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Area 49

This guide provides information on how to use technology within Area 49, as well as guides for digital technologies and physical projects. Area 49 is available for use by all current students, faculty, and staff.

Dell PC & Widescreen Display

The Dell tower is on the floor near the larger tech cabinet. It is not connected to a separate screen, and only uses the projector screen. The wireless mouse and keyboard are kept on top of the tech cabinet. The Dell is not set up for the virtual reality system.

Follow the steps in the Touch Panel instructions for lighting and sound.

Blu-Ray & DVD Player

For Blu-Rays

  • Launch Leawo Blu-Ray Player from the Dell PC.

  • Click the Play button and the file explorer will pop up.

  • If your disc is in the Dell disc drive, choose “BD-RE Drive (E:).” If it is in the external Blu-Ray player, choose “BD-RE Drive (H:).” The name of the movie should appear next to the drive it is in.

  • Option 1: Choose the BDMV folder, then the BDMV file, which may be called “Movie Object” or something similar.

  • Option 2: Locate and select the .m2ts file which can be found at the following path: "\BDMV\STREAM\00000.m2ts".

    You will have to use the keyboard, rather than the mouse, to make your selections in the disc’s menu options.

For DVDs

  • Insert disc into Dell computer disk drive. 

  • Open CyberLink Media Suite software.

  • Choose “Movie,” then “Play movie disc.”​


If you are having difficulties with technology in the room, refer to the solutions below. If you are not comfortable performing these actions, or if you require additional assistance, reach out to the Area 49 Desk or Beth Caruso (rm. 227). For support after hours, contact the AISLE Team at 704-687-5500, option 3. Tell them that you are in the Atkins Visualization Lab.

If NVIDIA Control Panel is missing

This means that the computer auto-updated and deleted the program. Re-download the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Large Screen and Projectors

Projector Screen Shows Two Displays or the Two Screens Do Not Overlap Properly

Follow these steps to have a continuous display for the entire screen. Note: These projectors use EdgeBlend to combine the ends of the two projections. If they do not overlap correctly, use the last step in this process to correct it.

  • Right click on the desktop and click on “NVIDIA Control Panel.” (If NVIDIA Control Panel is missing, download here.)
  • Note: If this is not present, reset the computer from the tower.
  • On the left sidebar under “Workstation,” choose “Set up Mosaic”
  • Click “Create new configuration.”
  • Note:  If it does not open up a new configuration, choose “modify” to change the current configuration.”
  • Step 1:
    • Under “Select Topology,” make sure the “Topology is listed as “1x2,” then click “Next.”
  • Step 2:
    • Under “Select displays,” uncheck the Samsung and select both Panasonic projectors.
    • Select the refresh rate as 59.94hz & the resolution to 1920x1080, then click “Next.”
      • If the refresh rate of 59.94hz is not available under the resolution 1920x1080, select the resolution 1440x1080 and then refresh rate of 59.94hz. This refresh rate should prevent or remove a bright stripe in the center of the screen.
  • Step 3:
    • Under “Arrange Displays,” move the screens from the “available display sources” into the “Topology” boxes. Click “Apply.” The box numbers correspond to the giant white numbers displayed by each projector. Drag the boxes to reflect the matching number on each side. 
      • If you have simply modified the configuration, you may need to switch boxes 1 and 2 to their correct positions.
    • The screens will go black for a moment while the changes are applied.
    • Accept the changes.
      • Sometimes the system will jump from step 1 to step 3 (this current step). If this happens. Complete step 3, then click "Back" to complete step 2. In this instance, you will need to first select the 1920x1080 resolution before it will give you the refresh rate option of 59.94 hz.
    • Click “Next.” if the projector screen picture needs to be realigned. If not, click “Finish.”
  • Step 4:
    • EdgeBlend Correction: Under “Adjust overlap and bezel correction,” find the white box at the bottom.
    • Under “Correction type” choose “Overlap.” In “Correction value,” click the arrows and watch the projector screen. There will be a picture of a road on the screen, and your goal is to line up the image so it overlaps perfectly. Once that is complete, click “Finish.”
  • If a bright white strip comes up in the middle of the screen after these changes are made, follow these steps a second time or delete the configuration and create a new configuration.
  • If this doesn’t work, ask for additional assistance.

Panasonic Projectors Turned On and Displaying Blue Screen

If the Panasonic projectors are on, but the projector screen is showing blue, follow the instructions below.

  • First: Turn the projectors off via the touch panel and select that computer's projectors again.
  • If that does not work:
    • Go to the tower for the computer you selected
    • You should see orange lights on two devices. If this is the case, unplug both devices and wait for a moment, then plug them back in. Both lights should then turn green.
  • If this doesn’t work, ask for additional assistance.

If there is a bright strip in the middle of the large screen

  • Right click on the desktop and click on “NVIDIA Control Panel.”
  • On the left sidebar under “Workstation,” choose “Set up Mosaic.”
  • Click “Create New Configuration.”
  • If it does not open up a new configuration, choose “modify” to change the current configuration.
  • Under this first tab, check the box that says, “I am using recommended connections for the selected topology,” then click “Enable Mosaic.”
  • Ensure that all other settings are correct (using the large box on the right side of the troubleshooting poster), and click “Finish.”
  • If this doesn’t work, ask for additional assistance.