Questions & Comments Can Lead To Answers

by Woody Myers 13. May 2011 08:25

Our YouTube channel is regularly receiving feedback from viewers.  The comment section is a great place to ask questions or request more information.  Below is one of our more popluar videos.  In bold are the questions it spawned for one viewer and we responded with information from one of our experts. 

Can you show us a clean boot?    The “clean boot” and “cold boot” are the in theory the same thing.  Some manufactures call it a clean boot[intermec is one] and some will call it a cold boot[Motorola is one of those].  They are both intended to set the device back to factory or out of the box settings. 
 
For the MC9090 cold boot, press in the two battery release levers on both sides of the keyboard.   The battery will pop out half way.  Then press and hold the scan trigger and the red power button for 10 seconds, then push the battery back in from its halfway out position.  The MC9090 will power on now by itself and if it does not say “Warm Boot” on the first screen, they you have successfully cold boot the device.


How do you disable a program from running at start up on the MC9000 series?   We use a program called AppCenter from Motorola that will lock out certain programs and auto start others, depending on the configuration applied to AppCenter.   Alternatively a .run file can be placed in the  /Application/Startup folder and that will cause it to start.   Also a .cpy file can be placed in the /Application directory which can copy a shortcut into the /windows/startmenu/startup[this may not be exact] folder which also cause the auto start.   So to stop a program from starting, check the /Application folder for any of these things.

How the OS is windows based can you boot in safe mode?   No safe mode that I am aware of for windows mobile.

If you ever are watching one of our videos and want more information, post a question or comment under the video and we'll do our best to help you out.  Or you can always call a product specialist at 1-800-446-1991.



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Rugged Remains Relevant

by Woody Myers 17. December 2010 10:08

We've talked before about whether rugged or non-rugged mobile computers should be considered for certain situations. Sure, going cheap sounds good for your bottom line.  But if the cheap model doesn't do what you want or can't handle the rigors of the task at hand, is the "cheap" alternative really saving you money?  Whether it's a mobile printer, computer, or phone, you're probably better off assuming it's going to run into some rough handling, weather, or conditions at some point.

We aren't the only one who's saying this.  One of VDC's Mobile & Wireless Predictions For 2011 is that "Rugged Becomes Relevent... Again"

What is significant here is that enterprises are taking note of failure rates, especially as they look to mobile devices to support an ever expanding suite of workflows among their mobile workforce. Device cost of ownership — including post-deployment support costs and the costs of device failure — is again a top-of-mind mobile investment criterion.

So if you go cheap, you may need to budget some of your "savings" towards a replacement model or two. 

To determine if rugged mobile computers are right for you and your workforce, contact a product specialist at 1-800-446-1991.



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The TEKLYNX Software Maintenance Agreement Offers Customers Automatic Major Updates and Support

by Woody Myers 3. August 2010 06:18
Here at RACO, we always like to keep our customers up-to-date about the services available to them, and the TEKLYNX Software Maintenance Agreement is no exception. A free 3-month SMA comes with every new purchase of the latest versions of the CODESOFT, LABEL MATRIX, and LABELVIEW software, but this service is available for all TEKLYNX identification and tracking products as well. The SMA includes such services as updates, service packs, software version upgrades, and unlimited priority tech support. The benefits don’t end there, however, as a TEKLYNX SMA will also grant you access to hundreds of downloadable compliance label samples, online tools, a free online training session, and electronic training guides.

One of the worst nightmare scenarios for any software user is to purchase the software, only to find that it has upgraded to a superior version some time later. Just like that, the investment is obsolete. The TEKLYNX SMA puts that nightmare to rest, as the biggest advantage that this service offers is the automatic free software upgrades that come with it. TEKLYNX continuously upgrades and enhances its software solutions, and the TEKLYNX SMA gives you automatic access to major version changes rather than making you pay the full price a second time. Under the SMA, CODESOFT 8 Pro, for example, would automatically be upgraded to CODESOFT 9 Pro at no extra cost. Best of all, you never have to worry about experiencing a lapse in upgrades and benefits, since the SMA is renewed automatically. These benefits are so valuable, in fact, that their combined cost exceeds that of the original investment in a TEKLYNX SMA. In other words, this service literally pays for itself in upgrade and support benefits.

For more technical assistance, contact our Service & Repair Department at 1-800-446-1991.

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Resetting The Intermec CN50

by Woody Myers 1. July 2010 09:26

The Intermec CN50 mobile computer is a reliable device.  But occassionally an application might lock up.  If you face a situation where the Intermec CN50 stops responding, you may need to perform more than a standard warm boot, or device restart.  First, try a "cold boot" which could restart the CN50 with minimal data loss.  Here's how: 

Cached disk data may be lost during the reset but all other data is preserved.  If the cold boot does not work, you may need to perform a "clean boot" which will reset the device to factory settings.

This should be a last resort as this process erases the CN50's memory, applications, and data files in the object store.  The device is then restored to its "out of the box" state and you will have to reinstall your applications.

For more technical assistance, contact our Service & Repair Department at 1-800-446-1991.



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Fit to Screen missing from Internet Explorer on Intermec CK3

by Ben Warner 15. July 2009 10:42

If you have used an Intermec CK3 with WM6.1 you may notice that the Internet explorer (IE) works a little differently.  This applies to OS version 3.45.26.0031 and SSPB 6.20.33.0471.  There is a feature that is missing and has been an issue for at least one of our customers.  If you go into the menu on IE and then tap on view, you will notice the usual options have changed.  One that seems to be popular is the “Fit to Screen” option.  There is a registry key that can be edited to bring this feature back.

NOTE: edit the registry at your own risk.  You will need to use a mobile registry editor (you can find free ones on Google) and edit this registry key - HKLM\Security\Internet Explorer\MSHTML=0.  After you change this key to 0 the old view menu magically appears.

 

 

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Recycling and Disposal Services For Legacy Data Collection and Technology Equipment

by Woody Myers 24. March 2009 04:27

Looking to give your old scanners and printers a proper burial? Sure you do.  You don’t want it sit in a landfill for hundreds of years slowly poisoning Mother Earth.  RACO Industries can help you. 

Increasing government regulations and “green” efforts limit the disposal of these products in landfills across the US and Canada. Add to that security regulations such as HIPPA & FACTA and simply throwing out old equipment without deleting information on the machines can be costly. RACO can help provide an alternative to landfills, ensure data destruction and possibly create a financial return on your equipment.  

We’ll evaluate if there’s still value in your end-of-life equipment and apply it towards replacement products.  When we receive the devices, we’ll sanitize the drives to Department of Defense standards (DoD 5220.22-M Erase) and send the necessary documentation to you supporting appropriate destruction of data and the equipment in accordance to security and environmental regulations. The overall process is simple and can be completed in a very short time.  

For more information on how to retire your obsolete technology products, please contact your RACO Representative at 1-800-446-1991.



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How to Calibrate the Zebra R110 XI RFID Printer

by Chris Francosky 12. February 2009 07:49

Is your R110 XI RFID Printer not printing correctly?  Are you seeing an increase in blank labels and label waste?  A simple calibration may improve your printer's performance.  RACO's Technical Service Manager walks through the process in this short video:



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XL Pro 26EA Label Gun Loading Instructions Video

by Chris Francosky 17. December 2008 06:43
David See took some time this week to demonstrate the proper way to load an XL Pro 26EA Labeler/Label Gun.  Follow David's simple steps and you'll be loaded up and ready to go in no time at all.  Keep checking back to the blog for more How To videos, Tips and Tricks.



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Calibrating Zebra Printers (How To Video)

by Chris Francosky 26. November 2008 06:38

The RACO Technical Services Manager spent some time this week demonstrating the proper way to calibrate a Zebra Thermal Printer.  Proper calibration can improve the performance and quality of your printer and will help cut down on the number of technical service calls.



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Print Head Care and Maintenance Tips

by Bob Bruner 12. November 2008 09:25

I continue to be amazed by companies that will spend several thousand dollars for a barcode printer and place the unit in operation without explaining to the operator the proper care and maintenance of the printer’s most expensive component- the thermal print head. This consumable on average costs $450 and can reach upwards of $800 depending on the printer model. Don’t be caught looking in the trash bin at the harmonica sized piece of aluminum and glass that just cost you $500 to replace after just 2 months of use. See the samples below of a print head that is not properly cared for:

 

This can be avoided by a few easy steps and proper service. 

1)    Clean the print head and platen roller at every ribbon change with a lint free cloth and a 90% isopropyl solution. More frequently if the unit is operated in a dirty environment.

2)    Be sure to remove all rings or jewelry when working near the print head. If the glass etching gets scratched, remember you’ll be caught staring at the bottom of the garbage bin.

3)    Use approved media in your printing application. Operators frequently compensate for an improperly matched ribbon and label by increasing print head temperature or excessive head pressure which leads to premature failure of the thermal head.

4)    Be sure to keep your ribbons and labels wrapped and stored in a clean area before usage. It only takes a small piece of airborne dirt to attach to a ribbon and label and then pass under the print head to scratch the glass etching.

5)    Lastly, if you do need a print head replaced, be sure to have the printer serviced by a certified technician. Proper adjustments and thorough cleaning by a trained technician can extend the life of your print head.  For further information on print head care visit:  http://www.racoindustries.com/thermal-label-printer-cleaning.htm

 



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