Classroom Technology

Classrooms in Andrews Hall have switched to a new technology setup which requires only a single HDMI connection to supply both audio and video from any device you bring with you.

Preparing to use technology in the classroom

1. Choose a device to bring with you

This could be a laptop, tablet, smartphone, portable document camera, etc. The Department of English has laptops and other equipment available for its instructors to check out for daily use in the classroom. Contact or use our online form to reserve one ahead of time. At least one day of advance notice is recommended.

2. Identify the display port(s) your device has

Every classroom comes equipped with an HDMI cable (Figure I) and an Thunderbolt/MiniDisplayPort adaptor (Figure II). These two connection types can be found on a growing number of devices as the industry moves toward HDMI connections. If you're not sure what kind of display port your device has, consult the Display Ports & Cables Guide.

Guide to Display Ports & Cables

Close up of the HDMI cable provided in every Andrews Hall classroom
Figure I. HDMI Cable
Close up of the miniDisplayPort adaptor provided in every Andrews Hall classroom
Figure II. Thunderbolt/miniDisplayPort-to-HDMI Adaptor

3. Connect your device to the projector

If the image projected does not match the one on the screen, or you get a blank blue or black screen, follow the relevant troubleshooting steps below.

Classroom Assistance

If you encounter a problem in your classroom, contact us right away in person, by email, or by phone. We are located on the first floor of Andrews near the east doors, and we're here to help!

Andrews Support

location iconAndrews Hall 126A
phone icon402-472-3327

Troubleshooting Guide

Here are some fixes to common problems that are easy to address.

No picture / Blue screen / Black screen

  1. Make sure both your device and the projector are on and awake
  2. If the screen is black, press "AV Mute" on the projector remote to make sure it's not muted
  3. If the screen is blue with white text along the bottom, make sure all cables are connected securely between your device and the projector
  4. If problem persists after checking these settings, contact

Desktop wallpaper shows up, but no windows or taskbars appear

You may have 'Extended' selected instead of 'Mirrored.' Check your display settings:

No sound

When connected to the projector, the volume controls on your device may be disabled (e.g. in Mac OS X). Instead, the volume is controlled using the projector remote.

If the projector volume is unmuted and set at a comfortable level, but you still have no sound, check your sound settings:

Other problems