- We recommend that the projector is switched on after you login to the PC.
- Drag/copy presentation documents from your USB stick onto the desktop.
- Any change/s and added files are auto-deleted on Restart.
- Choose VLC Media Player for DVD playback with sound.
Aston Teaching PC
The 2017/18 ‘pool room’ teaching PC is now Windows10 and includes Office Professional 2016 including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
Also included are the Panopto recorder, Skype, and a selection of web browsers/important teaching links. Shared/network drives are dependant on your Aston login. The IT Services website has the full list of installed software.
If your login or the network fails .\teach username & teach password will allow you to present locally (e.g. USB drive), but without any network or internet access. Most rooms with Lenovo PCs installed will allow change to ‘Extended desktop’ for Powerpoint notes view [Windows+P].
The PC will shut down after an hour of inactivity
This will remove any changes you have made, any work you have open will be lost, and any files on the desktop will be deleted. Unfinished Panopto uploads will also be suspended until Panopto is re-connected in that room.
Bear this in mind if, for example, you are running an event and want to get the PC set up early or you are breaking for lunch.
The computer is set up to record to Aston Replay and upload to Blackboard. There is option in Panopto Settings: Basic: ‘Highlight mouse cursor…‘ to make the pointer more prominent for recordings, and please check the mic levels are OK.
There are usually 4 spare USBs on the main PC monitor.
We recommend that the projector is switched ON after you login to the PC. If you don’t need the computer to be displayed on the screen, you can use it without the projector on. Computer audio requires the projector to be ON, and all control panel, computer and application volumes should be up (not muted).
These PCs are similar to the standard Aston pool-room image PCs but are dedicated to, or built-in to, group-work facilities.
They are used independently, or may be selected for display on the main, or all screens. The selection is via either the main control panel or Faronics Insight software (except MB657).
Please ask AV Support for a demonstration and access to keyboards & mice/trackpads.
Crestron/Kramer Wireless Presentation
Wireless presentation that uses our internal WiFi network to present photos, PDF, and Microsoft Office files etc. on the room display/s from your wireless devices.
- AirMEDIA: iOS/Android device and/or your Windows/OS X laptops.
- VIA: iOS/Android device and/or your Windows/OS X laptops
When AirMEDIA or VIA ConnectPro is selected, it displays the Room address and a unique [code] to present the content on the screen/s. You can have up to four WiFi devices concurrently displayed in each corner of the picture.
New rooms that use:
- AirMedia AM-100: G11, Gt.Hall, MB518(n/c!), MB603, MB653, MB708b, Adrian Cadbury, SusanCadbury, NW805, NW807.
- Kramer VIA ConnectPro: ABS6.4/5, ABS2.10(L4), G45, MB304, MB504, SLT(MB651).
You can book a mobile AirMedia for most rooms with wifi (and a demonstration) from AV-Support provided there is enough notice to setup and to configure it.
Faronics Insight gives the lecturer(Staff accounts only) full control over the collaborative PCs in the room. Common uses include the lecturer showing their screen on the students’ PCs, or sharing one group’s screen with one, more, or all of the other groups.
- Click the screens (use Control + click to select multiple ones) you wish to broadcast to, and click Show, located at the left hand side of the toolbar
- Insight will minimise to the taskbar, the selected screens will show your screen.
Click the screens you want to stop seeing your screen. Click Show then Stop Showing Teacher’s Screen
Rather than press the power button on each PC, you can use Insight to shut them all down at once.
Select the screens you want to shut down. Click the Administer menu, then Shutdown Student
MB512 and SW309 also have hardware mirroring of main screen without needing special software, accessed via the Control Panel. These PCs and the main PC in MB603 all have shutdown set to three hours instead.
A flying HDMI cable (including audio) is usually* connected to the lectern faceplate.
Note All post-2014 refurbished rooms now support HDMI(digital) inputs as well as VGA, namely: G11(Byng Kendrick LT), Great Hall, MB220, MB253, MB304, MB486, MB504, MB518, MB603, MB651(Sumpner LT), MB653(Wright LT), MB657(Proj.Room), MB708b, NW104b, NW805, NW807, NX02, Adrian Cadbury and Susan Cadbury LTs, and VS110, VS112.
Some laptops and tablets may require a special AV adapter.
*except G11, NW104b and any ‘non-pool’ meeting rooms.
A flying VGA cable (with integrated audio jack connection) is usually connected to the lectern faceplate.
The laptop audio jack can also be used for iPod playback when laptop is selected.
Note Some laptops and tablets require a special adapter from the laptop to the VGA connection.