EuroSpeleo SRT Competitions

Auto-Boot Instructions for SRT Results Display

You can run the Results Screens on a public screen, and have the PC driving the screen boot-up automatically. This is useful because it means that if the mains power glitches, you do not need to manually open a browser and navigate to the site. There are several aspects to this.

How to do this will depend on your computer's operating system.

  1. On my ancient XP system... Create a text file called, say, eurospeleo.bat which contains the following two lines of text
    "C:\Documents and Settings\[yourSettingsFolder]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --kiosk http://forms.eurospeleo.uk/srt 
    pause
    
  2. Or on my windows 10 system... the text needs to be
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --kiosk http://forms.eurospeleo.uk/srt
  3. In XP: Save that file (or create a shortcut) to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. In Windows 10 press WinKey+R and type shell:startup in the Run dialogue box. This will bring up your startup folder, which you can also access as %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  4. Test it by double-clicking the *.bat file to run it.
  5. The browser will be operating in full-screen or "kiosk" mode, and you wont be able to break out of it easily. You can press ALT-TAB to bring up a list of your running programs for you select one, or you can press ALT-F4 to close the browser.

That's clearly not at all straightforward, especially as your PC might have a very different file structure. But its very handy once its done.

Auto-Boot Instructions for Photo Salon Slideshow

This is similar to the above, except that the slideshow will be running from a memory stick, and a potential difficulty is that you do not know the name of the drive. Your eurospeleo.bat file should contain the flollowing code...

@echo off
SET FILE=slideshow.html
echo Photo Salon Slideshow
echo ---------------------
echo Searching for %FILE% on external memory stick...
FOR %%i IN (
D
E
F
G
H
I
) DO (
IF NOT EXIST "%%i:\%FILE%" ( 
ECHO File not found on Drive %%i:\
) ELSE ( ECHO File found on Drive %%i:\. Executing...
"C:\Documents and Settings[[yourSettingsFolder]Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --kiosk %%i:\%FILE%
)
)
echo ...giving up.
pause

That will cause the PC to search drives D to I for the file slideshow.html and to run it if it exists.