Here are some handy tips (from other users and our support staff) for operating DYNO-MAX more efficiently. While most of this information is contained in its On-Line Help system, you may have missed some of these.

"We rotate these tips, so check back periodically for new ones!"

Please note: Several of the tips and features described below will only apply to the latest DYNO-MAX "Pro" version! However, you may be eligible for a discounted or free upgrade. Click here for details!

Want smoother chassis dyno roller inertial torque data for improved repeatability? Try this suggestion:

Tip: For DYNOmite-Pro board sets try using one of its 0.1 RPM resolution modes (like "RPM Pulses/Rev 4/1 x 0.1"). This provides finer resolution of inertial acceleration power for large diameter and high inertia chassis dyno assemblies operating at below 6,535 RPM on Absorber (RPM-C).

Is your Inductive Spark Lead RPM data jumpy and messing up your inertial torque data? Try this suggestion:

Tip:  If you are using an inductive spark lead pickup on a signal source that does not provide particularly clean Engine RPM  (RPM-A) data, it is suggested that you enter 0.000 as the inertia value for RPM A. This prevents small Engine RPM spikes form inducing large inertial torque values.

Too many runs to find the that one you made a year ago? Try these suggestions:

Tip: This Open Run file selection window supports the Windows XP (or 2000 and Me) Explorer file Properties fields. Use this feature to display a Run Information page’s entered Name, Test Run, Vehicle, and Notes field data! Pause the cursor over any .run file name to see a pop-up view of the information (as shown below). Or, in Details view mode, right click on the headings bar to turn on these fields for browsing and sorting the runs. Use these powerful new “data-base” like features to help locate a particular test on a crowded hard disk!

Ever enter bogus data into the Run Information screen that then took you hours to figure out what was wrong? This may help:

Tip: An "Enable Range Check verification of Run Information fields" preference is available under Tools - Preferences - General. If checked, DYNO-MAX displays warning messages (upon New Run) if your data violates preset parameters. “Pro” users can even modify the allowable min/max limits (under Tools - Run Information Range Check…).

Wish you were faster moving around in DYNO-MAX?  Using a mouse is slow, the following Function Accelerator keys on your PC�s keyboard can be used to perform common tasks with a single keystroke. Just press the appropriate F# key to invoke the indicated action:

F1 = Help
F2 = File - Open Run…
F3 = File - Print…
F4 = View - Current Run Information
F5 = View - Graph
F6 = View - Graph’s Data Points
F7 = Edit - Automated Test Control
F8 = Edit - Console Set Up
F9 = Edit - Graph Set Up
F10 = File - Save Run
F11 = Console - Dyno Cell
F12 = File - New Run
Alt+F9 = Edit Graph Set Up - Data Clipping - Apply Smart Clipping
Alt+F12 = Electronics - Reinitialize All Boards

Tip: The standard Windows Short Cuts, like Ctrl-C for Edit - Copy, also work in DYNO-MAX as do all the Alt Key - Underlined Letter menu shortcuts.

Tip: During actual testing it is faster to use the Function Accelerator keys and underlined Console letters than the mouse! Force yourself to use the keys so that you learn them. Note: In the Console, when you press an underlined letter (like the Z on the Zero button) you must not hold down the Alt key!

Tip: Under Servo Load Control, you can press the PC’s Up/Down and Left/Right ARROW keys to change the Hold RPM. Likewise, with the Electronic Throttle Controller, you can use the Page-Up/Page-Down and Home/End keys to move the Geared Throttle.

Need to scrap a just recorded run in the Console without answering all the save questions and manually opening a New Run? Use this feature:

Tip: An “Erase” recording button now appears on all the Consoles. It can erase all the recorded data from the current test run, without having to start another New Run.

Are you using the Right Mouse button?  If you only use the left mouse button, you're only putting it half to work. Here's why:

Tip: The Right Mouse Click brings up a Context Sensitive Menu throughout the program. These short menus lists only the most commonly used functions (based on where you are in the program when you click on your mouse’s rightmost button). Practice using the mouse’s right button as you work with DYNO-MAX. You will soon realize that it almost always lists the menu choice you need.