QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Windows 95, 98, or XP. Vista is not yet supported.
MB of Disk Space on Hard Drive
or AGP Video Card with 4 MB Video RAM
Windows compatible sound card and speakers (or headphones)
Mouse and Keyboard
direct input force feedback steering wheel with foot pedals (accelerator
If you have not already done so, install the steering wheel and printer
according to manufacturer's instructions and check their operation before
you install Profiler. It is important to install these items
according to the manufacturers directions in order to get the latest drivers.
In the case of the Logitech USB wheel, install the software from the Logitech
CD BEFORE CONNECTING THE WHEEL to the computer. Otherwise,
Windows may automatically install outdated drivers as soon as it detects
the wheel, and problems may result.
Close any open applications on the computer.
Insert the Profiler CD into the CD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, a dialog
box will appear, requesting permission to install Profiler on your hard
drive. Click OK to install the program files in the default directory c:\profiler.
If Auto-run is disabled on your system, nothing will happen when you insert
the CD. In this case, double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop,
double click the CD-ROM icon in the "My Computer" window, and double click
"Profiler31_Install.exe" in the CD-ROM window.)
A dialog box may request your permission to check your system for the latest
version of Direct X and to upgrade to the latest version. Click OK.
A dialog box may request permission to restart your computer. Click "Restart
computer" to complete the installation.
Activate your license. If you have purchased a License for Profiler,
then you must activate it to use the additional test analyses it provides.
See License Activation below for instructions on
how to activate.
testing your students, you can choose which information Profiler prompts
them to enter and which group of test samples Profiler will use to generate
the normative score:
Launch the program by double-clicking on the Profiler shortcut icon on
your desktop. (The Profiler CD-ROM is not needed to run the program once
it has been installed.)
The mouse cursor appears as an ignition key. Click the "Drive" button.
Before testing any group of students, the instructor must configure the
test settings. Type the word "instructor" as the first name in the log-in
time you run Profiler after installation, you will also see the Initial
Installation dialog box at this time.)
A dialog box prompts you to "check fields to enable student dialog entries."
This determines which fields will be active the first time a student logs
in and encounters the prompt, "Please Answer A Few Questions About Yourself."
If you check Optional Field 1 and/or Optional Field 2, you can type the
desired field names in the text boxes at the bottom. Click "OK."
The next dialog box allows you to modify "Testing Site Configuration Information."
Company Name (optional)
System ID (default is your Computer Name or System1)
This can be any alphanumeric string, but cannot contain the following characters:
\ / : * ? < > |
is important to choose a unique System ID for each system (or distinct
grouping of students), because this ID is used to identify the score file
names. Every test that Profiler scores will generate a score file in C:\Profiler_DataFiles.
Each score file is named by the system ID, followed by an underscore, a
5-digit number, and the .prf file extension. For example, if you identify
one class of students with the system ID "Class 1," the first score file
to be generated will be named Class1_00001.prf, the second one will be
named Class1_00002.prf, the hundredth one will be Class1_00100.prf, and
Norm File Name
This item allows you to choose the norm file, the set of sample test results
against which Profiler will score your students. A drop-down list provides
a choice of norm files, including cadets.nrm, public.nrm, empty.nrm and
national.nrm. Respectively, cadets.nrm and public.nrm contain test data
gathered from Police cadets and from a cross-sectional sample of civilian
drivers. National.nrm includes all drivers whose scores have been submitted
to Profiler at the time it was released. The empty norm file contains a
flat distribution of score data which can be used to display the raw scores
without any particular norm group being referenced.
You may choose to create a new norm file by entering a new name here.
When you do so, the percentile ranking that Profiler generates as a score
will only have significance in relation to the group of students who take
the test on your testing system. Therefore, the first student to take the
test, as a sample group of one, will score a 50 (in the 50th percentile)
in every area and overall. Scores based on a new norm file will only become
meaningful as the number of test takers grows above 30.
This item allows you to choose a vehicle image to be used in the test.
The choice of vehicle does not affect the test parameters, but does modify
some of the images and sounds used in the test to better fit a particular
set of drivers.
Monitor Size (inches)
This information will be useful for interpreting results because monitor
size affects width of viewing field and image resolution, two factors that
Notify When X Tests (or Days) Remain
Profiler will warn you when your License is running out of tests or nearing
the end of its term. A reminder will appear each time a test is to
be scored when the License is below this threshold (default is 15).
Minimum Passing Score for Practice Level
The minimum score a student must achieve on the practice level before proceeding
to the test. Default of 40 is recommended.
Perform Scoring After Test(recommended)
No score will be displayed for any tests unless this item is checked. A
score provides constructive feedback and reinforcement that enhances the
instructional value of time spent in the test lab.
Ask Before Scoring
If this item is checked, students can choose whether or not they wish their
performance rating to be displayed at the end of a test. If this item is
not checked and Perform Scoring is selected, scores will be generated automatically
at the end of each test.
Add Score to Norms File
When this item is checked, each time Profiler scores a test, it will modify
the active norm file to include the new test data. This is an easy way
to build your own norm file while you test, but remember that the scores
will not be reliable until the norm file contains at least 30 scores. If
this item is not checked, the active norm file remains static. The sample
norm files shipped with profiler are read-only files, and we do not recommend
adding your scores to these file. You may, however, make copies of
these files and add your scores to the copies.
Display On-Screen Score
With this item, you choose whether or not students see score information
during all of the test laps. The on-screen score is always displayed for
the practice laps (default is Off).
Allow Practice Laps
This will allow students to choose between practice laps and a test.
Practice consists of one lap on the practice level. Students may
only practice after first completing a full test.
Steering Wheel Choice
Settings are provided for popular force feedback wheels which we have verified.
Consult the manufacturer for button values if you must use a wheel
other than those listed. Each entry contains the button code to use
for a particular function. The brake and gas should always use 10
and 9 for pedals.
The last line informs you of the number of tests or days remaining on the
license you are using. You may use the 'License' button to activate
a new License.
Installing Profiler on a computer for which you have purchased a license,
you must activate the license for that computer.
While the Testing Site Configuration dialog is still visible, press the
'License' button near the bottom.
(See Profiler Configuration above for how
to display this dialog.)
This will display a form which will allow you to obtain and enter your
License Registration Keys.
You must copy the two numbers displayed in 'User Code 1:___' and 'User
Code 2:___' and submit them to Profiler to receive your Registration
Keys. You can do this by using our Convenient Web Form, or by Phone,
Email, or Fax. We will then generate the correct Registration Keys
to activate your license on this computer. Once you have copied
down the User Codes, click "Cancel". Do not enter any values for
Reg Key 1 or Reg Key 2 at this time, or the user codes you have written
down could be invalidated. Since we require that payment has been
made before we issue the Registration Keys, you can submit your User Codes
as soon as your installation is complete, and we will issue the Keys upon
receipt of payment. Note that each time you reorder, you will use
a new set of user codes.
Profiler comes pre authorized with 10 full tests, so you may use it even
before your license is activated. The Starter Kit also comes with
10 tests, and no license activation is required to use them. Your
Starter Kit installation can be converted to a full Profiler installation
by simply purchasing a license and activating it as shown here.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
do I renew/upgrade my Profiler license?
in as Instructor to either Profiler or the Scoring Table application,
then from the Site Information Dialog press the License button. A
pop-up dialog will provide you two numbers that you must provide to us
to perform licensing. We will provide you one or two numbers to enter
into that same dialog (immediately or at a later date) to renew/upgrade
bought an Annual license or a 100-test Limited license, and I just
installed Profiler. It says I only have 10 tests. Why?
ships with a 10 test starter license. Once installed, you can only
score 10 tests before the license will expire. Any Annual or Limited
license will need to be activated by contacting us to
your license after you have completed the installation. Once you
send us your User Codes, we will send you your Registration Keys and your
license will be fully activated.
get a message "Error #5: Clock turned back? Please correct." and Profiler
will not score any tests. What does this mean?
is important for your computer to be set to the correct time and date when
running Profiler or the Scoring Table application. An incorrect clock
may disable Profiler until you contact us. If the clock has accidentally
set back (to a time earlier than the last time you executed Profiler) you
can simply reset the clock to the correct time, and it will run. If the
clock was accidentally set forward, and Profiler or the Scoring
application were run, then once your clock is corrected the applications
will be disabled and you will need to contact us to correct your license
(or you can wait until your computer clock advances to the
that was incorrectly set). Verify at all times that your computer
clock is correct before running Profiler or the Scoring Table.
I move Profiler to another computer after it has been licensed?
will need to contact us to move any license. Each Profiler license
is locked to a specific computer, and the software cannot be moved or copied
to any other computer without our assistance.
had 10 tests on my Limited License and then upgraded to an Annual license.
Now it says I have XX days on my license. What happened to my 10
your Annual license expires, your license will revert to a Limited license
and you will begin using your remaining tests. If you log in as Instructor
and press the License button, you can see
many days _and_ how many individual tests you have remaining.
ran some Profiler tests on one computer, but I did not score them. Then
I copied the score files to another computer with an Annual license on
it and tried to score them, but the Scoring Table will
let me. Why?
Profiler licensing system will not allow an Annual license to score tests
taken on a Limited license computer.
many tests can I score with an Annual license?
Annual license allows unlimited scoring for the period of one year.
Profiler takes about 30 minutes per student test from start to finish.
So, in an 8-hour day, one computer could theoretically run 16 students
through the Profiler test. So in a week you could perform 80 tests,
and in 50 weeks you could perform 4000 tests. In a realistic training environment,
the limit is much less than that, but you have the ability to greatly reduce
your cost per student test with an Annual license.
computer keeps displaying a dialog titled "Profiler Low Count/Date Warning"
each time I score a Profiler test. How can I make it stop displaying
in as Instructor, and on the Site Information dialog there is an entry
field for "Notify X Tests/Days Remain". This is set to a default
of 15 days or tests, and you are currently below that limit.
that number to an appropriate value for your site.
removed Profiler from my computer after using up all the tests, and then
I re-installed Profiler from the CD. It still says I have 0 tests.
is licensed to a specific computer the first time you run the program,
and notifies you with the "Initial Install Complete" popup dialog stating
that you have 10 tests remaining. Once a computer has a license that
has expired, you must renew/upgrade that license to perform any more test
scoring on that computer.
want to renew/upgrade my license, but I don't want to keep Profiler running
with the Licensing dialog up while I wait for you to send me my codes.
How else can I do this?
allows you to document your User Codes in the dialog, and then return to
the program later and type in the Registration Keys that we send you.
As long as you have not attempted to defeat the licensing system,
the Keys we send you will be functional and accurate.
need to upgrade my Computer system. Will Profiler still be licensed
when after I make changes to my system?
you plan to replace the computer disk or change the operating system, you
will need to contact us BEFORE doing so in order to preserve your Profiler
license for activation on the newly configured system. Simple changes
like adding a printer, other devices or software will not affect your Profiler
you have additional questions concerning your license, please send them
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