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Using the portable Planar PR5030 Classroom Projector with an Acer laptop:

The projector and laptop can be set up together in three easy steps: 1) Connect the cables, 2) Bring up your presentation, and 3) Adjust the picture quality.

Step 1: Set up and connect the projector and laptop cables:

1. Remove the projector and laptop from their protective carrying cases. Plug in the power supply for the laptop and turn it on.

2. Setup the projector in close proximity to the laptop. Slide open the lens cover. Remove and discard any protective tape that may be covering the lens cover.


3. In the projector's carrying case, locate these three cables:


4. On the computer, plug one end of the blue VGA cable into the VGA port, and one end of the stereo cable into the headphones jack.


5. On the back of the Planar projector, plug in the AC cord, the blue VGA cable, and the stereo cable as shown:


When you plug in the VGA cable on the laptop or into the projector, the following dialog box may appear. If it appears, select the "mirrored" display option, and place a checkmark next to the "presentation mode" option, as indicated below. Click OK.


6. If the projector is not already turned on, make sure the two power buttons on the projector have been activated as shown below:


Step 2: Get your presentation ready: If you are presenting a Powerpoint slideshow, click on the Powerpoint shortcut to open the program. If you are viewing a movie, insert your dvd and use the VLC Media Player software to control playback as shown in the following steps:

1. Insert your DVD into the laptop. The VLC Player will launch automatically in a few seconds. If you see the following dialog box, select "Play DVD movie using VLC Media Player ". If the VLC Player does not launch or if you do not see the dialog box below, then simply double-click the VLC shortcut on the desktop to launch the program manually.


2. For reference, the playback controls for the VLC Media Player program are shown below. Set VLC's volume here to maximum, since the main volume level will be controlled on the projector.


3. Next, set the laptop's volume to maximum, since the main volume level will be controlled on the projector. One shortcut to do this is to press and hold the Fn key and then repeatedly press the Up arrow key until the laptop's volume is at maximum.


Step 3: Fine-tuning the display, volume, focus, and picture size:

1. Display: If the projector is not already "mirroring" your laptop screen, the simplest way to send the Acer laptop screen to the projector is by pressing the Fn key and while holding it down, press the F5 key, as shown below. Continue holding the Fn key down for the moment.

In a few seconds on screen indicator will pop-up, allowing you to select mirror mode. While continuing to holding down the Fn key, press the F5 key one more time. This will select the second item in the list, which is the "mirror" display mode. Release all keys once that has been selected. Your laptop is now "mirroring" its display to the projector. (You can repeat this process as many times as necessary until you have correctly selected the "mirroring" option).


2. You can adjust the height of the picture by popping out the support underneath the Planar projector, as shown here:


3. Volume: Make sure the volume controls on both the laptop and on the WinDVD program are at maximum. Then use the planar's volume control as shown:

4. Focus: Turn the silver ring as indicated in the picture above.

5. Picture size: Adjust the size of the projected picture by selecting as indicated in the picture above.

6. Picture shape: If your projected picture is "trapezoidal" in shape (as shown below), you can adjust it into a normal rectangle by pressing the "keystone" controls on the projector.


Click the play button on the VLC Media Player program and enjoy your movie.


Tip: On the Acer laptop, you can access many basic controls (such as volume, brightness, display settings, etc) by clicking on the "Windows Mobility Center" shortcut on the desktop.


Additional Help: If you require assistance or a tutorial on how to use the Planar projector and Acer laptop in a classroom, please contact Faculty Desktop Support: Email or call extension 40702. Alternately, visit the Faculty Desktop Support website at

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Last Updated 12/10/09

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