Technical Reference - Configuration - Adjust Viewing Area
Adjust Viewing Area
In the Configuration menu there is an Adjust Viewing Area Button. This button gives you the ability to set
guide-lines for the edges of the NTSC output screen.
Setting your viewing area
F First, click on the ADJUST VIEWING AREA BUTTON.
F There will then be eight little square boxes that are almost blended into the background displayed in
each corner and in the center of the outside edge of the screen. There is also one in the very center
of the screen.
F To adjust the size of screen, you may want to have the TV monitor displaying the end result close
by. This will make it easier to adjust the viewing area.
F With the mouse simply left click on any of the outside boxes and drag you can shift the whole screen
by left clicking on the very center box and dragging.
F Once the screen is set the way you want it press ENTER, the settings will take effect and the
adjustment boxes will disappear.
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Audio Ducker
TEC & TEBBS - skip this section.
The Audio Ducker button is found in the Configuration window. With this feature, you can drop down
background music being played over the line input channel while Wave and/or Midi files are played along
with a page.
Hardware Setup
F First, you must have a sound card in the GRAC system which must have an auxiliary input
such as line-in.
F Plug your audio unit into the line-in of the sound card.
F Take another audio cable and plug one end into the line-out of the sound card and the other
end into the audio line-in of the modulator.
Software Setup
F Click on the red CONFIGURATION button in the
Main Menu.
F Click on AUDIO DUCKER to bring up its window.
F Depending on what sound card you have, what you
can select in the Auxiliary Devices window will vary.
Some will have options like Midi, Wave, Line-in,
CD, Mic, and Master. If this is the case, you will
probably want to select Line-in. Some will not have any options to choose from, in which case
you just leave it the way it is.
F Use All Auxiliary Devices should NOT be checked. Only select this option if the Audio Duck
does not work any other way.
F Click on the arrows to set the volume the background music will drop down to.
F Click on OK to accept the settings.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Internet Communications
Internet Communications
GRAC Display-Only, TEC and TEBBS - skip this section.
The Internet Communications can be accessed from the
Configuration Menu. It is used to send the schedule from a
Creation system to a Remote system over the Internet and
avoid long distance calls.
Setting up the Internet Communications For the Creation System
F From the Main Menu click on the red
CONFIGURATION button and then click
on the INTERNET button to bring up the
Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the
Internet then leave the Path to Program
blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or click on BROWSE to fill in this space.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone and
enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Select the type of connection you will be using. The Message Window will change in
accordance to the type of connection you have chosen.
F Now click on the SEND INFO button to display the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
F Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password,
and Account. (You may have to consult
your local Internet provider to get this info,
but once it is set up you should not have to
change it.)
F Click on ENABLE AUTOMATIC
UPDATES TO Internet if you want the
schedule(s) you set up to automatically be
sent to the Internet every XX hours. (The
hours are set at the bottom of the Internet
Configuration window.)
F You are now ready to send schedules over the Internet.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
F From the Master Menu press C (for Configuration) and then press the TAB key until it highlights the Internet button. Press ENTER or the SPACE BAR to select it and bring up the
Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or press ALT B (for Browse) and then select the
program you are using.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone
and enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Click on the τ at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
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F
F
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F
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
Now press ALT S (for Send Info) to display the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password, and Account. (You may have to consult your
local Internet provider to get this info, but once it is set up you should not have to change
it.)
Click on ENABLE AUTOMATIC UPDATES TO Internet (no keyboard shortcut) if you
want the schedule(s) you set up to automatically be sent to the Internet every XX hours. (The
hours are set at the bottom of the Internet Configuration window.)
You are now ready to send schedules over the Internet.
Selecting Schedules to Send to a Remote System
F In the Transmit Schedule(s) window click on ADD to bring up the Transmit Internet
Schedule window.
F Enter in the 6 digit number of the software
key attached to the Remote System. (The
software key is plugged into the parallel
port of the computer. The 6 digit number
can also be identified by pressing ALT I
while at the Main Menu of the Remote
System and looking at the Serial #. (Ignore
the two letters at the start of the serial #.))
F Now type in the schedule path and name or click on BROWSE to select the schedule to
send.
F Click on OK to accept what has been entered and to return to the Transmit Schedule(s)
window.
F Click on SEND NOW to send the schedule and all associated pages, horizontal crawls,
graphics, etc. to the Internet. (NOTE: If you want have the schedule updated every XX hours
you must set that update time before you click on Send Now.)
F Repeat the above steps to add more schedules to the list if you have more than one remote
system.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
F In the Transmit Schedule(s) Menu press ALT A (for Add) to bring up the Transmit Internet
Schedule window.
F Enter in the 6 digit number of the software key attached to the Remote System. (The key is
plugged into the parallel port of the computer. The 6 digit number can also be identified by
pressing ALT I while at the Master Menu of the Remote System and looking at the Serial #.
(Ignore the two letters at the start of the serial #.))
F Now type in the schedule path and name or press ALT B (for browse) to select the schedule
to send.
F Press TAB until OK is high-lighted and then press ENTER to accept what has been entered
and to return to the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
F Press ALT S (for Send Now) to send the schedule and all associated pages, horizontal
crawls, graphics, etc. to the Internet. (NOTE: If you want have the schedule updated every
XX hours you must set that update time before you click on Send Now.)
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Internet Communications
F Repeat the above steps to add more schedules to the list if you have more than one remote
system.
Edit button - Changing the settings for a Schedule set to send to a Remote System
F Click on the schedule in the Schedule Listing window that you want to change the settings
on.
F Click on the EDIT button and the Transmit Internet Schedule window will appear.
F Make the changes to the key or the schedule path & file name and then click on OK.
Delete button - Removing a Schedule set to Send to a Remote System
F Click on the schedule in the Schedule Listing window that you don’t want to send.
F Click on the DELETE button and the schedule will disappear from the listing.
Setting up the Internet Communications - For the Remote System
F From the Main Menu click on the red CONFIGURATION button and then click on the
Internet button to bring up the Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or
Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the
program path and name in the Path to
Program space or click on BROWSE to fill
in this space.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock
which uses the login script file to dial the
phone and enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Click on the τ at the end of the Program
Used window to select the type of
connection you will be using. The Message
Window will change in accordance to the
type of connection you have chosen.
F Now click on the FTP INFO button to display the Update Master Schedule window.
F Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password, and Account. (You may have to consult your
local Internet provider to get this info, but once it is set up you should not have to change
it.)
F Click on ENABLE AUTOMATIC UPDATES FROM Internet if you want to
automatically down-load the schedule from the Internet every XX hours. (The hours are set
at the bottom of the Internet Configuration window. NOTE: If you want have the schedule
updated every XX hours you must set that update time before you click on Get Now.)
F You are now ready to receive schedules over the Internet.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
F From the Master Menu press C (for Configuration) and then press the TAB key until it highlights the Internet button. Press ENTER or the SPACE BAR to select it and bring up the
Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
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F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
F
GRAC Creation, TEC and TEBBS - skip this section.
F
F
F
F
F
and name in the Path to Program space or press ALT B (for Browse) and then select the
program you are using.
NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone
and enter parameters, passwords, etc.
Click on the τ at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
Now press ALT F (for FTP Info) to display the Update Master Schedule window.
Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password, and Account. (You may have to consult your
local Internet provider to get this info, but once it is set up you should not have to change
it.)
Click on ENABLE AUTOMATIC UPDATES FROM Internet (no keyboard shortcut) if
you want to automatically down-load the schedule from the Internet every XX hours. (The
hours are set at the bottom of the Internet Configuration window. NOTE: If you want have
the schedule updated every XX hours you must set that update time before you click on Get
Now.)
You are now ready to receive schedules over the Internet.
To Receive the Schedule from the Internet
F Click on GET NOW to receive the schedule and all associated pages, horizontal crawls,
graphics, etc. from the Internet. (NOTE: If you want have the schedule updated every XX
hours you must set that update time before you click on Get Now.)
F You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
F Press ALT G (for Get Now) to receive the schedule and all associated pages, horizontal
crawls, graphics, etc. to the Internet. (NOTE: If you want have the schedule updated every
XX hours you must set that update time before you click on Get Now.)
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Internet Down-load of Anything
Internet Down-load of Anything
TEC & TEBBS - skip this section.
Internet Down-load of anything (graphics, text, music files,
etc) can be set up in the Internet Configuration window
which is in the red Configuration button. They can be set up
to automatically down-load from the Internet at regular
intervals and be automatically loaded into the current
schedule.
Configuring the Internet Interface
F From the Main Menu click on the red
CONFIGURATION button and then click
on the INTERNET button to bring up the
Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the
Internet then leave the Path to Program
blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or click on BROWSE to fill in this space.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone and
enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Click on the – at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
F Now click on the SEND INFO button to
display the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
F Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password,
and Account. (You may have to consult
your local Internet provider to get this info,
but once it is set up you should not have to
change it.)
You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
F From the Master Menu press C (for
Configuration) and then press the TAB key
until it high-lights the Internet button. Press ENTER or the SPACE BAR to select it and
bring up the Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or press ALT B (for Browse) and then select the
program you are using.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone
and enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Click on the – at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
F Now press ALT S (for Send Info) to display the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
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F Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password, and Account. (You may have to consult your
TEC & TEBBS - skip this section.
local Internet provider to get this info, but once it is set up you should not have to change
it.)
Add button - Adding a File to the Down-load List
F Click on the ADD button to open the Internet File
window.
F In the Local File Name window type in the path and
file name that you want to call the file which is
down-loaded.
F In the Internet Name window type in the path and
file name that the file is called on the Internet. This
will probably require you browsing the net to get the
actual name. NOTE: Do not include HTTP:// or
FPT:// in the Internet Name.
F Click on • or – beside Hours to set the frequency
of the update.
F Click on BINARY if the file is at an HTTP site or
click on ASCII if the file is at an FTP site.
F Click on USE WEB ACCESS if the file is at an HTTP site or click on USE FTP ACCESS
if the file is at an FTP site.
F Click on RECEIVE FILES.
F Fill in the User Name, Password, and Account. (You may have to consult your local Internet
provider to get this info.)
F Click on OK to return to the Internet Configuration window.
F NOTE: Repeat all the steps in ADD BUTTON section for each file you wish to down-load.
Edit button - Changing details of a File to Down-load
F Click on the file in the list which you want to edit.
F Click on EDIT and the Internet File window will appear.
F Edit the file information and then click on OK to accept those changes.
Delete button - Deleting a File from the Down-load List
F Click on the file in the list which you want to delete.
F Click on DELETE and the file down-load
information will be removed.
Get Now button
F Click on GET NOW to start the down-load
process. A dialogue window will appear showing what is happening. After the down-load
has finished press the ENTER key. (It will tell you this in the dialogue box too.) If you have
set the files to down-load at certain intervals, then they will start keeping track of the time
elapsed from when you clicked on Get Now.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Internet Weather Maps
Internet Weather Maps
TEC & TEBBS - skip this section.
Internet Weather can be set up in the Internet Configuration
window which is in the red Configuration button. It is used
to down-load up-to four preselected weather maps from the
Internet. These satellite maps are of the continental United
States and show today's highs, tomorrow's lows, and fronts
for today & tomorrow. They can be set up to automatically
down-load from the Internet daily, and be automatically
loaded into the current schedule.
Configuring the Internet Interface
F From the Main Menu click on the red
CONFIGURATION button and then click
on the INTERNET button to bring up the
Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or click on BROWSE to fill in this space.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone and
enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Click on the – at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
F Now click on the SEND INFO button to
display the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
F Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password,
and Account. (You may have to consult
your local Internet provider to get this info,
but once it is set up you should not have to
change it.)
F If you want to have the maps updated every
XX number of hours, click on the UP or
DOWN ARROWS beside Internet Update
Frequency to set how often the maps will be
down-loaded.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
F From the Main Menu press C (for Configuration) and then press the TAB key until it highlights the Internet button. Press ENTER or the SPACE BAR to select it and bring up the
Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or press ALT B (for Browse) and then select the
program you are using.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone
and enter parameters, passwords, etc.
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F Click on the τ at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
F
F
TEC & TEBBS - skip this section.
F
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
Now press ALT S (for Send Info) to display the Transmit Schedule(s) window.
Fill in the FTP-Path, User Name, Password, and Account. (You may have to consult your
local Internet provider to get this info, but once it is set up you should not have to change
it.)
If you want to have the maps updated every XX number of hours, press TAB until Internet
Update Frequency is selected and then type in the frequency for the down-loaded.
Down-loading the Weather Maps
F There are four spaces where you can type in
file names for the weather maps. If a space is
left blank, then the weather map will not be
down-loaded.
F For each weather map you want to download, type in a name for the graphic with a
JPG extension. (Example: MAXTEMP.JPG)
F After you have typed in the weather map names, click on OK to save this information.
F To have MAXTEMP.JPG automatically be in the schedule, create a page with this graphic
and schedule it, then the new MAXTEMP.JPG, when down-loaded, will display in the
schedule in place of the old one.
F To down-load the maps click on UPDATE NOW (or press ALT U). Connection to the
Internet will be made and the map(s) will be down-loaded.
F If you have set the Update Frequency to 24 hours, then every 24 hours from the time you
clicked on Update Now, the maps will be down-loaded.
Moved Maps
F If the weather maps are moved or change names on the Internet, there is a way to reconfigure
the software to look to the new location or use the new name.
F First, determine what the new location and/or name of the weather maps. You will need to
browse the Internet to get this information.
F Second, edit the file \WINDOWS\MPGRAPH.INI. or MPTEXT.INI
F Look for the grouping [Internet].
F In this group find the line which says:
WeatherSite=weather.yahoo.com
and enter in the new site after the equal sign (=).
F Now find the lines which look like this:
MaximumTemp=/graphics/temperature/US_Hi.jpg
TodaysFronts=/graphics/fronts/td_front.jpg
TomorrowsFronts=/graphics/fronts/tmw_front.jpg
MinimumTemp=/graphics/temperature/US_Lo.jpg
and enter in the new locations and names after the equal sign (=).
F Save the file and exit. If the new locations and/or names have been typed in properly, you
should be able to down-load the weather maps again.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Master Schedule
Master Schedule
The Master Schedule setting is found in the Configuration window. You can set which schedule will
automatically start displaying when the software starts running.
Set the Schedule
F From the Main Menu click on the red CONFIGURATION button.
F Place the cursor in the Master Schedule window.
F Erase the old schedule name and type in a new one with the .SCH extension
F Click on OK to return to the Main Menu.
F Note: Unless you type in a path for the schedule, it will assume the \MP directory.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Modem Configuration
Modem Configuration
TEBBS - skip this section.
This feature allows you to configure your MediaPlay character generator for
remote communications. To be sure you configure communications
properly, make sure you have set your com ports to the proper
specifications for your modem. If you are unsure of your modem
specifications, or are encountering difficulties, refer to the instruction
manual that came with your modem, or refer to Troubleshooting in the
Communications section.
Configuring your modem
The following procedure will configure your MediaPlay character generator for remote
communications.
F Locate the box under the heading Modem Configuration at the top right-hand side of the
Configuration menu.
F Either click on the data entry in this box (usually set to none), or click on the small grey
arrow to the right of the box. This should display a list of currently available com ports.
F Click on the com port you wish to use. This should place the com port you selected in the
data entry box under the Modem Configuration heading.
F Next, select either Modem or Direct-Connect depending on whether or not you are using
a modem or null-modem cable for communication.
F If you are using a modem, select whether you want to use Tone Dialling or Pulse Dialling.
F To check your modem settings, click on the Settings button. This should open up the
Modem Settings window. From here you can change the setting of your Modem
Initialization String, Modem Dial String, as well as the Command Time-out setting (in
seconds). When you are finished changing your modem settings, click on OK.
F Finally, select which options you wish to include during communications. You can choose
from Locked baud rate (which sets the rate at which your modem will connect to a fixed
value), Track Online (which creates a text file that tracks the progress of your
communications), Windows Driver (which makes use of the Windows communication
drivers), and One-Way Mode-ID# (which has been designed for future use with satellite
communications). You can also select the number of rings you want your modem to make
before it picks up, by adjusting the value in the Answer on ring data box.
F When you are finished configuring your communications, click on OK to close the
Configuration Menu. If you encounter difficulties or want further information, please refer
to the Modem Troubleshooting guide.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Rainfall
Rainfall
TEBBS - skip this section.
In the Configuration menu there is a Rainfall Button. This button gives you access to configure the starting
settings for rainfall readings for the various compatible weather stations. To use the Rainfall button, follow
these steps.
Configuring Rainfall Readings Using the Rainfall Button
F First, click on the RAINFALL BUTTON.
F Click on the WEEK TO DATE reading in the New column.
F Type in the correct value of rainfall for the Week to Date. Make sure that the value you enter
is in inches.
F Click on the MONTH TO DATE reading in the New column.
F Type in the correct value of rainfall for the Month to Date. Make sure that the value you enter
is in inches.
F Click on the YEAR TO DATE reading in the New column.
F Type in the correct value of rainfall for the Year to Date. Make sure that the value you enter
is in inches.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Scheduler Access
Scheduler Access
This feature allows you to enable or disable access to your scheduler. While Scheduler access is disabled,
you cannot open the Text Scheduler or the Graphic Scheduler.
Enabling Scheduler Access
The following procedure will enable access to your Text Scheduler, and Graphic Scheduler (if you are using
the GRAC or TEC).
F Click on the CONFIGURATION BUTTON of the Main menu.
F Locate the Scheduler Access heading, and click on the ENABLED button.
Disabling Scheduler Access
The following procedure will disable access to your Text Scheduler, and Graphic Scheduler (if you are using
the GRAC or TEC).
F Click on the CONFIGURATION BUTTON of the Main menu.
F Locate the Scheduler Access heading, and click on the DISABLED button.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Terminal Mode
Terminal Mode
Display Only Systems and TEBBS - skip this section.
This feature allows you to switch your Terminal mode back and forth between Creation mode and Remote
mode. Creation mode sets up your system to send remote communications. Remote mode, on the other hand,
sets up your system to receive remote communications. If you are using Display-only software, your system
is locked in remote mode, and can therefore only receive remote communications.
Setting your terminal to Creation mode
The following procedure will set your terminal to Creation mode.
F Click on the CONFIGURATION BUTTON of the Main menu.
F Locate the Terminal mode heading, and click on the CREATION MODE button.
Note: If you are resetting your terminal mode from Remote mode to Creation mode, you will need
to click on the ON-LINE BUTTON of the Main menu in order for the new change to take effect.
Setting your terminal to Remote mode
The following procedure will set your terminal to Remote mode.
F Click on the Configuration button of the Main menu.
F Locate the Terminal mode heading, and click on the REMOTE MODE button.
Note: If you are setting your terminal mode to Remote mode you will need to click on the ONLINE BUTTON of the Main menu in order for the new change to take effect.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Tracking
Tracking
This feature allows you to track which files have been displayed. This feature has two purposes: (A)
verification for billing a client and (B) for trouble shooting.
Tracking Device
F There are two different types of tracking devices, Printer or Disk. This
simply sends the output of the Tracking Style to either the printer or a file
called TRACKING.FIL or both.
F If you select Printer, you must be sure that the proper printer has been set
as a default in the Windows Configuration Printers section.
F If you select disk, a file called TRACKING.FIL will be created in the \MP directory.
Tracking Style
F If the Off button is checked, no tracking information will be kept.
F There are two types of tracking styles, Total Count or Every Display.
F Total Count will count every time an entry is displayed and give you the
total number of times each file name was displayed.
F Every Display will right a record every time a new page, picture or
animation is displayed. The time and date of each entry is logged along with the file name that is
displayed.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - WeatherBank Internet Down-Load
WeatherBank Internet Down-Load
The GRAC is able to down-load weather maps from the WeatherBank Internet site. There is a fee in order
to access these maps which is payable to WeatherBank. Once you have authorization to access the maps, you
can automatically down-load them in the same manner as you would any other graphic off the Internet.
TEC and TEBBS - skip this section.
Get Authorization
F Contact D.Co Marketing, Inc. for preferred pricing. We will get your account set up and give
you your Nickname and Password.
F You will be billed directly by WeatherBank.
Configure the Internet Interface
F From the Main Menu click on the red CONFIGURATION button and then click on the
INTERNET button to bring up the Internet Configuration window.
F If you have a constant connection to the Internet then leave the Path to Program blank.
F If you are using Trumpet Winsock or Quarterdeck Winsock then type in the program path
and name in the Path to Program space or click on BROWSE to fill in this space.
F NOTE: The system initiates the winsock which uses the login script file to dial the phone and
enter parameters, passwords, etc.
F Click on the – at the end of the Program Used window to select the type of connection you
will be using. The Message Window will change in accordance to the type of connection you
have chosen.
Set up the Internet File Window
This setup only needs to be done once even though you will be down-loading many graphics.
F Click on ADD at the bottom of the window to bring up the Internet File window.
Set the following parameters:
F Local File Name: <Not Required, leave blank>
F Internet File Name: WWW.WEATHERBRIEF.COM
F Update Every: <Required> (ALL WeatherBank graphics will be updated this often)
F Select BINARY
F Select USE WEB ACCESS HTTP://
F Select RECEIVE FILES
F User Name: <enter your Nick Name here>
F Password: <enter your Password here>
F Account: WBRIEF.INI (The wbrief.ini file can be renamed in the Windows directory, but
then it must also be changed accordingly in the Account entry.)
F Click on OK to return to the Internet Configuration window.
Select the Graphic Maps
F Browse the WeatherBank web site and find the graphics you want to down-load.
F For each graphic do the following:
F Right-click on the graphic and then click on PROPERTIES.
F Now write down the Address (URL) of the graphic. You will be told where to place
these addresses in the Weather ini file in the next section. The address consists of
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everything after http://www.weatherbrief.com/.
Update the Weather INI File
In the Windows directory you will find a file called WBRIEF.INI in which you will enter in
information on each graphic you wish to down-load.
F Open this file with Note Pad.
F There are 4 groups in this ini file: Account, Directory, Files, and Example Files Group. Don’t
do anything to the Account or Directory group! You will enter information into the Files
group which will look just like the examples in the Example Files Group.
F This is an example: todayh.gif=/%dir%/grafx/htm1.gif
F todayh.gif is the name you choose for the graphic. Enter any file name which is
descriptive for the graphic map.
F =/%dir%/ should always be entered exactly as shown, it tells the computer what
directory your graphic is in.
F grafx/html.gif is the address WeatherBank gives the graphic. This is where you enter
in the address and name of the graphic you wrote down in the above section “Select
the Graphic Maps”.
F Save the file and exit Note Pad.
F Note: If the WeatherBank graphic is a GIF, then your file name must also be GIF. This is true
for all extensions.
F Note: The GRAC is compatible with GIF, JPG, PCX, and BMP type graphics. Down-loading
a graphic of a different type will not work.
F Note: There should be no spaces between any of the characters, just like in the example.
Initiate the automatic Down-Load
F From the Main Menu click on the red CONFIGURATION button and then click on the
INTERNET button to bring up the Internet Configuration window.
F Click on GET NOW. The weather maps will be down-loaded from the Internet along with
any other graphics you have set up to down-load from the Internet.
F From this point, the weather maps will be down-loaded every XX hours as you specified
while setting up the Internet File window.
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Weather Station
TEBBS - skip this section.
In order to allow the different weather stations to display weather
information in the GRAC or TEC, the proper configuration must be
set up for each different weather station. For the settings for each
specific weather station please see the guide on the weather station
that you have. The weather station is configured in two separate but
necessary parts. These are the Weather Station Configuration and the
Driver.
Weather Station Configuration
Select the COM port that your weather station is on.
F First click on the small down arrow (τ) of the window under Weather Station
Configuration.
F Select the COM port you will use for the weather station. Remember that the mouse is
usually on COM port #1. Look over the settings and determine if it is necessary to change
your port settings to coincide with the settings for your weather station.
Driver
F First click on the small down arrow (τ) of the window under Driver.
F Select the driver for your weather station. The drivers that are available for weather stations
F
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are the following: WTR_DAVI..DLL for the Davis weather station, WTR_HKIT.DLL for
the HeathKit weather station, WTR_ULTI.DLL for the Temp and Wind Only or Ultimeter
Weather Station, WTR_WR25.DLL for the Texas Weather Instruments WRL-25 weather
station, and WTR_WS14.DLL for Weather Port weather station.
Click on OK.
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Weather Station - Davis
Weather information can be accessed by the use of the Davis Weather Station. It is not necessary to load any
of the Davis Software, since all drivers and DLL files that are required are already included in the D.Co
Marketing, Inc. software.
Set up
F First set up the Davis weather unit as outlined in its manual. After it is setup with all
instruments attached, continue reading below.
F Decide which COM port you will use for the Davis (usually COM port #2, since COM port
#1 is usually used by the mouse).
F If using the mouse and Davis Weather Station:
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Davis Weather Station
F If using the mouse, modem and Davis Weather Station:
TEBBS - skip this section.
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Davis Weather Station
COM port #4 set to IRQ 5 (or whatever is available) - for the modem.
F Next you should go to the Main Menu of the GRAC (or TEC) and click on the red
CONFIGURATION button. Then click on the PORTS button and set it to your COM Port
(usually COM 2) that the Davis is connected to. Set the port to the following: Baud Rate
should be 2400, Data bits should be 8, Parity should be None, Stop Bits should be 1,
and Flow Control should be XON/XOFF. Click on OK and then click on CLOSE.
F Now you are back to the CONFIGURATION menu.
F Under the Weather Station Configuration heading, set the COM port to which the Davis is
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connected (usually COM 2) by clicking on (τ) and then clicking on the line with the proper
COM port.
Now set the proper Driver by clicking on (τ), and finally clicking on
Davis:WTR_DAVI.DLL.
Click on OK and you will be back at the Main Menu.
Make a Page with Weather info
F Everything is now ready. The last step is to go to the text editor and try to include some
weather on a page. Click on the green TEXT EDITOR button.
F To add weather info to the page please refer to the Text Editor sections on the Temperature,
Pressure, Humidity, Wind, and Rain buttons.
Trouble Shooting
F When editing a page that has weather information on it, disconnect the Davis from the
computer. This will prevent the program from locking up or crashing.
F Please refer to chapter 8 of the Davis manual for more trouble shooting situations.
Weather Station - Heathkit
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Weather Station - Heathkit
Weather information can be accessed by the use of the Heathkit ID-5001 Weather Station. It is not necessary
to load any of the Heathkit Software, since all drivers and DLL files that are required are already included
in the D.Co Marketing, Inc. software.
Set up
F First set up the Heathkit weather unit as outlined in its manual. After it is setup with all
gauges attached, continue reading below.
F Decide which COM port you will use for the Heathkit (usually COM port #2, since COM
port #1 is usually used by the mouse).
F If using the mouse and Heathkit Weather Station:
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Heathkit Weather Station
F If using the mouse, modem and Heathkit Weather Station:
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Heathkit Weather Station
COM port #4 set to IRQ 5 (or whatever is available) - for the modem.
F Next you should go to the Main Menu of the GRAC (or TEC) and click on the red
CONFIGURATION button. Then click on the PORTS button and set it to your COM Port
(usually COM 2) that the Heathkit is connected to. Set the port to the following: Baud Rate
should be 9600, Data bits should be 8, Parity should be None, Stop Bits should be 1,
and Flow Control should be XON/XOFF. Click on OK and then click on CLOSE.
F Note: The baud rate on the Heathkit can be changed to a slower rate. Make sure it
is set to 9600 baud (fastest) by pressing the BAUD key on the Heathkit. The baud
rate will display in place of the time.
F If it says 9600 then press the ENTER key on the Heathkit. It is set correctly.
F If it does not say 9600 then press the BAUD key on the Heathkit until it does say
9600 and then press the ENTER key on the Heathkit. It is now set correctly.
F Now you are back to the CONFIGURATION menu.
F Under the Weather Station Configuration heading, set the COM port to which the Heathkit
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is connected (usually COM 2) by clicking on (τ) and then clicking on the line with the proper
COM port.
Now set the proper Driver by clicking on (τ), and finally clicking on
Heathkit:WTR_HKIT.DLL.
Click on OK and you will be back at the Main Menu.
Make a Page with Weather info
F Everything is now ready. The last step is to go to the text editor and try to include some
weather on a page. Click on the green TEXT EDITOR button.
F To add weather info to the page please refer to the Text Editor sections on the Temperature,
Pressure, Humidity, Wind, and Rain buttons.
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Trouble Shooting
F Temperature reading is way over 100 F but it is really room temperature.
F Both temperature sensor cables must be connected to the back of the Heathkit before
it will operate properly. Also see Normal Operating Characteristics.
F I hooked up the backup battery and now the Heathkit seems to be dead.
F If you install the backup battery before applying AC power, the Heathkit will not
initialize properly and will appear dead when plugged in. To correct this, disconnect
the battery, plug in the Heathkit, and reconnect the battery.
F The Heathkit, but not the GRAC (or TEC), lost power and then, when power was restored,
the weather readings continued to display <TEMP>, <BAR>, <HUMID>, <WIND>, or
<RAIN>.
F The backup battery is not connected or is dead. Reconnect or replace the battery.
F If you are unable to use a backup battery for whatever reason:
F If you are where the GRAC (or TEC) is, then stop the display by pressing the
ESC key and then restarting the display.
F If you can not get to the GRAC (or TEC) because it is at a remote site, then
connect to it using the ON LINE commands and reboot the remote
computer.
F The Heathkit does not remember what the current rain fall is after a power outage. The
Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Rain totals also do not have the current rain fall added in.
F The backup battery is not connected or is dead. Reconnect or replace the battery.
F I don’t know if the computer is talking to the Heathkit properly.
F Using Terminal you can easily verify this. Quit the GRAC (or TEC) program.
F Double click on the ACCESSORIES Group window and then Double click on the
TERMINAL Icon.
F Click on SETTINGS and then click on COMMUNICATIONS.
F Under the word Connectors, click on the COM port you think you have the Heathkit
connected to (usually COM 2).
F Make sure the baud rate is 9600, the data bits is 8, the stop bits is 1, the parity is
none, and the flow control is Xon/Xoff.
F Make sure you use all UPPER CASE LETTERS when typing all the terminal
commands.
F Type in a command from Table 1 and press the ENTER key.
Table 1:
Command
What it is
Result
ATRD
Read Date
yy/mm/dd
ATRHI
Read Humidity Indoor
hnn
ATRRR
Read Rain Rate
Rrnnnnn
ATRTO
Read Temperature Outdoor Tnnn
ATRWA
Read Wind Average
wnnn (nnn=degrees)
F The results returned should match the result pattern. If you receive strange results,
make sure all the settings are correct. Try plugging into a different COM port. Check
the cable going into the Heathkit.
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Note: The following is taken directly from Section 4 of the Heathkit manual.
Normal Operating Characteristics
The following characteristics of the ID-5001 Advanced Weather Computer are considered normal.
Become familiar with these characteristics before you service the unit. By doing so, you’ll save
trouble shooting time.
F During the 10-second backlight warmup time after turn-on, the ends of the fluorescent lanp
will glow slightly.
F During battery backup operation, a NEDA 1604 9-volt battery will typically last about 18
hours. DC current drain will vary from about 17mA to 30mA.
F If you install a new battery while the power is off, the Weather Computer may not operate
when you plug it back into an AC outlet.
F If an ID-5001 with battery backup loses AC power, the LCD will still be active. This is
usually only noticeable if the light shield has been removed and a bright light is shining behind
the LCD. The reason is that the battery-backed supply, VCCB, provides power to the LCD
drivers.
F In the first production run, the peak wind gust reading would randomly change when a
battery-backed ID-5001 would momentarily lose AC power. This was especially noticable if
the peak reading was a low value before power loss. In later production runs, this problem
was fixed by changing the EPROM at U418 to part number 444-475-3.
F Though your system monitor is less than 16 kilobytes, Engineering selected a 32K EPROM
at U418. The upper 16K is disabled by grounding the A14 line.
F If the temperature sensors are disconnected from the back of the Weather Computer, the
temperature, humidity, and barometer may give false readings or the unit may shut down.
Also, the display brightness may behave erratically due to false readings from the light sensor.
This is because the temperature sensor interface circuits are over-driving the electronic switch
at U405 and are causing crosstalk.
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Technical Reference - Configuration - Weather Station - Temp & Wind Only (Ultimeter)
Weather Station - Temp & Wind Only (Ultimeter)
Weather information can be accessed by the use of the Temp & Wind Only (Ultimeter) Weather Station. It
is not necessary to load any of the Temp & Wind Only Software, since all drivers and DLL files that are
required are already included in the D.Co Marketing, Inc. software.
Set up
F First set up the Temp & Wind Only weather unit as outlined in its manual. After it is setup
with all instruments attached, continue reading below.
F Decide which COM port you will use for the Temp & Wind Only (usually COM port #2,
since COM port #1 is usually used by the mouse).
F If using the mouse and Temp & Wind Only Weather Station:
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Temp & Wind Only Weather Station
F If using the mouse, modem and Temp & Wind Only Weather Station:
TEBBS - skip this section.
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Temp & Wind Only Weather Station
COM port #4 set to IRQ 5 (or whatever is available) - for the modem.
F Plug the telephone jack connector into the right side of the Temp & Wind Only base unit.
F NOTE: When you connect the power to the Temp & Wind Only base unit (with the
computer cable plugged into the Temp & Wind Only base unit), immediately watch the
LCD screen of the base unit. If something starts to display on the LCD screen, but it
goes blank right away, immediately unplug the power to the base unit. Unplug the
computer cable (telephone jack) from the side of the Temp & Wind Only base unit.
Then try connecting the power again. If the LCD screen comes on and keeps displaying,
there is a problem with your computer cable. Do not use that computer cable. If there
is a problem with the computer cable and the power is left on to the Temp & Wind
Only base unit, it can burn out the base unit. If the computer cable is plugged in and
the power is applied and the LCD continues to display information, then everything is
OK, and you can proceed.
F Next you should go to the Main Menu of the GRAC (or TEC) and click on the red
CONFIGURATION button. Then click on the PORTS button and set it to your COM Port
(usually COM 2) that the Temp & Wind Only is connected to. Set the port to the following:
Baud Rate should be 2400, Data bits should be 8, Parity should be None, Stop Bits
should be 1, and Flow Control should be Hardware. Then click on OK and then click on
CLOSE.
F Now you are back to the CONFIGURATION menu.
F Under the Weather Station Configuration heading, set the COM port to which the Temp &
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Wind Only is connected (usually COM 2) by clicking on (τ) and then clicking on the line with
the proper COM port.
Now set the proper Driver by clicking on (τ), and finally clicking on
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F
Ultimeter:WTR_ULTI.DLL.
Click on OK and you will be back at the Main Menu.
Make a Page with Weather info
F Everything is now ready. The last step is to go to the text editor and try to include some
weather on a page. Click on the green TEXT EDITOR button.
F To add weather info to the page please refer to the Text Editor sections on the Temperature
and Wind buttons.
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Weather Station - Texas Weather Instruments
TEBBS - skip this section.
Weather information can be accessed by the use of the Texas Weather Instruments Weather Station. It is not
necessary to load any of the Texas Weather Instruments Software, since all drivers and DLL files that are
required are already included in the D.Co Marketing, Inc. software.
Set up
F First set up the Texas Weather Instruments weather unit as outlined in its manual. After it is
setup with all instruments attached, continue reading below.
F Set the Baud Rate on the Texas Weather Instruments Weather Station as follows.
F Press Select and Average at the same time on the Texas Weather Instruments
Weather Station panel.
F Press Select 3 more times to enter the Baud Rate Setting.
F Press Maximum and Minimum to adjust the Baud Rate to 19200. Note: the display
will only show 19.2.
F Decide which COM port you will use for the Texas Weather Instruments (usually COM port
#2, since COM port #1 is usually used by the mouse).
F If using the mouse and Texas Weather Instruments Weather Station:
COM 1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM 2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Texas Weather Instruments Weather Station
F If using the mouse, modem and Texas Weather Instruments Weather Station:
COM 1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM 2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Texas Weather Instruments Weather Station
COM 4 set to IRQ 5 (or whatever is available) - for the modem.
F Next you should go to the Main Menu of the GRAC (or TEC) and click on the red
CONFIGURATION button. Then click on the PORTS button and set it to your COM Port
(usually COM 2) that the Texas Weather Instruments is connected to. Set the port to the
following: Baud Rate should be 19200, Data bits should be 8, Parity should be None,
Stop Bits should be 1, and Flow Control should be XON/XOFF. Click on OK and then
click on CLOSE.
F Now you are back to the CONFIGURATION menu.
F Under the Weather Station Configuration heading, set the COM port to which the Texas
Weather Instruments is connected (usually COM 2) by clicking on (τ) and then clicking on
the line with the proper COM port.
F Set the proper Driver by clicking on (τ), and click on WRL-25:WTR_WR25.DLL.
F Click on OK and you will be back at the Main Menu.
Make a Page with Weather info
F Everything is now ready. The last step is to go to the text editor and try to include some
weather on a page. Click on the green TEXT EDITOR button.
F To add weather info to the page please refer to the Text Editor sections on the Temperature,
Pressure, Humidity, Wind, and Rain buttons.
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Weather Station - Weatherport
Weather information can be accessed by the use of the Weatherport Weather Station. It is not
necessary to load any of the Weatherport software, since all drivers and DLL files that are required
are already included in the D.Co Marketing, Inc. software.
Set up
F First set up the Weatherport weather unit as outlined in its manual. After it is setup
with all instruments attached, continue reading below.
F Decide which COM port and IRQ you will use for the Weatherport (usually COM
port #2, since COM port #1 is usually used by the mouse) as follows.
F If using the mouse and Weatherport Weather Station:
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Weatherport Weather Station
F If using the mouse, modem and Weatherport Weather Station:
TEBBS - skip this section.
COM port #1 set to IRQ 4 - for the mouse.
COM port #2 set to IRQ 3 - for the Weatherport Weather Station
COM port #4 set to IRQ 5 (or whatever is available) - for the modem.
F Next you should go to the Main Menu of the GRAC (or TEC) and click on the red
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CONFIGURATION button. Then click on the PORTS button and set it to your
COM Port (usually COM 2) that the Weatherport is connected to. Set the port to the
following: Baud Rate should be 9600, Data bits should be 8, Parity should be
None, Stop Bits should be 1, and Flow Control should be XON/XOFF. Click on
OK and then click on CLOSE.
Under the Weather Station Configuration heading, set the COM port to which the
Weatherport is connected (usually COM 2) by clicking on (τ) and then clicking on the
line with the proper COM port.
Now set the proper Driver by clicking on (τ), and finally clicking on Weatherport
WS-14E:WTR_WS14.DLL.
Click on OK and you will be back at the Main Menu.
Make a Page with Weather info
F Everything is now ready. The last step is to go to the text editor and try to include
some weather on a page. Click on the green TEXT EDITOR button.
F To add weather info to the page please refer to the Text Editor sections on the
Temperature, Pressure, Humidity, Wind, and Rain buttons.
Trouble Shooting
F When editing a page that has weather information on it, disconnect the Weatherport
from the computer. This will prevent the program from locking up or crashing.
F Please refer to the troubleshooting section of the Weatherport Manual for other
solutions to problems.
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