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Connecting an External Device

There are two ways that you can connect your device to the office TVs: VGA cable or HDMI cable. The only main difference between the two is that HDMI transfers sound natively, while with VGA you will need to connect an additional 3.5mm audio cable. With either approach, the general steps are as follows:

  1. Connect your cable of choice to the device you wish to display on the screen.
    • You may need an adapter if you are using a laptop.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the wall port (usually located opposite of the TV).
  3. If you do not see your device automatically appearing on the TV, you may need to turn on the TV or adjust the input of the TV (both done using the remote).
    • If you do not currently have a remote for your TV, you can get one from the UMIACS Help Desk.
    • To adjust the input of the TV, click the source button on the remote, located between the volume and channel buttons, and select the proper input named HDMI 1.

Once you connect your device, there are different display modes that can be chosen. Some operating systems may have additional nonstandard options which are described on the individual display mode pages listed below. The following is a description of the basic two modes that all operating systems have:

  • Mirror: Displays the same screen on both your computer and the TV.
  • Extend: Will use the TV as a second screen which you can access by moving your mouse off your current display.

If you wish to change your display mode, you can click on the appropriate link below to see a detailed how-to complete with pictures for your particular operating system:

Displaying Still Images and Playing a Slide Show

There is a USB port on the back of the TV that can be used to display still images or play a slideshow. To be able to follow this guide, you must have a remote which you can pick up from the UMIACS Help Desk if you do not already have one. Now that you have a remote, follow these steps:

  1. Upload all of the pictures that you want the TV to display onto a flash drive and plug the flash drive into the USB port on the TV (located around the right edge).
  2. Click the source button on the remote and navigate to the MagicInfo S option if it is not already there.
  3. You should now see Player in the top left of your screen. If you do not, either click on the player option if you see one in the menu or click the return button on your remote. Now you should see Player in the upper left of your screen.
  4. Directly below the word Player, there is a dropdown menu that says Internal Memory. Navigate to it and change it to the name of your USB using the remotes navigation buttons.
  5. You can now navigate to and click on a picture to make it display fullscreen.
    • You may notice that it automatically starts playing a slideshow if you have more than one picture in the same directory. You can click the play and pause buttons on the remote to toggle this behavior.
  6. To change the slideshow speed, orientation, and transition effects, click the options dropdown in the top right of the file explorer. There you can see the many options available to be changed.

The TVs have ~4.5 GB of space available for you to upload files to from your USB. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the options menu in the top right and select the Send option.
  2. Select all of the images you want to be stored onto the TV.
  3. When you are done selecting, click the Send button located in the top right and click Internal Memory from the dropdown. When a popup box appears, click Start.
  4. Once the process completes, you can navigate back to the internal memory through the dropdown in the top left and you will see all of the pictures you selected are now there.
  5. You can now remove the USB and play the images off of your TV.