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Streaming Guide: My Computer Screen isn't displaying on the projector

This guide will provide information about and resources for streamed video at Hodges Library

Connection Help

To the right you will see some basic things to check to get your computer talking to the projector.

If you think the problem is with the projector (for example the bulb is burned out) please contact the OIT help line at 865 - 974 - 9900

Podium and Cables

Make sure the VGA cable (or other cable type depending on your computers ports) is connected to your computer AND the podium.  Sometimes people will disconnect the cables from the podium


 Image of VGA cable  Image of podium inputs and second image of power outlet, both with cords pluged in.


Computer Video Output

PCs may need to have their video output display changed.  If you are connected to the projector and you do not see the laptop's image being displayed through the projector (but do see one on the laptop's screen) this can be an indication that you need to change your output display.

1.  If you are using one of the podiums at the University, try toggling on the control panel to a different output on your podium's touch screen and then coming back to the "laptop" button.  Sometimes this is all that is needed to get the projector and your laptop to talk to each other.



 2.  If that doesn't work change the video output on your computer.  You can do this in the control panel.  Basically you need to tell the laptop to send it's image to both its own screen and an external device.  


Apple Adaptors

Each Apple machine has a particular adaptor needed to connect it to a projector.  If you don't have one you can sometimes check one out in Hodges Library Commons South's Equipment Checkout using your UT ID.  Make sure you check out the correct one for your computer.

Contact Information

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Steven Milewski
Hodges Library
University of Tennessee
1015 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37966

865 - 974 - 2647