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Instructions and Troubleshooting


Call our office at
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
for assistance with a classroom technology emergency.

Please enjoy this self-service and and on-demand instructional material. We are happy to meet one-on-one or in a small group setting for further training on any of the topics listed below.

For a basic computer projection set-up, please try the following steps:

  • Make sure the VGA cable is securely connected to your computer. If you need a VGA adapter, you may pick one up from our office in room T291A.
  • Please be sure your laptop is off (not sleeping) before connecting the VGA cable. Turn on your laptop and wait for your desktop to load. Ideally, you should see the image on the screen of your laptop as well as on the projected screen.
  • To configure video mirroring/cloning, make sure that your computer is set to the correct display settings.
    • Recommended maximum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
    • Mac OS X: Select "System Preferences" from under the Apple pull-down menu. Click on the "Displays" button and click on the "Arrangement" tab. Select "Video Mirroring" in the lower left and close the window.
    • PC laptop: Click the Start menu and go to the Control Panel. Find the display settings, which may be under "Display" or "System Settings," depending on your computer. Make sure your computer is set to mirror/clone display for projectors or multiple monitors.
    • Shortcuts for PC laptops: Some common shortcuts for the PC display menu are: (these shortcuts may not be the same for every PC)
      • Windows 7 and Windows 8: Windows logo key ΓΏ + P
      • Dell laptops: Fn + F8 key
      • Toshiba laptops: Fn + F5