We replaced Mac computers with Mac minis in a number of classrooms this summer. The minis will work significantly faster than their predecessors. Computers running the Windows operating system were upgraded to Windows 8. Finally, some AV systems were upgraded or adjusted.
We strongly encourage you to visit the classrooms you'll be using before the start of classes to acclimate yourself to the changes. Minimally, you should log into the computer and test the podium system before your first class. Even if computer hardware was not changed, all computers got a fresh new image. The first time you log in to a newly imaged computer will take a little longer. Future logins on the same computer will take less time since the computer will "know you."
If you'd like some help familiarizing yourself with the system, please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or x4120 to arrange for a technician to meet you in the room. Remember, while in the classrooms, dialing #600 will get you priority support for technology problems.
Since Apple no longer includes DVD drives with minis or iMacs, you'll either need to use the DVD deck in the room or, if that won't work for your particular needs, connect a USB DVD drive to the mini. Faculty who need such drives can request one from Desktop Integration Services (email@example.com). Drives can also be signed out from the Help Desk for short-term use.
We provided an extension cable with a USB 3.0 plug for your USB devices. Simply plug your USB device into the big blue blob.
The new minis have USB 3.0 ports that work faster than previous USB connections and older FireWire 800 connections. We recommend that users of external hard drives abandon the obsolete FireWire connections and start working with faster USB 3.0 connections.
The power button is on the backside of the mini. With minis mounted on the top of a podium, reach around the right side as you're facing the front to get to the power button. With minis mounted sideways, it will be on the top corner above the cables.
You may have to configure the settings for the displays to be mirrored or duplicated. If you don't know how to do this, please contact the Help Desk for assistance from the classroom you're trying to use.
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You can schedule a one-on-one tutorial with a member of ITS through the Help Desk.