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Installing and Starting the Halogen Software

A DVD containing the Halogen software is included with your HAL System hardware. If you’re like most people, however, that DVD is gone – accidentally tossed in the recycle bin along with the cardboard box. If that’s the case, no need to worry. Simply go to the Rane website at and download the software, free-of-charge.

note: You must be logged in with administrator rights to install this software.

  1. Insert the DVD in your computer (or click the Halogen download button on the Rane website).
  2. If downloading the software, on the File Download box that appears, click Run. If you want to save the installation file to your computer, click Save.
  3. When the download completes (or after inserting the DVD), click Run to begin the installation. The installation program first verifies the contents of the setup package. This may take a few moments.
  4. When the verification completes, the Welcome screen appears. Click Next.
  5. The License Agreement appears. After reading the agreement, check the box that indicates you accept the terms, and then click Next.
  6. Indicate the location in which Halogen should be installed. By default, Halogen is installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Rane Corporation\Halogen (If running 32-bit Windows Halogen is installed in the "Program Files" directory). Select or deselect the options to create a desktop icon and/or a quick launch icon. Click Next.
  7. Click Next again to begin the installation of Halogen. The installation application uninstalls the previous version of Halogen (if necessary), installs any needed components, and then installs the Halogen application. This process may take several minutes.
  8. note: There are a number of processes that are required for Halogen to function properly. It is important to verify that none of these files were blocked by your firewall or virus protection software. For details, see Required Processes for Communicating with HAL.

  9. When the installation is complete, the following dialog box appears: Final Installation Dialog Box
  10. Click Finish to complete the installation and open Halogen.

  11. note: There are two versions of the Halogen installer on the Rane website. The web installer and the single file installer. The web installer is a smaller download, but during the installation it requires an Internet connection to complete the installation. Sometimes this approach fails or is impossibly slow. If your web install is slow or fails, spend the extra time to download the larger, single file installer. It often avoids the speed bumps possible with the web install version.

    Also, use the single file installer or copy the install DVD contents to a network server to most efficiently install Halogen on multiple computers

Starting Halogen

  1. Start the application using your favorite method, such as double clicking on the Halogen desktop icon.
  2. A splash screen displays until the application loading completes.

  3. By default, Halogen first shows the Startup Panel, allowing you to create a new configuration for a HAL model of your choice, open an existing configuration file, or connect to a HAL device:. For more information see Halogen Startup Panel.
  4. note: If the application fails to start, verify that all required ports are available and that all required processes are installed and available. For details, see Ethernet Ports and Protocols and Required Processes for Communicating with HAL.

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