Software on lectern computers

Lectern configuration

The latest desktop image was released in August 2019. Our aim is to offer users quick bootup times and to minimise extraneous software and unnecessary processes. Please contact us through the TAMU Helpline x43322 or by email at lrathire@bham.ac.uk with your suggestions for applications to be added.

Please bring your presentations on a USB device as our lecterns do not automatically map network drives, though your network content is still available if you type in the UNC path to your folder. 

Skype for Business

Teaching room PCs do not have Skype for Business installed as it is easy for users to forget to turn off notifications and incoming calls during a lecture. These can be very intrusive and incovenient. We can enable the PC to have this software for one session only, but a camera and mcrophone kit must be hired too - costs start around £60. It is recommended to use Skype for Business in a meeting room set aside for that purpose.

Teaching cluster PCs

Lectern PCs in teaching clusters (Strathcona Building, Poynting Physics and the Murray Learning Centre) are configured to be the same as the cluster PCs used by the students in the same room, and are not maintained by LRAT. Requests for changes to cluster PCs and associated lecterns not looked after by LRAT should be made to IT Services.

Using a Windows 10 lectern PC

Any key will bring the computer to life and cause the logon screen to appear. Log on using your standard University ADF account in the 'username' and 'password' fields in the centre of the screen:

 Logon Screen - Windows 10

 Login-closeup screenshot

On first use there will be a short period of 30s while your profile is set up - Windows will ask you to Please Wait.

The desktop will look something like:

 Lectern PC desktop

Press the Windows key or on-screen icon to bring up the start menu

 Lectern desktop start menu

Closeup of expanded start menu

You can either launch your application by:

  • clicking on the appropriate square tile
  • chosing your program from the A-Z list
  • typing in the start of the program name, to cause Search or Cortana to find your app
  • or by finding main programs along the task bar at the foot of the desktop

 

After use click on the user icon in the lower left of the screen (underlined in yellow below) and choose Sign Out

 Showing where to log off

Main features

 

  • Windows 10 Enterprise Operating System 64-bit
  • USB ports for portable storage devices
  • ADF authentication (standard University username and password)

Please note that you cannot write to a USB drive from these lectern PCs - this helps us limit the spread of any introduced viruses and other malware.

Temporary users without an ADF account can contact the IT Service Desk for an ADF log in on x47171. TAMU are unable to issue any log ins. Long-term accounts for those with a closer connection to the University - called associate accounts - are available from the IT Service Desk.

Software

[Updated November 2019] The software installed includes:

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC                                19.021.20056
Adobe Flash Player 30 NPAPI                             32.0.0.293
Adobe Shockwave Player                                    12.3.4.204
Audacity                                                                 2.3.2
Endnote X9                                                                                                                     19.0.0.120623
Google Chrome                                                    78.0.3404.97
IBM SPSS Statistics 25 (64-bit)                          25.0.0.0
Java 8 Update 221                                              8.0.2210.19
jEdit                                                                       5.5.0
Lame (for Windows)                                     3.99.3
Maple 2017  (64-bit)                                         2017
MathPlayer                                                          4
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016         16.0.4266.1001
Mozilla Firefox                                                  69
NCapture for Internet Explorer                    1.1.251.0
NVivo                                                          12.1.1.256
Panopto (64-bit)                                              7.0.0.59510
PuTTY                                                                   0.67.0.0
QSR NCapture for Chrome                             1.0.220.0
Skype (no webcam fitted)                               8.51
Tableau Reader (64-bit)                                  18.1.1421
Turning Point                                                       8.7.2.14
VLC Media Player (64-bit)                                3.0.8
Wolfram CDF Player                                          11.3.1
Wolfvision vSolution Link (64-bit)                    2.11
Write-N-Cite                                              4.4.1376

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