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TROUBLESHOOTING
RS232 DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
If an RS232 scanner is not communicating with your IBM compatible PC, key in the following BASIC program to test that
the communication port and scanner are working. This program is for demonstration purposes only. It is only intended to
prove that cabling is correct, the com port is working, and the scanner is working. If the bar code data displays on the
screen while using this program, it only demonstrates that the hardware interface and scanner are working. At this point,
investigate whether the application software and the scanner configuration match. If the application does not support
RS232 scanners, a software wedge program that will take RS232 data and place it into a keyboard buffer may be needed.
This program tells the PC to ignore RTS-CTS, Data Set Ready (DSR) and Data Carrier Detect (DCD) signals. If the
demonstration program works and yours still does not, jumper RTS to CTS and Data Terminal Reading (DTR) to DCD and
DSR on the back of your PC.
10 CLS
20 ON ERROR GOTO 100
30 OPEN “COM1:9600,S,7,1,CS0,DS0,CD0,LF” AS #1
35 PRINT “SCAN A FEW BAR CODES”
40 LINE INPUT #1, BARCODE$
50 PRINT BARCODE$
60 K$ = INKEY$: IF K$ = CHR$(27) THEN GOTO 32766
70 GOTO 40
100 PRINT “ERROR NO.”; ERR; “ PRESS ANY KEY TO TERMINATE.”
110 K$ = INKEY$: IF K$ = “” THEN GOTO 110
32766 CLOSE: SYSTEM
32767 END
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