Beauregard Parish Library Patron Lab Computers 2016

  1. CD-ROM Drawer
  2. CD-ROM Eject Button - Music CDs can be played with this, using headphones in the headphone jack (#8). Data/Picture CDs can be loaded with this, however programs will not auto-run.
  3. Memory Stick/Card Readers - these are for the various kinds of memory cards associated with digital cameras, cellphones, and other devices. For a chart to help identify which cards go in which slots, and what kinds of adapters might be used to make cards not fitting themselves, consult: Wikipedia - Comparison of Memory Cards
    1. M2 - Sony M2 Memory Stick
    2. x-Picture
    3. SD/SDHC/SDXC, MMC, mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC with adapter
    4. MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC
    5. Compact Flash/CF II
    6. MS/MS Pro Duo - Sony Memory Stick
  4. Memory Stick Activity Lights - Top green means the machine has power, the bottom red means that the card reader sees a card in one of the slots.
  5. USB Port - all 3 of these ports are essentially interchangable. They will accept most USB memory sticks, and can be used for charging cell phones and tablets. The upper one by the memory card slots stays powered even when the computer is turned off, as long as it's plugged in. Due to the wide variety of ways that cell phones and tablets want to connect to computers, the Library does not provide technical support for transferring files via the USB ports to cell phones and tablets, but it may work anyway depending on the manufacturer and operating system of the device. In addition, there may be settings that can be changed in the device to make it work - we suggest consultation of the user manual and search engine of your choice.
  6. Reset Button - Used as second-to-last resort to restart a computer that is frozen or has other issues. We ask that patrons NOT use this button, but rather ask for help from Library Staff. Library Staff should follow the appropriate checksheet, and then consult IT Staff if all else fails.
  7. Headphones Jack - Patrons may plug in headphones for listening to music or videos.
  8. Microphone Jack - A microphone may be plugged in for recording, but patrons should be discouraged so that they do not disturb other patrons.
  9. USB 3.0 Port - this USB port functions like the other three, and the ones in the back, but can support higher speeds than the others. It is backwards compatible so that slower devices can be plugged into it, but if the Patron has a device that specifically notes that it is USB 3.0 compatible, this is the best port to plug it into.
  10. Power Switch - This the LAST resort for restarting a frozen machine. We ask that patrons NOT use this button, but rather ask for help from Library Staff. Library Staff should follow the appropriate checksheet, and then consult IT Staff if all else fails.