The Student Hallway - Choosing a Task

Updating Your Software

After reaching the front of the queue, when the experiment is ready to be used...

Basic features of a typical experiment...

If your connection is lost or your software stops working.... (Don't panic - you will not lose your data!)

 

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Log In

This is the main entry point for students performing telelabs tasks. UWA students log in with their surname as the user ID. The initial password is the student number. The password can be changed using the 'edit details' tab.

 

 

The Student Hallway - Choosing a Task

Follow the sequence shown here. Click on the active links for more details. You can imagine this is like a real hallway with different labs leading off it. You need to join a queue for a particular piece of equipment in order to do your assigned task. Even if the equipment is free now, you need to join the queue to gain access.

There is a pause while the system checks that you have the correct software installed after pressing the JOIN QUEUE button and again after pressing the ENTER LAB button. You will receive a warning message if your software for the particular experiment you are queuing for does not seem to be correctly installed.

Press the REFRESH button to make sure the latest estimate of your waiting time is displayed.

If the queue is long, you do not need to remain connected. You can press EXIT HALLWAY and log out. You will keep your place in the queue. However, make sure you log in again well before your turn comes up. The waiting time is only an estimate. Some users will have priority and will be able to jump to the front of the queue, depending on how the timetable is arranged.

 

 

Updating Your Task Library Software

Task libraries are software components that provide your control panel for each experiment: each experiment has a different set of controls. These change from time to time as new features are added. Use the 'Verify System' tab (below) and 'UPDATE MY SYSTEM' button to update and install your task library software. Do this before joining a queue. Note that each task library is around 6 Mb and takes some time to download and install. On a 50k modem connection, it can take 30 minutes for each task library. However, you only need to do this once (unless we change the control panels again). Use 'CHECK MY SYSTEM' to find out what needs updating.

You can update your system while waiting in the queue. However, you cannot use your system until it has finished the download and installed the task libraries. If you are using a modem connection it is best to do this before joining the queue!

 

After reaching the front of the queue, when the experiment is ready to be used...

There is a pause while the system checks that you have the correct software installed after pressing the ENTER LAB button. You will receive a warning message if your software for the particular experiment you are queuing for does not seem to be correctly installed.

 

Basic features of a typical experiment...

If your connection is lost or your software stops working....

Do not panic. Quit from the experiment if you can, or kill the LOL Login application using the Windows task manager. Start LOL Login again, and log in to the same remote labs server as you did originally. When the student hallway appears, you will see the original task selected and you will be able to enter the lab again and resume your experiment. Although the chart display will only show data from when you re-entered the lab, data recorded while you were connected before, and while you were re-connecting can be retrieved using the 'EMAIL DATA' button. You have about 3 minutes to re-connect which should allow enough time to reboot your computer if necessary.