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Apple Device Projection Instructions

(For printable instructions, click here)

The following Apple device projection instructions include these important topics:

See the Apple TV instructions to use the Apple TV feature in select OCM classrooms.

Connecting to the Classroom Projection System

  1. Cables are located in the pocket of the instructor's podium. Connect the VGA (or HDMI if available) cable to the device. To connect to the classroom projection system, you must have an adapter. The type of adapter required varies by device model and age (see next section on adapters). OCM supplies a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter in rooms where HDMI is available; otherwise a Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter is supplied. If your device does not have a Mini DisplayPort, you must provide an adapter.
    • IMPORTANT: The following Apple laptop models do not support audio when connected to an HDMI adapter: MacBook (Late 2009), MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008), MacBook Pro (late 2008), (Mid 2009), and (Early 2009). To project audio with these laptop models, use the audio cable and VGA connection at the instructor station (you will need to supply the VGA adapter for your model).
  2. Connect the audio cord to the headphone jack of your device (not the microphone jack) to have audio projected through the system speakers.
  3. Press the "Laptop" source button on the control panel. When the button stops blinking, start the device.
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Touchscreen control panel, showing a room with both
HDMI and VGA laptop connection options
Adapter connecting laptop to VGA cable

Guide to Mac and iPad/iPhone Adapters

  • All Apple Macintosh devices and iPads/iPhones require an adapter to connect to the standard cable in general purpose class-rooms. OCM only supplies Mini DisplayPort adapters (HDMI only in HDMI-available rooms; otherwise VGA). IMPORTANT: The following Apple laptop models do not support audio when connected to an HDMI adapter: MacBook (Late 2009), MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008), MacBook Pro (late 2008), (Mid 2009), and (Early 2009). To project audio with these laptop models, use the audio cable and VGA connection at the instructor station (you will need to supply the VGA adapter for your model).

  • The type of adapter required varies by device model and age. Please use the guide below to identify which adapter you will need.

  • When troubleshooting, be aware that adapters do sometimes malfunction or wear out. Consider adapter replacement as part of your troubleshooting options.

Note: OCM only supplies Mini DisplayPort adapters (HDMI only in HDMI-available rooms; otherwise VGA)

Devices Manufactured After October 2008

adapter Most laptop models require the Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter (left). If using HDMI, laptops require the Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter (right). OCM supplies these adapters in classrooms (HDMI only where HDMI is installed in the classroom; otherwise VGA.)

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iPads and iPhones (iPad adapters are not supplied in classrooms)

adapter Apple 30-Pin VGA Adapter (left) supports video mirroring on iPad 2, iPad (Third Gen-eration),iPhone 4S, and video out (only) on iPad (1st generation), iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation). Apple Lightning-to-VGA or Lightning-to-HDMI adapters (right) support mirroring on iPad with Retina display (Fourth Generation), iPad mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or iPod touch (5th genera-tion).

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Laptops Manufactured Before October 2008

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Common Troubleshooting Tips

After connecting a laptop, if the image does not display on the projection screen, try these troubleshooting tips.system preferences

  1. Open "System Preferences" on your laptop. (Look in the dock for an icon that looks like a grey box with a gear icon (OS 10.5 and newer), or in the Apple menu.
  2. Click on "Displays" then "Detect Displays." The image should appear on the projection screen.
  3. If the issue is related to internet display, make sure to either turn on wifi (using the setting at top of desktop by the clock), or connect to the classroom’s wired network jack.
  4. If the issue is related to color display, in the Color tab under VGA Display, select sRGB IEC61966-2.1
    from the list.
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To have the same image on both screens, locate and check “Mirror Displays” (located in the “Arrangement” tab).

*Note: Some software programs, such as PowerPoint, may extend the desktop in presenter mode. You can adjust the display to mirror in the slideshow tab.

 

If the image is distorted, or you see an error message that indi-cates "Frequency out of range,” you may need to adjust the monitor resolution:

  • Open "System Preferences" on your laptop. Click on "Displays," and in the "VGA Display" window select "1024 x 768, 60.0 Hz" from the list.

  • If the image is not filling out the room screen, adjust the as-pect ratio by pressing the Projector Aspect Ratio button (in selected rooms) to display widescreen images.

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For troubleshooting on adapters, see the Guide to Mac Adapters section. If these tips do not resolve the issue, you may need to fully power down your laptop or device and try again.

How to Project Mac Laptops Running Windows

  • All display settings changes must be made using software. 
  • When running Windows, the Function keys normally used to adjust laptop projection settings do not work.

If you have the Windows Mobility Center:

  1. Find the Windows Mobility Center under the Start/Programs/Accessories menu
  2. Click on “Connect display” if “Display connected” or the icon with two screens is not present
  3. Click on “External Display” for the following options:
    • Clone or mirrored mode (displays the same image on both screens)
    • Extended desktop (displays standard desktop/icons on one screen with blank desktop on second screen)
    • Monitor resolution (allows changes to screen resolution: set to 1024x768, 60hz)

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If the Windows Mobility Center is not available, or the procedure above did not work:

  • Go to Start Menu
  • Select Appearance and Themes or Control Panel
  • Select Display Settings
  • Click on Settings tab
  • Click on Advanced Settings
  • Click on the GeForce 8600M GT tab (Note: this will vary depending on the laptop model, but look for something similar)

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  • Click on Start the NVIDIA Control Panel

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  • If you need to change the configuration of the displays or change the settings to use a second display, click the “Set up multiple displays” link on the left side. 
  • Select the display mode (clone/dual view)
  • Select Laptop Display + Analog Display
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  • “Laptop Display” should be set as primary.  Click Apply to make the changes.
  • If the image is distorted or “Frequency Out of Range” is indicated, adjust the resolution:
    • Click the “Change resolution” link on the left side. 
    • Use the slider control to adjust the resolution to 1024x768;
    • The refresh rate should be set to 60 Hertz
    • Click Apply to save the changes
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If you have questions about Apple laptops or devices in general purpose classrooms, please contact the Classroom Support Hotline at 612-625-1086 or ocmhelp@umn.edu.