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Q. What cables to do I need to connect when using the desktop or laptop computer in a classroom with a SMART Board?


A. Click here for a video demonstration showing how to check the connections and connect your laptop if necessary.  Make sure to always reconnect the SMART Board USB cable to the desktop computer (after you are finished using your laptop with the SMART Board).  Never disconnect or rearrange any of the cables in the back of the desktop computer.


Q. What software do I need to install on my laptop to use the touch and digital ink functions of the SMART Board with my laptop?


A. You will need to download and install the SMART Board drivers and Notebook software from SMART's Downloads page.  For detailed instructions and video demonstrating how to do so on a Mac, visit the "SMART" tab on Media Services' Online Help page.


Q. Why does my laptop or desktop computer's display look funny on the SMART Board? (squeezed, stretched, pixelated, too big, too small, etc.)


A. The most common reason has to do with display resolution.  Computer displays (monitors, projectors, TVs) are normally made up of a rectangular grid of tiny square dots called pixels.  The native resolution (actual number of pixels) of each SMART Board's projector at NVC is 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high, which is usually just called "1024x768" or "1024 by 768."  For most purposes, setting your computer to this resolution will look best on the SMART Board, even if it looks a little funny on the laptop screen or desktop monitor.

  • Click here for a video showing how to set the resolution on the desktop computer or a Windows laptop.
  • Click here for a video showing how to set the resolution on a Mac


Q. Why don't I see my computer's display on the TV monitor on the side wall in room 130/132/133?


A. Make sure that:

  • The TV is powered on (press the power button on the side of the TV).
  • The TV source is set to "PC" (press the "SOURCE" button on the side of the TV until it says "PC" in the upper corner of the screen)
  • The SMART Board projector is powered on and the correct source (Computer 1 or Computer 2) is selected
  • The computer you are using is powered on and the computer's display is not "asleep"
  • The computer you are using (laptop or desktop) is set to a display resolution of 1024x768
    • Click here for a video showing how to set the resolution on the desktop computer or a Windows laptop.
    • Click here for a video showing how to set the resolution on a MacBook
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure it is connected properly.  Click here for a video demonstration.


Q. How do I learn more about using the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera which I checked out from the front desk at NVC?


A. Visit the Pocket Video tab on Media Services' Online Help page for more information.



Q. How do I learn more about using the Zoom H2 audio recorder which I checked out from the front desk at NVC?


A. Visit the Zoom H2 tab on Media Services' Online Help page for more information.