Faculty of Environment

SEE Computer Labs

Computer Lab

The main SEE computer lab consists of 2 rooms - 9.161 and 9.162, both on level 9 of the Earth and Environment south building. (9.161 is called SEE Computer Lab A in timetables and central booking, and 9.162 is called SEE Computer Lab B).

9.161 contains 19 PCs (and a PC on the demonstrator desk) and 9.162 contains 34 PCs (and a PC on the demonstartor desk). They can be joined via a sliding wall to create a single 54-seat lab. The labs can be booked for formal teaching individually, or combined. Each lab is available for general cafeteria use for all SEE students when not booked.

  1. Opening times: The rooms will generally be open from 8:30am to 7pm. Note that the computer systems in the labs shutdown at 7pm and are not available again until the following morning. 
  2. Sliding Wall: In normal operation, the sliding wall will be closed to make 2 separate rooms. If both rooms have been booked for formal teaching in a single 54-seat lab, then the lecturer should make sure the wall is open before the class, and should close the wall after the class (this takes a few minutes - the wall key is available from SEE reception).
  3. Power Save: All PCs in both labs run a power-saving scheme - they shutdown and power off when nobody has logged in for a set time. That means you often have to switch the PC on from the power switch before using it.
  4. PC Location: To save space and allow more leg-room in the lab, some PCs have been installed with 2 base units in a single security cage - in general, every second desk has an under-desk security cage. You have to make sure you use the power-switch and USB ports of the base unit closest to your chair (which may be housed in a shared security cage in the adjoining desk).
  5. Operating Systems: All PCs in both labs run dual-booting Windows/Linux operating systems. The Windows OS is Windows 7, and the Linux OS is CentOS 5.4. A boot-time menu is used to select the operating system - if the PC is currently switched off - switch it on, then at the menu prompt select option 1 (or wait 5 seconds for the default) to boot into Windows, or select option 2 to boot into Linux. To change from one operating system to the other, select the Restart Computer option on the current login screen and be ready to choose the boot-time menu as above.
  6. Windows Application Software: All the SEE clusters use a real-time application deployment package called App-V. This means there may be a delay in an application starting if it's being run for the first time on your desktop. The delay should be less than a minute and should only happen the first time an application is run.
  7. Usernames: In both Windows and Linux modes, you should use your normal University (AD) username and password to login.
  8. PC Hardware: The PCs are Dell Optiplex 760s with dual-core 2.93GHz Intel processors and 4Gb of RAM, with 20" widescreen, flat-panel monitors. There are generally no optical devices on the PCs (but  5  PCs in 9.161 have optical devices, as do 3 of the PCs in 9.162).
  9. AV system: Each room has an additional networked, lecturer PC connected to a projector system (again, this uses the normal University username and password). There are ceiling-installed speakers connected to the lecturer PC. There's an additional input to the projector (for laptops) which can be selected from the control panel on the lecturer desk. The two AV systems can be connected in a master/slave mode when the sliding wall is open and the room is being used in 54-seat mode.
  10. Printers: Room 9.162 contains a University MFD device called PS46. This is an A3/ A4, colour, duplex printer, scanner and photocoper which can be accessed via the University myprint system (requires University printer credits). Room 9.161 contains printer PS81 (mono, A4)
  11. Problems: Please report all problems with the lab to Faculty IT support ( support@see.leeds.ac.uk). The IT support room is located in 9.145 (immediately opposite the 9.162 lab). The MFD device is run by central University services, and problems should be reported to the ISS helpdesk ( helpdesk@leeds.ac.uk).
  12. Pictures: SEE Computer Lab A - SEE Computer Lab B
  13. Maps: SEE Computer Lab A 9.161 - SEE Computer Lab B 9.162
  14. This week's bookings and current usage: SEE Computer Lab A 9.161 - SEE Computer Lab B 9.162