Dispatches From The Geeks

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Display in 3178

Please note the setup for the display in 3178 has changed. There were some failures in the components that were running it previously, and replacing those components didn’t seem to help. There are new and concise directions printed and posted next to the display. They are also included below.

To use the AppleTV, the TV needs to be on HDMI1 input. You can change the input on the side of the TV by pressing the “Input” button until the desired one is highlighted. There are on-screen directions on how to connect to the unit. (At the moment, we are awaiting CIS to put the wifi reservation into place. That should be in within a day, but the AppleTV will be off-network until it’s done.)

To use the wired HDMI connection on the table, the TV needs to be on the HDMI2 input. Plug the HDMI cable into your laptop or dongle. The TV will output 1080p nice and crisp, so if the display doesn’t look right, check your laptop’s display settings.

If you need DVI, attach an HDMI to DVI adapter to the cable. If you don’t have one, you can ask for one at the help desk. I’ve left them in the room in the past, but they must be getting lost.

To use the wired VGA connection, follow the directions above for HDMI, but instead of plugging the HDMI cable into your laptop, plug it into the HDMI/VGA converter on the table, then plug the VGA into your laptop. This picture quality is obviously lower than HDMI and isn’t recommended – it’s supplied by request for older machines that need it. If you can output HDMI, you’ll have a much better experience if you use that instead.

The automatic source switch that switched between HDMI and VGA is what seems to have been the cause of the problem. Removing this seems to make things work just fine again.



Written by Craig Stacey

August 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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