How do I use the instructional technology in Tarble Arena (TA) 2020?

Richard LaHue
2018-01-08 16:13
Rack Input
VGA
Rack Input
HDMI
Blu-ray / DVD DVD / VCR Apple TV
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Overview

All of the functions of the instructional technology (controlling the projector, screen, volume, etc.) in the room are controlled by the touch panel sitting on the instructor desk. The touch panel has one page of functions, including a button for each projector source.

This room supports projecting from the following sources:

  • Laptop via HDMI
  • Laptop via VGA
  • DVDs & Blu-ray disks via Blu-ray player
  • DVDs & VHS tapes via DVD/VCR
  • iPhones, iPads, and Mac Computers via Apple TV

Note: Make sure the power switch on the top-right of the equipment rack is turned on. If that switch is off, neither the touch panel nor any of the room's projection equipment will turn on or function.


Powering On the Touch Panel

  1. If the touch panel's screen is dark, tap it to wake it up. It will display a screen with the room number in the upper left hand corner, and the date in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap anywhere on the touch panel's screen to bring up the page of functions.
  3. When you're done projecting, tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Projecting Your Laptop via HDMI

  1. Boot up your laptop COMPLETELY before connecting it to any cables from the instructor's table.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Powering the Touch Panel section above to turn on the touch panel.
  3. Poke the Rack Input HDMI button.
  4. If your computer requires you to use an adapter to project (for example, most PC laptops, and MacBook Pros without HDMI ports), first plug the HDMI cable into your adapter, then plug the adapter into your computer.
  5. If your laptop does not automatically duplicate your screen and the image from the projectors:
    • On Windows computers, press your "Windows key" and your "P" key at the same time. Select Duplicate to send the image to the projector.
    • On a Mac, navigate to Apple menu () > System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement tab > check Mirror Displays.
  6. Over HDMI, volume is controlled by the touch panel. Touch panel volume is controlled by the blue bar along the bottom of the touch panel's display. Tap the bar and slide it left/right to adjust the volume. To mute sound, tap the headphone jack icon immediately to the left of the volume bar.
  7. If your computer doesn't switch its audio output to HDMI automatically:
    • On Windows computers, right-click on the speaker icon in your notification bar, and select Playback devices in the resulting pop-up menu. Right-click on the HDMI output device, and select Set as Default in the resulting pop-up menu.
    • On a Mac, navigate to Apple menu () > System Preferences > Sound > Output tab > Select the device with AMX or DVX in the name.
  8. Turn off the projection system when you're done. Tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen, then tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Projecting Your Laptop via VGA

  1. Boot up your laptop COMPLETELY before connecting it to any cables from the instructor's table.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Powering the Touch Panel section above to turn on the touch panel.
  3. Tap the Rack Input VGA button.
  4. If your computer requires you to use an adapter to project (for example, all MacBook Pros with VGA), first plug the cable into your adapter, then plug the adapter into your computer.
  5. If you intend on playing sound, you should also plug the attached 3/4-inch "aux" cable into the headphone jack on your computer.
  6. If your laptop does not automatically duplicate your screen and the image from the projectors:
    • On Windows computers, press your "Windows key" and your "P" key at the same time. Select Duplicate to send the image to the projector.
    • On a Mac, navigate to Apple menu () > System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement tab > check Mirror Displays.
  7. Over VGA, volume is controlled in two places: first by your computer, and second by the touch panel.
    1. The volume on the touch panel can only raise or lower the volume that your computer gives it, so if your sound is too loud or quiet, you should start by changing your laptop's volume up/down, and then adjust the touch panel volume.
    2. Touch panel volume is controlled by the blue bar along the bottom of the touch panel's display. Tap the bar and slide it left/right to adjust the volume. To mute sound, tap the headphone jack icon immediately to the left of the volume bar.
  8. Turn off the projection system when you're done. Tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen, then tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Play a DVD using the DVD/VCR

  1. Follow the instructions in the Powering the Touch Panel section above to turn on the touch panel.
  2. Select the button labeled DVD / VCR from the main menu.
  3. Make sure the DVD/VCR is set to DVD mode: Press the SELECT button on the front of the DVD/VCR so that the light is on under DVD and not VCR.
  4. Open the DVD tray, either using the Open/Close button immediately to the left of the DVD tray on the player, or using the touch screen (MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Open Close).
    • Use the Open/Close button to close the tray--DON'T force the tray closed with your hand! That will damage the tray's motor.
  5. Your DVD will start playing automatically. Playback controls are available through the touch screen (see below).
  6. Volume is controlled by the blue bar along the bottom of the touch panel's display. Tap the bar and slide it left/right to adjust the volume. To mute sound, tap the headphone jack icon immediately to the left of the volume bar.
  7. Turn off the projection system when you're done. Tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen, then tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Don't forget to remove your DVD from the player when you're done!

DVD/VCR player controls available on the touch screen:

  • To open/close the disk tray: MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Open Close
  • To power the Blu-ray player on/off: MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Power
  • For playback controls (e.g., play, pause, next): MORE... button > TRANSPORTS button
  • For menu buttons and up/down/left/right controls: MORE... button > CONTROLS button

Play a VHS Tape using the DVD/VCR

  1. Follow the instructions in the Powering the Touch Panel section above to turn on the touch panel.
  2. Select the button labeled DVD / VCR from the main menu.
  3. Make sure the DVD/VCR is set to VCR mode: Press the SELECT button on the front of the DVD/VCR so that the light is on under VCR and not DVD.
  4. Insert your VHS cassette.
  5. If your VHS tape doesn't start playing automatically, press the play button. Playback controls are available through the touch screen (see below).
  6. Volume is controlled by the blue bar along the bottom of the touch panel's display. Tap the bar and slide it left/right to adjust the volume. To mute sound, tap the headphone jack icon immediately to the left of the volume bar.
  7. Turn off the projection system when you're done. Tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen, then tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Don't forget to remove your VHS tape from the player when you're done! Either press the Stop/Eject button on the front of the DVD/VCR twice, or use the Open Close command below:

DVD/VCR player controls available on the touch screen:

  • To open/close the disk tray: MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Open Close
  • To power the Blu-ray player on/off: MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Power
  • For playback controls (e.g., play, pause, next): MORE... button > TRANSPORTS button
  • For menu buttons and up/down/left/right controls: MORE... button > CONTROLS button

Play a Blu-ray Disk Using the Blu-ray Player

  1. Follow the instructions in the Powering the Touch Panel section above to turn on the touch panel.
  2. Tap the button labeled Blu-ray on the main menu.
  3. Playback controls are available through the touch screen (see below).
  4. Put in your Blu-ray disk.
  5. Volume is controlled by the blue bar along the bottom of the touch panel's display. Tap the bar and slide it left/right to adjust the volume. To mute sound, tap the headphone jack icon immediately to the left of the volume bar.
  6. Turn off the projection system when you're done. Tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen, then tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Blu-ray player controls available on the touch screen:

  • To open/close the disk tray: MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Open Close
  • To power the Blu-ray player on/off: MORE... button > CUSTOM button > Power
  • For playback controls (e.g., play, pause, next): MORE... button > TRANSPORTS button
  • For menu buttons and up/down/left/right controls: MORE... button > CONTROLS button

Connecting to the Apple TV over AirPlay

  1. Follow the instructions in the Powering the Touch Panel section above to turn on the touch panel.
  2. Tap the button labeled Apple TV on the main menu.
    • On an iPhone or iPad:
      1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up Control Center.
      2. Tap the Screen Mirroring button.
      3. Select the Apple TV option with "2020" in its name.
      4. Enter the code that appears on the projection screen. Slide the toggle switch next to the Mirror option to project your iPhone/iPad to the Apple TV.
    • On a Mac:
      1. Go to Apple menu () > System Preferences > Displays.
      2. Click on the dropdown menu next to AirPlay Display and select the Apple TV option with "2145" in its name. Enter the code that appears on the projection screen.
  3. Over AirPlay, volume is controlled in two places: first by your iOS device or Mac, and second by the touch panel.
    1. The volume on the touch panel can only raise or lower the volume that your computer gives it, so if your sound is too loud or quiet, you should start by changing your iOS device or Mac's volume up/down, and then adjust the touch panel volume.
    2. Touch panel volume is controlled by the blue bar along the bottom of the touch panel's display. Tap the bar and slide it left/right to adjust the volume. To mute sound, tap the headphone jack icon immediately to the left of the volume bar.
  4. To stop projecting over AirPLay:
    • On an iPhone or iPad: To stop projecting: Swipe back up from the bottom of your screen to bring up Control Center > tap Screen Mirroring button > Tap Stop Mirroring.
    • On a Mac: To stop projecting, select Off from the AirPlay Display dropdown menu.
  5. Turn off the projection system when you're done. Tap the Power button in the lower left hand corner of the screen, then tap Confirm to shut off the projectors, raise the screens, and put the touch panel to sleep.

Basic Troubleshooting

Touch Panel Isn't Turning On

If the touch panel isn't turning on, then someone has flipped off the master power switch at the top of the equipment rack.

  1. Locate the master power switch (top-right of the equipment rack) and flip it on.

You'll know it's on when the lights on the equipment in the equipment rack start turning on. It'll take at least a minute for all of the equipment in the rack to turn on, load its programming, and be fully functional. The touch panel will let you know when everything's ready to use.

No Sound

Usually when there's no sound, it's because the room's amplifier has been turned off.

  1. Locate the master power switch (top-right of the equipment rack) and make sure it's turned on.
  2. Locate the amplifier's power switch (bottom-right of the equipment rack) and make sure it's turned on.

If the master power switch was turned off and you had to turn it on, then it'll take at least a minute for all of the equipment to be up and running again. If you only had to turn on the amplifier, it only takes a second for that to be up and running again; everything will be ready for you to use right away.

No Projected Image

If the touch panel is on and working and you've got sound but no projected image, then it's most likely that someone has manually switched off the projector.

  1. Locate the power toggle switch on the side of the projector (not the power button), and make sure it's toggled on.

It takes about 5-10 seconds for the projector to completely power up after the power switch is toggled on. Do NOT turn the projector on using its power button! Control the projector using the touch panel.


Do NOT turn off the power switches on the equipment rack. Turn off the projection system when you're done by poking the Power button in the lower-left corner, then poking the CONFIRM button.

For classroom technology assistance, please contact Media Services at media@help.carthage.edu or (262 551-5950). To report problems, please call the same number or email media@help.carthage.edu

Reviewed 2018-01-03 by Media Services

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