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How to hook up a laptop (Or other portable device) so that you can project using it.

The following information is a short explanation of how to uhook up a laptop to the AV interfaces located in TEC classrooms. In this example we will be using the William Johnston Building equipment (specifically rooms 2004 & 2005). This page provides a closer look at the WJB touch panel screens if you need an additional reference.

If you are trying to connect a MAC, please see this page for additional information.

Where are the cables located? (click images to enlarge)

  • In WJB: This small enclosure will contain all the cables you need to connect a laptop or other similar device.
  • In all other rooms, the laptop VGA cable and audio cable will be located on the top of the desk and will be connected to each other.

Cable explanations.

  • Other rooms may not have the exact same setup, (for example most do not have HDMI cables), but all projector-capable rooms will have at least a VGA and audio cable.
  • Audio from devices such as iPods or phones can be played by connecting them to the audio cord for the laptop connection as if you were using a laptop without the video.

Example of a Connected Laptop

  • Here you will note the connected VGA cable and audio cable.
  • In the event that your mobile device also needs to be plugged in, there is typically a generic power outlet on the desk or close nearby.

How your laptop will appear on the AV Panel.

  • Touchpanel rooms: Once connected, you will be able to see your laptop in the preview pane of the screen by pressing the "laptop" input button and then "preview" under which ever window you would like to view it in.
  • In rooms without touchpanels, you will need to press the "laptop" input button on the control panel (located on the desk or in the pull out drawer) and it will display the laptop screen on the monitor.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If your laptop is hooked up but is not showing the screen after the above steps, your laptop may have a "use-as-monitor" button. Typically this button will have two small monitor symbols separated by "/" and may require simultaneously pressing your laptop's function ("Fn").You may need to check your laptop's documentation if you have trouble finding find it.