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MENG 421 Assignment 1

Setting Up Microsoft Windows 2000

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In this lesson, you will set up Microsoft Windows 2000 (Win2000) on a Tech PC. You will be using Microsoft Win2000 for both the Ansys and Matlab calculations and for Microsoft Word (MS Word) to write your weekly lab reports. You will set up Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) so you can read the class web pages and an e-mail client such as Pine or MSIE. You can use your own PC with a connection to the computer center to read the web pages for this class and to write your paper in Word.

The Tech PCs can run either Win2000 or Linux, but we will be using Win2000 for the work in this course. Therefore, if the machine you want to use is running in Linux mode, you need to change it to Win2000.

For today's lesson you log into Win2000. Then, you will also set up shortcuts or pointers to useful programs such as Notepad, MS Word, Matlab, and Wordpad. On the Tech PCs, Win2000 is a little different from Windows on your own PC. Save your own files only on Drive U, which is where your regular Unix account is located on the Tech file server. Don't save files to drive C, which is on the PC you are working on. Also, don't ever work directly on a floppy disk. Copy the file from the floppy to your account on U by dragging it in Explorer. Then copy the changed file back to the floppy when you are done.

If you have already run Win2000 on a Tech PC, continue through the lesson anyway to see if you can add new features to your setup. Of course, if you haven't set up Win2000, you should have a printed listing of this lesson so you can follow along easier.

  1. If the computer is in Linux mode, change to Win2000 mode. To do this, click > Reboot then click Yes
  2. When the machine is ready for Win2000 mode, hold the Ctrl and Alt while you press the Del key
  3. Whenrn the dialog box appears on the screen with three fields.
    • Type your username in the first field but don't press Enter.
    • Press Tab or click the mouse in the second field.
    • Type your password in the second field, but don't press Enter.
    • Check that the third field contains TCC. Otherwise, change it to that.
    • Click the OK button.

  4. Check the screen size and resolution each time you log in and change it if necessary
    • Right-click on the desktop (screen) and pick Properties from the menu.
    • Click the Settings tab.
    • Check that Color Palette is set to High Color (16 bit). Adjust if not.
    • Check that the Desktop is 1024 by 768. Adjust if not.
    You may have to set the screen each time you log in.

  5. You can change the drab background or wallpaper to something more colorful such as cloud pattern or your own graphic file. To do this:
    • Right-click on the desktop (screen) and pick Properties from the menu.
    • Pick the Background tab of the Display Properties dialog box.
    • In the right window titled Wallpaper scroll down to Cloudstr and left-click it.
    • Click OK (or Cancel if no changes) to close the dialog box.
    • This background should appear each time you log in.

  6. Check for icons on the screen or desktop. Initially there are only three icons: My Computer, Network Neighborhood, and Recycle Bin. We will now add some more icons to easily start programs you will need. Of course, you can start programs from the Start Menu/Programs, however, it is much easier to start them from a desktop icon or directly from Start Menu.

  7. Mouse buttons in Win2000 are different from Unix. Win2000 only uses the two outer buttons; the center button is not used. Learn how to use both of these buttons.
    • The Right button brings up a menu while the Left button selects items from the menu. You used the right button above to get a menu.
    • The Start menu is an exception because the right button gives a small menu while the left button give a large menu.
    • Single-clicking the Left button picks an item from a menu.
    • Double-clicking the Left button starts an action. Alternatively, you can single-click and press Enter.

  8. Start Windows Explorer, which is the Win2000 file manager.
    • If the task bar, a special window, is not visible at the bottom of the screen, move your mouse pointer to the bottom and it will appear.
    • Move your pointer to the Start button at the left edge of the task bar.
    • Press the right (not the left) button to get the small menu.
    • Left-click the menu item Explore to open Explorer.
    • Change Explorer so it shows more about your files.
      • Pull down (click) the View menu and select Details.
      • Click the View menu and select Options.
      • Click the white circle next to Show all files to make a dot.
      • Click the square next to Display the full MS-DOS path to make a check mark.
      • Click the square next to Hide the full MS-DOS path to remove the check mark.
      • Click OK (or Cancel if no change).
    • Notice that Explorer has two panes: the drives and folders are shown in the left pane and the corresponding folders and files are shown in the right pane.
    • You click folders in the left pane to open them and you work with files in the right pane.
    • Notice that the left pane has Drives C:, D:, U:, Y: and maybe E:.
    • Drive C has the Win2000 system files, Drive Y has the programs you run, and Drive U has your home directory with both your Unix files and your Win2000 files.
    • Drive D or E is the CD ROM.
    • Folder C:\WINDOWS\Temp is a working area where you can store files temporarily. However, the information is erased from time to time. Explorer scroll bar with thumb
    • In the left pane of Explorer, left-click on the plus sign to the left of the drive C icon to see the folders it contains.
    • Notice that there are five parts to the scroll bar on the right side of the right window:
      • Arrow at the top
      • Arrow at the bottom
      • A thumb in the middle
      • The remaining spaces between the thumb and the two arrows.
    • Try out the three ways to scroll a window in Win2000.
      1. Drag the thumb up or down by putting your mouse pointer on the thumb and holding the left button.
      2. Left-click on the arrow at the top or bottom to scroll one line at a time.
      3. Left-click the area between one of the arrows and the thumb to move a screen-full at a time.
    • Look through the folders of Drive C until you find the C:\WINDOWS directory. This where Win2000 system files are located.
    • Put the mouse pointer on the icon between the plus and the name WINDOWS and click the left button to open it.
    • With the mouse pointer still on the icon between the plus and the name, click the right (not the left) mouse button to get a menu.
    • Left-click the menu item Search. To top
    • In the box Search for files or ... , type explorer.exe and press Enter.
    • Put the mouse pointer over the name explorer.exe, hold the right (not the left) button and drag the icon to the desktop.
    • Release the right button to get a menu.
    • Left-click the menu item Create Shortcut(s) Here.
    • Leave the Search dialog box open so we can use it again.
    • Now you can start Explorer by double-clicking its icon.

  9. Adjust your mouse-pointer properties.
    You can adjust the speed that the mouse pointer moves on the screen, you can also change the pointer to make it bigger, and you can add mouse trails. First make a desktop shortcut to the mouse software.
    • Left-click the Start button at the lower-left corner of the screen.
    • Move up the menu to the item Settings.
    • Move right and click Control Panel.
    • Right-click (not left click) the mouse icon in Control Panel and drag it to the desktop.
    • Release the mouse button and pick Create Shortcut Here.
    • Close Control Panel by clicking the X in the upper-right corner of the window.
    • Double-click the new mouse icon to get the Mouse Properties dialog box.
    • You can make a left-handed mouse on the first page.
    • You can also set the double-click speed.
    • Click the Motion tab and add pointer trails.
    • To make the mouse cursor some other shape, Click the Pointers tab and then click Normal Select.
    • Click Browse
    • To make the mouse cursor larger pick Arrow_l.cur and click Open.
    • Click OK to close Mouse Properties.

  10. Create a shortcut to Notepad, Microsoft's very simple editor.
    • Later, you will set up MS Word for writing your term paper. However, don't use it for programming in Matlab, or writing HTML for web pages. Use Notepad, instead.
    • In the Search for files ... box, of the Search dialog box, click the previous name to highlight it and press the Del key.
    • Type notepad.exe and press Enter.
    • Put the mouse pointer over the name Notepad.exe that appears in the list, hold the right (not the left) button and drag the icon to the desktop as you did for Explorer.
    • Release the right button to get a menu.
    • Left-click the menu item Create Shortcut(s) Here.
    • Left-drag the new icon to the Start button and drop it there. This puts a shortcut on the Start Menu as well as the desktop.

  11. More about desktop icons
    • Look closely at the new Explorer and mouse icons and notice a curved arrow on each.
    • Compare to the other icons on the desktop, which do not have arrows.
    • The curved arrow means an icon is a shortcut or pointer to program or folder.
    • If you erase a shortcut, you do not erase what it pointed to.
    • If an icon does not have an arrow it represents the program directly.
    • To find what a shortcut points to:
      • Right-click the Explorer icon to get a menu.
      • Pick Properties from the menu.
      • Pick the Shortcut tab in the dialog box.
      • Check the Target box.
      • Click Cancel.
    • Now let's create more shortcuts.

  12. Create a shortcut for Microsoft Word.
    Microsoft Word and other programs are located on drive Y. However, we can easily start them from an icon on the desktop or the start menu. Let's copy a shortcut from the Start-Menu of Drive C.
    • The Search dialog box should still be open from above.
    • In the Search for files ... box of the Search dialog box, type word and press Enter.
    • Click the column heading labeled Type to order the results by file type.
    • Click a second time to reverse the order.
    • Short cuts should be near the top including Microsoft Word.
    • Notice that there is a short-cut arrow on the icon matching the Shortcut file type.
    • Right-drag the MS Word icon to the desktop and pick Copy from the menu (because you're copying a shortcut this time.)
    • Left-drag the new icon to the Start button and drop it there.
    • Now you can start Word either by double-clicking the shortcut or by clicking the Start button and picking Word.

    You can set up Pine to read your e-mail at least once a day for messages about this class.

  13. Get to the class home page as follows:
    • If you are running Netscape, start a second copy that points at the class page by typing
        nmt.edu/~es421
      and Enter to get the class home page. Alternatively, right-click on the following link to get a menu and then select Open in New Window. http://www.nmt.edu/~es421/
    • Check that the class home page is shown.
  14. Open the Edit menu and pick Preferences
  15. In the Home page section on the right, click on Use Current Page
  16. Define your e-mail address if you want-
    • Click the plus next to Mail and Newsgroups on the left
    • Click Identity and put in your name and e-mail address. Also put New Mexico Tech in the Organization box if you want.
  17. Define your server
    • Click Mail Servers
    • Check that both Incoming and Outgoing Mail Servers show mail or mailhost.nmt.edu
    • Click Edit
    • Check that Server Type is POP3 Server and your user name is correct
    • Check mark for Remember password
    • Click the POP tab
    • Click Leave messages on server if you also want to read your e-mail in other ways, say with Pine
  18. Click OK twice
  19. To read your mail, look for the second icon at the lower-right corner of Netscape. It has the ToolTip Inbox. Click this icon to start the e-mail program.

  20. Using PC-Pine for e-mail.
    PC-Pine is an e-mail client you might want to use instead of Netscape. To set it up, copy the PC-Pine shortcut from the Start-Menu.
    • The Search dialog box should still be open from above.
    • In the Search for files ... box of the Search dialog box, type pine and press Enter.
    • The Pine shortcut appears.
    • Notice that there is a short-cut arrow on the icon and the file type is shown as Shortcut.
    • Right-drag the icon to the desktop and pick Copy from the menu.
    • Left-drag the new icon to the Start button and drop it there.
    • Now you can start PC-Pine either by double-clicking the shortcut or by clicking the Start button and picking the icon there.

  21. Decoding the e-mail
    E-mail messages are written in one several of languages. The two most common are Western and Unicode or Universal UTF-7. Unix messages are usually written in Western while Netscape and MS Outlook Express (OE) messages may be UTF-7. If your e-mail reader is set to the wrong form, some of the characters can appear strange. You can easily change from one form to the other in Netscape and in Outlook Express.
    • For Netscape, pull down the View menu and select Encoding. Then pick either Western or UTF-7.
    • For OE, pull down the View menu and select Language. Again, pick either Western or UTF-7.

    For OE, you can put a button on the tool bar to make the change easier. Pull down the View menu and select Layout, Customize Toolbar and click the Languages button. Click the Add button, then Close, and OK. To use the Language button, click the down arrow and select the language.

  22. Create a shortcut to Matlab
    • In the Search for files ... box of the Search menu, type matlab and press Enter.
    • Put the mouse pointer over the shortcut Matlab 6.1 (being careful not to get the Matlab folder)
    • Right-drag the icon to the desktop.
    • Release the mouse button and pick Copy.
    • Left-drag the new icon to the Start button and drop it there.
    • Also make a shortcut for Matlab 6.1 nojvm which starts Matlab without Java.
    • Start Matlab by double-clicking the no Java shortcut.
    • Do some fancy math by typing the following
      • a = 1:6
      • b = a'
      • b*a
      • a*b
      • Type exit when done

  23. Create a shortcut to Wordpad, Microsoft's intermediate editor.
    • You want to use MS Word for writing your papers but not for programming in Matlab, or writing HTML for web pages. While Notepad can be used for programming, it is fairly simple but lacking many features. An alternative is Wordpad.
    • In the Search for files ... box of the Search dialog box, type wordpad and press Enter.
    • The Wordpad shortcut appears.
    • Right-drag the icon to the desktop and pick Copy from the menu.
    • Left-drag the new icon to the Start button and drop it there.
  24. Create a shortcut to the Temp folder where Ansys will store its output.
    • In the next lesson you will set up Ansys to put its output into the folder C:\WINDOWS\Temp. You will want to empty this folder each week before you start Ansys so you can easily find some of the files it creates for you.
    • To make a shortcut, start Explorer
    • In the left pane, open the Drive C folder by clicking the +
    • In the left pane, left-click the C:\WINDOWS folder
    • In the right pane, scroll down to the Temp folder
    • Right-drag the Temp folder icon to the desktop and create a shortcut.
    • Left-drag the shortcut and drop it on the Start menu
    • Click the Start menu and click the Temp icon to open the folder
    • Click a file in the Temp folder
    • Type Ctrl-A to select all files in the Temp folder
    • Hold Ctrl and click any folders to unselect them
    • Hold Ctrl and click fat.db if present to unselect it
    • Press the Del key to delete all files there
    • Alternatively, you can right-click a highlighted file to get a menu and then pick Delete from the menu
    • Click Yes to Confirm File Delete
    • There may be files that you can't erase and they will keep the other files from being erased. In that case, Select a smaller group of files to delete at one time

  25. Set up Windows Media Player to view animations created by Ansys, the finite element solver we will be using in this course.
    • Make this web page narrow so you can see your desktop
    • Click the Start menu and pick Programs
    • Move the mouse pointer to Windows Media Player
    • Right click, hold, and drag the icon to the desktop
    • Release the mouse button to get a menu
    • Pick Copy from the menu
    • Double-click the icon to set up Media Player
    • Click here to see an Ansys animation of a Laminar Flow Analyses
    • In the menu bar at the top, click Play and pick Repeat. (If the menu bar is not visible, move the mouse pointer to the top and it will appear.)
    • Before leaving Media Player, remove the checkmark from Play.

  26. Now you can continue with these assignments by using either Netscape or MSIE in Win2000 by clicking on the Next button below.
  27. From now on, using either web browser, start on the MENG 421 home page and pick Assignments.

  28. Assignment:
    • Your lab report is due at my office before 4:30 PM Tuesday. It should describe what you did today in at least a half page of text. Use a text editor and print the report.

  29. If you want to log out now, do the following.
    • Save any work you have.
    • Close Explorer, Word, Netscape, and other programs.
    • Left-click the Start Button and pick Shut Down.
    • Click on log off.

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