Also, I've set up my Powerpoint page setup to be the same size as the screen so that it displays the same on my PC screen as it does on the LCD screen. Makes editing a whole lot easier.
I have a few screens around the school. I've actually gone one step further and used a VGA to Composite converter box and then a composite to RF modulator and plugged it into the areial loop in the school. I have 2 different feeds into the loop on different channels so any normal TV can tune into one of 2 different feeds. We also have a digi box pushing it's output onto a 3rd channel and a DVD player and video player hooked up to the system as well. We can send all the devices outputs down the same cable, and choose on each screen what source we want it to receive, as they are all pushed over a single bit of coax, but each one on a different channel.
RF modulators are £29.99 from maplin and are great as you can send up to 30 to 40 different video streams down a single bit of coax!
Last edited by maniac; 14th October 2008 at 10:51 PM.
We once had 30PCs in a cupboard with a converter one end and the other then in a box attached to the desk, no PCs in the classroom at all, though it was a good idea to begin with it became a big annoyance when the PCs started getting issues
I set up a nice 42" lcd tv in reception and drilled a nice big whole through the wall and plugged it into an old laptop where 3 of the usb socets are broken and the battery and wireless doesnt work.
Just running a powerpoint presentation and the librarain updates it every morning to say the latest news etc.
Works well but would prefer a proper soultion.
Can I just get the cat 5 vga converter thing straight in my head?
I put lcd screen in reception, plug vga in converter box, plug converter box into network socket, then in another part of the building connect another vga converter box to computer and connect that to network socket and whatever i put on said computer is displayed on reception lcd? Or have it got it totally a**e about face?
Just had read the post a couple of times to grasp the not using the switch bit - you mean in the comms cabinet just connect the two relevant patch panels ports to each other?
Would this work instead - lcd in reception connected to secretary's computer behind reception wall as second monitor displaying images etc seperate to the display on her computer monitor?
Yes, as long as the secretary's PC has a dual-head graphics card. Bear in mind that said secretary can drag random windows and whatnot onto the second display.Would this work instead - lcd in reception connected to secretary's computer behind reception wall as second monitor displaying images etc seperate to the display on her computer monitor?
chrbb (24th October 2008)
If you just want to do a slide show then almost any old PC would work and would save the risk of private correspondence etc being shown on the foyer screens :-)
Samsung Magic Info screens cost £1900 for the 46" version.
These are backed by a 3 year warranty and are commercial quality panels.
Each screen has a pc running xp pro embedded on it and the software to manage them is free with the screen.
Installation costs per screen is only what is required to mount them so possibly another £200 - £300.
I saw a demo of these on wednesday and the software is easy to use.
just an idea but we are exploring the idea of putting the computer feed into a slingbox and then adding a slingcatcher to a screen somewhere else on campus as this would allow the feed to run over the network infrastructure, especially useful if you don't have point to point network wiring in place.
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