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The Microlab Prep software receives regular updates with bug fixes, new labware, and new features. To make sure you get the best results possible from your Prep, you should always update the software to the latest revision. This article describes how to download and install new versions of the Prep software.

Change Summary, v3.0

  • IP and network configuration
    • Allow input/output to and from network locations
  • Improve camera scan speed
  • Support multiple tubes containing the same consumption liquid
  • Add support for reusing tips across multiple steps in a protocol
  • New "Reagent from File" step
    • Reagent addition from .csv file
  • Allow partial tip racks on the deck to be consumed before reload prompt
  • Add support for explicitly selecting tube rack
  • Add support for disabling steps

Requirements

  • USB drive for downloading and installing the update(s)
  • Computer with internet connection
  • Administrator permissions, if user management is enabled

Procedure

Checking your software version

The upgrade procedure differs slightly depending on the current version of your Prep’s software. Make sure to check the software version before upgrading:

  1. Turn on the Prep. Do not sign in if prompted.
  2. If you are prompted to log in, tap the help button to view the software version. Follow the appropriate update instructions according to the software version.

    If you are not prompted to log in, continue to step 3.
  3. From the home page, tap the settings button. The settings button is located at the top-right corner, and has a gear icon.
  4. In the Software tab, tap Configuration, then open the Version tab.
  5. Follow the appropriate upgrade instructions according to the Microlab Prep Core Installer version.
  • Upgrading from version 2.1 and on

    1. Download the installer(s) and place them on a USB drive.
      Download current Software

      Software installers are stored in the Hamilton Resource Center. If you do not yet have access, request an account to receive access. Make sure to download the file to the root (the main folder) of the USB drive.
    2. Turn on the Prep and sign in if prompted. You will need Laboratory Administrator permissions to complete the update.
    3. Insert the USB drive. The ports are located on the left side of the Prep, near the bottom of the door.
    4. From the home page, tap the settings button. The settings button is located at the top-right corner, and has a gear icon.
    5. In the Software tab, tap Configuration, then open the Application tab.
    6. Scroll down to the “Update and backup utility” setting and tap Launch. The Prep will reboot in a separate utility.
    7. In the Modify Software tab, tap Refresh. The software version should appear in the update list (for example, “Upgrade MlPrepCore to 2.0.1.00002” with an Install button. Tap Details for a list of all changes in the package.
    8. Tap Install. A dialog will appear to confirm that you want to install the update. Tap Yes to proceed.
    9. Wait for the upgrade to be installed. Do not turn off the Prep.
    10. Tap OK in the dialog that appears after installation is complete.
    11. If the upgrade package contains firmware, tap Yes when asked to update it. After the update finishes installing, you may be prompted to physically restart the Prep. Press and hold the power button on the instrument if prompted.
    12. Tap Exit to return to the normal Prep software.
    13. Calibrate the camera:
      1. Clear the deck and replace any absent base plates.
      2. From the home page, tap the settings button with the gear icon at the top-right corner.
      3. Open the instrument tab and select System Calibration.
      4. Select Camera and tap Run. If the calibration fails, contact us.
  • Upgrading from version 2.0

    1. Download the installer(s) and place them on a USB drive.

      Download software
      Software installers are stored in the Hamilton Resource Center. If you do not yet have access, request an account to receive access. Make sure to download the file to the root (the main folder) of the USB drive.
    2. Turn on the Prep and sign in if prompted. You will need Laboratory Administrator permissions to complete the update.
    3. Insert the USB drive. The ports are located on the left side of the Prep, near the bottom of the door.
    4. From the home page, tap the settings button. The settings button is located at the top-right corner, and has a gear icon.
    5. In the Software tab, tap Configuration, then open the Application tab.
    6. Scroll down to the “Update and backup utility” setting and tap Launch. The Prep will reboot in a separate utility.
    7. In the Modify Software tab, tap Refresh. The software version should appear in the update list (for example, “Upgrade MlPrepCore to 2.0.1.00002” with an Install button. Tap Details for a list of all changes in the package.
    8. Tap Install. A dialog will appear to confirm that you want to install the update. Tap Yes to proceed.
    9. Wait for the upgrade to be installed. Do not turn off the Prep.
    10. Tap OK in the dialog that appears after installation is complete.
    11. If the upgrade package contains firmware, tap Yes when asked to update it. After the update finishes installing, you may be prompted to physically restart the Prep. Press and hold the power button on the instrument if prompted.
    12. Follow the instructions “Upgrading from Version 2.1 and on”.
  • Upgrading from version 1.0

    1. Download the installer(s) and place them on a USB drive.
      Download Software

      Software installers are stored in the Hamilton Resource Center. If you do not yet have access, request an account to receive access. Make sure to download the file to the root (the main folder) of the USB drive.
    2. Turn on the Prep and sign in if prompted. You will need Laboratory Administrator permissions to complete the update.
    3. Insert the USB drive. The ports are located on the left side of the Prep, near the bottom of the door.
    4. From the home page, tap the settings button. The settings button is located at the top-right corner, and has a gear icon.
    5. In the Software tab, tap Configuration, then open the Application tab.
    6. Scroll down to the “Run repair utility” setting and tap Repair. The Prep will reboot into the repair utility software.
    7. In the Modify Software tab, tap Refresh. The software version should appear in the update list (for example, “Upgrade MlPrepCore to 1.1.0.88”) with an Upgrade button.
    8. Tap Upgrade. Two Windows installer dialogs will appear reading, “The setup must update files or services that cannot be updated while the system is running”. Tap OK for both.
    9. Wait for the upgrade to be installed. Do not turn off the Prep.
    10. When the update finishes, check for a line of text at the bottom of the page confirming the update. The text should read, “Installed Core Version:” followed by the version you updated to.
    11. Follow the instructions “Upgrading from Version 2.1 and on”.

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