BridgePal Scoring System
These instructions are not BridgePal specific and would apply equally well to configuring a PC for any other wifi based scoring system. The method for carrying out the operations described below is
dependent on your version of Windows, so is not possible to describe in detail here. If you are unfamiliar with how to carry out these operations please search for more detailed instructions on the web.
Make sure that the PC is configured so that it will not go into a sleep or hibernation state during a bridge session. The settings can be found in "Power Options"
Disable Anti-Virus Scans
Although anti-virus software is useful for a normal home or business PC it is a positive nuisance when using the PC as a server for BridgePal.
This is because anti-virus software tends to start a background scan when it considers that the machine is idle (no mouse or keyboard activity, or low CPU usage, for a certian period of time).
These scans are very resource intensive and can prevent or very severely delay response to requests to the PC from BridgePal scoring units, giving the impression that
the system has frozen. It is therefore recommended that anti-virus software on the scoring PC be removed or disabled. A dedicated BridgePal scoring PC will generally only be connected to the internet for
the purpose of uploading results from BridgeScore, so disabling the AV software should not expose the PC to a significant risk.
Steps required are:
Disable Automatic Windows Updates
- Uninstall any third party anti-virus software that is installed. In later versions of Windows this will normally cause the default anti-virus software (Windows Defender) to be reactivated
- Disable Windows Defender. The technique is dependent on the version of Windows. In Windows 8 or 8.1, it can be done simply by opening the Windows Defender settings screen and un-ticking the checkbox labelled "Enable Real-Time Protection". For Windows 10 see this BridgePal forum topic
Windows has a tendency to download system updates in the background and then to apply these updates when the system is next rebooted. The time required to apply the updates can vary from minutes to hours depending on the size of the update - obviously very inconvenient if this happend when the PC is booted in the club at the start of a scoring session !
In Windows 8.1 and earlier it is possible to disable automatic updates by changing the windows update settings via the control panel. For windows 10 is it not possible to disable automatic updates through configuration options. However, it can be achieved by disabling the windows update service. This is done as follows:
Disable Automatic Updates of Windows Store Apps
- Do a right click on the "Start" button at bottom left of screen and select "Run" from the popup menu
- Type "services.msc" and then click on the OK button
- A dialog box will appear with a list of windows services. Scroll the list to find an entry for "Windows Update"
- Double click on the entry to open the "Properties" dialog.
- Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click on OK
- Since a recent windows 10 update it appears that windows 10 now automatically re-enables the windows updates service if it discovers that it has been manually disabled. This article describes a procedure for defeating this "feature"
Windows 8 and later versions have access to an app store (analogous to the app stores for iPhone/iPad and android). Automatic downloads/updates of installed apps during a bridge session
could slow down the PC during a bridge session. This can only occur if the scoring PC has an internet connection during the session. If it does so, see this link
for information on how to disable automatic updates.