USE OF OUR PROJECTOR.
We do have a projector which we will be glad to set up for you. Thus, you can show your Powerpoint slideshow, or your video, or whatever, as part of your presentation. However, it's only going to work if your computer has the right kind of port.
The standard port for this purpose is a VGA port, which is shown in the picture at right. It's shaped like a trapezoid, with 3 rows of 5 pinholes each. (It is most often blue, as in this picture, but the color doesn't actually matter.) If your laptop computer has a VGA port, then you have no further concerns about hardware; we have all the wires we need to connect the projector to your computer.
Some Apple laptops have a different shaped VGA port. In that case, what we need is an adapter cable which plugs into your laptop on one end, and looks like the standard VGA port (as in the picture, except maybe for color) on the other end. If you have this adapter cable, then you're fine. If you need this adapter cable, let us know in advance
; we'll try to locate one for you.
As a last resort, we have one other option for connecting your laptop to our projector. We have a USB-to-VGA converter cable. It should work with most Windows or Apple laptops, though the picture quality might be slightly less than if you have your own VGA port. You can see it described at this link
. However, to make it work, you will need to download and install, in advance
, the software that can be found at this link
. To download the software, you'll need to know what version of operating system is on your computer (phone me at 615-414-4572 if you need help figuring that part out), and you'll also need to know that the product for which you're downloading software is the "SEE2 UV150 USB."
In addition to having the right hardware, you also need to know how to use it
. If you have everything plugged in and turned on, but the computer's image still is not coming out through the projector's lens, then evidently the two devices haven't "found" each other.
Here is a technique that usually
solves such problems: Leave the wires in place, leave the projector running, but shut down the computer. Then turn it on again. The reason this usually works is because, when the computer starts up, it always "looks around" to see what devices it is connected to.
If that doesn't work, a more complicated procedure is to try adjusting the settings on the projector and computer. Probably the projector already has the right settings. For the computer, if it's Windows, look for "Control Panel"; if it's Apple, look for "Settings."
It has also been my experience that some problems arise, with some programs on some computers, if the program is set to "full screen mode." If you find such problems arising, just don't use full screen mode -- instead stretch out the window so that it covers most but not quite all of the screen.