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The Center for Law and Computers
APRIL 29, 2002

 CLC Main Office

To assure your experience at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a positive one, the Center for Law and Computers is available to assist you with your computer and technical questions and concerns. You can reach a member of our staff by calling(312) 906-5300 (6-5300 house phones)
or sending an email to

FAQs and Help Links


 CLC Main Office

To assure your experience at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a positive one, the Center for Law and Computers is available to assist you with your computer and technical questions and concerns. You can reach a member of our staff by calling (312) 906-5300 (6-5300 house phones) or sending an email to

Softest Registration

SofTest registration and download site opens April 22 for Spring 2002 final exams

If you signed up to take one or more exams on computer (either a lab computer or your own laptop);

you MUST read the following information

ExamSoft has identified an error in the version of SofTest released for this semester's exam. The error may prevent you from properly logging back into your computer AFTER you have completed an exam. Please read the following information carefully to see if you may be effected.

Known Errors with Softest

The error in SofTest will manifest itself only if BOTH of the following conditions are met:

You are running Windows 2000 or Windows XP.


You installed SofTest before Friday, April 26th.

If you meet both of these criteria then you are encouraged to go to ExamSoft's Web site to obtain a patch that fixes the problem. Windows 98 and Windows ME users are NOT effected by this problem.

The error in SofTest involves a system setting. It will not harm documents or any other files on your laptop.


Chicago-Kent College of Law uses a special program, SofTest, for taking exams on computers. The advantage of using the SofTest program is that it increases the stability, security, and reliability of the exam taking process.  Since adopting SofTest and its predecessor programs, we have experienced very few problems with lost exams or corrupted exam files.


If you are taking an exam on computer, you will write your exam using the word processing program built into SofTest.  Please read the appropriate section below, depending on whether you plan to use a lab computer or your own laptop to take the exam. If you are taking the exam on your laptop, please note that you must not only download and install the SofTest program, but must also bring certain necessary hardware components to the exam.



Although the program is simple to use, please spend a few minutes reviewing the online tutorial videos at:  In addition, you may run the practice version from any lab computer (go to Start, Programs, SofTest; then click on the “Practice” button on the lower right of the screen).



In order to take exams on your own laptop, you will have to download the SofTest software from the web. Go to, “Exam Takers,” then in the Student menu, click on the “Download and Registration Process” link and follow the directions. This is a new version of SofTest, so if you have a previous version already installed on your computer (even a version from last semester), you MUST uninstall the old version, and download and install the new version. DO NOT CHOSE ANY UPGRADE OPTIONS! See further information below.


Provided below is some important information about downloading and installing the software. The process is somewhat time-consuming, so please do not wait until the last minute. If you have any problems or questions, contact the Help Desk (Room 525; e-mail: HELPDESK; phone: 906-5300).


Please note that you MUST come to the exam with the SofTest program properly installed and configured.  This includes fully completing the "registration and qualification" process on ExamSoft's web site.   Additionally, you should bring the following hardware components with you:

(1) a power cord

(2) a network card

(3) a network cable

(4) a floppy disk drive 

If you do not have the software properly installed, or are missing any necessary equipment, you will be moved to a hand-writing room.


Important Information about Downloading and Installing SofTest:


* In order to guarantee that SofTest will function properly on your computer, Examsoft has implemented a software registration and qualification procedure as part of the SofTest download.  YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION/ QUALIFICATION PROCESS OR THE SOFTWARE WILL NOT FUNCTION ON EXAM DAY!  Please read on for details.


* You should remove any prior versions of SofTest or other Examsoft software from your computer before trying to install the new version.  To do this, click on the Windows “Start” button à “Settings” à “Control Panel” à "Add/Remove Programs," find “SofTest” and then follow the directions to uninstall it.  Reboot your computer before proceeding after you perform this task.


* The process for obtaining and installing SofTest requires a number of steps to be performed online at Examsoft's web site located at  We recommend that you download and print out the instructions for this procedure as well as Examsoft's list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) at before you begin.  You may also pick up a hard copy of both documents at the Registrar's Office on the second floor or the Help Desk room 525.


* To download the program, you will be required to provide a "Student ID."  In the “Student ID” field, please enter the five-digit exam number previously e-mailed to you by the Registrar’s Office.  This will be your Student ID number throughout the exams on computer testing process.


* We recommend that you complete the entire procedure while connected to the Chicago-Kent network. There are two reasons for this.  First, the download portion of the process requires approximately 30-40 minutes to complete over a 56K modem connection. This time can probably be reduced to 10-15 minutes over a "hard wired" Internet connection such as Chicago-Kent's network. Second, it is much easier to complete the registration/qualification procedure if you have a persistent connection to the Internet. If you plug your laptop into the Chicago-Kent network, your Internet connection will simply "be there" as long as you remain physically connected.  If you use a dial-up connection, you will have to keep track of when you are connected and when you are not.


* You will be assigned two unique numbers during the registration and qualification procedure; a "Password" and a "Registration Number."  WRITE THESE NUMBERS DOWN AND KEEP THEM WITH YOUR CHICAGO-KENT EXAM NUMBER.  You will need to refer back to these numbers during the registration/qualification procedure. Computer Center staff may also need these numbers should you need to reinstall SofTest for any reason.


You will receive a final registration confirmation by email containing your student ID, password, institution, and registration number if you completed the registration process successfully.  If you do not receive the confirmation email, please stop by room 525 or call the Help Desk (312) 906-5300 for further assistance.


Good Luck to All!

Exams on Computers

Many professors offer students the option to take their exams on a computer instead of handwriting the exam. Students tend to prefer this method because they can type faster than handwrite and also have access to many of the word processing tools available on a computer.

Chicago-Kent requires special testing software called SofTest, which students use to take their exams. Essentially, it is a rudimentary word processor with special features to ensure stability, security and ample backups during the final exam.

If you are taking your final on your own notebook or if you want to have the program on your own computer at home to familiarize yourself with its features, then you need to install the SofTest program to your computer. You may not take your final in any other program. More information about installation will be available on the CLC Record page and at the Help Desk a couple weeks prior to exams, so watch for these notices.

Exams are coming up quickly! Here are a couple of things you should do to prepare your computer for the installation of the exam software:

1. Run SCANDISK on your computer; you can use ScanDisk to check your hard disk for logical and physical errors. ScanDisk can then repair the damaged areas. Start ScanDisk by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking ScanDisk. Be sure to select the option for a Thorough scan as opposed to the Standard scan. This may take 30-60 minutes to complete so please allow appropriate time.

2. Run DISK DEFRAGMENTER on your computer; you can use Disk Defragmenter to rearrange files and unused space on your hard disk so that programs run faster. You can also start Disk Defragmenter by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking Disk Defragmenter. The program may indicate that your hard drive is not significantly fragmented and does not need to be defragmented. It does not hurt your computer to do this even if you get this message. The more often you defragment your computer, the quicker it takes on a regular basis. NOTE: ALWAYS run ScanDisk on your computer before you run the Disk Defragmenter program.

3. When downloading the SofTest program, be on the Internet at school or from elsewhere with a very fast Internet connection; the file with the SofTest program is approximately 8mb, which could take 1-2 hours over a 28.8 modem, but less than 5 minutes for the Internet connection you get through the school via your Ethernet card.

4. Use Internet Explorer to connect to ExamSoft’s web site to download the installation files for SofTest. ExamSoft requires that you use a version of Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater to download their software. NOTE: Windows 98 or above provides a sufficient version of Internet Explorer to download the software.

More information is available online at the CLC main page under computing information

Network Security

Help secure our network and your files by logging off your computer when you are away from your workstation. This announcement is pertinent for stations in unlocked rooms or common areas. Logging off limits access to shared folders, email and or printing accounts.

Failure to not log off can jeopardize your privacy by allowing others to view, alter, or send emails and files under your name and identity.

A word about MS Windows XP

On October 25th, Microsoft released the newest version of their Windows operating system called Windows XP. This new operating system comes in two distinct editions: Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Please be aware that while Windows XP Home Edition can connect to the Internet, it can not in any way be made to connect to corporate networks such as the Chicago-Kent LAN. A computer running the Home Edition of Windows XP will not be able to access network printers, network drives such as H: home directories, and e-mail via Microsoft Outlook.

It is for these reasons that the Center for Law and Computers recommends that anyone purchasing a new machine positively confirm the operating system with their vendor. Computers that are available only with Windows XP pre-installed should only be purchased if it is Windows XP Professional, NOT Windows XP Home Edition.

Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Professional continue to be fully compatible with the Chicago-Kent network.

As always, please feel free to contact the CLC Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns.

Email and Network Accounts:

A Chicago-Kent email account is setup for you. Your username will be your first initial and last name, no punctuation or spaces (i.e. Jane Student = jstudent) and your initial password will be the last six digits of your Social Security Number, no punctuation or spaces (i.e. 999999).


Free Email Service Available Through IIT Main Campus

By being an alumnus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent Law School it is our pleasure to offer you free ( email service. Your account is already created and all you need to do is activate it by logging on to the web access link below, typing in your current C-K user name, and then typing in the last 6 digits of your Social Security Number as your password.

Web access:

Username: (same as C-K username)
Password: (Last 6 digits of SSN)

Additional options and instructions for saving and forwarding email can be found at:

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the helpdesk at (312) 906-5300 or stop by the C-K downtown campus and visit us in room 525.

NOTICE: Remove unnecessary files on Network

The Center for Law and Computers provides access to the Network for Chicago-Kent students, faculty, and staff in support of the educational mission of the university. In recent months we have noticed an increase in the amount of personal storage space being consumed on our network. As we continue to maintain and scan the network drives we are noticing numerous occurrences of non-educational types of materials (i.e., MP3, .wav, .mov, .avi). We understand that there are occasions when storing these types of files on the network for educational use is legitimate.

As you may well be aware, the recent court decisions potentially makes us liable if members of our community engage in infringing activity. As a reminder to all students, a portion of the IIT Computer Use Policy states, "Network users must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws, and may not make copies of or make available on the network copyrighted material, unless permitted by a license. Network users must not perform acts which are deliberately wasteful of computing resources or which unfairly monopolize resources to the exclusion of others..." The complete Computer User Policy can be found at:

When you save and store large music, image, video, or other types of non-educational related material on the network it increases the time it takes for system backups and virus scanning; the large downloads also consume unnecessary bandwidth. Please be considerate of your colleagues and remove or transfer to your laptop ALL files in violation. If files are not removed, the Center for Law and Computers is authorized by the administration to permanently remove them for you.

We ask that you purge all unnecessary messages and files as often as possible from your network and email accounts to help us preserve space on the C-K server. As a reminder, in Outlook mail, you must delete messages from your "Deleted Messages" folder for them to be permanently removed from the mail server. It is also a good maintenance procedure to delete any unneeded messages in the "Sent" folder.

Changing Your Password:

To select a new password:

Access Webmail ( from your Internet browser, (i.e. Internet Explorer)

Select the option CHANGE PASSWORD

When prompted, enter your username, password and desired new password when successfully completed, you will receive the message PASSWORD SUCCESSFULLY CHANGED

Your new password takes effect immediately and will give you access to your email account and network files.

Password Security:

Password protection is one of the most important principles of network and e-mail security. Chicago-Kent College of Law provides access to network and electronic mail resources to its students, faculty, and staff, in support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. Passwords are assigned for access to both of these resources to authenticate a user's identity, to protect network users, and to provide security.

New passwords will be provided, and existing passwords will be reset, only when the identity of the requester can be clearly established.

  • Under no circumstances will new or existing passwords be revealed by telephone.
  • The Center for Law and Computers staff will be pleased to handle requests made in one of the following ways:

    1. Requests may be made in person at the Help Desk, room 525. Photo identification is required.

    2. Requests may be faxed to Center for Law and Computers at (312) 906- 5165. The fax must include photo identification and signature.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Help Desk at (312) 906-5300

CLC Main Office (Help Desk): Room 525

Technical Support Help Desk Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Phone: (312) 906-5300

Fax: (312) 906-5165

Obtaining Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition and FrontPage:

The Center for Law and Computers has MS Office 2000 Professional Edition and FrontPage available for purchase at a discounted educational use rate. The disks can be purchased at the Help Desk in Room 525. Each student is allowed to purchase only one copy for the price of $25.50. Please bring your student or other photo ID with you to purchase a set.

Printing on KENTNET

The Center for Law and Computers has implemented print accounting software which allows you to:

1. Send print jobs to queue -- This feature allows you to send print jobs to the print station at the front of each lab where they are held in queue until you release them. In addition, you are able to send multiple print jobs to the queue and they are held until you release them at the print station.

2. You are able to check the balance of your print account -- This feature allows you to look at the number of copies you have remaining for the term (note: each student is allotted 400 pages per semester; additional pages beyond the 400 are billed at $.05 per page)

Your 400 page limit is reset at the beginning of each semester.


  1. Make sure you have sent your print job to the print station by confirming that your username is shown in the Select Print job username dialogue box.
  2. Double click your username with the mouse to bring up network password entry box.
  3. Enter your NETWORK PASSWORD. Highlight job(s) to print and click the PRINT button on the top left of the program window.

The release station will release all print jobs sent under your username. When your print jobs are listed you have the opportunity to delete them before actually sending them to print.


  • The printer may take a few minutes to warm up if not recently used.
  • You can check your page balance at the workstation you are logged on to by double clicking on the dollar sign icon ( $ ) on the bottom right of your screen.
  • After clicking this icon you will see a balance screen.
  • If the printer says toner low and the "READY" button is not lit, push the "GO" button so it is lit to continue to print. E-mail helpdesk ONLY when your print job becomes faded. You will be credited for any pages printed light due to low toner.

If you have questions, please email or call 906-5300.


The principle printers in the KENTNET system are Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 8000N Printers. There is one printer in each lab 700, 760 and 900 that is set up as the default printer when you sign on in that lab.

Individual Student Printing Accounts:

Each student receives 400 pages of printing per semester. Any printing past 400 pages will be charged to your student printing account at 5 per page. You must settle your student account with the Bursar's Office before receiving your 400 page allotment for the following semester. Students with outstanding balances will have their Kentnet accounts deactivated until the balance is paid. Graduating students with a delinquent printing balance will not receive their diplomas until the accounts are paid in full.

If you print work for a faculty member, you must print out a detailed balance and have the faculty member sign for their pages. Present the signed balance sheet to the Help Desk in the Center for Law and Computers (Room 525). Your print account will be credited accordingly.

Print jobs that are sent to the Document Center printer (9th floor-library) require payment when picked up.

Please report any problems with printers or printing to the Help Desk by Email: or in house phone number 6-5300.

Email Stations:

The Email stations located throughout the building are intended to allow students convenient and quick access to Email and the Record. Please be considerate to your fellow students when using these stations. If you want to compose many or long messages, or browse the Internet at length, please use one of the 3 computer labs in the library. Thank you for your cooperation.

Note: the latest DAT file as of 4/29/02 - is sdat4199

It Is Critical to Update Your Virus Detection Software Regularly:

As always, it is a good idea to update the virus protection software on your personal computer periodically to catch any new viruses lurking out there in cyber world Since we have a volume license to McAfee Virus Scan, each student, faculty and staff should have a copy of this software on his/her computer. (It is free to C-K students so...No excuse not to have it!)

The Center for Law and Computers takes a proactive stance in trying to eradicate viruses by cleaning them as they come through our servers, we cannot protect each individual PC. We are asking that you also be proactive to ensure that your PC does not become infected.

Because there are new virus outbreaks DAILY, we want to stress the importance of having the latest virus protection software and updated virus definition (.DAT) files. We'd also like to remind you that regular virus scans of all drives (weekly, if possible) are necessary in order to detect and clean any viruses so they are not sent to friends and/or colleagues.

Chicago-Kent is licensed for and supports McAfee Virus Scan from Network Associates. According to information on their web site, there are over 50,000+ viruses out there and the potential for damage is continuous. We here at the Center for Law and Computers want to make sure you have the best possible protection for your PC. Please follow the manual instructions below to install the latest virus definition updates (.DAT files) for your McAfee software.

Manual Instructions:

FIRST: Check to see that you have a recent version of the virus scanning software on your computer.

You can do this by clicking on the small blue and red "VShield" icon in the lower right corner of your screen with the right mouse button. When you do, a small menu will pop up. Select the "About" choice in this menu by clicking on it once with the left mouse button.

After clicking "About" you will get a box that displays several numbers. There are two important numbers that you should be concerned with. The first number is in boldface and located next to the phrase "McAfee Virus Scan" toward the top of the box's gray area. This number tells you what version of the Virus Scan product or "engine" you are running. You should be running some version of 4.x. Any version of 3.x is too old and should be updated to a later version, please call the Help Desk to schedule an update. The second number you should be concerned with in the "About" box is the number next to the phrase "Virus definitions." The last four digits of this number tell you the version of the ".DAT" you are running. As an example, the picture below is from a PC that is running version 4.0.3 of the Virus Scan product (engine) and version 4115 of the virus definitions (.DAT files).

SECOND: Install the latest virus definition updates on your computer.


These procedures may force a reboot of your computer. In order to avoid loss of data, close all programs except Outlook before completing any of the following steps.

While signed on to the C-K network, run the update with the following three steps:

  • Click on the Windows "Start Menu" in the lower left hand side of your screen.
  • Click on "Run" in the Start Menu.
  • In the space next to the word "Open:" enter the following text,
    P:\Virus\Network\SDAT-Latest.lnk (that's a lower case "el" n k not an upper case "eye" n k)

Once the "SuperDat" update program starts, click on "Next."

You may be prompted to restart your computer.

THIRD: Run a virus scan on your PC.

  • Click on the "Start Menu" button.
  • Click on "Programs.
  • Click on "Network Associates" or " McAfee Virus Scan."
  • Drop down to "Virus Scan.
  • A window will open that gives you options to run a virus scan on your drives.
  • Click on "Where & What" tab.
  • Make sure "Include subfolders" box is checked and click the radio button next to "All files."
  • Click on "Action" tab.
  • Click on down arrow and select "Clean infected files automatically.
  • Click "Scan now."

This will begin the scanning process. It will check all the files on the drive you designated. It may take a few minutes to several hours depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files you have. Your patience will pay off, remember you will be preventing problems in the future.

Note: The above procedures can be used in the future to update your .DAT files.

A great source for additional information about viruses is the Network Associates site:

As always, if you have questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to contact the help desk at (312) 906-5300.

Computer Labs

Lab 900 is on the ninth floor of the library at the west end of the building and has 12 computers. Turn left when you enter the library through the ninth floor entrance. The printer for the ninth floor lab is in Room 986, in the corner of the area.

Lab 700, the large, glass-walled room on the seventh floor of the library, is the largest lab, with 30 computers. This lab is sometimes used for larger research classes and it is always used for exams. LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW representatives conduct office hours in Lab 700. The schedule of their office hours will be posted weekly in the Record. They can help you with online research questions.

Lab 760, also on the seventh floor of the library, is equipped with 20 computers. It is often used for research classes.

From time to time, the law school schedules classes or exams in the labs. When this occurs, a sign will be posted outside the door of the lab. Please be considerate and use one of the other labs during these scheduled activities.

If you have any problems getting onto KENTNET from any computer, call the CLC at extension 6-5300 from any black house phone located between the public telephones on every floor.

Security and Proper Shutdown of Lab Computers

In order to secure your login name and password, it is important to log out completely. Prior to leaving any of the computer labs, logout and close all programs to do this---click START (located on tool bar in the bottom left corner of the screen) Logoff . A box will appear confirming your logoff. If the system is successfully, the next individual who sits at that lab computer will be prompted to enter his or her own login name and password.



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