FAQs and Tips for Using A/V

What A/V does each conference room include?

Each meeting room at the Marriott Albuquerque is equipped with an LCD projector, screen, and speakers. Free wifi is also available, and you can find the wifi password at the registration desk.

Can I play video clips, music, a PowerPoint or Prezi, etc?

Yes.  However, in case there are wifi issues, we recommend saving/downloading everything to your laptop/tablet in advance – rather than planning to stream files from the web or the cloud.  Services like http://keepvid.com/ and http://savefrom.net/ can download videos from websites such as YouTube.

If you need to play a file from a CD or DVD, you will need to make sure the laptop you bring has a CD/DVD drive.  Alternately, you can upload the file in advance.

Older formats (such as VHS tapes, cassettes, and slides) can often be converted to CD, DVD, or digital files – either for a fee or through your school’s media or IT department. You may want to consider this option in advance, if warranted.

In case your tech does not work correctly, we strongly encourage you to create a presentation that the audience will still understand and enjoy without the accompanying multimedia.

What do I need to bring to utilize the A/V?

You will need to provide your own laptop, tablet, or presentation-capable smartphone.  Depending on your brand or model, you will need to bring an appropriate VGA adapter to connect your device to the LCD projector.  You can order these adapters online or from various chain stores. (The Marriott’s A/V service provider is not responsible for supplying these.)

We recommend that you consult with your school’s media or IT department to verify which adapter to bring – or check your device’s user manual or the manufacturer’s website.  See more information below.

What if I have a PC laptop or a Windows tablet?

If your PC laptop has a VGA port, you can connect it easily to an LCD projector without an adapter. See general connection instructions here: https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource001612_Rep2169.pdf

If your PC laptop or Windows tablet does not have a VGA port, depending on what type of port it has, you will need to bring the appropriate adapter – such as an HDMI to VGA adapter, a micro HDMI to VGA adapter, or a mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter.

For connecting a Microsoft Surface tablet, see general instructions at https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/music-photos-and-video/connect-surface-to-a-tv-display-or-projector?os=windows-10

What if I have a Mac laptop or iPad?

If you have a Mac laptop, see general connection instructions here: http://www.arch.umd.edu/tutorial/how-connect-your-mac-projector

Macs and iPads require various types of VGA adapters, depending on their specific models.  iPads use either a 30-pin dock connector to VGA adapter or a Lightning to VGA adapter. Mac laptops may use a DVI to VGA adapter, a DisplayPort to VGA adapter, a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, etc. Check Apple.com for more information on which adapter you will need to bring.

What if I have an Android tablet?

Depending on your model, you may need to bring a micro USB to VGA adapter, a MHL to VGA adapter, a micro HDMI to VGA adapter, etc.  Also, please check whether the specific app you want to use will work with a projector / screen mirroring.