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    What is your most common problem

    I was wondering what other schools most commonly reported problem is?

    Our is:

    Q: "Nothings displaying from my laptop"

    A: "Fn + F8 to display on both projector and the laptop"


    Whats yours?

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    Same here. Reply is usually a mix of Fn keys, and checking they have the VGA cable plugged in. Also added in for good effect is that you can't have any video playing software (Windows Media Player etc...) open when trying to get it to display on a projector, only after you have it displaying.

    It doesn't seem to matter how many times people are told or shown, they always repeat the same mistakes.

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    Same again... and always the same teachers...

    I had one teacher who scribbled it on the desk, then couldn't read her own writing when she went to do it again :-|

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    With group policy restrictions a user using the short cut keys can change the display to high contrast but the shortcut keys dont change it back.

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    Same as above, that and "no sound coming through speakers", yup that won't work when you plug the speaker cable into the microphone socket, and thankfully less now some members of staff have retired but "My USB stick isn't loading"

    yeah, you've guessed it, USB plugged into ethernet port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoZeroAlpha View Post
    ...yeah, you've guessed it, USB plugged into ethernet port.
    I had never seen this until about 2 months ago one of the teachers here did it, had about 50 since then!

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    Probably the same. Laptops + Smartboards = PITA


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    From Teachers laptops

    its either Fn + F8, or they have no drives mapped because they logged into their laptop at home then just shut the lid and brought it in without rebooting.

    From Kids machines

    it's either cannot access the network, because some other kid has unplugged the network cable or my keyboard isnt working. Some kid has swapped the keyboard and mouse with the one next to it so when someone starts typing it appears of the screen next to them.

    From Admin Dept

    Its some random organisation has sent me this file in some obscure file format and now i cant open it.

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    Most reported problem?

    "Nothing is working".

    That single report covers about a thousand different symptoms, but that's how they are always reported!

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    Our most reported problems at the moment are related to thin clients... don't know what's going on with the network at the moment

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    When they call for the projector problem for the 100th time (always the same simple solutions) you ask if they have tried FN F8, the source button on the remote control etc.. It never works. You must realise they are not listening to any of this. They just want you to come and do it for them!

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    We gave up on laptops and projectors litteraly years ago. Too much bother.

    At the moment we seem to be having a lot of wireless issues. I suspect because we've got a lot of laptops creeping out of the woodwork. We had to close 14 classrooms, so suddenly many teachers found thier rooms being used during their frees.

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    common problems :

    Class laptops losing wifi logon

    Profiles becoming regularly corrupt, drive mappings and network printers disappearing

    Package install failures after rebuilds

    Same olde, Same olde

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    "Computer X is not starting up" - we have had a spate of USB ports being broken by incorrectly inserted USB sticks, when the contacts are bent and touch the case it appears to short out the machine.

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    projector problems...oh how I hate projectors...



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