Computer Setup Step-by-Step

Basic Computer Setup


Let’s go over a few simple steps to make sure your classroom computer is hooked up properly and ready to display your teaching materials.

So open your blue bins and lets get started...

Step 1. Attaching Monitor Cables

Currently, there are three setups that may apply to your computer. Please follow the diagram that more closely resembles the inputs on the back of your computer. Note that Options A and C do not have a "splitter box".

 If you two "blue" VGA ports on the back of your computer and a red document camera, refer to the image below:



If you only have one "blue" VGA port on the back of your computer then you will use a splitter box as shown below:


If you only have two "blue" VGA ports on the back of your computer and have a black document camera with no splitter box, refer to the image below: 


Our newest computers may have adapters that look like the one below. You will just need to follow "Option A or B" and place the small metal rectangular end of the adapter shown below into the back of your computer tower first (the adapters only fit in one place):


Step 2. Connecting Keyboard and Mouse

 The keyboards and mice connect using a USB cable, they can be connected into any USB port on the computer. Here is what the connection will look like:




Step 3. Internet Cord

Now we need to make sure you will be able to get to the internet with what is known as an Ethernet cord. They come in all different colors, but it looks similar to a phone cord and it plugs into the back of your computer instead of a phone.



For teacher computers, the Ethernet cord needs to go to the back of your classroom phone. On the back of your phone, you will see a port that has written above it "10/100/1000 PC." This goes from your phone to the back of your computer. Now look at the back of the phone once again and you will see another port with "10/100/1000 SW" written above it. You will need to plug a separate Ethernet cord into that port and connect the other of it into the plate on the wall that looks like the image above. Here is a diagram of what the connections should look like.



Color of cord may be different than shown above

Below you see the general overview of how it should be plugged in:


For student computers, the Ethernet cord needs to go to the back of the computer system to the drop on the wall. There will be no phone in between.


Step 4. Audio Cord

The cord that attaches your sound devices to your computer is what is known as an auxiliary cable or AUX cable. The cable and input will look like this:




Step 5. Power Cables

Finally, it's time to get power to the computer and see all our work come to life. You will see a cable like the one in the example that goes from the back of the computer to an electrical wall outlet or surge protector. You will also have the same type of cable coming from the back of your monitor (screen). After you hook in the cable, press the power button and you're all set.




Step 6. Connecting a "red" Ladibug document camera

Click here to see how to connect your red Ladibug document camera



Please also refer to the helpful video below


If you are still having issues hooking up your computer, please put in a work order by clicking "submit a request" below:

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