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NOTE:  Wizard and other Coastal software are DOS-based programs.

They will not run correctly on Windows ME.   (7/1/01)

 

Installing          Running          Commands

 

Coastal offers two forms of the Wizard software: the standard version and Wizard with Reporter and Real Time Enhancements, which provides real-time displays and telemetry. Wizard runs on DOS and uses windows and graphics to make it an extremely user-friendly application.The Wizard software that accompanies the instrumentation is a menu driven, PC compatible program complete with on-line Help, accessible by pressing the [F1] key at any time. The software has been specifically designed to be able to run all of Coastal Leasing's series of instruments in an simple and easily understood manner. Wizard is user friendly, with on-line help to answer questions. If unclear about a Wizard prompt, press the [F1] key to retrieve any available help. 

 

 

Installing Wizard

Before you can run the Wizard program, it must be installed onto the hard drive of a PC.  It is recommended that the Wizard software be installed into its own sub-directory.  To install the Wizard software, insert the supplied floppy disk into the drive and enter the following command:

     INSTALL S:  D:\[PATH]     where

     S : is the source floppy drive (usually A: or B:).

     D: is the destination drive.  (usually C:)

     PATH is the optional full directory path on the destination drive.

     (Directory must already exist on drive).

     Example:   INSTALL A: C:\PROG\COASTAL

 

*  NOTE:  If no path is specified, the install routine will create a directory:  C:\PROG\COASTAL\WIZARD and install all of the files into it.  This is the standard default and is the usual pathway used.

 

The file format of the Wizard program is:

     Wizard                   Executable files

     Wizard\Prm            Parameter files

     Wizard\Doc            Help files

     Wizard\Dat\Raw      Raw data files

     Wizard\Dat\Prc       Processed data files

 

M  It is very important that the Date and Time of the PC is correct as the Wizard program uses these to set the start of the deployment.  Check them before running Wizard and if they are wrong, change them.

 

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Running Wizard

To begin using the Wizard software (after it has been installed), first switch to the directory containing the Wizard program.  For example, if the program resides in a directory called C:\PROG\COASTAL\WIZARD, type:

 

     CD\PROG\COASTAL\WIZARD and press [Enter].

     Then type Wizard and press [Enter].

 

Once loaded, Wizard will display a title page.  Press [Enter] to start using the program.                                

When running the Wizard software, remember the following:

 

J Wizard is user friendly and includes on-line help to answer questions.  If unclear about a Wizard prompt, press the [F1] key to retrieve any available help.

 

Wizard makes extensive use of menus.  Making a menu selection can be done in two ways:  press the key of the first letter of the desired selection, or move the highlight using arrow keys.  Once your selection is highlighted, press [Enter].  Wizard will follow a standard sequence of Read, Examine, and Initialize, so in most cases you can proceed through the menus by simply pressing [Enter].  However, the first time an instrument is used, start with the Initialize function.  Pressing [Esc] generally aborts a step and returns to the previous menu or question.

 

The standard screen has several windows:

 

Instrument        Top left             Summarizes instrument configuration and deployment.

Main                 Center left         Shows key menu function accessed by highlighting.

Function           Bottom left       Reports function, status; defines required inputs.

Version            Top right           Reports Wizard version and computer date and time.

Gauges            Center right       Shows battery and memory status.

Alert                 Bottom right       Prompts for input.

 

Sample Wizard Screen

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Wizard Commands

QUIT                 Exit program and return to system prompt.

READ               Download raw data from the instrument into files on the PC.

EXAMINE          Display raw data files as plots or as a listing.

INITIALIZE         Start or restart your deployment.  Erases old data making all memory available.

MONITOR          Display instrument's readings in a real time mode.

PROCESS         Convert raw data files into ASCII files with engineering units.

UTILITIES           Support functions and information.

 

Quit

This option will Quit the Wizard program and return to the system.  A yes/no question is asked prior to Quitting of the Wizard program.

 

Read

This option is used to download any raw data that resides in the instrument's memory.  If your instrument has a compact flash, you may read your data either serially through the instrument, or externally through a compact flash reader.  M Do not remove the compact flash without following the procedure described below or you may lose a portion of your data.  

 

To Read serially:  Once the Read option is selected, the program will ask the instrument for its settings.  Then it will verify the downloading of the data with a yes/no question.  If [Y]es, the data will be loaded into memory and then offloaded into a file on the PC.  The first 3 Characters of that file name will be the calendar day the instrument was Initialized, followed by the 4 least significant numbers of the instrument's serial number, followed by an "R".   The file extension will be the file number of the raw data file.  Example: 2653122R.001 means that it is the first (001) (R)aw data file for instrument number 1(3122) which was Initialized on the (265)th day of the year.   With multiple files, the extension will change to show the file number.  Example: 2653122R.002.

The program will alert you if a file with the same name already exists in the directory.  It will overwrite the old files, so if the old files are important, select [N]o, press the [Esc] key, and Quit the program.  Then either rename the old files, or move them into another directory.

Once all the raw data has been offloaded from the instrument, the Wizard program will automatically select the Examine option.

 

To Read through Compact Flash reader:  If you have a lot of data, you may wish to Read the data externally in order to speed up the process of downloading.  First go to Utilities, and select the Connect option.  When in the blue screen, at the prompt, type !W  to write the remainder of the data from the logger to the flash card.  Next, type !^  to close the file and prep the flash card for removal.  You will be prompted to remove the power from the logger, then remove compact flash.  To do so, open up the white electronics box, unclip the phone plug marked Power on the logger board, and remove the compact flash card.  Then place the flash card in the reader to read the data.

 

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Examine

The Examine option uses two formats to display the raw data.

The Plot option shows graphs of the data, and the List option lists data as a time series.

 

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Plot      Displays auto-scaled graphs of average and/or burst data.  Each page can display up to 256 data points.  The deployment title, type of data,  instrument name, software version, and serial number are displayed at the top of each page.  The channel number, sensor type and engineering units are displayed for each channel.  Bursts are referenced by minute:second and averages are referenced by hour:minute.

                        These special keys control the plot window:

                        [Esc]              Exits display mode.               

[Enter]            Displays next page of data.

                        [Space]           Displays next page of data.

                        [Other keys]    Pause or resume automatic paging.

 

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List      Lists average or burst data as a time series.  The date/time and data type (sequence and year, if the window is big enough), are displayed at the window top.   If there is room on the screen, the time is displayed to the left of each sample.  Bursts are stamped with seconds and hundredths.  Averages are stamped with hours and minutes.

                        These special keys control the listing window:

                        [Esc]               Exits data listing mode.

                        [Enter]             Scrolls a line and then pauses.

                        [Space]            Scrolls a window, and the pauses.

                        [Other keys]     Pause or resume scrolling.

 

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Initialize 

This option is used to set and start your next deployment.  It will erase any previous data stored in the instrument, so M  never Initialize an instrument until all previously collected data has been Read.

M  It is very important that the Date and Time of the PC is correct as the Wizard program uses these to set the start of the deployment.  Check them before running Wizard and if they are wrong, change them.

 

Once selected, Initialize will request the instrument's attention, and then load the settings from the instrument into the program.  The Deployment Settings window will then be displayed.

 

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Enter a Deployment Title of a maximum of 31 characters.  Then enter a start date and time for averages (and/or bursts if supported).  This is the date and time of the very first sample to be taken.

 

      A new option in the Macro Series software is Sampling Enable Interval and Period To default out of using this option, simply enter 0 in both sections.

      Enter a Sampling Enable Interval.  Entering 0 here means that sampling, as defined by the burst and average sections below, will ALWAYS be enabled, regardless of the Sampling Enable Period setting.  Entering a non-zero number here means that sampling will only be enabled every time this number of minutes has elapsed.  The start of the first such interval will be the same time as the start of your earliest defined burst or average sample.  The number of minutes it will be enabled for is defined by the Sampling Enable Period.

        Enter a Sampling Enable Period.  When Sampling Enable Interval is set to a non-zero value, entering 0 here means that sampling will ALWAYS be DISABLED, regardless of settings in the burst and average sections below.  Entering a non-zero value here means that sampling will be enabled for that many minutes.  During this period, sampling will take place as defined in the burst and average sections.  The number of minutes between each of these enabled periods is defined by the Sampling Enable Interval.

                EX:            Interval               Period               Action

    0                         any #                  Sampling is always enabled

    non-zero               0                        Sampling is always disabled          

    60                        15                      Enabled for 15 min every hour           

   1440                      20                      Enabled for 2 hours every day

 

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Enter an average (and/or burst if supported) Interval in Minutes.  This is the interval of how often you want to acquire a new set of average (or burst) data.  A new set of data will be initiated every time this many minutes has elapsed.

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Enter the average (and/or burst if supported) Sample Period (.01sec).  This is how often you want to sample the sensors during an average or burst acquisition.  This number is in hundredths of seconds, so a entry of 50 represents 1/2 second.

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Enter the Average Samples to Average (and/or Number of Samples to Burst, if bursts are supported).  This is the number of sample sets of the sensor you want to average together, (or the number of burst sensor sets you want to record).  If 60 is entered for an average mode and its Sample Period is 50 (1/2 second),  the instrument will stay on averaging the sensors every 1/2 second, and stay on for 30 seconds (60 x 1/2 second).  If 512 is entered for a burst mode, and the Sensor Period is set to 50 (1/2 seconds), then the instrument will stay on for 256 seconds (512 x 1/2 seconds), recording each of the 512 sensor samples in memory   *  NOTE:  Wave spectral analysis programs require the Number of Samples to Burst to be a power of 2.  (64, 256, 1024...)

 

If both bursts and averages are enabled, and both a burst and an average are to occur at the same time, the burst takes priority.

You also have the option of turning on or off each individual sensor that is available in either average mode or burst mode. M  Be careful not to disable any parameter that you want to record.

The Monitor mode parameters can also be changed, however the default settings are usually adequate as these settings only affect the real time monitoring of the instrument.

As any of the parameters are changed, the Deployment Limit is recalculated based on memory or battery, whichever is the limiting one.  When all of the settings are correct, hold the [Ctrl] key down and press [Enter] to accept the settings and send them to the program.  The program will ask if you want to continue with Initialization by saving the parameters.  Enter Y and press [Enter]. 

It will then ask you to write these parameters to a file with a name of the instrument serial number and extension of .PRM.  This file name will most likely already exist on your PC's hard drive and the program will warn you of this.  There is very little reason to not overwrite this file if the data from the instrument has already been read.  Even if this is the first deployment of the instrument, the file on the disk has no real deployment settings, so it is safe to overwrite.

Once the file has been written to disk, the program will ask you to Initialize the instrument.  There is a warning about losing any existing data at this point, so if the data in the instrument are important, and have not been Read yet, enter N and Read it, otherwise enter Y.

The instrument is now set, and will start recording data based on the parameter settings.  Use the Monitor function now to verify sensor operation and deployment settings.

 

 

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Monitor

This option shows the real-time readings of the instrument's sensors.  It is helpful in checking to see if the instrument is operating correctly.  Data is displayed in the engineering units selected for the deployment.

 

 

Process

This option converts raw data files into processed ASCII files in engineering units.  Data file names look very similar to the raw data file names.  The first 3 characters of the file name will be the calendar day the instrument was initialized, followed by the 4 least significant numbers of the instrument's serial number, followed by an "A" for an average file or a "B" for a burst file.  The file extension will be the file number of the processed file.  Example:  2653122A.001, 2653122B.001.  With multiple files, the extension will change to show the file number.  Example:  2653122A.002, 2653122B.002.  All processed data files are comma delimited ASCII type files, so they are easily imported into many spreadsheet programs.

 

 

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Utilities

A few Utilities are available with this option.

 

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About  Useful for finding out about the instrument's deployment settings,  Wizard program, and Coastal Leasing, Inc. 

 

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Connect  This Utility will allow you to to check on many functions of your nstrument.  It is most commonly used to change the serial port settings of the PC.  Go to Connect and press [Enter].  If the instrument is communicating properly with the PC, a 10678 CL8> prompt will be displayed.  (If the prompt does not appear automatically, try pressing [Alt-W].) 

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