Sunday, February 14th, 2010 | IWBs, Maintenance
Always remember that an interactive whiteboard consists of three components: the board, a computer and a data projector. Maintenance of your interactive whiteboard involves maintenance of each one of these elements.
The board itself is the easiest to maintain. Apart from cleaning it regularly, there is little else to be done.
The computer requires normal computer maintenance. You need to care for it physically. Clean it frequently on the outside, and have an expert clean it on the inside on a regular basis. Dust and heat are the greatest enemies of a computer – a build-up of dirt is often the cause of over-heating. That is why cleaning is an important part of computer maintenance.
You must maintain your computer in other ways too. A virus attack can paralyze your operations – computer maintenance therefore involves consistent anti-virus updates. And don’t forget to make regular backups!
The data projector requires maintenance too. Heat can cause your projector to malfunction – dust is often the cause of overheating. Dust gathers on the lamp and other critical components inside the machine. Not only does it downgrade the quality of the image, but it reduces the lifespan of the lamp. And the lamp is the most expensive part in a data projector to replace.
Some data projectors have filters – these must be cleaned regularly. Others are filter-free, but this does not mean that you don’t have to clean the machines.
When a data projector is mounted on the ceiling, you may tend to forget about it. Don’t! It does not matter where the projector is – it still needs to be cleaned.
Before you attend to maintenance activities on the different components of your interactive solution, read the manufacturer’s manual and then follow the instructions. This will help you to get the best out of your equipment.
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