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    Quickest way to test a Smartboard is working?

    We have been given a 77" Smartboard., no fixings etc but we do have a set of pens we can use from another board. The board has no cables etc. What is the quickest way i can find out if the board works? The board has a little dent but the membrane does not look broken.

    What leads do i need as a minumum to connect to it as i can only see what looks like a VGA connection?

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    Just the smartboard cable should be enough. That is what plugs into the port that looks like a vga port. Connect to a PC with the SMART software installed and see if it detects fine. Then put the pens or anything in the trays to fool the sensors and see if it works.

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    So a normal GA cable is no good then?
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    No its got its own cable type, its a Serial connector still I think on the newer boards and that either goes to a serial port on the other end or a USB Convertery thingy.

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    The older boards are Serial to USB and the newer boards are USB - USB (like the Printer one)

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    the older, older boards are serial to serial, with a PS/2 hookup connector for power.

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    Yeh but you can use the Smart serial-USB cable on those just fine.

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    Given that its a 77" though, its unlikely to have an old,old,old connector

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    Learn something new every day. Have done this fine on a couple of 5yo+ 500 series boards with no issues. Will keep it in mind in the future.

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    I just use the 3 yrs wattery. If it don't work, guy turns up the same\next day and swaps it for a new(er) one.

    3yrs as well! (I think it's now 5yrs)

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