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Drawing Board Overview

The Drawing Board is a PC with a 50-inch plasma screen located on the 4th floor of the Library and loaded with SMART Board software suit. It can be controlled by touching the screen with special markers, or via the keyboard and mouse located nearby. The Drawing Board has SMART Board software (note: this software can only be used on the library Macintosh, and not on your own laptop).

Instructions for Using the Drawing Board

The Drawing Board is mounted on a wooden pillar which has a cubby on the right hand side that contains a library Mac computer.  This computer is just like the other library lab computers.  The cubby also contains a channel switch box, which allows you to choose between the Mac computer (choose channel 1, labeled “Computer”) or your own laptop (choose channel 2, labeled “Laptop”).  In addition, there is a black drawer in the cubby that contains a VGA cable to be employed when using your own laptop.

When you are finished, please turn off the computer (shut down) and monitor (by pushing the “standby” button on the remote), and please return all equipment to where you found it.  If the remote seems to be out of batteries, ask Iris Jastram (whose office is directly to the right of the Drawing Board area) or another library faculty member.  For any help setting up the Drawing Board, talk to the ITS helpdesk worker in the Libe, or call the ITS helpdesk at x5999.

Using your own laptop:

When using your own laptop remember that the software SmartSuite is not available.

  1. Start up your laptop, being sure to plug it in if necessary.  There are power outlets installed into the center of the table, which you can access after removing the black, plastic cover.
  2. You will also need to attach your laptop via a VGA cable.  This cable is located in a drawer in the cubby on the right hand side of the pillar that the monitor is mounted on; if not see the front desk to check out a VGA cable.
  3. You must ensure that the monitor is set up to the right channel (not on the remote!):  In the cubby that contains the computer, there is also a small, thin box that rests on top of the computer.  Make sure that the green light next to channel 2 (labeled “laptop”) is lit up.
  4. CORRECT INPUT?
  5. In addition, the screen must be turned on using the button on the remote that says “Power On”.  There should be a green light on the lower right hand frame of the monitor if it is powered on.  If the light on the monitor is flashing orange, the monitor is in standby mode.
  6. You should now see your laptop’s screen on the monitor!

Using the Library Mac Computer:

  1. The Drawing Board is mounted on a wooden pillar which has a cubby on the right hand side that contains a library Mac computer.
  2. In order to use this machine, press the power button – you should hear the machine start up.
  3. You must ensure that the monitor is set up to the right channel (not on the remote!):  In the cubby that contains the computer, there is also a small, thin box that rests on top of the computer.  Make sure that the green light next to channel 1 (labeled “Computer”) is lit up.
  4. In addition, the screen must be turned on using the button on the remote that says “Power On”.  There should be a green light on the lower right hand frame of the monitor if it is powered on.  If the light on the monitor is flashing orange, the monitor is in standby mode.
  5. The input on the remote must be set to “RGB/HV”.  All other inputs will result in a message that says “No Input” or “Alert!”.
  6. At this point, you should see the usual lab start-up screen.  Choose either the Mac or the PC side and log in with your Carleton account. 

Other Resources 

Common Issues

Wireless headset: The headsets will get static unless the channel box is set to "D." The headsets and the channel changing box are in the cubby with the Macintosh computer on the right hand side of the monitor.

Pens: Unless the SMART Board tools are initialized, the pens won't work. If they don't work, try clicking Start > Programs > SMART Board Software > SMART Board Tools.

Screen: If the screen doesn't seem to be accurately interpreting where you click when you're using your fingers as a mouse, try re-orienting the screen. To do this, hold down the two buttons on the far right of the pen tray (next to a picture of a keyboard and a picture of a mouse) simultaneously until the Orientation screen appears. Follow the instructions it provides.

The attached document, entitled SMART Board FAQs, provides detailed solutions to common issues: SMART Board FAQs.pdf