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How can I get Windows XP to recognize Symbol LS106 scanner???

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I recently purchased a Symbol HotShot LS2106-I000 barcode scanner.  It came with the PS/2 keyboard wedge, but my computer does not have PS/2 connections.  I bought a USB cable.  When I plug it into my computer, it says that the USB device is not recognized.  I have downloaded the manual and have reset it to the defaults, but I still cannot scan into Notepad for example.

Any help would be appreciated!!!
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by:SysExpert
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Have you tried getting a PS/2 keyboard with a USB adapter, so you can use the wedge ?


I hope this helps !
 
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by:ned4spd8874
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I plan to go to Radio Shack or one of the local PC harware stores around here to see if I can get a PS/2 to USB adapter and see if that works.  I was hoping to not have to string adapters together though...if I have to, I have to.
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by:knoxzoo
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http://www.outletpc.com/c5597.html

It's a PCI card that has two standard PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse), and two USB ports.  Not that you're lacking in USB ports.  The card's only ten bucks, making it a quick, cheap fix.

I tried using a USB keyboard adapter with a couple of Symbol units here at the zoo.  No joy.  The PCI card was the only thing that worked right.
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by:stevepo
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Try the Symbol COM Port emulation driver:

http://support.symbol.com/support/dynamickc.do?externalId=10164&sliceId=&command=show&forward=nonthreadedKC&kcId=10164&userId=37

Unplug the Symbol device and reboot the machine, install the driver reboot the machine upon install completion and then plug the device back in.  Try scanning into notepad with that driver installed.

Good luck!
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by:knoxzoo
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stevepo - I think that's only meant to be used by units that are USB native, when used in conjunction with programs that are hard coded for serial port interfaces.
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by:stevepo
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That may be true and I cannot comment on the exact model mentioned here as I have not used the same model scanner as the original poster but I have used the Symbol P370 where either a PS/2 or USB interface can be used with the scanner and the PS/2 interface simply uses a keyboard wedge style adapter and does not require any driver.  When using it with a new laptop there was no PS/2 interfaces so the USB interface had to be used and this driver was required in order for that to work, even just to simply scan a barcode and have it appear in Notepad.
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by:knoxzoo
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I think his only real option is the card I recommended, or a different scanner.  Where his differs from yours is, yours had the USB & the PS/2, so it was set up to work with either.  He states his is just the PS/2.  
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by:stevepo
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Again, I have not worked with this exact model of scanner, but the post states a USB cable was purchased for the scanner, I posted the driver as a suggestion under the assumption he was referring to a USB adapter specific to the scanner or a "Synapse" USB Connector (http://www.barcodesinc.com/search.htm?PartNum=STI85-0200R) which the manual states that the 2106 scanner is compatible with.

I am not trying to rule out any suggestions and the driver may very well not solve the issue but If the cable the poster was referring to the aforementioned cable/adapter, it can't hurt to try that driver rather than making an additional purchase on top of the cable/adapter they already bought, if this not the type of cable they are referring to then yes they probably will want to go with the card you recommended as it is much cheaper than the aforementioned cable.

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by:knoxzoo
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Thanks for the clarification.  I thought he was referring to a standard USB to PS/2 adapter.  Hopefully the driver will do it.
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by:stevepo
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It may very well be a generic PS/2 to USB adapter the poster did not elaborate on the type, I'm just assuming...maybe I should not assume...we all know what can happen when we do that :-)
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by:knoxzoo
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Yeah.  But, we both did it.  Heck, we could both be wrong.  ;-)
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by:ned4spd8874
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Thanks for the replies and sorry I haven't responded.  My main computer died on me this weekend and I had to resort to my laptop.  Which is not the newest or most convienet for what I like to do.  But anyway...

I will try to get this working with my laptop now and let you all know the results soon.  I will probably try that usb driver first and see what happens.  I would prefer that if it works!

Also, the cable that I have with the scanner plugs into it and then goes to one of those wedge PS/2 adapters.  It's all hard wired except for where it plugs into to the scanner.  HTH
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Again, sorry it took so long to respond.  I tried that com port emulator, but it didn't work on my laptop.  My laptop is running Vista though and not XP, maybe that's why.  I just got a replacement mobo for my other pc and that has ps/2 ports on it!  So, that?s what I will be using once I get it built up.  Thanks for the replies and for trying!!!
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