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How to Start the First Run

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Warning
  • Do not use, this guide, unless, the user followed the Table of Contents, Section 2 - Installing Media Center Master with it's subsections, as a complete guide, without making any changes to the defined settings.
  • Using these steps in any other manner will not reproduce what is shown in the examples.


Additional Information
  • A "Real Time," "Real Life" scenario configuration will require changing, and/or adding new, settings to suit the user's preferences.
  • The settings used in these guides to configure uTorrent and Media Center Master for the first run are for new users to get a base automated process up and running that can be customized, later.
  • These guides provide information about: how the basic automation process works, which program is doing what processing, what is being processed, when the processes occur, and where the processing is taken place.
  • This is shown through examples and explanations in the guides, to include; this guide, "How to Start the First Run," and the following guide, "How to Interpret the First Run."
  • For some users, a simple change to the "Time Frames" for automation, may be the only requirement to reconfigure for a user's preferences.
  • For other users, several of the settings configured in these guides may need to be changed, and/or additional changes may be required to options not included in these guides, in order to suit the user's preferences.

Step 1 - Open "Media Center Master - Settings & Preferences" window through the "Application" menu.

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Step 2 - Create a desktop layout as show below, with Media Center Master, uTorrent and the Explorer windows. Attempt to get the window sizes and locations as close as possible. This will help in the next guide to follow the movements of the folders and files as they are passed from program to program and through the different folder structures. The processes will happen quickly at first and then vary in time as the processing takes place. The specific concerns to look for in sizing and location are:

  • Media Center Master should be the far background window with the "Settings and Preferences" window at the top, right, just below the "Title" bar.
  • Depending on the locations of the Folder Structures for Media Center Master and uTorrent, the Explorer window should not extend into Media Center Master's "Log" window (white area just above the TV Series name, "Covert Affairs"). It can extend the full height of the screen, from top to bottom. If it is impossible to show both Folder Structure locations, adjust the viewing panes for explorer to be able to see the uTorrent Folder Structure on the left, with the "New Downloads" folder selected, to see the torrent downloads on the right, when they are processed.
  • The length of the uTorrent window should be as wide as possible without interfering with the folder view pane in the Explorer window. For the height, again do not let it extend into the "Log" window. Adjust the column width of the "Name" field, if needed, to be able to see the "ETA" field.

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Step 3a - In the "General" tab settings, change the following time frames:

  • "download new TV episodes every" - from 15 days to 1 minute.
  • "run download parser every" - from 15 days to 5 minutes.
  • "run uTorrent integration every" - from 15 days to 10 minutes.
  • Tick the check box for "Show timestamp in the log window"

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Warning
  • At this point, if not already done so, it is suggested to jump to the next guide, "How to Interpret the First Run," to read and familiarize yourself with it, before continuing with Step 3b.
  • The guide will go over the important processes to watch for in order to ensure a successful first run has been completed.
  • The automation process for the selected TV Series will begin within one (1) minute after clicking on the save button.
  • After clicking the save button,
  • Remember to click the "Task" bar buttons in the following order:
  • First, open the Explorer window, then
  • Open uTorrent, so uTorrent will be on top of the Explorer window.

Step 3b - In the "General" tab settings... (continue using snap shot, above)

  • Click the "Save" button to close the "Settings and Preferences" window, and to begin the first run of Media Center Master.
  • Click the "Task" bar buttons to reopen the Explorer and uTorrent windows.

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