How to Install the Promethean Whiteboard

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How to Install the Promethean Whiteboard
Rid yourself of ink and erasers with the use of an interactive whiteboard. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The Promethean company's line of whiteboard products is an interactive tool useful in any presentation situation. When connected with a PC and an LCD projector, the board serves as a surface where the user can interact with a variety of presentation software. The board, in effect, works as a large input surface, like a touchscreen PC, with the attached PC and projector providing full multimedia-capable software support. The whiteboards come on a mobile platform, making transport and set-up easy. The installation process involves only a couple of cable connections along with the installation of Promethean's hardware drivers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • ACTIVBOARD installation software
  • PC
  • Monitor serial cable
  • LCD projector
  • Promethean whiteboard
  • Whiteboard adaptor
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Install the ACTIVBOARD software to run on the Promethean Whtiteboard onto your PC prior to installing the hardware connections. Place the software CD into your CD-ROM drive and then wait for the Windows OS to run the software automatically. If the software does not begin, open the file browser on your PC and navigate to the CD-ROM drive. Run the set-up application from the root directory of the CD-ROM. Install both the ACTIVStudio application and the ACTIVResources program, select "All Resources" to ensure that you place all drivers onto your system.

  2. 2

    Input the serial number and user name provided you with the ACTIVBOARD software when prompted, in order to register the software for use.

  3. 3

    Connect the blue serial cable to the monitor serial port of your computer, and then connect the other end of the cable to the connector marked "Computer" on the rear of the projector.

  4. 4

    Connect the PC to the whiteboard using the supplied whiteboard adaptor. Connect the adaptor to the PC's USB port. Connect the power cord for the whiteboard into the second port of the adaptor. Plug the other end of the cord to an electrical socket.

  5. 5

    Plug the power cable for the LCD projector into an electrical socket.

  6. 6

    Turn on the whiteboard and the projector, Point the projector towards the whiteboard and adjust it so that the image displayed sits within the grey guideline surrounding the whiteboard screen.

  7. 7

    Right-click on the ACTIVboard icon located in your system tray and select "Calibrate" to launch the ACTIVboard calibration program. Follow the program's instructions to set-up the board and the interactive pen for use with your PC.

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