Q. Is there anyway that BurnInTest can be used in an automated fashion, on a production line ?
There are a number of features built into BurnInTest to help automate system testing. This includes a number of command line parameters like: "/r" - run BurnInTest tests automatically, "/m" - display the machine ID data entry window on BurnInTest startup, "/c" - load a user defined configuration file on BurnInTest startup, "/s" - run a user defined test script on BurnInTest startup. See our white paper on this subject and BurnInTest help.
It is possible to install BurnInTest Professional onto a USB drive such that no installation is required on the test system. This can be useful in a number of scenarios, such as field staff testing PC's without installing BurnInTest on the test system.
When running BurnInTest this way, there will be no files left on the PC after BurnInTest has finished.
When BurnInTest is run from a removable drive when installed in this way, the default directory for the users files (like reports and the configuration file) is the BurnInTest directory, rather than the normal default directory of the users Documents directory.
Installing BurnInTest to a USB drive
This installation process can be performed for a USB drive installation (any writable drive) using the menu option "File"->"Install BurnInTest to a USB drive".
From the "Install BurnInTest to a USB drive" Window, you need to specify:
1) The USB drive and directory you want to install BurnInTest to. For example, "F:\BurnInTest". BurnInTest will create the directory if it does not exist.
2) The type of installation. If you have a license key, then select Licensed, otherwise select Evaluation for a trial period.
3) If you selected a "Licensed" installation type, then enter the Username/Key.
When you select install, BurnInTest will create the directory on the USB drive (e.g. F:\BurnInTest), copy all of the files from the BurnInTest directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\BurnInTest) to the USB drive (e.g. F:\BurnInTest) and install the license information onto the USB drive.
Self booting USB drive
To make a self booting USB Flash Drive, bootable optical disk or PXE boot, please see here.
Q. I am not using the 3D test and don't want to install or update DirectX. Can I skip the DirectX warning message on startup?
Yes. Start BurnInTest with the "/x" command line parameter (see BurnInTest help for more details).
As BurnInTest requires elevated administrator permissions it cannot be auto launched by placing it in the startup folder as windows blocks execution of shortcuts like that that require a UAC prompt for the elevated permissions.
Instead a scheduled task needs to be created, open the windows Task Scheduler and create a new task. When creating the task be sure to check the "Run with highest privileges" option on the general tab, choose the trigger for launching BurnInTest (eg at log on) and then add an action of "start a program" pointing to the location of bit.exe.