Page modified from the Connections web
site, with the permission of Tari Fanderclai: any mistakes are our
and not Tari's!
Fanderclai, Tari. "Installing tkMOO-light for Windows." Connections website. 1994-2001. http://web.nwe.ufl.edu/~tari/connections/tkmoo_windows.html (April 8, 2002)
To install tkMOO-light on your Windows machine and use it to connect to Acadiana, follow these instructions.
There are four things to do. Do all four steps, including downloading and installing the tkmoo-light worlds file for Acadiana, or Acadiana will not appear as an option when you try to connect.
Download the tkMOO-light software
Download the worlds file that contains the information for connecting to Acadiana, placing it in your tkmoo-light folder
Start tkMOO-light and use it to connect to Acadiana
You may want to print this page so that you'll be able to keep these instructions in view as you work.
Note that while this takes a lot of space to explain, it's super easy to do. If you're used to downloading and installing software, please use these instructions anyhow to make sure you do not forget to install the correct worlds file.
Go to the tkMOO-light distribution page .
Double-click the file you just downloaded, and the WinZip
Self-Extractor dialog box will open:
Notice that the extractor is attempting to put this folder on your Windows Desktop, but the location of the Windows Desktop varies according to what version of Windows you have. The extractor's default may not be the correct choice for you.
Click the Browse button and navigate to your Windows Desktop.
In the Browse for Folder dialog box, navigate to your Windows Desktop.
Click the OK button to close the Browse dialog.
Click the Unzip button in the WinZip Self-Extractor dialog box. WinZip will unpack the files into a folder and then show you a dialog box telling you that it unzipped the files successfully. Click OK to dismiss the dialog, and then click the Close button on the Self-Extractor dialog box to dismiss that as well.
Look for your new tkMOO-light folder, which should be on your
Desktop, and will be called something like tm0-3-28s. (You can
rename this folder if you prefer.)
The worlds file is the file that contains information tkMOO-light
uses to connect to MOOs you want to use. You'll download a worlds file
that already contains a configuration for connecting to Acadiana. Once
you have this file, you can add other MOOs to it.
Right-click on this link: worlds.tkm . Select Save As or your browser's equivalent. Be sure that you do not save the worlds.tkm file in text format, which your Save dialog may try to do by default. The worlds.tkm file won't do you any good if saved as a text file!
In the Save dialog box:
Navigate to your new tkMOO-light folder
Make sure the File name line says worlds.tkm
From the Save as type pull-down menu, select All Files.
Your save dialog should now look something like this:
Click the Save button. You might see a dialog box telling you that the worlds.tkm file already exists, and asking whether you want to replace it. If you do, click Yes--replace the original worlds.tkm file with the one you're downloading.
Open your new tkMOO-light folder (remember, it's called something like tm0-3-28s, unless you renamed it).
Locate the tkmoo.exe file, which has a pink and yellow icon.
If you have a Acadiana character, enter your user name and password in the two fields (as displayed below). Click on login.
If you want to connect as a guest, enter:
For more help and more tutorials, explore the options on the Connections home page
Some important notes
You do not have to keep the file you downloaded and extracted the files from--the file that has a name similar to tm0-3-28s.exe. Once you've finished part II above, you can delete the original downloaded file.
You do not have to leave your tkMOO-light folder on your Desktop. You can put it where ever you prefer to store program files. If you move the folder, I suggest you put a shortcut to tkMOO-light on your desktop. Be sure that you move the tkMOO-light folder BEFORE you create your shortcut, or the shortcut will be pointing to the wrong location! After you move your folder, open it and right-click on the tkmoo.exe file. Select Create shortcut from the popup menu. Then drag the new shortcut icon to your Desktop.
If you need to uninstall tkMOO-light, simply delete the folder; there's no additional uninstall process.
If you use other MOOs in addition to Connections, you can add them to your tkMOO-light menu by selecting Worlds from the Connect menu, and then clicking the New button. Do not edit the DEFAULT WORLD item on that menu--click New and add a new item for the MOO you want to connect to. Some users have experienced problems after editing the default world.
If you add a new world to tkMOO-light, you'll notice that, as in many clients, there is a place to put in your username and password. You do not have to put that information into the client, and I recommend that you don't, for two reasons:
If anyone else uses the same computer and tries to use tkMOO-light, they will be automatically connected to your MOO character. Not only is that a violation of most MOOs' policies, but someone could do a lot of damage to your MOO character and objects, as well as to your friendships with other MOO users, by logging in as you.
Even if you're the only one with access to the computer you use, putting your password into your client means that you never have to type it and will probably forget it, which in turn means you won't know how to log into the MOO when you want to use a different computer or MOO client. Additionally, changing your MOO password, which you should do periodically in order to be sure your character remains secure, is more difficult to do if you also have to edit client settings.
Last Modified: July 27, 2004