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This chapter describes the launch application "PB Menu" that is pre-installed on all Pandoras Box hardware like Compact Players and Servers. It starts automatically when booting. It covers the Windows desktop and offers quick access to the most relevant actions, e.g. starting the PB Master or Client software or opening the Windows Explorer (File Browser). Further, the PB Menu displays crucial information regarding the network, disk space and output state.

The PB Menu includes another software called the Server Management Application. Its main purpose is to manage multiple hardware systems and to establish a VNC connection to another computer to remote control it. The installation includes both the VNC Server and Viewer (Client). The VNC Server service can be found in the SysTray from Windows.

You can download the PB Menu separately from the Download-Center on our homepage. Even though the PB Menu is primarily designed for our hardware you can also install it on custom Windows hardware running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Since version 6 a 64-bit environment is necessary.

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 use the PB Menu version 7 with WD version 6.5.

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Installation

The PB Menu installer can be found on website in the Download-Center. Before installing, please deinstall first any PB Menu version if it is older than version 7. This is not necessary if you are updating within version 7. Note that in this case, your "Settings" are kept.

Since PB Menu version 6 you can also run the installer whilst being connected through a VNC connection from the Server Management Application. The installer restarts the PB Menu after installation so that you can re-connect via VNC.

The fixed installation path is C:\Program Files\Christie\PB_Menu whilst Test Pattern are now saved under C:\Christie\content\Stock Assets\Testpattern (or C:\coolux...).

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.
Please note that automatic updates from Windows 10 are deactivated with the installation of the PB Menu, but you can activate them again under Settings.

User Interface

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Pandoras Box

This starts the configured Pandoras Box version. To choose one, go to Settings > Pandoras Box.

Widget Designer

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

Server Management

This starts the Server Management Application.

Encoding

For the time being, this is not implemented yet. This will start the Encoding GUI.

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File Explorer

This opens the Windows Explorer (File Browser).

Utilities

This opens the Utilities menu.

Settings

This opens the Settings menu.

Help

This opens the helpfile from the installation path chosen in "Settings > Pandoras Box / Widget Designer".

Add Custom App

This feature allows to add a quick access button for another executable file, including EXE or BAT files. Simply choose your file from the dialog and click "Open".
To setup another label or icon or if you like to launch the file automatically each time the system is started, go to Settings > Custom Apps.

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Taskbar

When switched on:
- the Windows Taskbar and desktop are visible
- the PB Menu can be repositioned by dragging its title menu

When switched off:
- the Windows Taskbar and desktop are hidden underneath a full screen test pattern
- the PB menu is placed at position 0/0

You can save the initial behavior, i.e. whether the taskbar is automatically hidden, under Settings > Taskbar.

Shutdown

This opens a pop-up menu where you can choose:
- Shutdown: shuts the system down
- Restart: restarts the system
- Reset Menu: restarts the PB Menu, the included VNC Server and the LCD Display (for PB Server hardware) - note that all Settings and the customizable buttons are not reset

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Time, Date

This shows the current system time and date.

Network

This shows the Computer name as well as the names and IP addresses from three available network adapters.
You can change IP addresses etc. under Settings > Network or of course within the Windows network setup.

Disk space

This shows the available storage space for four disks as chosen under Settings > Info Section.

. If there is a folder named "C:\Christie\content" or "C:\coolux\content" it is shown instead of the C:-drive.

Outputs

This shows the number of available outputs with their respective output resolution and frame rate for supported NVIDIA graphics cards (i.e. Quadro M4000, P1000, P4000, RTX 4000, RTX 6000).
If the mosaic mode is activated in a NVIDIA card, a single resolution will be shown including the number of used outputs.

You can change output settings under Settings > Display Setup or of course within the NVIDIA control panel.

The next chapters describe the Utilities and Settings Menu.