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Connect Your Laptop to AV Systems at Queen's

Before You Begin:

It is imperative that the user do a pretest with their laptop in each room that they will be using to ensure connectivity.

What you need

  • laptop computer, with battery fully charged, and the power supply. 
  • If you computer uses a video connection other than VGA (for example, HDMI) you will need to supply a VGA adapter
    • Note:  We have found some laptops limit the current available to the adapter which is insufficient to power these adapters causing them to not function properly. If this is the case with your laptop, you will need to obtain a powered adapter to use.

Start-up Procedures

As there are a large range of laptop output connection types and video formats, please follow these steps when connecting a laptop to the AV system.

  1. Before you begin your laptop should be powered off. This is important because only at boot up does the laptop look for a connection to a video system or monitor
  2. At the podium's control panel, turn on the projector (If the project is already on, leave it on).
  3. Connect the supplied VGA cable to the laptop or your adapter. 
    • If your laptop has a HDMI video connection you will need to use your adapter.
    • Laptops with a digital output, HDMI for example, require an adapter to convert the signal to VGA. This process from analog to digital within the adapter requires power be drawn from the laptop. It is therefore recommended that the laptop AC power supply be used and the battery be fully charged.
  4. Turn on the laptop.  If your laptop is already on you will need to re-boot it. 
  5. Only when the projector power "ON" button stops flashing will the switcher be controlled.
  6. Select the laptop button on the podium's control panel.
    • If switching to a different laptop, re-start the laptop and after it has fully booted re-select the laptop button.
    • This action causes the projector to auto image to the newest connected signal.

Need Help

Not following the above recommended connection procedure, video driver issues and faulty VGA adapters are the highest number of "failure to connect" causes we have encountered.  Please contact the AV help line (36744) while you are experiencing the problem so we may diagnose each issue on site.

Using an adapter: 

  • Current Queen’s AV facilities have an analog (VGA) path to the projector. Laptops with a digital output, HDMI for example, require an adapter to convert the signal to VGA. This process from analog to digital within the adapter requires power be drawn from the laptop. It is therefore recommended that the laptop AC power supply be used and the battery be fully charged.
  • We have found some laptops limit the power available to the adapter which is insufficient to power these adapters causing them to not function properly. If this is the case with your laptop, a powered adapter must be used.

HDMI

  • Only 2 classrooms on campus have an HDMI connection. If your device has an HDMI output, follow the above start-up procedure using the HDMI cable.