Updating your software

Please follow these steps to bring your systems up to date for both the Ad Servers (PCs) and your computer you use to control your systems. These steps will show you how to bring the Desktop Control Panel software update too.

This updated is such an upgrade that I took it off the auto-update system until everyone has performed the upgrade manually. There are too many internal changes to have this one done at startup.

After this update, your systems will not auto-update any longer, but you will have an icon on the desktop that will allow you to run the updates manually at your own pace.

This version also removed the Auto Start in 30 seconds feature for now. After all the Ad Servers have upgraded we can put that back in place.

Follow these easy steps to upgrade your ad servers and your desktop control panel software:

Ad Server:

1 – Uninstall the old DAM Digital Signage Live by going to the programs area under DAM Digital Signage or in the control panel of Windows and find it there to uninstall.

2 – Once uninstalled, download the DAM Live Setup here and save where you can find it. It’s a zip file so you need to uncompress (extract) it to find a file named “dam_setup.exe“. Run this file and approve it to run if Windows asks.

Your system might ask to reboot, but ignore this for now. 

 3 – Now download VLC from here and it will also be a zip file that will need to be uncompressed and remember where you saved it. Install it with all the default settings. 

4 – Now you can reboot to allow Windows to make the final changes.

If all went well your Ad server should startup running the digital signage software without waiting the 30 seconds. This is because I disabled the auto-update system for now. This allows the system to run with or without an internet connection if you have a D drive connected. More here on that…

5 – To make sure you have the latest version of the DAM Live software you can stop the software with the space bar. Now double click the “MiniBillboardStart” icon once to allow it to update the main software and run it. You only need to do this when I send up update notices from now on.

Ad Server Done (Repeat on all your Ad Servers).


Next, you have the Desktop Control Panel software which would be located back at your home or office computer. This does not get install on Ad Servers located out in locations. It’s only used to set up systems and change their settings as well as check on status among other things.

Desktop Control Panel Update:

The Desktop Control Panel software has also been updated with the same new features and media types. Follow these steps to update it.

1 – Download Control Panel Update software and save where you can find it. It’s a zip file so you need to uncompress (extract) it to find a file named “dam_control_panel.exe“.  

Copy this file to the “c:\adcontrol\” folder on your hard drive.

2 – Now download VLC from here and it will also be a zip file that will need to be uncompressed and ran. Leave all the default settings and install. Now you can run the Desktop Control Panel software when needed. More on this software here.

I will create some videos to show these instructions soon on the main website here.

Now you’re done.

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