What do you mean exactly by "it totally refused to accept my PPT file"?
Do you mean the PC laptop would not recognize your flash drive? Or do you mean you loaded the PPT
file and it would not run in standalone mode? Or do you mean the copy of MS PPT on the PC (if it had
PPT) would not open your mac PPT file?
The fact that your mouse cause the PPT file to freeze your machine sounds really weird. Projectors
are pretty agnostic as long as you can get a video signal to project at all. I assume you have
properly reduced your image sizes before putting them in the PPT to minimize the computer's efforts
to push the data out the extra video port?
I assume you have tested this PPT with a different second digital projector to make sure it is not
your computer that is having the problem with PPT and your mouse?
I assume you ran other programs like Photoshop, with a mouse, without problems?
If you need a projector, they are great to have for presentations, as a backup if nothing else. You
should be able to get a good product for $800-950. But the replacement bulbs are where the companies
make their money, so make sure you buy a good bag with it to protect it.
Check out Amazon for Optima, Proxima, and Infocus projectors. You want something with 1024 x768
resolution and at least 1800 lumens, though most are now over 2000 at this price range. These things
are really small now: 2x8x8 inches, 3 lbs, is not unusual. Look for one with a DVI and VGA
connector. Also pay attention to the Decibel rating and warranty length. This one is probably more
than you need, but it has lots of nice features:
This site has technical data on projectors:
On 3/8/10 10:21 AM, Linda Feltner wrote:
> Hi All:
> Does anyone have any advice for the purchase of a projector that works
> from a MAC laptop? For home use, and for teaching, not for institutional
> This past week's workshop went well, but it was really frustrating to
> use a projector that is apparently made for a non-Mac. There is a mac
> connecting cord, but it did not play nice with my Macbook. It
> constantly, and I mean constantly, froze the Powerpoint program. I had
> only use of the up and down arrow keys (any use of the mouse would
> freeze the machine). I must have Force-Quit that program 50 times during
> the three-day workshop. Every time the computer went into 'sleep' mode,
> I had to F-Q and re-boot each time.
> Their laptop that runs with their projector would not accept my
> powerpoint program (I had it on a flash drive) and took my laptop as a
> backup). I ran a powerpoint show on that same laptop, made from my same
> machine about a year and a half ago. but this time, it totally refused
> to accept my PPT file. ( I thought there was a operational program
> embedded in each file, which made them compatible - apparently NOT).
> Anyway, I don't want to spend a boat-load of money, and any advice would
> be appreciated!
> Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
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> Hereford, AZ 85615
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