FAQ: Installing MicroBase Pro On Windows


What Versions Of Windows Has MicroBase Professional Been Tested With?

DSS has successfully tested MicroBase Professional v2.11 under the following Windows versions:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

  What Are The Minimum Equipment Requirements To Run MicroBase Professional?
  • CPU: Modern processor (2.0 GHz or greater)
  • 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, click here.
  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 will display.
  • Enter the License Owner exactly as shown in your license agreement.
  • Enter the Facility/Location exactly as shown in your license agreement.
  • Enter the Authorization Key exactly as shown in your license agreement.
  • 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, click here.
  • 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 finished.
  • 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 MicroBase workspace. If you think your computer is connected to the Internet but your MicroBase Pro continues to display Offline, click here.


      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 From: field.
  • 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 communication hardware:

    • 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 label.
    • 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 troubleshooting information.

      Get Started Using MicroVib II and MicroBase Professional
  • 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 aircraft.
  • 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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