Using the Dukane Multi-media System
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Each classroom in Thompson Hall is equipped with a Dukane multi-media system to assist in teaching. The system enables the instructor to present audio, video, and computer materials to the class.
This image shows the front panel of the Dukane system. Below is a detailed image of the control panel.
The control panel is the most frequently used portion of the Dukane system. By using the FUNC and MENU buttons, you can select the type of media to be displayed.
A brief overview of the resource options are described in the table below:
To select a specific resource, the user should press FUNC followed by the desired letter. If necessary, the user should then press MENU followed by the appropriate number.
When the power is turned on, the default resource is Global.
Connecting a Laptop computer
Connecting a laptop computer requires a VGA cable and, if needed, an audio cable and a network cable (with wireless networking no network cable is needed). An audio cable would be used if you desire to employee the wall speakers for sound coming from the computer. For this demonstration, a laptop computer was obtained from the LLRC. If you are using your own laptop or one obtained from WSU's Instructional Support Services, the connections may be found in different locations and may look different than those illustrated below. It is important to be familiar with the computer before you begin to connect it to the Dukane system.
The first thing to note is that the LLRC laptops are all using wireless networking (actually we do have one Compaq laptop (light grey) without wireless - it requires connecting a network cable).
The wireless laptops do not require a network cable however they do require that you authenticate your wireless connection if you wish to use the Internet. To authenticate wait until the laptop has started up and loaded the default desktop (it will do this automatically). At this point you must double-click the "Wireless connection" icon on the desktop and enter your networkID and password (again, you only need to do this if you wish to use the Internet). The wireless software will authenticate you and load your network connection. If the authentication fails, click on cancel and restart the process by double-clicking the "Wireless connection" icon again. Once you are authenticated you can open and use your Internet browser.
The picture below illustrates the proper connection of the VGA cable to the video port found on the back of the computer.
The computer is now ready to be connected to the Dukane system.
The computer inputs are located directly below the control panel, and consist of Ethernet, Computer Video, and Computer Audio. The Network cable should be connected to the Ethernet port (unless you are using a wireless connection), and the VGA cable should be connected to the Computer Video port.
The audio cable plugs into the port labeled "Computer Audio" on the Dukane system and into the headphone jack on your laptop (on your laptop this port is often labeled with a headphone icon or a port colored green).
The following picture illustrates the computer properly connected to the Dukane system.
Once everything is connected, you are ready to turn on the computer and the Dukane system. For the computer video to display correctly, it is important that the Dukane system be turned on first. To turn on the Dukane system press the POWER button (you should see a blue light appear in the projector as it comes on). To view the computer material, you then need to press FUNC, followed by B on Dukane system. Once the Dukane is on then start up your laptop computer. If your laptop is already running when you connect the video cable to the Dukane system you may need to follow the instructions below in order to see the image on the Dukane projector. If you seem unable to get the image to display on the Dukane Projector then shut down all equipment and follow the instruction noted above.
IF NO IMAGE SHOWS UP ON THE DUKANE SYSTEM PROJECTOR:
An important feature to remember is that you can toggle between three video output settings on your laptop. The first displays an image only on your laptop LCD screen, the second displays an image only on the Dukane projector, and the third displays identical images simultaneously on both the Dukane projector and the laptop LCD. To reset video output on your laptop find and hold the fn key (usually found between the ctrl and alt keys), then press the LCD/CRT key (this is often the F8 key) then release both keys. Please remember that it will take the laptop a moment to reset the video so be patient.
If you are projecting DVD's with your laptop, it is recommended that you toggle the image onto the Dukane projector only.
Connecting a DVD Player or VCR
Connecting a VCR or DVD player to the Dukane system requires RCA cables for both video and audio. For this demonstration, a VCR was obtained from the LLRC. This VCR has a mono output for sound.
Video, Audio-L, and Audio-R.
To connect the VCR, connect the cable marked Video to the Video connection on the Dukane system. Next, connect the cable marked Audio to the Audio-L connection. Because the VCR is mono and the Dukane system is stereo, don't be alarmed if sound only comes from one speaker.
If you are using a stereo VCR, you will need to connect both left and right audio cables to the Audio-L and Audio-R jacks respectively.
To view local resources, turn on the Dukane system by pressing the POWER button. You then need to press FUNC, followed by C.