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Installing ATCS Monitor

Package Contents

The basic package of software you'll download is the ATCS Monitor program for monitoring ATCS and related CTC system RF Codeline, or to monitor EOTs. All downloads require a Yahoo login and membership to the ATCS Monitor group.

Installation Process

The following is borrowed from the table found at the official Yahoo groups Applications download page. The items shown are in order of installation, as required depending on your operating system. Most of you will ignore the first two items, since by now you are probably using Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 which include them. Everyone will install the main application, and the adventurous may find the beta of interest.

Operating System Order Link Purpose
Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT First, if needed MDAC Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) version 2.5 or later is required for ATCS Monitor versions 2.3.0 and above. Read the MDAC installation notes carefully to determine the correct version for your system. Windows 2000 ships with version 2.5, and Windows XP ships with version 2.7. If you have a Windows 95, 98 or Windows NT system, installing version 2.5 or higher is required. For best performance, you should install MDAC 2.8 SP1 or later on all versions of Windows. ATCS Monitor displays an error dialog and terminates if MDAC is missing.
Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT Second, if needed Jet 4.0 Engine If you have installed MDAC 2.6 or above, install the appropriate version of the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Engine for your system. (MDAC 2.5 includes Jet 4.0, but later versions do not). ATCS Monitor displays an error dialog and terminates if Jet is missing.
All Last, for everyone ATCSMonX.X.X Current full release of ATCS Monitor, where X.X.X is the version number. Simply download the file to any directory and click on it (or run it in-place). This file will also update an existing release while preserving all user data. Users updating from a pre-3.5.4 version should pay careful attention to the pre-install advisories displayed during the installation process.
All Optional ATCSMonBetaX.X.X.exe Current beta version of ATCS Monitor, where X.X.X is the version number. Same rules as above. Not necessarily well-behaved, but feedback is requested should misbehavior be observed. Should you become unhappy with your decision to install the beta version, simply install the Release version and your former level of happiness should return:-)

First timers will get to the point of a successful main application install, and thereby have basic functionality, including the ability to monitor the default servers (the author's servers in southern California). This works because the installation includes that particular MCP information and layout. Other MCP and Layouts must be downloaded and configured in order to view other locations. Bear in mind that not all areas are visible for lack of internet server sites, so you may need to monitor using your own special radio. See the Getting Started section to understand how to customize the application to view the locations you desire.

Windows 2000, XP, Vista

  • The are now three new files that include screen captures and written instructions on how to download, install, and configure ATCS Montior. [[1]]



Installation Help

Installation Issues

Other Software

Other software available to download includes:

AtcsTool.exe which searches logfiles for particular addresses and indications. See AtcsToolInstructions. which logs the last 24 hours of audio for troubleshooting purposes.

ddemacro.xls which is an Excel spreadsheet which demonstrates the capability ATCS Monitor has to output data via DDE.

-- Main.GaryHahn - 30 Jul 2009