Chemistry Computer Lab
Information & Policies
There are 16 computers, either Dell Optiplex 755 or 760 or HP Compaq Elite 8200, in the Chemistry Computer Lab, which occupies Reichardt 170 and 172. Each workstation runs Windows 7 64-bit. Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, and Google Chrome are provided as web browsers. Use GMail to access your email account. The operating system of each workstation has been modified with security features designed to minimize maintenance and to provide a consistent user interface. Therefore certain features of Windows 7 that you might see on your home computer will not be available in the computer lab. Rooms 172 and 170 are to remain locked except during normal working hours M-F 8-5, and most evenings.
The computers in 170 have a priority for
100-level students, although they may also be used by
other chemistry students.
The computers in 172 have a priority for students in 200-600 level courses who pay a $45 computer fee each semester.
Peripherals. All computers have earphone plugs (either on the back of the cpu or with an extension plug near the top of the machine). USB connectors on side of flat-panel monitor. Scanner is connected to Station47 in 172. Printers (see below).
Scanner. Scan through Photoshop. Open Photoshop. Click Files, Import, WIA Support..., OK, Start.
Application software available on all workstations
is listed below, along with a link to a Web site offering further information
concerning the program:
|Word 2010 Microsoft||http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/|
|Excel 2010 Microsoft||http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/|
|PowerPoint 2010 Microsoft||http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/|
|Publisher 2010 Microsoft||http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/publisher/|
|Adobe Illustrator CS5||http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html|
|Adobe Photoshop CS5||http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html|
|HyperChem v 8.05 -molecular modeling||http://www.hyper.com/|
|GaussView for Windows 5||http://www.gaussian.com/|
|ChemSketch ACD NMR Processor||http://www.acdlabs.com/|
|MarvinSketch - formula drawing||http://www.chemaxon.com/|
|Filezilla - file transfer||http://filezilla-project.org/|
|EndNote x4 bibliographic database/Word plugin||http://www.endnote.com/|
|Chime - Rasmol-based IE web plug-in||http://www.symyx.com/downloads/downloadable/|
|RasMol - molecular visualization||http://www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/|
|SwissPDB - protein structure analysis||http://spdbv.vital-it.ch/|
Lab hours. Room 172 is accessible (using the door combination) 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, except for occasional maintenance closures, or dedicated class instructions, which will be announced ahead of time if possible. The building doors generally are closed nightly at about 11 pm. If you are working past 11 pm, security officers are likely to ask you for identification.
User accounts. Log on using your UAF domain username and password, which should be the same as your Blackboard username. If that does not work, call OIT Help Desk (474-6564) to get help fixing your username and/or password. Do Not Share the Combination or Your Password with Friends or Relatives!
Priorities for use of these computers are: 1. Chemistry assignments, 2. Other homework, 3. Non-academic Web browsing or email. No games, chat sessions, or commercial activities are allowed on these computers. At certain times, the System Administrator may need to commandeer a workstation for maintenance.
Logging on. Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to bring up the logon screen. Type your UAF user name, tab to the next box, enter your password, then hit Enter or click the right arrow. Proper capitalization is required in the password, but not in the username. When you are finished, Log off. Click Start, hover the mouse pointer over the Right Arrow next to Shutdown. Click, Log Off. Or touch the Windows key, right arrow, right, up, up up, enter. Do not change computer settings. Do not delete programs, install programs, or run programs that are not already installed.
Public folder on Uafchem8. If you need to connect to this folder, this must be done manually. Right-click My Computer. Click Map Network Drive, enter username "allene" and password "7777777". Click Finish. \Public on 'Uafchem8' (Drive Y:) folder, will be visible in Windows Explorer. This folder is accessible to all logged on users for transferring of files between users. It is for temporary storage only: (almost) anyone can and will delete folders and files from here.
Network storage. Students are automatically connected to a Drive H (or N) which is a UAF storage server. You may store data files, pictures, etc there. Editing files there is possible, although it may be slower and less reliable than using C:\Temp on the local hard drive. Even a brief loss of network connectivity will crash the application and lose the data.
Data files on workstations (for example C:\Temp) are ERASED regularly. Once you have saved copies of your work to your UAF folder and/or on USB drive, clean up the C:\Temp folder of the workstation yourself.
The Desktop is NOT SAFE. Your desktop is stored on each computer under the Users folder (not as a "roaming profile" as in previous years). These profiles may be deleted at any time. Store your data on a USB or your UAF mapped drive.
Food/music. No food or drink in the lab. If you must listen to music, do so with headphones or ear buds only.
Printing. Each workstation can print to one of several physical printers: in 172, an HP 4300 B&W laser and Kyocera Color LaserJet; in 170 a laser printer. From within your application hitting the Print button on the toolbar will send it to the "Default printer" (HP4300 in 172 unless you have changed it). If that printer is busy or has the wrong kind of paper, choose another printer using the File, Print menu. If you are having trouble printing, for instance you issue a Print command and nothing happens, first check to make sure there is paper in the printer, and no error messages are displayed. Do Start, Devices and Printers, right-click the printer in question, and click Printer Properties. It should not say Printer Paused; if it does, click to uncheck, then try Print Test Page. If that still does not work, send your print job to one of the other printers.
Chemistry Computer Lab help. For routine questions about using this lab, ask your professor or TA. For pointers on using HyperChem, consult the online manual Getting Started, or the Video Tutorials (these work best if you also listen with earphones) that are accessible on each workstation under the Start, All Programs, HyperChem Release 8.
Other troubles. If you have other troubles, take the following steps: (1) contact your class professor or teaching assistant, (2) put a sign on the computer with details about the condition, (3) call or send email to Mist D'June-Gussak (see below) to alert her to the problem.
Get a Book! Students with little or no experience using Windows
Microsoft Office 2010 should obtain how-to books on these
subjects, or take appropriate University short courses. Professors: if
students to use the computer lab, please provide them with instruction on the use of
Windows and appropriate software. This will prevent a lot of frustration and
will help to insure productive work in the computer lab.
Mist D'June-Gussak, Administrative Assistant
John Keller, Professor &