Quick fixes for lecture theatre IT kit

If you’re having trouble with the IT and Audio Visual kit in lecture theatres there are a few simple checks you can make so you don’t lose valuable teaching time at the start of a lecture. Below you'll find solutions to some of the issues that can crop up. Of course, if you’ve tried these suggestions and it’s still not working, you can contact the Media Services team on ext 3000 for further help.

When starting a slideshow in PowerPoint, it uses Presenter View, but the slides appear on the lecturer’s screen and the notes appear on the big screen. How do you swap them?

Presenter View is Microsoft’s default setting for PowerPoint when you’re presenting on a second screen. If you need to swap the screens, click Display Settings at the top of the Notes screen and choose Swap Presenter View and Slide Show.

Handy Hint: if you don’t want to use Presenter View, click the  Slideshow tab on the on the ribbon before you start the slideshow. In the Monitor section, click the checkbox for Presenter View to remove the tick. Also, make sure you choose Primary Monitor from the Monitor drop-down list.

There’s no picture on the monitor of the lecturer’s PC and/or the PC isn’t working.

Check that all the kit is switched on. A previous user may have switched it off by mistake. The power button on a monitor is located on the front; the power button on the mini-PCs is located on the top of the unit and on a full-size PC it is located at the front.

Handy Hint: At the end of a lecture all you need to do is log out of the PC, then turn off the AV system via the touch panel or control panel (depending on the room set-up). PCs and monitors are power-managed from the system so you don’t need to switch them off.

I recorded my lecture with Panopto but there’s no audio when I play it back.

Always check that the audio meter in Panopto is picking up sound before you start recording.  The green boxes at the left of the scale should light up as you speak. If not, contact Media Services on ext 3000.

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