Setting Up a SMARTBoard

By Stephanie Failes


Set Up the laptop and Projector

Connect the ethernet cable. It goes from the laptop at one end into the network port in the wall at the other end.


Plug in the cart's electrical power cable into a wall socket or power strip.

Turn projector on by clicking the Standby/On button.

Press Power button on laptop . School laptops will log into the server and you should log in to your account, just as you would if you were using your classroom computer. If it is your own laptop, proxies numbers will need to be entered into order to connect to the Internet and your documents on the server. See an ITRT or Tech person for help.



No image projected? Press the Input button on the projector till you get to the RGB or computer input setting. (Also, make sure you took the lens cap off the projector!)

See only a desktop image projected? Mirroring needs turned on. Click on the apple in the top left corner. Select System Preferences. Click on displays. Choose the arrangement tab and check the box to mirror the display. (F7 or F3 keys may also work).

Connect the SMARTBoard to the iBook

Connect SMARTBoard and computer via USB cable provided. One end goes in the board at the right underside of the board and the flat USB connection goes into any of the computer's USB ports.

bottom right of board

Note: Place the SMARTBoard against a hard surface such as a bookcase or a wall. Secure the legs on the SMARTBoard in an effort to prevent its moving when you and the students press on the board. You could also consider locking the wheels on the iBook cart to keep it from being nudged, as well.


Arrows indicate connections. The computer is the hub of all connections.

Also, on our multimedia carts, don't forget to plug the green audio cable into the headphone jack on the side of the laptop to get computer sound through the cart speakers! (You can unplug the green cable from the gold adapter which is attached to the black adapter with the red/white audio cables. When you want sound from your DVD player, plug the green cable back into the gold adapter.)

Instruct the SMARTBoard and laptop to Communicate

red light - no communication
green light - communication established

If you see a RED light on the board, we need to establish communication between the board and the computer. Unplug the usb cable and plug it into a different usb port on the laptop.

If it is blinking GREEN light, follow the directions below to start the SMARTBoardservice.

If it is steady GREEN light, a connection has been made and you can skip the connection setup step below.

From your teacher login, double-click on the Macintosh HD icon to open it

Double-click on the Applications folder

Double-click on the SMARTBoard Drivers folder to open it

Double-click the SMARTService icon. (You may have to open a folder named Additional Tools). You should see a steady green light now.

Orient the SMARTBoard

Once you have an image on the screen and a connection established between the board and the computer, you'll need to ORIENT the board. The computer needs to know exactly where the projected image lies on the screen. By going through a process of touching a series of red crosses on the screen, you ensure that the board responds as it should.

If the board or projector is nudged or moved, you may need to repeat this step to reorient the board. To prevent this (as much as is possible,) be sure the legs on the board are extended and secured and the laptop is stable, as well.

Hold down the two buttons on the SMARTBoard pen tray (keyboard and mouse) buttons for 2 seconds or navigate to Macintosh HD-Applications-SMARTBoard Drivers folder and double-click on the orient icon.

Touch each cross in its center. You can use a stylus for more precise orientation. Adding more orientation points can help with precision. To add more orientation points:

1. Click on the apple in the top left corner
2. Select System Preferences
3. Choose the SMART Control panel icon located in the bottom of the window
4. Click on the configure button
5. Select SMART Hardware Settings
6. From the dropdown menu, choose Orientation and select 12 or 20 points. Click apply and ok.