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Molecular Imager® ChemiDoc XRS+
Installation Guide
To install your ChemiDoc XRS+, perform these seven steps
in the following order:
1. Unpack the ChemiDoc XRS+ system.
2. Install Image Lab™ software.
3. Set up the universal hood.
4. Install the camera.
5. Connect the cables.
6. Load the camera driver.
7. Calibrate the system.
1 Unpack the ChemiDoc XRS+ System
The ChemiDoc XRS+ system arrives in multiple containers labeled with several part numbers.
The universal hood and the parts pictured below are all you need to assemble and calibrate
your system.
Part No.
ChemiDoc XRS+ System
Components for PC/Mac
Component Pictures
170-8299 ChemiDoc XRS+ Installation Kit
contains this installation guide, the
Image Lab software CD, the
standard filter, the white Lens Flat
Field Calibration disc, a Focus
Calibration Target, and a system
170-8180 Universal hood accessory box
includes the 10 ft. USB cable, 
power cord, and thumbscrew.
A separate box has the FireWire
cable, and a FireWire card (if your
computer did not already have one)
170-8255 ChemiDoc XRS+ camera (includes
camera with attached lens and
power supply)
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2 Install Image Lab Software
Before assembling your ChemiDoc XRS+ system, install Image Lab software
on the computer you intend to use with the system. You must be in the
“administrator” user group to install software.
1. Place the Image Lab software CD into a CD drive. The installation should start
automatically. If not, open “My Computer” and click your CD drive icon.
2. Double-click setup.exe to install the software.
The Image Lab software icon appears on your desktop. There is no need to
start the software now. Instead, follow the instructions below to assemble and
calibrate your system.
1. Place the Image Lab software CD into a CD drive.
2. Double-click the CD icon on your desktop to see the folder contents.
3. Double-click the Image Lab.dmg file.
4. Drag the Image Lab application icon into the Applications folder.
There is no need to start the software now. Instead, follow the instructions below to assemble
and calibrate your system.
3 Set Up the Universal Hood
The components from the universal hood accessory box, and the hood itself are everything
you need to assemble the universal hood.
1. Lift the top lid and the cardboard sides off the main
box. Carefully lift the universal hood from the bottom
foam, and place it on a workbench. Level the hood by
adjusting the rubber feet, if necessary.
CAUTION: The universal hood should be carried by at least
two people, holding the instrument from the bottom. 
Be sure that the door and drawer are completely closed
before lifting.
2. The filter slider on the right side of the camera support
(A) aligns the filter with the hole on top of the hood.
There are three selectable filter positions. Move the
filter selector so that it is in the Filter 1 position.
3. Open the hood door. Locate the standard filter 
(170-8081) from the installation kit. While looking up
into the hood (B), thread the filter clockwise onto the
ring that is currently centered under the hole.
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4 Install the Camera
Now you will need the camera, power supply, and thumbscrew.
1. Place the camera on the bench
sideways as shown (C) and remove
the lens cap. Screw the thumbscrew
onto the camera mounting plate two
or three turns.
2. Lift the camera to the top of the
universal hood and slide the
thumbscrew through the slot in the
vertical camera bracket (D). This
orients the camera so the camera
lens can be centered in the gasket.
3. Make sure that the camera lens is
upright and seated on the gasket
(E). Tighten the thumbscrew.
4. There is an adhesive-backed label
with the name of your camera
system in the Installation Kit. Read
the instructions on the label sheet to
see where and how to place the
label on the universal hood. Placing
this label on your system makes it
easy for you to tell Technical
Support which type of camera you
are using, should you ever require
Thumbscrew in
vertical slot of
the camera bracket
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5 Connect the Cables
You’ll find one 10 ft. USB cable in the universal hood accessory box. You’ll find a FireWire cable in a box
labeled 170-8177, and you may find a FireWire card in a box labeled 170-8173, if the PC you intend to
connect to the camera system does not already contain a FireWire connection.
CAUTION: Do not turn the system on until the Image Lab software is installed and all cables are
connected. Be sure the power source is grounded and is protected by a circuit breaker. If your PC does
not yet contain a FireWire card, you need to install one. Please refer to your computer manual for
installation instructions.
1. Connect the camera power supply cable into the camera connector panel port marked “POWER”
and the other end into a wall power outlet.
2. Connect the MZL cable into the oblong connector labeled “LENS” on the universal hood rear panel.
3. Locate the 6 ft. FireWire cable. Connect one end of the cable to the camera connector panel
FireWire port. Connect the other end to the FireWire connector on the PC or Mac computer.
4. Connect the 10 ft. USB cable from the universal hood connector labeled “TO PC” to the computer.
5. Connect the main power cable to the rear of the universal hood power module and then to the wall
power outlet.
Top of FireWire ChemiDoc Camera
camera with
MZL cable
FireWire Connector
Camera power switch
1 From camera power supply to wall outlet
3 FireWire cable from camera
power supply to PC or Mac
FireWire connector
Rear of universal
hood enclosure
4 10 ft. USB cable to computer
2 Oblong connector
marked “LENS”
5 Power cable
to wall outlet
To Camera
Universal hood power switch
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6 Load the Camera Driver
NOTE: Do not launch your Image Lab software until this process is complete.
Turn on the camera power switch on the power supply, and the universal hood power switch
(refer to the drawing on page 4 for their locations). Once the camera and the universal hood
are turned on, the computer will detect the camera and display a “Found New Hardware
Wizard” screen. If your operating system is Windows XP, the following screens will display. If
your computer runs Windows Vista, Windows 7, or the Macintosh operating system, this
camera driver installation requires no intervention.
The wizard starts at a welcome screen. Follow
these steps to install the camera driver.
1. Click “No, not this time,” and then click
“Next” to continue.
2. Select “Install software automatically,” and
then click “Next” to continue.
A message appears, indicating that the wizard
has installed the camera driver. Click on the
“Finish” button when it appears.
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7 Calibrate the System
The Instrument Calibration wizard performs several procedures required to calibrate your
system, based on the illumination sources and accessories you choose. Once these
calibrations are performed, your image focus remains correct, whether you view an entire
sample or a small section of a gel or blot. While some of these calibrations can be skipped,
performing calibrations for all accessories that you have is required for accurate results.
The Instrument Calibration wizard appears automatically when a ChemiDoc XRS+ system is
detected the first time. The wizard need only be used once, as your system is installed. The
calibrations remain valid over the life of the instrument.
1. Start Image Lab software by clicking on the
desktop software icon. (If your system runs a
Macintosh operating system, open your
Applications Folder to click on the software icon.)
The New Instrument Found screen displays the
system name and serial number. 
Click “Next” to continue.
2. Specify all accessory illumination options and any
optional filter you have installed in the instrument.
If you aren’t sure which illumination options you have,
click on the question mark buttons to the right of each
option. You will see an illustration and part number for
each option. 
There is also a dropdown list of filter options. The
question mark to the right of filter options includes
application information and part numbers. Choose the
filter you have installed in Filter Position 2.
3. Click “Next” to continue.
The illumination and filter options you have chosen will determine which calibration screens
are presented in the wizard.
4. Perform the steps on the Focus Calibration screen
to calibrate your system focus.
NOTE: This step may take up to seven minutes.
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As the system is calibrating, various screens display which
help track your progress.
The wizard also tells you which filter selection to use as you
proceed through the various screens. 
If any illumination option was selected in step 2, the
tallest option displays in the Focus Calibration with
Height Offset screen. The focus height for the other
options are interpolated by the software.
5. Place the indicated illumination option and then
the Focus Calibration Target in the imager. After
following the listed steps, click the “Start
Calibration” button.
6. This step acquires a bias value correction image,
which is required to reduce the background
intensity in your images.
7. The Lens Flat Field calibration corrects for the
non-uniformity inherent in any lens. This requires a
special Lens Flat Field Calibration disc to be
installed in filter position 2. Once the filter is
installed, click “Start Calibration”. This step can
take up to 8 minutes.
NOTE: After completing this calibration, remove the
Lens Flat Field Calibration disc and replace the filter
normally in position 2, if any.
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8. This calibration only displays if you have selected
the White Light Conversion Screen in step 2.
Perform the steps listed on the screen, then press
the “Start Calibration” button. The wizard prompts
you to move the correct filter into position. When
you select “OK,” the system performs the
9. The Orange Light Flat Field calibration corrects for
the distortion inherent in a UV light source, when
using orange light applications like EtBr and
SYPRO Ruby. If you do not have this accessory,
skip this calibration.
10.The last screen of the wizard displays a setup
summary which indicates which options have
been calibrated.
The Instrument Calibration wizard is only used during system installation. Click on “Instrument
Setup” under the Edit menu to display your calibrations. These calibrations need not be
changed unless you add accessories, such as a new light source. Recalibrate your system to
use any new accessories by using the Instrument Setup screen.
Now that your ChemiDoc XRS+ system is unpacked, assembled, and calibrated, refer to the
instruction manual (10017218) on the software CD for detailed instructions to operate the
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