Computer Classroom Media Cabinet Instructions

Smart Panel Power Outlets DVD Player VHS Player Microphone and Microphone Input Auxiliary Audio Volume and Inputs/Outputs Ethernet Port Volume Controls Projector Controls Laptop Projection Button Auxiliary Video Button DVD/VCR Button Desktop Projection Button

What is the Media Cabinet?

The Media Cabinet consists of a SmartPanel controller which is directly connected to a projector and several AV devices or inputs. The Media Cabinet allows you display the image from the instructor's computer, a laptop,the DVD/VHS player, or an external AV device on the projector screen.  The Media Cabinet also allows you to connect your laptop to the network. The Media Cabinets installed in the computer classrooms are very similar to those installed in lecture halls on campus.

Note: If you have any problems or questions, please ask the Computer Room Consultant (CRC) on duty for help.

Turning on the SmartPanel

1. Lower the projection screen with switch in room.

2. Push the button labeled PROJECTOR ON. Projector

3. The red and green lights next to the PROJECTOR ON button will flash while the projector is warming up. (Not all SmartPanels have blinking green lights during startup.) After 30 to 40 seconds, the red light will go out while the green light will remain lit, indicating that it is ready for use. The projector logo will appear on the screen.

4. Follow the instructions below for:

Desktop Computer Projection

1. Follow the directions in Turning on the SmartPanel.

2. Push the button labeled COMPUTER.

Computer button

3. Adjust the playback volume using the up and down arrows under VOLUME.

Volume buttons

4. When you are finished using the projector, follow instructions for Turning off the SmartPanel.

 

Laptop Projection

    Note:
  • If your laptop needs power, you can plug it into the power strip located in the media cabinet.
  • To gain internet access, follow the instructions for Internet Access.
  • Do not turn on laptop until all connections are complete .

1. Follow the directions in Turning on the SmartPanel.

2. Push the button labeled LAPTOP.

Laptop button

3. Remove the projector connection cable from equipment drawer below the power strip. Cable has a 15-pin VGA plug and an audio cable.

Laptop cable

4. Attach the 15-pin VGA plug to the MONITOR port on your laptop, then turn on laptop.

VGA Port

5. Make sure laptop is setup for Video Mirroring.

PC

For a PC, press the Function or Fn key and the key that shows 2 screens or states “CRT/LCD”. This is usually F8, but it can vary from laptop to laptop. This cycles through available displays. Cycle until output shows up on the projection screen.

MAC

For a Mac OS X, go to the Apple Menu, then go to System Preferences, then to Displays. Click Arrangement, then click Mirror Display for video mirroring. For Mac OS 9, go to the control panels, then go to monitors, then to arrange. Drag the image of one monitor screen over the other, then hit apply. In older Macs, turn on image mirroring and hit ok. Your laptop may ask you to reboot.

 

F8 button

6. Adjust the playback volume using the up and down arrows under VOLUME.

Volume button

7. When you are finished using the projector, follow instructions for Turning off the SmartPanel.  

 

Internet Access

Note:
  • Make sure you have appropriate network registration before entering the classroom. Although it only takes 5 minutes to activate Campus DHCP, this can impact a presentation considerably

1. Plug Ethernet cable into NAM port located below the VOLUME controls.

Network Plug

2. Follow instructions to configure your laptop for Campus DHCP.  

 

VCR Playback

1. Follow the directions in Turning on the SmartPanel.

2. Push the button labeled DVD/VCR.

DVD VCR Button

3. Push the POWER button on DVD/VCR player.

Power button

4. Insert the videotape into VCR and press PLAY.

Play button

5. Adjust the playback volume using the up and down arrows under VOLUME.

Volume button

6. Push STOP to stop playback.

Stop button

7. Push EJECT to retrieve videotape.

Eject button

8. When you are finished, follow instructions for Turning off the SmartPanel.

 

DVD Playback

1. Follow the directions in Turning on the SmartPanel.

2. Push the button labeled DVD/VCR.

DVD VCR button

3. Push the POWER button on DVD/VCR player.

DVD Power button

4. Push the OPEN/CLOSE button and the place DVD on the tray. Press PLAY.

Play and Open/Close buttons

5. Adjust the playback volume using the up and down arrows under VOLUME.

Volume button

6. Push STOP to stop playback.

Stop button

7. Push OPEN/CLOSE to retrieve DVD.

Open/Close button

8. When you are finished, follow instructions for Turning off the SmartPanel.

 

Auxiliary Video Projection

Types of Cables


BNC Cable Coaxial Cable RCA Cable
BNC Cable Coax Cable RCA Cable

Note:
  • You need a video cable with a BNC connector on one end and the appropriate connector to fit your equipment on the other end.

1. Follow the directions in Turning on the SmartPanel.

2. Push the button labeled AUXILIARY VIDEO.O.

Aux Video button

3. Plug the BNC connector into the VIDEO connection plug located under the button labeled AUXILIARY VIDEO. (Some SmartPanels have an RCA type adaptor so RCA cables can be used for the video connection.)

Video input

4. For sound, plug audio cables from an external player into the RCA connection plugs labeled AUDIO located under VIDEO connection plug.

Aux & Audio In/Out

5. Adjust the playback volume using the up and down arrows under VOLUME.

6. When you are finished, follow instructions for Turning off the SmartPanel.

 

Turning off the SmartPanel

1. Push the button labeled PROJECTOR OFF.

Projector Off button

2. Raise the projection screen with switch in room.