Laptops

Caring for your laptop
Your teacher laptop is your essential technology lifeline, and thus it is expected that you take responsibility and care for it like it is your own.  Staff members are financially responsible for any accidental damage that may happen to the laptop, so please be careful with your school computer!

Here are a few tips on caring for your laptop:
Since the laptop’s keyboard and touch pad are permanently attached to the rest of the system, make sure that your hands are clean before using them.  It is costly to change a laptop keyboard and/or touch pad that has been damaged by excessive dirt.

Do not place drinks or food in close proximity to your laptop.
Extreme temperatures or sudden changes in temperature can damage a laptop.  You should NOT leave a laptop in an unattended vehicle. 
When using the laptop, keep it on a flat, solid surface so that air can circulate through it.  For example, using the laptop while it is directly on a bed can cause damage due to overheating.
ALWAYS keep your laptop plugged into a surge protector when it is plugged in or charging.

Wireless
Your laptop comes complete with a built-in wireless card that allows you to connect to the wireless Internet around the school.  If you have any problems with the wireless Internet not working on your computer, e-mail Mrs. McConnell to get assistance with the problem.

Use with your projectors
Your laptop comes equipped and ready to connect to any projector in the school.  To use your laptop with a projector, take the following steps:

  1. Plug the cable with the blue end into the corresponding port on the back of your notebook.
  2. Turn on the projector.
  3. Once the cable is plugged in, the laptop should automatically change its settings and output the display to both your laptop screen and the projector.
  4. If the projector does not display an image after plugging it in, make sure that the power light for the projector is on and also make sure that the projector has had time to warm up.
  5. If there is still no image and you are using a Nexlink laptop, try pressing the “Fn” key (on the lower left hand corner of the keyboard) and the “F5 or F3” key (on the top of the keyboard, above the numbers) at the SAME TIME.
  6. If you still do not see an image on the projector, e-mail Mrs. McConnell for help.

If your projector does not display an image from your laptop, see steps 4 through 6 above.

 

Saving files
Your laptop is portable, meaning that you can take it with you and do work at your convenience.  However, because your computer is portable, there is a greater possibility of losing your data, so it is important to back it up.
-If you are at school, save all of your files to the school’s server.  This shows up under “My Computer”>”(your name) on \teacherserver\teachers$”  this will ensure that all of your files are safe.
-If you are at home, save all of your important information to portable media, such as burning it to a CD or saving it to a flash drive.

Adding printers
Because your laptop moves around with you, you may not always be near your default printer.  If you want to print something, and you are closer to a printer other than one that is not in your list of added printers, do the following:

  1. Go to “Start”>”Settings”>”Printers and Faxes”
  2. Click on “Add a Printer” at the top left of the blue bar on the left side of the window.
  3. The “Add Printer Wizard” will appear, click “Next” (at the bottom of the window that just opened).
  4. At the next page, ensure that “A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer” is selected (it will have a green circle in it).
  5. Click “Next”
  6. Ensure that “Find a printer in the directory” is selected.
  7. A new window will appear that says “Find Printers”
  8. Click on “Find Now” (located in the middle right of the new window).
  9. A list of printers will appear.  Scroll through the list and find the printer that you are looking for.  Once you have found the right printer, click on that printer’s name.
  10. After you have clicked on the printer’s name, click “OK” (located below the “Find Now” button and above the list of printers).
  11. At the next page, you will be asked if you would like to make this your default printer.  Ensure that “No” is selected at this page. Click “Next”
  12. At the next window, click “Finish”

Those are all the steps necessary to add a new printer.  This could come in handy for printing in a new location depending on where you are.  If you encounter any trouble with this process, e-mail Mrs. McConnell.

Troubleshooting
If your laptop fails to work as it should, make sure to check a few things before you e-mail Mrs. McConnell.
-First, make sure that the power cable is plugged in (and if it is plugged into a surge protector, make sure the surge protector is ON).
- If the power light on the laptop comes on, but you do not see anything on the screen, try pressing “Fn” and “F5 or F3”  at the same time to see if the screen comes on.  Sometimes the system gets confused after It has been plugged into a projector, and pressing this key combination will set the display back to the laptop screen.