Using any Projector System

Update: Oct 8th, 2009

- by Jeff Christensen

The trick to working a projector system, or a big screen, for a presentation is simple: once you know the parts and how they’re supposed to connect, the rest falls into place. The problem is that most people don’t know how the parts fit together.

Basically, there are three parts: The source, the display, and the connection.

The source: This is your computer, laptop, DVD player, overhead projector, etc. It needs to be doing two things: Running and outputting. Running is easy. Turn it on. Outputting is more difficult. If you’re on a DVD player or something similar, all it does is output, you should be fine. If you’re on a Computer, you need to access the display menu and tell it to output. On a PC, you right-click on the desktop and select properties, and on a Mac you click on the apple icon on the top right. From there it will depend on the system, but you’re looking for display properties and you ideally want it set for clone view.

Notebook: sometimes they’re set for dual view, which means separate outputs. If you’re getting visual but they don’t match, you’re probably in dual view, try taking the mouse off one side of the screen or the other and see if it ends up on the other screen.

The connection: This is the cable that connects your source to your display. At Colby, it probably connects your source to the wall outlet which is connected to the display, but it has the same principles. It needs to be connected to your source for your source to output. If you’re using a PC, you need the VGA cable (see image). If you’re on a mac, you may need an adapter, depending on your model. Some of the rooms have them, look around for one that fits your mac, or for a PC.

The display: Your display is like your source, it needs to be running and receiving. Running should be a matter of turning it on. Sometimes it takes a while to warm up, so give it a moment and look for a power light rather than for images. Then it needs to input. You’ll probably use a remote for this, or controls on the display itself. You want a button that says “source” or “input” or maybe “tv/video” click it and go through the different options until you find the one that works.

There you go, the basics. You should now be able to figure out how to set up any multimedia display. For audio, its the same. Source outputs through the connection to the display (speakers). Good luck!

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