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This chapter describes the software "PB Menu" that is pre-installed on all Pandoras Box hardware like Players and Servers. It starts automatically when booting. It covers the Windows desktop and consists of a few buttons that give access to the most needed actions, e.g. starting the PB Master or Client software or opening the Windows Explorer (File Browser).

The PB Menu includes another software called the PB Remote. With that software you can establish a VNC connection to another computer to remote control it. The installation includes both the VNC Server and Viewer (Client). In addition an FTP server is installed with the PB Menu allowing file transfer from a remote computer.

You can download the PB Menu separately from the Download-Center on our homepage. Eventhough the PB Menu is primarily designed for coolux hardware rev4, running Windows 8.1 you can also install it on custom Windows hardware running Windows 8.1.

It might be of interest that Widget Designer offers two input nodes displaying software and hardware information of remote computers. The "PB Menu" Input Node receives information from the PB Menu and "Engine Health" from Pandoras Box. Please find more information in the linked chapters.

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Installation

After downloading the installer from our Download-Center on our homepage you can start the installation. The fixed installation path is C:\System\LCD_Menu whilst Test Pattern are now saved under C:/coolux/content/Stock Assets/Testpattern. The installation now also includes the Redistributable Package (Visual C 2013)

Updating from an older version rXXX to a newer 6.0.XX (e.g from r271 to 6.0.14)

To make sure that previous installations of PB Menu are not conflicting with your new PB Menu installation we recommend to follow the steps below (this is only required once when transitioning from older versions):

    1. Attach keyboard and mouse to your system.
    2. Open the Task Manager and close “PB Menu”.
    3. Select the “Startup” tab in the Task Manager and disable (all) PB Menu entries.
    4. Reboot your machine; the PB Menu should not start this time.
    5. Open a file browser and delete the folder “C:\System\LCD_Menu”.
    6. Run the new Pandoras Box Menu installer; PB Menu will start automatically.
        Make sure, that "PB Menu" is enabled in the Task Manager > Startup tab.
    7. If you encounter error messages when starting Pandoras Box, please reinstall Pandoras Box.

Updating a 6.x version

Since PB Menu version 6 you can also run the installer whilst being connected through PB Remote. The installer restarts the PB Menu after installation so that you can re-connect via VNC.

When the installation is finished you are asked to accept the End user License Agreements from Windows and Quicktime. From now on, when you boot the system, PB Menu will start automatically to cover the Windows desktop and task bar and show a menu instead. The menu is located in the upper left corner and offers the below described buttons and pop-up menus.

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To see the desktop and taskbar again, click on "Configuration >
Taskbar On". The PB Menu, FTP and VNC Server can be found in the taskbar's Systray and offer basic options when you right-click the according icon.

PB Menu buttons

Master

This starts the configured Pandoras Box version in master mode which is possible for Managers, Players and Servers.
To choose a Pandoras Box version, go to "Configuration > Pandoras Box".

Client

This starts the configured Pandoras Box version in client mode which is possible for Players and Servers but not Managers. A client always needs another system started in master mode.
To choose a Pandoras Box version, go to "Configuration > Pandoras Box".

Widget Designer

This starts the configured Widget Designer version.
To choose it, go to "Configuration > Widget Designer".

Remote

This starts the VNC software called "Pandoras Box Remote" that allows you to remote control another computer. It can connect to any computer in the network that launched the corresponding VNC Server. Both, the VNC connection software PB Remote (VNC Client) and the VNC Server are part of the default PB Menu installation. Whilst the software is started with the "Remote" button, the VNC Server automatically runs in the background when the PB Menu is started.

Tools

This opens a sub menu listing all Tools installed with a Pandoras Box version. Click a tool to open it.
To choose a Pandoras Box version for the Tools, go to "Configuration > Pandoras Box".

File Browser

This button is a customizable button. It can be renamed and / or assigned to another function when clicking on "Configuration > Custom Start".
Per default it opens the Windows Explorer (File Browser).

Display Setup

This button is a customizable button. It can be renamed and / or assigned to another function when clicking on "Configuration > Custom Start".
Per default it allows to setup display settings in the same way as the button "Setup > Display Setup".

Network Setup

This button is a customizable button. It can be renamed and / or assigned to another function when clicking on "Configuration > Custom Start".
Per default it allows to setup network settings in the same way as the button "Setup > Network Setup".

Configuration >
Pandoras Box

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This opens a dialog to set up how Pandoras Box starts.

In case you have changed the default installation path C:\Program Files (x86)\coolux when installing Pandoras Box, you can change the "Root Directory" with the [...] button to the new location.
The drop-down list below, offers all Pandoras Box versions installed there. Choose the version you like to start via the Autostart function or manually via the Menu buttons "Master" or "Client". In other words: If you downloaded and installed a new version, simply choose this version in the drop-down list. In return, you can also choose another older version if you like to start it, e.g. if you have a show file saved in this version and you want to load it with this version too.

Per default, the Domain is set to be 0 and should only be changed if necessary. For more information, please see the chapter Configuration > Network where you can change the Domain in a PB Master when already started. A PB Client also offers an according "Domain" text field.

If you like to start Pandoras Box automatically each time the system is started or rebooted, check the "Autostart" check-box and set the radio button to the according mode. Per default, there is a delay of 30seconds (after starting the PB Menu) to ensure that the computer finished the boot process and all USB devices (especially the dongle) are ready.

The "Check Process" option checks whether the Pandoras Box process replies and restarts the application if there is no response for 60 seconds. If you like to use this feature, first activate the option and apply it by pressing the "Apply" or "OK" button. Then start Pandoras Box via the Menu, which means via the Autostart feature or the Menu buttons "Master" or "Client".

Configuration >
Widget Designer

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This opens a dialog to set up how Widget Designer starts.

The drop-down list includes all installed Widget Designer versions found in the old default path C:\Program Files (x86)\coolux and the new one C:\Program Files\Christie. In case, you have installed Widget Designer with a different path, you can add the version to the list with the [...] button.
Selecting a version in the drop-down list links it to the Menu button "Widget Designer" and you can start this version manually. In other words: If you downloaded and installed a new version, simply choose this version in the drop-down list. In return, you can also choose another older version if you like to start it, e.g. if you have a show file saved in this version and you want to load it with this version too.

If you like to start Widget Designer automatically each time the system is started or rebooted, check the "Autostart" check-box. Per default, there is a delay of 30seconds (after starting the PB Menu) to ensure that the computer finished the boot process and all USB devices (especially the dongle) are ready.

With the radio buttons at the bottom you can choose the Widget Designer edition to be started via the Autostart function or the Menu button.

Configuration >
Custom Start

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This opens a dialog to change the customizable Menu buttons.

The above described Menu buttons "File Browser", "Display Setup" and "Network Setup" are customizable buttons.

Enter a new name in the "Label" text field to be displayed on the Menu button. If you choose a custom or default "Action", the Label adopts automatically.
The "Action" drop-down list offers the default actions, e.g opening the File Browser.
With the [...] button you can pick a custom file that should be opened. It is possible to choose executable files (including .exe and .bat) or other files.
If you like to launch the action automatically each time the system is started or rebooted, check the "Autostart" check-box. Per default, there is a delay of 30seconds (after starting the PB Menu) to ensure that the computer finished the boot process and all USB devices (especially the dongle) are ready.

Configuration >
DMX Remote

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This opens a dialog to setup DMX Remote Control in case you have a DMX Link In connected to your system. This USB interface allows to send 512 DMX channels on Subnet/Universe 0/0.

Activate the "Enable" check-box if you like to use the feature to shut down or reboot your system when a certain value is received via a connected DMX Link In device.

Activate the according "ShutDown" or "ReBoot" check-box and change the following number fields if needed. The "Channel" is the DMX channel which should trigger the actions. Per default the value must be send for 5 seconds, which is the "TimeOut". The "MinVal" and "MaxVal" define the accepted value range. Per default, a shutdown is triggered with the value 255 and a reboot with 128.

Configuration >
FTP Server

click to enlargeThis opens a dialog to setup the FTP Server that is installed and launched with the PB Menu. The FTP Server allows file transfer and administration (renaming, deleting, etc.) from a remote computer using a third party FTP Client (e.g. Filezilla) or the built-in FTP Client from the PB Remote application.

"Start FTP Server" starts the FTP Server. Note that it starts automatically when the PB Menu application starts. The according application is saved in the installation path C:\System\LCD_Menu\PB FTP Server.exe
"Stop FTP Server" ends the FTP Server process.
"Open Configuration" opens the following dialog to change the FTP Server settings.
"Reset FTP Server" ends the FTP Server process and starts it again.

click to enlargeThe FTP Server Configuration allows to change network and user settings.

The "Enable" check-box is ticked when the FTP Server runs. Deactivate it, to change the following network settings.
The "IP" drop-down list offers all available network adapters. You can change the IP address using the Menu button "Network Setup".
The default port for FTP connections is 21. Change the "Port" number only if necessary.
With the [...] button you can change the "Root" directory which is the default path for all users, e.g. C:\coolux

The "User List" shows all users that can connect to the FTP Server. Per default, there is the user "admin" with the conforming password who has full access to the default path C:\coolux.

You can also add more users by pressing the "Add" button. First, define a new name and password. Then you can select a sub folder from the default path if this user should not have access to the full default path. Finally, you can adjust the user rights.
With the "Edit" button you can change the above described user settings. And with "Delete" you can delete a user from the list.

Configuration >
VNC Server

click to enlargeThis opens a dialog to setup the VNC Server settings.

The default port for the VNC Server is 5900, change it only if necessary.
The password is empty per default but can be changed if necessary.

In PB Remote, you can use the syntax "IP:port", e.g. "2.0.0.1:5905" to specify another port than 5900. If you setup passwords, PB Remote will ask for it in a dialog before connecting to the remote computer.

Configuration >
Taskbar On

This command toggles the Windows taskbar and the desktop to be visible. In addition, you can move the Menu to another position by dragging it with the mouse.

Configuration >
Task Manager

This command opens the Windows Task Manager. It provides detailed information about computer performance and running applications, processes and CPU usage, commit charge and memory information, network activity and statistics, logged-in users and system services.

Configuration >
RAID Setup

This works only on Christie hardware and opens the installed RAID tool or its web interface via the Windows Internet Explorer. The  tool allows collecting information about the computer's raid system and gives the possibility to manage it. Please note: Do not touch the raid system settings unless you are well skilled in doing this. If there are hard drive / raid problems, please contact Support.pandorasbox@christiedigital.com or your local distributor for support!

Configuration >
Show Log

This opens two Windows Explorer windows to show the log files from Pandoras Box and Widget Designer according to the installation paths setup under "Configuration".

Setup >
Display Setup

This button allows to setup display output settings and opens the according menu or dialog depending on your hardware. There are four scenarios:

a) If a DVI or SDI processor is connected, a dialog opens that shows available configuration settings for the connected DVI or SDI processor. The dialog options are described in the chapter " Software - Quad Setup Menu".

b) If the graphics card NVIDIA M4000 is detected, the M4000 dialog opens, which will be described soon.

c) In case another NVIDIA card is detected, the NVIDIA Control Panel opens which shows all output settings available for your graphics card. These settings depend on the card model but in general they match those explained in the chapter "Graphics Card Settings".

d) In case another graphics card is detected, the "Windows Display Settings" dialog opens.

Note that testpattern are automatically created when changing the output resolution. They are available with the Testpattern dialog under Setup > Test Pattern.

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Setup >
EDID Link

This opens a dialog to setup a connected EDID Link. The settings are explained in the chapter " Software - EDID Link Editor".

Setup >
Network Setup

click to enlargeThis opens the network dialog to set individual IP addresses for each “Lan” adapter.

First, choose the network adapter's name in the "Adapter" drop-down menu. With the check-box below you can setup whether DHCP is enabled for the selected adapter. IF there is no DHCP server in the network, disable the option and enter a static "IP Address", e.g. 2.0.0.1, a "Subnet Mask", e.g. 255.0.0.0 and a "Gateway" if required, e.g. 2.0.0.100. At the bottom of the network dialog, you see eight Lan ports with their according IP address. The PB Menu itself displays the first two ports in the Status section at the very bottom.
Per default, this information updates automatically after a few seconds. However, it might sometimes be needed to refresh the Menu via "Shutdown > Reset Menu", for example when changing network settings in the Windows dialogs.
It is recommended that the Lan adapters are named "Lan", "Lan2", "Lan3" etc.

Setup >
Test Pattern

click to enlargeThis opens a dialog to choose a testpattern from that is then displayed as a fullscreen background on all connected (single) displays. This is especially interesting when setting up displays or projectors and a testpattern are needed but either the network or the Pandoras Box master are not setup yet. You can also choose a testpattern using the LCD Menu on PB Server hardware.

Test-patterns are automatically created on-the-fly when starting the system, changing resolutions or opening the Testpattern dialog. Hence, they always match current and possible arbitrary resolutions. The images are saved under C:/coolux/content/Stock Assets/Testpattern. Note that this will not overwrite existing testpattern which need to be deleted manually to have new ones generated.

Setup >
Date / Time

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This opens a dialog to set up the timezone, date and time for the local system. It might be of interest that PB Remote offers date settings influencing all systems in the network.

Setup >
Show Eula

This displays the End user License Agreements from Windows and Quicktime the next time the computer boots.

Setup >
Version

This label shows the version from the PB Menu. Other and possibly newer versions are available in the Download-Center on our homepage.

Help / Manual

This opens the helpfile from the installation path chosen with "Configuration > Pandoras Box".

Shutdown >
Shutdown

This command shuts the system down.

Shutdown >
Reboot

This command restarts the system.

Shutdown >
Reset Menu

This resets the PB Menu in terms of reading current hardware information that is also displayed in the PB Menu, for example the network adapter settings. This is of interest when the PB Menu does not display the correct information, e.g. because settings were changed directly from Windows. In addition, the LCD Display on PB Server hardware is restarted.
Note that the customizable buttons are not reset to the default buttons in the same way as all configuration menus etc. stay the same.

Displayed Information

The bottom of the menu displays hardware information:
IP address from the first Lan port
IP address from the second Lan port
Computer name
Available storage on the C:\ drive or alternatively on C:\coolux\content in case of a PB Server or Player hardware
System time
System date