Apple iBook Carts
Source and purpose:
Funded by TIF Community Grant to provide the community computer access for those
that would not normally have it. The carts are for after school programs, school use and
Use them, but be sure to release them when rolling.
Front and back, use them, but be sure to remember the combination. Do not
change locks or combinations.
Cables in box
Power Extender Cables plug into the back of cart and then the power cable for the
laptop plug into it. This will be a campus decision on how you use these.
Video Cables two types; vga to connect monitor, RCA/S-video for Averkey or
(Recommend keeping the video cables in a location for check out)
Manuals and CD’s for iBook and wireless hub are included. Keep in a safe
Eleven iBook laptops (one is faster than the others.)
Hooking it up
1. Surge protector to the wall and the cart to the surge protector. Excess black
power cord can be stuffed in cart when not needed, but don’t stuff it all the way.
Be sure power is turned on the surge when using.
2. Laptops, printer and hub plug into power strip in the back of the cart.
3. Printer plugs into the Jetdirect box in the cart and then to the Ethernet port on the
4. Wireless hub – use the ---- port to connect to the wall.
5. After Wireless hub is plugged it, then it is safe to turn the computers on.
1. Power cord has charge indicator. Amber=charging, Green=full charge
2. Bottom of laptop has battery charge indicator. The more lights, the more power.
3. Battery lock on the bottom should be check to make sure it remains locked daily.
4. Keyboard releases. The students sooner or later will pop out a keyboard. The
tabs to the left of F1 and F12 are used to remove or replace keyboard. Be gentle.
1. Only adults may move carts.
2. Surge protector must be used when iBooks are plugged in.
3. Air Port range is limited and it has a range. Obstacles reduce the range.
4. Always plug the computers into cart when finished. Plug cart into wall at all
5. Be sure the computers are turned off when placing them back into the carts.
Check the lights and make sure it is just not asleep. If asleep, you will see a
pulsating light located by the release latch.
6. When unattended, carts should be locked.
7. Paper replacement. We will supply the first two reams of paper. After that, it is
the responsibility of the campus and after-school programs to supply paper and
replace toner cartridges. Print wisely.
8. Pay attention to low power indicators on laptop and recharge or plug laptop into
the main power supply on cart before the battery completely runs out.
9. Internet release forms should be completed and on file for all students using
computers in after school programs. Form letter will need to go home from each
10. Staff should constantly monitor the students when on the Internet.
11. Problems should be reported to the helpdesk should they arise. 531-3540
12. Campuses that have more than one after school program will need to decide how
they wish to share the equipment.
13. Always allow time for the iBooks to charge before the next group needs to use
14. All laptops should be in the correct slot and accounted for.
15. Keep track of which student uses which laptop in case of damage, software
corruption, inappropriate Internet use and general accountability.
16. Do NOT touch laptop screen.
• Multiple Users is part of Mac OS System 9, which allows for different setups with
different levels of access in each setup. If your iMac has System 8.5 or 8.6 you will
not have Multiple Users. Your computer will be set up with the Launcher, which
doesn’t protect your system as much as Multiple Users.
• When the technology department installs your computer, three or four setups are
included: Student, Teacher, Tech, and possibly Pinnacle. The Student setup is for
students; it does not require a password, and it gives limited access to areas other than
the programs installed for student use. By default, all student files are stored in the
Student folder in Multiple Users. The Teacher setup is for teachers; it requires a
password, and gives teachers more access to items on the computer. Since teacher
documents may be stored anywhere, it is particularly important for teachers to
understand the mechanics of saving on their computers. The Tech setup is for the
technology department; it, too, is password protected and allows the tech trainers to
bypass the folders and go straight to the Finder, where the majority of their work is
This is an example of the “Multiple Users” startup screen:
Multiple Users allows you to create a unique environment for each user (Student,
Teacher, Tech). When you start up your computer, you will select your name from the list
and click Log in. When you are ready to shut down the computer, click on Shutdown.
When you want to get out of the Student environment and go to the Teacher environment,
the easiest way is to press Apple – Q or go up to Special – Logout. This will log you out
and put you back to the above screen.
Users and Environments
The Multiple Users feature of your operating system offers three different user
environments and a full system access environment (accessible only to the Tech setup).
In all the user environments, when a user attempts to open or save a document, the
computer automatically points the user to the user’s documents folder, and in some
restricted cases, the user cannot move away from that location. You can view the user
account by double-clicking on the setup (Student / Teacher / Tech, etc.) Once you open
that users setup, you will see three buttons (Normal, Limited, Panels). The button that is
“pushed in” indicates which user account has been designated for that setup.
• The Panels interface is simple and easy to use. The user has limited access to the
computer’s hard disk. The user’s approved items appear on one panel and the user’s
documents on another. The environment features large one-click buttons. You can
customize the interface to allow large or small icons, and to display the open panels
side by side or overlapping, with tabs at the top or the bottom.
• The Limited user environment allows users access only to some parts of the Finder.
Usually, users can save items only in their own folders and can only open approved
• A normal user can access the Finder and all applications on the startup disk but
usually cannot see the contents of another user’s documents folder. A normal user
with privileges to manage user accounts (account manager) can create, delete or
modify user accounts with the exception of the owner’s account.
• When you log in as Tech (owner), you gain access into the full system access
environment. Only in this environment, can you install applications, set up printers,
access other users’ documents, or turn Multiple Users access on or off.
Note: Press and hold F12 for approximately 5 seconds and release, the CD tray
should pop out.
The Control Strip is the small tab in the lower-left corner of your screen that opens to a
strip of icons. You’ve probably noticed by now that if you click on the tab, it either closes
up or opens, depending on whether it was initially opened or closed (shown below).
This is the Control Strip when it’s closed (left) and when it’s open (below).
Click here to open or close
You can click here to close it.
the Control Strip.
You may also have noticed that if you click on any icon in the strip, you get a little menu
of options (as shown below). Each of those icons represents an option that you have
elsewhere in your iMac, usually in a Control Panel. The Control Strip lets you access
these options without having to open the individual Control Panels. You can change the
monitor resolution and colors, adjust the sound volume, open your Internet connection
CD Options-for playing an audio CD
Click any icon to get the menu choices.
You can move the Control Strip to either side of your screen, and you can move it
anywhere along the vertical edge, even all the way to the top. To move the Control
Strip, hold down the Option key and drag it. To rearrange the icons, hold down the
Option key and drag them left or right.
If your Control Strip isn’t showing, do the following:
1. From the Apple menu, slide down to Control Panels, then out to “Control Strip.”
2. Click the button, “Show Control Strip.”
3. Click the Close Box to put it away.
The Apple Menu
• The Apple Menu, an often overlooked but infinitely useful part of your computer, can
be found in the far upper left corner of your menu bar. Click the little rainbow apple
icon to view its contents.
• Teachers will always have access to the Apple Menu in the Teacher set up of
Multiple Users. Students do not have access to the Apple Menu. If you click and
hold on the apple, a pull-down menu appears with a variety of selections.
• Some of the basic selections that will help you customize your Mac begin on the next
About This Computer…
The first item on the Apple Menu gives you some basic information about your
• When the About This Computer dialog box appears, you will see that the Version:
tells what system software your computer has. The system software came
preinstalled on your computer and is the “stuff” that makes your computer start up
and run. You cannot delete the system software, although there are some parts that
your tech trainer can modify, such as turning off certain extensions that may cause
• You can also tell how much Built-in Memory (RAM) is on your computer, in this
case, it has 128 MB. It also lets you know what applications (programs) are in use,
how much of the computer’s memory they are using, and how much memory (RAM)
is left for other applications, in this case the program Microsoft Word is using 9.9
MB, the System Software (Mac OS) is using 33.9 MB. The memory (RAM) that is
left for use by other applications is 89 MB (Largest Unused Block).
Wouldn’t it be handy to always have a calculator at your fingertips. Well, with your
Mac, you do. You can leave it open for repeated use, or you can open and close it as you
need it. You can either point and click on the numbers with your mouse, or you can use
the number keys on the top row of the keyboard. You can also use the numeric keypad
on the right side of your keyboard if you first turn on the “num lock” feature.
* means multiply
/ means divide
The next item under the Apple Menu is extremely important for us “Mac folks”! In
Macintosh-land, the Chooser is literally where you choose which printer your
computer is connected to. In most cases, you are only connected to one printer, although
there may be instances where you have a choice of more than one printer (i.e. a local
printer connected to your computer or a network printer connected to the LAN). It is
very easy to select the printer of your choice, and it always involves going to the
To select or change printers, do the following:
• From the Apple Menu, select Chooser.
• When the Chooser window opens, you will notice that it is divided in half. On the
left side, find the name of the printer to which you wish to print. Click once on the
name to highlight. Then, click on the name of the printer on the right-hand side.
When you do so, a black frame will appear around the area. Next, make sure Apple
Talk is Active.
2nd: Click on the name of the
printer you are printing to. A black
frame will appear around area
1st: Click one time on your 3rd: Make sure
Printer to highlight it Apple Talk is Active
To close the Chooser, click on the close box. You will probably see the following
message. Click “OK.” You are now ready to print.
Important message about Hewlett Packard printers & iMacs:
• When you are ready to print a document, go to File – Print.
• The following printer dialog box will appear:
• Click on the arrows in the General rectangle box. A drop down menu will appear.
• Highlight Background Printing and click to select.
• After selecting Background Printing, you have the option to select Foreground or
Background. Select Foreground.
• Then click on Save Settings (VERY IMPORTANT TO CLICK ON SAVE
SETTINGS) Once you do this, you shouldn’t have to do so again.
Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks:
1. Go to Airport under Apple Menu
2. Check to see that Airport is on and you have a signal strength
indicated by the gray bar.
3. Under Airport network, be sure it says Apple Network____
4. Do not attempt to create a computer to computer network.
5. If all above settings have been done and Airport still doesn’t
function, follow the steps below:
A. Check all wiring to make sure nothing has worked loose.
B. Shut down all computers.
C. Unplug power cord from base station and wait 30 seconds. Plug back
in and boot up computers.