Instructions for Installing the What can you expect from the Eta-12 VISITview
In order to install this lesson, you will need to create a new directory
on your hard drive, download a self extracting, compressed file into this
directory, and then run this file in order to extract the data and program
files. NWS Users: We strongly encourage you to install these files on
a "modern" PDW (300 MHz Pentium II or faster, and at least 64 MB of RAM).
If your PDW is being used as a Linux machine, please contact us for special
I. To get and install the VISITview lesson files on a Windows
Create a directory on your computer to hold this lesson. For example,
open a Command Prompt window and type:
You can also create this new directory using the Windows Explorer
or My Computer.
Get the self-extracting exe file (it is about 7 MB in size) by aiming your
Web browser to
Be sure to put this Eta12_19apr10.exe file into the same directory
that you created in step 1.
To extract all the image and program files, just run the Eta12_19apr10.exe
file by either:
- or -
opening My Computer or the Windows Explorer and clicking
on the filename Eta12_19apr10.exe
II. This completes the installation. To join the training
opening a Command Prompt window, typing cd \visit\eta12,
and then typing Eta12_19apr10
open the "Display" Control Panel and make sure your Settings for the Desktop
Area is 800 by 600 pixels or greater
click on the visit.bat
filename from My Computer or Windows Explorer.
you could open a Command Prompt window, and type:
- A ViewClient window should
appear, with a large red triangular pointer in the main window and drawing/animation
controls below. If a VISITview server is actively hosting the session, then
you will also see images in the ViewClient window. The session will last
about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Dial into the conference call (consult email with setup instructions for the phone number).
III. To run this lesson locally (for example, to train others
in your office who were unable to attend the group session), open a Command
Prompt window and type visitlocal. A ViewClient window
will appear which includes additional controls to load Selected
lesson pages (or to move to the Next or Previous page).
During the lesson, if a message "Communications problem - restart" appears
at the bottom of the ViewClient window, then you will need to close
out that window (double click over the icon in the upper left corner),
and then enter the
visit command again to restart the ViewClient
In the Command Prompt window where you enter the visit
command, you will see various communications message appearing; for the
most part, you may ignore these.
If you are using a Unix or Linux system, you will need to
install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) software on your local computer...see
the JRE instructions