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*Lab Hours vary, check the specific lab for hours. Generally most open at 8am and many buildings close at 9 PM.
 
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Revision as of 10:03, 30 September 2009

Lab Scheduling/Reservations

Check the entry for the lab you are interested and check lab scheduling contact into.

Lab Operation Times

  • The twenty-four hour lab in the Student Union Building, as per its name, is open 24/7
  • Lab Hours vary, check the specific lab for hours. Generally most open at 8am and many buildings close at 9 PM.

Lab Locations

Business Building Lab Phone Number x7156

  • Large Business Lab
  • Small Business Lab

College Center x7840 College Center Lab

ES Building x7502 Rowley Lab Writing Studio Lab

Library x7781 Joel J. Jensen Lab

William Porter Hall Ada Lovelace Lab Alan Turing Lab Charles Babbage Lab

    • Open access labs are available to all currently registered students, faculty, and staff. These machines come with all ASC standard applications; some labs may also have specialized software. Many of these labs are used for classes; if the room is reserved for a large class you may be asked to leave. The instructor may group students to leave some computers open for others, but if you’re disruptive to the class you may be asked to leave.

Safe Removal of USB Flash Drives

  • Click on the right mouse button on the USB flash drive icons on the toolbar
    • Click on the “safely remove hardware” message that pops up
      • The dialog box will pop up. Click stop.
        • The “stop a hardware device” dialog box will appear, asking you to confirm. Click “Ok.”
          • A message will appear on the toolbar informing you that the USB flash drive can be safely removed.
            • Remove your USB drive from the port.

Lab Library Computers

What computers are available for use?

  • Internet computers available for the community
  • Three computers are available for internet usage. They are located on the second floor. Games and chat (also known as IMing) are not allowed. These computers do not have word processing or other specialty software. Black-and-white laser printing is available. When other individuals are waiting, patrons are asked to restrict their computer use to 15 minutes at any one time. There is a limit of sixty-minutes-per-day of computer usage.

Reference computers available for anyone

Three reference computers are available to search ASC catalog: Marmot (our electronic library catalog) and other research databases. They are located on the second floor. Black-and-white laser printing is available.

Word processing computer available for the community

One computer is available for word processing only. It is located on the first floor. It does not have internet access. Black-and-white printing is available on the dot matrix printer.

Two computer labs for ASC students

Student fees support two computer labs which are open to ASC students, faculty, and staff only. These are open all hours the library is open, but they close thirty minutes before the library does.

  • The Joel J. Jensen Computer Lab is located on the second floor. It has a black-and-white laser printer and scanner.
  • A computer classroom is located on the first floor. Whenever it is not in use for teaching purposes, it is available as an open access lab. It contains 24 student computers and one instructor computer. It has a data projector, a smart board, and other teaching technologies. Call Brooke Phillips at (719) 587-7126 to reserve a room for a class.

Things to Know

Lab Thumb Drive/USB Drive/Flash Drive

What is a Flash Drive?

USB Flash Drives are compact and easy-to-use devices that are similar in use to your computer hard drive. USB flash drives slip into your pocket, conveniently around your neck, or on a keychain for the ultimate portable storage. USB flash drives finally fulfill the real promise of the digital age: complete freedom and mobility.

Despite the different brands and names you’ve heard for USB flash drives – Jump Drives, Pocket Drives™, Pen Drives™, and Thumb Drives™ - they all pretty much operate the same way. The difference is mostly in price, capacity, design, functions, and features (for example, some even have built-in MP3 players). What’s really important, though, is what they share: they’re all pluggable, portable, and powerful.

  • USB flash drives share some other characteristics, too:
    • USB flash drives are about the same size as a car key – in fact some USB drives are so light it could hypothetically only take 1-4 ants to carry one
    • USB flash drives are about the size of a stick of gum
    • USB flash drives can currently hold up to about 2 gigs of data – that’s over 650 three-minute songs (33 hours) recorded as MP3s or about three times the content of a standard compact disc.
    • If you share a computer, USB flash drives are a great way to store personal information – use them instead of the computer’s hard drive.
    • According to the manufacturer’s specs, USB flash drives can maintain data for 10 years – in that same period you’ll probably have to replace your computer’s hard drive three times.

Using Floppy Disks and Flash (Thumb) drives in the computer labs

Flash Drives plug easily into the USB ports found on the front of the PCs in the computer labs.

Floppy Disks vs USB Flash Drives

USB flash drives (thumb drives) are regarded as far better to use than floppy disks for storing and transporting your files. While floppy disks are easily damaged by dust, magnetic fields, being dropped, being pressed on, USB flash drives are much more durable and ideal for keeping in a backpack, bag, or on a keyring. USB flash drives also have a much larger capacity than floppy disks, ranging from a few MB to a few GB, meaning you can save more, and larger, files at once. USB flash drives are available from many retailers including the Union Shop on campus.

Transferring Files from Hard Drive to Floppy/Flash

  • After plugging in your USB flash drive/inserting your floppy disk, locate either the USB flash drive icon or floppy drive icon
    • If it’s not on the main screen open “My Computer” and look under “Devices with Removable Storage” and you should be able to see it.
      • Locate the file you want to copy from the hard disk.
        • Click and hold the mouse button on the file icon and drag the flash drive/floppy disk icon.
          • A dialog box will appear, showing you the process of copying
            • If there is already a file with the same name on your flash drive/floppy disk, a warning will appear asking you if you want to replace the file already on the flash drive/disk. If you don’t want to replace it, click Cancel, rename the file on the hard drive, and continue from step two above.
              • When you are finished transferring files and wish to remove your USB flash drive, it is good practice to remove it safely to ensure no data loss or corruption.

Transferring Files from Floppy/Flash to Hard Drive

  • After plugging in your USB flash drive/inserting your floppy disk, locate either the USB flash drive icon or floppy drive icon
    • If it’s not on the main screen open “My Computer” and look under “Devices with Removable Storage” and you should be able to see it.
      • Locate the file you want to copy
        • Locate the place you want to copy the file to
          • Click and hold the mouse button on the file icon and drag to the location on the hard disk
            • A dialog box will appear, showing you the progress of the copying
              • If there is already a file with the same name on the hard disk, a warning will appear asking if you want to replace it. If you don’t, click cancel, rename the file on your USB flash drive/floppy disk and continue from step two above.
                • When you are finished transferring files and wish to remove your USB flash drive, it is good practice to remove it safely to ensure no data loss or corruption.

Safe Removal of USB Flash Drives

  • Click on the right mouse button on the USB flash drive icons on the toolbar
    • Click on the “safely remove hardware” message that pops up
      • The dialog box will pop up. Click stop.
        • The “stop a hardware device” dialog box will appear, asking you to confirm. Click “Ok.”
          • A message will appear on the toolbar informing you that the USB flash drive can be safely removed.
            • Remove your USB drive from the port.