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Lead Information Technologist
For Making a Reservation
Reservation details can be found below.
Fall & Spring Semester:
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Closed Saturdays & Sundays
Summer & Intersession:
Closed except for academic courses and special events
The Ballentine Lab schedule can be accessed online.
Reserving the Lab
Reservations for use of instructional computing facilities should be submitted at least a week in advance for one-time use (to accommodate training of the instructor). Ideally, block reservations for instructional computing facilities (e.g., for an extended period such as all MWF 10-10:50 a.m. for six sessions in a row) should be submitted at least a month in advance. Reservations are approved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Because this is our only instructional computer facility that accommodates classes larger than 25 students, reservations for Ballentine are limited to six class sessions per semester. Faculty in the College of Business are given first-priority for lab reservation until 30 days prior to the start of the smester. Course reservations do not automatically include final exam periods. These must be booked by the instructor separately.
Email your reservation request to email@example.com. Please list your class size, what computer functions you need for your course (Web browsing, word processing, etc.), and the software you will need for instruction.
Please, be sure to read the Computer Lab Reservation Policy.
TurningPoint Technologies Channel
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The computer lab at Ballentine Hall has the following equipment installed:
- installed, ceiling-mounted LCD projector and screen
- an instructor workstation
- audio-visual closet with DVD and VCR player
- a pay-for-print printer and card-access reader
- wired/wireless Internet access
- 40 student workstations
Using the AV Equipment from the Closet
Turning on the Audio-Visual System
|| Extron Switcher located in A/V Closet|
Step 1: Lower the projector screen. The switch is located on the wall next to the white board.
Step 2: Turn on the projector by pressing the POWER button located on the Extron controller. The Extron controller is located in the audio-visual closet in the Ballentine computer lab. The indicator light located next to the POWER button will flash red while the projector is starting up. It takes between 1 and 2 minutes for the projector to start up.
Step 3: The system VOLUME/AUDIO control is located on the Extron controller ( see Extron figure above ).
Note: Pressing the MUTE button located next to the power button allows you to switch the display/projector off without turning the power off. This will allow you to return to it later on without having to start up the entire system. To return to the display/projector press the MUTE button. This can be done if you need to use the white boards and then return to the screen later.
Using the AV Equipment from the Computer Located at the Instructor’s Desk
All of the audio-visual equipment in the computer lab can be controlled from either the Extron controller found in the audio-visual equipment closet, or from the AV System Controller software on the instructor’s computer. To use the software from the computer:
Step1: Double-click on the AV SYSTEM CONTROLLER icon found on the desktop.
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Step 2: The COMM PORT SELECTION dialog will appear. Click OK.
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Step 3: The system controller software panel will now open. You will notice that this panel is very similar to the main Extron controller found in the audio-visual closet. All the necessary controls on the software panel match those of the main controller exactly, so directions for operating the main controller will work the same on the software panel.
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Step 4: When you are finished using the audio-visual equipment, close the software panel by clicking on the FILE menu and then selecting EXIT. Remember to turn off the projector when you are done.
Turning on the Projector
Step 1: Lower the projector screen. The switch is located on the wall next to the white board.
Step 2: Turn on the projector by clicking on the POWER button located in the Extron System Control Program on the Instructor's Station (see directions above). The indicator light located next to the POWER button will flash red while the projector is starting up. It takes between 1 and 2 minutes for the projector to start up.
Step 3: The system AUDIO/VOLUME control is located on the right side of the controller under AUDIO ( See System Controller Software Panel figure above). Click on the down arrow to lower the volume or click on the up arrow to raise it.
Note: Clicking the MUTE button located next to the power button allows you to switch the display/projector off without turning the power off. This will allow you to return to it later on without having to start up the entire system. To return to the display/projector press the MUTE button. This can be done if you need to use the white boards and then return to the screen later.
Note: Clicking the smaller MUTE button located next to the AUDIO/VOLUME control will mute the audio.
Using the Computer
Step 1: Connect the computer to the projector by clicking the INP3 button on the Extron System Control Program ( See System Controller Software Panel figure above). Insert your media (i.e. USB drive, CD, DVD) into the computer located above the controller and VCR in the audio-visual closet. The computer should be left on.
If the computer does not connect to the projector (the screen remains blue):
- Make sure the green indicator light located next to the INP3 button is on.
- Make sure the computer located in the rack in the classroom audio-visual closet is on, power button is located on the front of the computer. The button is green when the computer is on.
- Press the space bar on the keyboard located on the instructor’s des.
Using your Laptop
Step 1: Plug your laptop into the VGA connector (the outlet labeled Video/Audio Input) located on the right side of the instructor’s desk. Ethernet and electrical outlets are located on the floor and desk. Note: some laptops running on battery will not operate this system.
Step 2: Click the PC2 button located on the Extron System Control Program ( See System Controller Software Panel figure above).
Step 3: Turn on the laptop if you have not already done so. Your laptop should be projected on the screen.
Notes: If the projector screen says “No Signal” you may have to press the FN (Function) and F8 key on your laptop to connect the laptop to the projector. If the image is not centered properly on the screen use the HORIZONTAL POSITION button to center the projector image. This button is located on the Laptop/Document Camera Interface on the desk.
Using the VCR
Step 1: Connect the VCR to the projector by clicking the VID2 button on the Extron System Control Program (see Fig. 3).
Step 2:Insert your videotape into the VCR located above the controller in the audio-visual closet.
The VCR will turn on if it is not already on.
- To PLAY the tape press the PLAY button located on the VCR.
- To REWIND the tape turn the large dial on the VCR counterclockwise ½ a turn.
- To FORWARD the tape turn the large dial on the VCR clockwise ½ a turn.
The VOLUME/AUDIO is located on the Extron controller. ( See AV SYSTEM CONTROLLER figure above)>
If the VCR does not connect to the projector (the screen remains blue):
- Make sure the green indicator light located next to the VID2 button is on.
- Press and hold the VID2 button for 3 seconds. Release the button and press it again.
The following software is currently installed in the Ballentine Lab (as of 7/13/2015).
|Microsoft Office 2013 ||Mozilla FireFox ||Internet Explorer|
|Windows 7 Pro SP1 ||Quicktime||Adobe Reader|
| Minitab || Maple|| Oracle |
| R for Windows|| SAS || SPSS |
|Microsoft Visio 2010 || Inspiration|| Wolfram Mathematica |
| ACL Desktop Education Edition 9|| AdSim ||SAILS v4.5 |
| Microsoft SQL Server ||EViews ||WinORS |
| JAWS || MAGic|| Kurzweil 3000|
| FSReader || Google Chrome |
These machines also have the Safe Connect electronic policy key installed.
URI Students and Faculty can printing using their Ram Account. Other patrons can print using a Guest ID from an account vendor available on main floor of the library near the entrance.
Copies and prints from a black-and-white printer cost 10 cents per page. There is no color printing available in the Ballentine Lab at this time.
For additional information about printing, please refer to URI's Pay for Print article.
- Media & Technology Services and Classroom Media Assistance are not responsible for lost/corrupt files or lost/stolen personal property.
- Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the lab.
All University, ITS managed, computer labs are subject to the 'Acceptable Use Policy', which can be found here.
Additional Room Details
reservation_contact MTS: Nancy Gronstrom, 874-4961
media_contact Pat Egan, 874-4330
disability classroom, elevator
room_width 40 feet 10 inches
room_length 39 feet 7 inches
wall_type paint, sheetrock
ceiling_type drop panel, soundproof, plaster
floor_type carpet tile
window_location left, right, rear
window_covering vertical blinds, plastic, blackout
board_width 16 feet
board_height 3 feet 8 inches
writing_area 8448 in^2
screen_type electric, traditional format 4:3
instructor_type desk, workstation
lighting_type exit signs, board area, projection area
seating_type moveable chairs, fixed tables
accessories trashcan, paper recycling, bottle recycling
other_location Ballentine 241 Media, training required before access given
controls_location teacher workstation
cd_dvd_type region 1
speaker_locations distributed ceiling mounted
Computer Lab Reservation Policy