The projectors in room 1326/1329

The rooms 1326 and 1329 (commonly known as the lunch room) can be used as a single large room, or split into two. This article describes how to use the projectors and the speakers.

Quick start guide

The control panels (there is one in each room) work like this:

  • The panel in the right room (which is the room with the coffee makers and a view of the fjord) controls both projectors simultaneously, and controls the sound in both rooms.
  • The panel in the left room controls only the left room.
  • The left projector gets its input from the panel that was used to turn it on.

That means:

  • To display the same image on both projectors, turn them on from the right room.
  • To use the left projector alone, turn it on from the left room.
  • To use the right projector alone, turn on both projectors from the right room, then turn off the left one afterwards.
  • The sound will always be the same in both rooms. If the rooms are used separately, the speakers cannot be used.

If you want to use the microphones:

  • Turn on both microphones.
  • If you are only going to use one microphone, mute the other one.
  • If you only turn on one microphone, there may be some noise coming from the speakers.

The control panel in the right half

Button Function Panel
IMAGE ON If the left projector is already on, leave it alone and only turn on the right.

Else, turn on both projectors and make them display the same image.
Control panel in room 1329
IMAGE OFF If the left projector was turned on from this panel, turn off both projectors.

If the left projector was turned on from the other panel, leave it alone and turn off only the right projector.
SOUND ON Turn on the speakers.
SOUND OFF Turn off the speakers.
VOLUME – Press and hold this button to lower the speaker volume.
VOLUME + Press and hold this button to raise the speaker volume.
VGA Display the image coming from the VGA cable.
HDMI Display the image coming from the HDMI cable.
MINI DP Display the image coming from the Mini DisplayPort cable. All Macs made since October 2008 can use this cable without any extra adapter.
PC Display the image from the desktop computer in the corner.

All the cables are marked with the same label as the corresponding button.


The control panel in the left half

Button Function Panel
IMAGE ON Turn on the left projector.

If the projector is already on, and displaying the picture from the other room, pressing this button will make the projector display the picture from this room.
Control panel in room 1326
IMAGE OFF Turn off the left projector.
VGA Display the image from the cable connected to the VGA input below the panel.
HDMI Display the image from the cable connected to the HDMI input below the panel.

There are no cables permanently attached to the input panel in the left room. Please contact Drift to borrow cables for this room.


Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I use the left room only?

A: Use the control panel in the left room only. (If the walls dividing the room into two are closed, it's still possible to control everything you need in the left room from the left control panel.)

Q: How do I use the right room only?

A: First, turn on both projectors using the control panel in the right room. Then, turn off the left projector using the control panel in the left room.

Q: How do I use both rooms simultaneously as one big room?

A: Use the control panel in the right room only. Disregard the control panel in the left room.

This way, both projectors will display the same image, using the signal coming from the right room.

Q: How do I use both both rooms simultaneously as two separate rooms?

A: Turn on the right projector using the control panel in the right room, and the left projector using the control panel in the left room. (The order in which you turn them on does not matter.)

This way, each of the projectors will display the signal coming from the same room as the projector.

From now on, choosing an input source in the left room will affect the left projector only, and choosing an input source in the right room will affect the right projector only.

Q: The left projector is displaying the wrong image!

A: First, check that the correct input source is chosen. There is a small, red lamp next to each button, and this lamp lights up to indicate the current input source.

If this doesn't fix the problem, the cause may be that the projector is getting its signal from the wrong room (from the other half). The fix for this depends on which way you are using the rooms:

  • If you want the projector to use the source from the left room:
    Press the IMAGE ON button on the control panel in the left room.
  • If you want the projector to use the source from the right room:
    Press the IMAGE OFF button on the control panel in the left room, then press the IMAGE ON button on the control panel in the right room.

Q: The picture is very small!

A: The projectors are widescreen projectors (they have a 16:9 aspect ratio, as most new projectors, laptops and computer monitors today have), while the old projectors had a 4:3 aspect ratio.

This means that unless your slides are made for widescreen monitors 1) 2), there will be black bars on the sides, which will make the slides appear 25% smaller.

With the old projectors, 4:3 slides would fill the whole width of the screen, but the image would be so tall that when the rooms were filled with people, the bottom part of the image would be obscured by people's heads.

1)
In beamer, change \documentclass[]{beamer} to \documentclass[aspectratio=169]{beamer} to use 16:9 slides.
2)
In Powerpoint 2013, the default slide size is widescreen. For earlier versions, click the Design tab, then Page Setup, and choose a 16:9 slide size.
2018-01-08, Per Kristian Hove