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Frequently-Asked Questions about LAMC Software

How do I use the CAN8?

You must have a user account created by the department to be able to use the CAN8. If you believe you should have an account and don't, please contact your instructor.

To log into your account, enter your user name (typically your OSU ID number) and your password. The default password for new users is "pword", but you should change it to something more secure when you log in for the first time.

We have installed listening and speaking practice lessons for several languages that require use of a microphone and earphones. Headsets are provided in the LAMC, but if you wish to supply your own equipment and want to be able to record your voice, be sure that the headset you bring has a USB connector.

How do I type accents or special characters?

The answer to this question depends on the operating system you've selected before logging in.

If you are using OS X, you have two options. One option uses the default keyboard, and the second option involves changing to a language-specific keyboard.

If you want to use the standard US English keyboard, you may access special characters by using key combinations. To add acute accents for Spanish, hold down the Option key, type the letter e, release both keys, then type the letter you want accented. For an accented a (á), you would type Option + e and then the letter a. To add a tilde, hold down the Option key and type n, then release the keys and type the letter that you want the tilde to appear over. For the ñ you would type Option + n then type n.

If you want to remap the whole keyboard to match the ones used in countries where the language you study is used, open the System Preferences application and select "International" and then "Input Menu" to get a list of possible keyboards. Select as many as you'd like. If you want to have a popup chart showing where the keys are now located (since they won't match what's printed on the keyboard anymore), select the box next to "Keyboard Viewer." Once you've completed these steps, a little flag will appear at the top right of your screen showing which keyboard is active. Click on the flag to change keyboards and/or to view the current keyboard layout.

Windows XP users can enter special characters by holding down the Option key (also marked "Alt") and then typing a code corresponding to the special character they need on the number pad. If this doesn't seem to be working, press the "Clear" button, which acts the same way the "Num Lock" key works on a standard PC keyboard. The list of the most common special character codes is printed on the whiteboard in the front of the room. If you need to type in a language that does not use Roman or Cyrillic characters (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, etc.), you may find it much easier to use the Mac OS X keyboard tools.

Where can I save my work?

When you use Windows XP, your ONID network drive will automatically become available to you. This is the safest place to save your work. If you have to leave your data on the XP desktop for some reason, it will usually be safe for at least a while and if you log back into the exact same machine you should be able to find it. However, lab updates can happen at any time, and when that occurs your personal profile and any data saved on the XP desktop will be lost without warning. Moral: Save your work to your ONID network drive or to portable media like a USB memory stick. Or both.

With OS X you need to connect to your ONID drive manually. Use the Finder application for this task. Click on "Go" from the Finder menu and select "Connect to Server." Select the option that starts with onid-fs and enter your ONID password when prompted. Once the Home icon appears on your desktop, you're connected and you can save your work to the ONID directory.

Please note that it is NOT safe to leave work on the OS X desktop when you log out. The act of logging out triggers a script that removes all personal user data. This data can't be recovered. Again, be sure to save important work to your ONID drive, to a USB memory device, or preferably both.