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Closet door may be hard to open, but there is no key required to access the equipment in the closet.

Equipment in Room
To request portable equipment, go to Classroom Technology Equipment.

Data/Video Projector
Computer Input
VGA+audio cable with Mac and HDMI adapters
DVD Player
Stage closet
Auxiliary Video Input
Wireless Lav Mic
Stage closet
In the pull down cubby.
VHS VCR Player
Stage closet
 VHS tapes are susceptible to damage and should be converted to a digital format.
Control Panel - AMX
Stage closet
Wired Lav Mic
Document Camera
Stage closet
Accessibility Information: 
 Assistive Listening System
 Stage Accessible

Display Capabilities: 
 Data/Video projection
 Power screen
Native display resolution: 
 1024 x 768. 60hz
Ethernet Information:
Contact IST Service Desk for internet issues: 510-664-9000 To Register DHCP:
Air Bears Wireless
Ethernet Port - DHCP

Seats: 217
Room Attributes: 
Fixed seating
 The wireless network signal strength is strong.

Classroom A/V Equipment Instructions - AMX

AMX Rack and Control Panel

Watch the online video

Touch the AMX screen to turn on the projection system. Lower the projection screen.

Computer Display

  1. VGA Cable with MiniSecurely connect the VGA cable to the control panel and your computer
  1. Touch the "Laptop" button on the screen. The projector and/or LCD displays will turn on and take about a minute to warm up.
  2. Turn on your computer; wait as it communicates with the projector
  3. The optimal display setting on your computer for most classrooms is 1024 x 768 (60Hz).


  • Under the Apple icon click System Preferences
  • Click Display
  • Click Detect Displays
  • Click on Arrangement Tab and Click Mirror Displays

PC Display (F) KeysPC

Toggle between the different presentation modes by pressing both the Fn and specific F key at the same time slowly until you find a suitable display option. Computers typically have three presentation modes which cycle from the laptop screen only, the projector only or both simultaneously.

  • The Fn key - located between the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys
  • The Display Function (F) key - located amoung the top row of keys labeled as either "CRT/LCD" or has an icon of a monitor (see photo for variations)

If the computer will not display, try restarting it while plugged into the AV system.

Computer (or iPod) Audio

The small cable attached to each end of the VGA cable is used to play audio (see photo above). Plug one end of the cable into the headphone port on your computer (or iPod) and the other end into the audio input next to the VGA input on the control panel.

The volume control is on the AMX touch panel. There is also a "mute" button next to the volume slider. The volume on the computer (or iPod) must also be turned up.

VGA Cable Location

The VGA cable is located on a hook on the black box. If the cable is not there, locate the cubbyhole within the black box. To open the cubbyhole, press the latch down while pulling towards you.

Signs of a broken VGA cable - pins appear bent or displayed image has noticeable color tint

DVD & VCR Display

  1. Touch the "DVD/VCR" button on the AMX screen
  2. Make sure the DVD or VCR is turned on; insert media and press play using the playback controls on the AMX touch screen. Do NOT use the playback controls on the video deck.
  3. The volume control is on the AMX touch panel. There is also a "mute" button next to the volume slider.

The remote(s) are located in the cubbyhole within the black box. To open the cubbyhole, press the latch down while pulling towards you.

The installed DVD/VHS player may ONLY play standard formats. To play video from other regions or blu-ray, please make a reservation to checkout the apporpriate player to hook up in the classroom.

Auxiliary Video Display (Multi-regional Players, Video Cameras)

  1. Connect the video cable to the corresponding BNC connector on the panel
  2. Connect the audio cables to the corresponding RCA connectors on the panel
  3. Touch the "AUX Video" button on the AMX screen
  4. Make sure the external device is turned on
  5. The volume control is on the AMX touch panel. There is also a "mute" button next to the volume slider.

Turn OFF the projector power on the touch screen. Raise the screen.

Display Troubleshooting Tips (no image on the screen):

  • Check if the "Blank Screen/Picture Mute" button is activated.
  • Touch another source button on the AMX screen and then select the original source again.
  • Check the "Projector Status" at the bottom of the touch panel. The projector can take a couple of minutes to cool down and warm up again.
  • In some cases your device may need to be restarted when connected to the VGA cable.
  • Call 510-643-8637 for support



View this video to familiarize yourself with how to use a document camera in a technology classroom.

Watch the online video

Determining the Model of the Document Camera

ETS provides different models of document cameras (also known as ELMO, Doc Cam, or Visual Presenter).  Setup is slightly different depending on the model you are using.





*If the document camera you are using is not listed here, please contact the Classroom Technology Support for training and support.



Set Up the Document Camera

  1. Locate the power cord wrapped on the document camera cart and plug it in to a nearby wall outlet (see image right, power ports are marked in YELLOW.)
    If the document camera is permanently installed in your classroom the power should already be connected.
  2. Plug VGA cable from the Black Box into the VGA extension cord mounted on the cart. If the cart does not have a VGA extension cord, plug the VGA cable directly into the RGB OUT (see image right, VGA ports are marked in GREEN.)
  3. Press and hold the power button for about 2-3 seconds to turn on the document camera.

Operating the AMX Touch Panel

  1. Touch anywhere to wake up the AMX control panel located in the Black Box.
  2. Select the corresponding source for document camera. (ie. LAPTOP or LAPTOP/DOC CAM or VGA 1.)  This action will power on the projector and set it to the correct display source.
    Once the projector is warmed up you should see the document camera image. 

Using the Document Camera

You can adjust the light bar and camera head as desired.  The document camera can display acetate transparencies, normal piece of paper, or 3-D objects.  You can also zoom in and out to show the desired level of details.

Zoom In/OutELMO-doc cam-dial

Zoom the image in and out by rotating the zoom dial next to the camera head. Press the center of the dial to auto focus (image right, marked in BLUE.

Lighting Control


The light bar can be adjusted as desired, and can be turned on or off by pressing the down button on the directional pad next to the LCD screen (image right, marked in PURPLE.)

Tips for Using the Document Camera

  • Place a piece of white paper underneath the acetate transparencies; adjust the light bar to minimize any glare.
  • Use the LCD screen on the document camera as reference to adjust and verify proper placement of objects.
  • Make an appointment with a classroom technologist to find out about other advanced features such as using it with your laptop and recording images or video onto a SD card.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If the document camera is not projecting, try selecting a different source on the touch panel then return to desired source.
  • If the projected image is distorted or color is not accurate, try disconnecting the VGA cable then reconnect.
  • Call 510-643-8637 for Classroom Technology Support.






Clip the microphone onto your clothes. For optimal voice amplification, clip the microphone about 6” below the chin. An easy way to determine the distance is to spread your hand with your thumb and pinkie finger extended. With your thumb placed at your chin, your pinkie finger pointing down will determine the spot to clip the microphone. The body pack can be clipped on the waistband or placed in a pocket.


Turn on the microphone by flipping the small switch on top of the body pack to ON. After a few seconds the light next to the switch should turn green. If the light stays red, the battery is no good and needs to be switched out for a new one.

Locate the volume knob labeled Wireless on the microphone panel and turn up. Depending upon the room the panel could either be located on the back wall of the stage, side of the podium, or workbench. *Crackling and/or weak audio can result from a low battery life. Replacing the battery can resolve this issue.


Changing the Battery

Turn the body pack upside down. Press thumb on the latch that says open. Remove battery and replace with a fresh 9V battery. *Make sure the battery is placed in correctly.


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