ability to project from the desktop, your laptop, a DVD or Blu-ray, an external VHS deck, or a PlayStation 3. All of these options are controlled via the rack on the floor to the right of the teacher station. The HDMI Selector allows you to switch between different sources easily, simply use the number that corresponds to your source under Input Selector. Unless otherwise indicated bellow, you need to use the projector remote (silver and white, and located behind the monitor) to first turn on the projector (this may take a minute to warm up) and then to select HDMI as the source. To do so, press the "6" button right beneath "HDMI".

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    Audio

    For any projection source, you'll need to make sure the audio on the rack is set correctly. To do so, simply look at the topmost panel on the rack and make sure all the volume knobs are set to the middle position (white lines pointing straight up).

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    • Make sure the volume on the computer is turned all the way up. You can check by clicking on the volume icon in the top right of your screen
    • Ensure that you are outputting audio through USB audio CODEC. Do this by holding down ALT and clicking on the volume icon in the top right of the screen. Select "USB audio CODEC" from the dropdown menu.

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    If you can't hear audio in an editing program or when viewing your clips in finder, try playing a YouTube video. If the audio works, that indicates that the problem is with the program or your clips.  See Troubleshooting Audio guides here for more assistance.  

    Desktop

    To display the desktop of the teacher station, use the Input Selector on the rack. Press 1 to select the computer as your input and hit enter. The rack will ask you for your output, which is always the projector. Press 1 to select the projector then press enter.

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    There are two main ways to display the desktop - as a mirror of the teacher station screen, or as a second monitor. Which you choose depends on how you like to project your screen, but note that mirroring can distort both displays. To toggle between these two, open System Preferences and choose the "Displays" option. Under the Arrangement tab, toggle "Mirror Displays" on or off.

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    Make sure to use the Speaker Volume wheel to the right of the monitor to adjust the speaker volume in addition to adjusting the volume on the computer itself.

    Your Laptop

    To display your laptop's screen, you'll need an HDMI or VGA cable to connect to the visitor ports. You can check either out from the Lab Assistant in room 810. Once you are connected, use the Input Selector on the rack. Press 4 to select the laptop as your input and hit enter. The rack will ask you for your output, which is always the projector. Now press 1 to select the projector then press enter.

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    There are two main ways to display the laptop - as a mirror of the teacher station screen, or as a second monitor. Which you choose depends on how you like to project your screen, but note that mirroring can distort both displays. To toggle between these two, open System Preferences and choose the "Displays" option. Under the Arrangement tab, toggle "Mirror Displays" on or off.

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    To play audio from your laptop, check out a mini-mini cable from the Lab Assistant in room 810. Connect it to your laptop's headphone jack and to the "AUDIO" port on the rack.

    Blu-ray/DVD

    To display a Blu-ray or DVD, power on the Panasonic player and use the Input Selector on the rack. Press 2 to select the Blu-ray player as your input and hit enter. The rack will ask you for your output, which is always the projector. Press 1 to select the projector then press enter. The Blu-ray player should now appear on the projector. The remote control for the player can be found behind the monitor of the teacher's station.

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    PlayStation 3

    To access the PS3, use the Input Selector on the rack. Press 3 to select the PS3 as your input and hit enter. The rack will ask you for your output, which is always the projector. Press 1 to select the projector then press enter.

    You'll also need to check out a PS3 controller from the Lab Assistant office right next door. The controllers run out of charge, so we recommend checking with the Lab Assistant on shift to make sure the controllers are charged before you need them.

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    VHS/Other Decks

    To play a VHS tape, you'll first have to check out the VHS deck and an RCA cable from the Lab Assistant office right next door. Connect the VHS deck to power and then connect the RCA cable to the righthand RCA outputs on the back of the VHS deck. Connect the other end of the RCA cable to the three RCA inputs in the teacher station rack. 

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    Using the Input Selector, press 4 to select the deck as your input and hit enter. The rack will ask you for your output, which is always the projector. Press 1 to select the projector then press enter. Now switch the projector's mode to "Video/S-Video" using the 4 button on the projector remote. Use the controls on the VHS deck itself to control playback.

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    Any other decks behave in the same manner, simply connect the RCA cable to the appropriate RCA outputs from your deck.