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Student Computer Rooms

Information and advice on using the Trinity Computers and the Student Computer Rooms:



Student on Computer

Introduction to the Trinity College Student Computer Rooms

Trinity College has two main student computer rooms which are available for registered Trinity junior members only. The main computer room is in New Court I, and there is a similarly equipped room in Burrell's Field Z. There are also student workstations in Great Court I, the Library, Blue Boar Common Room, Blue Boar D computer room, Law Library and music practice room 3.

Facilities include a range of PCs (running Windows 7 or Linux) and Apple iMacs (running OSX). All are connected to the Internet. Most computers have DVD writers, some have CD writers and there are PC and Mac scanners. Printing is via networked laser printers.

Click below for a list of which facilities are available in the various computer rooms.The student computer room computers are a part of the Cambridge University Computing Service Managed Cluster Service (MCS). The MCS is part of the University’s Public Workstation Facility (PWF).


When you arrive in Cambridge, two University computing accounts will already have been set up for you:
  1. An email account (also known as a Hermes account)

  2. An PWF/MCS account for the University-wide network of PCs and Macs.
Details of all these accounts will be distributed to undergraduates when they arrive in Cambridge at the beginning of term.

New students should check the website below to sign up for a new account (only accessible from within the University network). You will need to login to a PWF computer with the username: "signup" (no password required).You can also get your account details from your own computer in your room:
  1. Your computer will need to be "network ready" (installed network cable, network card, and network card driver) and configured for DHCP. If you require further information see the information below on network connection:
  2. Open your Internet browser (e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer).

  3. Enter the URL address of any website that you haven’t visited before. You will be redirected to the TCDN Registration web page.

  4. Select the link provided to get your email and computer account.
You must keep your password details confidential.



Printing

New users are initially allotted £3 credit free of charge. Each page printed will debit your account by 3p for mono (black only) or 10p for colour printing. You can see your remaining balance by selecting the following from the Start Menu on a student computer room PC:

Start > All Programs > Account Management

If you run out of credits, you can purchase more using the eCredit facility on a PC which can be found in the same location.

In order to help save paper and minimise waste, the black and white printers are able to print double sided; duplex. Only a few changes are required from the print menus to allow you to duplex print your documents:If you experience problems with the quality of your printouts then keep the pages you have printed, bring them to the surgery hour in the Bishops Hostel computer room and the computer officer will determine whether a refund is appropriate.



Copying Files to a CD or DVD

Most computers are equipped with CD or DVD writers. The link below explains how to transfer files to this media on a Student Computer Room PC.


Using Windows 7 on the Trinity Computer Room PCs

You will need your PWF/MCS account details (user identifier and password) to use the facilities at Trinity.

How to log in
  1. If the screen is blank, move the mouse to refresh the display. If the machine is switched off, switch it on and go to step 2, below. Start the login process by holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys while pressing Del.

  2. You will see a message about network use. Read this and click OK for the login process to commence.

  3. In the login box, type your user identifier (e.g. abc20) then press the tab key, or use the mouse to move to the next box. Type your password and then press return, or click on OK.

    Note: If a dialog box appears saying "The system could not log you into the network", it is usually because you pressed the Enter key after you typed your username, or because you have mistyped your password. Click OK and you will be given the opportunity to try again.


  4. Each PWF/MCS user is allocated 2 GB of PWF/MCS file server disk space (home directory) for storing personal files. If you have logged in successfully, you will see an icon for your home directory and a "Message of the Day" window (labelled MOTD-Notepad). To close the "Message of the Day" box, click on the x in the top right corner.
Access the College and University websites for more information:
  1. Click on Start and point to PWF Programs, and then to the Communications & Networking.

  2. Point to the browser you require, for example; Internet Explorer or Firefox.

  3. Visit the following website URL’s for more information:
How to log out
Failure to log out could result in someone altering, deleting, or reading your files. You are responsible for ALL actions attributed to your account.
  1. Click on the Start button (bottom left of the desktop). The item at the bottom of the list will be Log off.

  2. If you have successfully logged out, a log-in box will appear on the screen.
Note: After 35 minutes of keyboard/mouse inactivity a warning message will appear on the screen. If there are no open and unsaved files and you do not cancel this message, you will be automatically logged out after a further 5 minutes.

Known Problems with MCS PC Software
Look at this page if you have a software problem on a Windows workstation:


Using Trinity Computer Room iMacs

You will need your PWF/MCS account details (user identifier and password) to use the facilities at Trinity.

How to login
  1. If the screen is blank, move the mouse to refresh the display.

  2. Enter your PWF user identifier in the Name: box and enter your PWF password in the Password: box. Click on OK or press the Return key.

  3. Note: If access is denied, it is usually because you have mistyped your password, you will see the login box "shake". Delete the password and try again. Further information can be obtained by clicking on the Help button.

  4. Each PWF/MCS user is allocated 2 GB of PWF/MCS file server disk space (home file space) for storing personal files.

    To access your home file space either select Home from the toolbar in any Finder Window or select Home from the Go menu.

    The Finder window that opens, is your home file space and will show your PWF/MCS userid (e.g. abc20) as the window name.

Access the College and University websites for more information:
  1. Select Safari (compass icon) from the dock at the bottom of the screen or click on the Finder (blue face icon), select Applications and then select the Communications & Networking folder.

  2. Double click on the Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari icon.

  3. Go to the following website URLs for more information:
How to logout
  1. Click on the black Apple icon (upper left-hand corner of the screen).

  2. Click on Log Out. You will be presented with a dialogue box asking you to confirm that you wish to log out. Click on Log Out.
Known Problems with MCS Macintosh Software
Look at this page if you have a software problem on a Macintosh workstation:


Using Linux on the Trinity Computer Room PCs

You will usually find that a PC in the Trinity computer rooms is already switched on running Windows, and displaying the Windows login screen. If the screen is blank, move the mouse to refresh the display. If the machine is switched off, switch it on and go to step 2, below.
  1. Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys while pressing Delete. A warning message about use of the system is displayed; click on OK. This produces the Windows login box; instead of doing this click on the little red power button to shut down the compupter.

  2. After some preliminary checks, the system will ask you to select (within 30 seconds) the operating system to start; use the down arrow key to highlight PWF Linux and then press Return to confirm your choice. If you wait too long to make your selection, the system will start in Windows.

  3. A splash screen appears, then the system continues to boot into Linux.

  4. A warning message about use of the network is displayed. Click on OK to proceed.

  5. A dialog box is displayed, asking for your Username. Enter your PWF user identifier followed by "Enter". The next dialog box asks for your Password. Enter your PWF/MCS password followed by "Enter". Once you have logged in, you will see a Linux window containing the Message of the Day window.

  6. Each PWF/MCS user is allocated 2 GB of PWF/MCS file server disk space (home directory) for storing personal files.

  7. Click on the "Firefox" icon (top left, next to the "Desktop" menu) and go to the following URL’s for additional information.
How to log out
Click on the “Desktop” menu (top left) and select Log Out from the main menu. A confirmation message will appear. Click OK.



Requests for Additional Computer Room Software

Comprehensive lists of installed software are available:Our policy for new software requests is as follows.
  1. It must be academically related.

  2. It must be supported by an appropriate Director of Studies (DOS), who should contact Trinity College computer office.

  3. Changes to the software available are normally annual. This relates in part to budget requests, which are annual, set by the Computing Committee of Trinity College in May. The University Computing Service also states “All requests for new software required for the Michaelmas Term, must be submitted by the Responsible Officer or their authorised representative by the end of previous Lent Full Term and the CS will indicate by the Division of Easter Term whether it intends to install the requested software”.

  4. Exceptions to 3. above may be made with a strong justification from a DOS.



Getting More Help

If you have problems, please check these online help pages first. (We are kept busy with maintaining the College network as well as Fellows', Students' and Staff machines.) If you can't find the answer to your problem, the best way to get help is to e-mail computer.help@trin.cam.ac.uk.

Alternatively, you can come to the Bishops Hostel Student Computer Room during the "surgery" time advertised - normally between 2 pm and 3 pm on weekdays - (during term only) when a Computer Officer will be present.
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