FAQ: Installing MicroBase Pro On
What Versions Of Windows Has MicroBase
Professional Been Tested With?
DSS has successfully tested MicroBase Professional
v2.11 under the following Windows versions:
What Are The Minimum Equipment Requirements
To Run MicroBase Professional?
- CPU: Modern processor (2.0 GHz or
- Graphics: WXGA graphics display (1280x800 minimum resolution)
- Memory: 1GB memory minimum
- Disk Space: 10gb free disk space
- RS-232 Serial Port: One available (unused)
RS-232 Serial Port **
** Important Note About RS-232 Serial Ports:
If your computer does not have an RS-232 Serial Port, one can usually
be added by using a USB to RS-232 Serial Port adapter. For information
about USB to RS-232 Serial Port adapters that DSS has tested with
MicroBase Professional, click here.
Step 1 - Install MicroBase Professional Under Windows
- Start Windows. Make sure you are logged on at a level which permits you to install software.
- If you are updating an older version of MicroBase Pro, temporarily
disable your virus/security monitoring software.
- Insert the MicroBase Pro Installation CD into the CD drive and wait
for the setup program to start. If the setup program does not
automatically start, click on the START button on the task bar then
click on RUN and type D:\SETUP followed by Enter.
- Once the setup program begins, follow the on screen prompts until the
installation is complete.
Note: If you have just installed MicroBase Pro v2.0,
DSS strongly recommends that you stop right here and auto-update to MicroBase Pro v2.11
before continuing with Step 2. To read how to perform the auto-update,
Step 2 - Run And Activate MicroBase Professional
Before using MicroBase you must activate MicroBase using the Authorization
Information provided to you by Dynamic Solutions Systems. Use the following steps to
activate MicroBase Professional:
- Run MicroBase Professional. The MicroBase License dialog
- Enter the License Owner exactly as shown in your license agreement.
- Enter the Facility/Location exactly as shown in your license
- Enter the Authorization Key exactly as shown in your license
- Press OK when finished. If the license information is entered
correctly, the dialog will disappear. If the dialog remains, carefully check
your spelling on all three fields. Make sure you have not confused "0" with
"O" or "1" with "I".
Troubleshooting MicroBase Pro Activation
- If you have lost your authorization key and need to order a replacement,
- If you have problems activating your MicroBase Professional
installation, click here.
- If you have successfully activated MicroBase Professional, but have to
re-enter your auth key on every startup, click here.
Step 3 - Initialize MicroBase Professional
Next, the Create Database dialog will be displayed. MicroBase Professional will
ask you to select one of three choices. You can
choose one of the following:
- Create a new database containing a few sample data items
- Create a new database using data from an existing MicroBase Installation
- Create a new database using data from a MicroBase database archive.
New users should choose the first selection. After making your selection,
click OK and a new MicroBase database will be created.
Step 4 - Connect To The MicroBase Network
Important Note: You must have a direct Internet connection and a valid MicroBase Network
user name and password in order to connect with and download
applications data from the MicroBase Network. You can read about how to request
a MicroBase Network account here.
Until you have entered your DSS
supplied username and password, the Network User dialog will
appear whenever you try to connect to the MicroBase Network. To obtain MicroBase
Network access, you must do the following:
When the Network User dialog opens, click Request Network Access.
The network access request form will appear in your Internet Browser.
Fill out the request form completely and click Submit when
When your request has been processed, you will receive a network user name
and password via email. Enter the supplied username and password exactly as
shown in your emailed response.
You can check to see if MicroBase has found an Internet connection by
checking for the Online/Offline flag in the lower left corner of the
If you think your computer is connected to the Internet but your MicroBase Pro
continues to display Offline,
Step 5 - Create Your MicroBase Network Messagebox
Before you can receive messages from other users on the MicroBase Network, your
Messagebox must be created. To create your MicroBase Network Messagebox:
Click Messages - Incoming Messages.
To test your MicroBase Network Messagebox by sending a message to yourself:
Click Messages - Create Message.
In the To: field, enter the same Network name that appears in the
Enter a subject in the Subject: field.
Enter some text in the Text: field.
Click Send to send your message.
After the message has been sent, click Messages - Incoming
messages. The Incoming Messages dialog will appear showing your new
message has been received. New messages are shown in bold. Old messages
which have been read are shown in normal text.
Click on your new message and the contents will be displayed.
Step 6 - Set Up Communication Hardware
Before you can transmit data to/from your MicroVib II, you must set up your
- First, find out what RS-232 Serial Port you will be using. You
can click here to determine
what Com Port is available.
- If your computer is not equipped with an RS-232 Serial Port, you
can click here to learn how
to add a port.
- If you have added an RS-232 Serial Port and your Com Port
number is outside of the range 1-9,
click here to change it.
- In MicroBase Pro, click Options - Connect Settings. The
System Options - Connect tab will display.
- Select the appropriate Com Port number and then click OK.
Step 7 - Communicate With MicroVib II
Now you can connect to your MicroVib II:
- Connect the MicroVib II to the
1311 I/O Cable.
- Connect the 1311 cable to the
RS-232 Serial Port that you selected in Step 6 above.
- Power up the MicroVib II. Once
Power on self test (POST) is complete, press the Mode menu item.
- On MicroBase Pro, hover your mouse
over the far upper left icon and you should see the MV2 Data Manager
- Click the MV2 Data Manager Icon.
The MicroVib II Data Manager dialog will appear and attempt to
connect to the MicroVib II.
- The MicroVib II Serial number and
Calibration information will be displayed in the status window at the bottom
of the dialog.
- The MicroVib II files will be
displayed on the right hand side of the Data Manager dialog.
- If you have problems connecting to the
MicroVib II, click here for
Get Started Using MicroVib II and MicroBase
Read the appropriate sections of the MicroVib II Operatorís Guide.
Read the appropriate sections of the MicroBase Professional Help System.
Download and read the appropriate DSS Application Note(s) for your
Download the appropriate MicroVib II Group Files (setups) for your
aircraft and upload to your MicroVib II.
Check For MicroBase Professional Updates
Click Start - Programs - Dss - MicroBase
Professional - Check For MicroBase Updates.
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