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5th floor cart: Storage and troubleshooting

September 9, 2011 by Theresa Pesavento

Setting up/shutting down

  1. Unlock the cart
  2. Plug in the cart
  3. The projector should automatically turn on once the cart is plugged in, but if not, turn on the projector
  4. Once the projector fan starts running, turn on the computer
  5. Please shut down the computer and unplug the cart when finished
  6. Make sure to lock the cart!



  1. Power:  Make sure the entire cart
    is plugged in. Check that the power for both the projector
    and computer is turned on and plugged into the main cart power on the extension cord.
  2. Cables: Check the cables. Are they
    all tight? Are they plugged in to the proper place? Pull the
    white display adapter out of the side of the computer. Wait 3 seconds.
    Put the white display back in to the side of the computer.
  3. Source: Press the source button on
    the projector or the projector remote. The source should be set to Computer.
  4. Focus: Adjust the focus knob on the projector itself (located on top of the projector lens, underneath the laptop shelf).
  5. Mirroring / Cloned Display:
    1. Mirroring / Cloned Display (PC):
      Hold down the Fn (Function) key while pressing the Display Function key
      (usually F5, F6 or F8). Wait about 10 seconds to allow the projector to
      react. You may need to repeat this process to get the correct setting.
    2. Mirroring / Cloned Display (Mac):
      From the Apple menu, select “System Preferences.” Then click “Display.”
      Click the “arrangement” tab and then select “mirror displays.”
  6. Display Resolution:
    1. Display Resolution (PC): Check the
      display resolution. Right-click on the desktop. Look for a video driver
      software (often called N- Vidia Display Settings). If no special
      software is present, click “Properties” and then click “Settings.” Set
      the resolution to 1024 by 768 at 60 Hz.
    2. Display Resolution (Mac): From the Apple menu, select “System Preferences.” Then click “Display.” Set the display resolution to 1024 by 768 at 60 Hz.
  7. Restart: If none of the the other tips have worked,
    the next option is to restart the computer. When you do this, make sure
    to keep the projector turned on.
  8. Get help!: Contact the AV Pool Monday - Friday between 8:30 - 4 PM during the regular semester. You can get help in the AV Pool Help Chat ( and available on the computer desktop) or by calling 608-262-1678.
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