RS232 Barcode Scanner not writing to Notepad ...

Hi,

I do have RS232 Barcode Scanner. But when i scan a barcode it is not writing to notepad -Notepad is opened and it is the active window. Can you please provide me trouble shooting steps ?

May be related to ports ? I do have COM1. Do we need anything other than this ?

Thanks
milani_lucieAsked:
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
If you have one, hook an external modem to your COM port and see if you can connect to it.  If you can then your COM port is fine and there are no conflicts.

If that works I would look into a software/driver issue.

You might also try changing the settings on your COM port.  Make sure the rate, bit, and parity are correctly set.  Look at a working computer to check the settings.

What OS are you using?

For Windows 7 these are the steps for setting up the COM port:

Follow this step to use the COM 1 port:

1.    Plug the device that requires the COM Port to be used.

2.    Open Device Manager by doing the following:
   a) Click on “Start” and then “Control Panel.”
   b) Switch to Classic View (if in Category View).
   c) Double click on “Device Manager” button.

3.    Expand “Ports (COM & LPT)”.

4.    Right click on the Device and click on Properties.

5.    Click on the "Port Settings" tab. Click the "Advanced" button.

6.    Click on COM Port Number ->?Pull down the scrollbar and select COM1. Click OK.
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Do you have another scanner to try?  Also move the scanner you are using to another computer.

See if the issue is with the scanner or the computer.

Also, has this ever worked or is it a new install?

One more thing...I have used a USB Symbol scanner that works great.  This would eliminate any COM port issues.
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
Scanner is working on other computers. But it is NOT working as expected on my machine. May be i  am missing some DLL's ? I have registered MSCOMM32.OCX. But invain.

Thanks
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Is there installation software?  If so try uninstalling it then reinstalling.

Are there any error messages or is it just doing nothing?
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
It worked previously. But my machine was formatted and it is a new installation - Thanks
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
It is doing nothing. No errors or warnings - Thanks
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
If it is a COM port issue then how to resolve it ? Thanks
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
Make sure the rate, bit, and parity are correctly set - They are exactly same like other machines. Any other pointers ?

Thanks
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Uninstall and reinstall software.  After that contact the maker of the bar code reader.

What make/model is it?

Symbol makes a USB scanner.  Are you locked into a particular one?

I think the ones from Symbol are around $100 or so.
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
Make: Symbol
Model : LS1902T - 1000

Thanks
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
Do i need to install any drivers for this ?

or

Is it serial port communication ?

If i need to install the drivers, please point me the right URL !!

Thanks
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Ok, I found something that indicates that you need to scan a particular code that is provided by Symbol for either USB, Serial, or keyboard wedge.

When you press the button does it light up at all?

From what I can tell you "install" these by scanning bar codes provided by Symbol.
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milani_lucieAuthor Commented:
When you press the button does it light up at all?

Yes

And i do see the beep sound also. But there is nothing written to Notepad. Missing something.

Thanks
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
From what I can tell you "install" these by scanning bar codes provided by Symbol.

Here...I found a 1900 series manual.

Hopefully this will help.

https://docs.symbol.com/manuals/5093002a.pdf
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tncodeCommented:
I think what you are looking for is a scanner that does "keyboard emulation". Here is a guide that describes how "keyboard emulation" works with app integration:
http://www.idautomation.com/scanenable/
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
tncode...if you read through the entire thread you would know the user has the scanner he needs and it works on another computer.  His computer was recently re-installed and this scanner is not working on his computer but it works on others.

The scanner is what the user needs and is functional.

The guide I provided should provide the bar codes he needs to program his scanner.
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tncodeCommented:
Yes, I agree. Even so, using a RS232 scanner to scan into notepad is like walking around the block to move 5 feet to the right. It depends on what his time is worth. If it takes him 4 hours to figure this out, it may actually cost more than just purchasing a new scanner that is meant to do what he wants.
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