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Extended Configuration
  • Changing Keypad Operation Mode and Jobs Setting
  • Alpha-X
    Alpha Suite Basic Software
  • How can I test Alpha Suite Basic remotely?
  • TC11N
    Recording Value
  • How do I record value on debit cards using a TC11N?
  • TDA2
    Site Codes
  • How do I change site (group) codes on a TDA2?
  • Miscellaneous
    Serial Numbers
  • Where can I find the serial number I need?


  • Alpha

    Extended Configuration

    Changing Keypad Operation Mode and Jobs Setting
    To change an
    Alpha's keypad operation mode, go into the extended configuration menu by pressing F1, followed by 12357. Before pressing E for enter, add one more character, the asterisk (*). You do this by using the right or white arrow, which acts like a SHIFT key on a computer keyboard. Hold the right arrow and press J. You have now entered the character *. Now press E and you will go into what is called the extended configuration menu, where you can change the keypad operation mode of an Alpha.

    Keep in mind that when you change the keypad operation mode, you are basically starting over, like formatting the hard drive on a computer. You never want to change any operation mode parameters unless you are prepared to erase your database (all your account info), that is, basically start over. Erasing the database is the last thing you do when you make changes in the extended configuration.

    What do you need to do to change an Alpha's operation mode? In this example, we will set the mode to "model 1". This means a user types in a pre-entered Account Name, no Password, and Jobs are not used.

    In this example, we assume that the keypad operation mode is set to 4, and Jobs are ON (1). So you will need to set the keypad operation mode to 1, and the Jobs to OFF (0).

    Changing the mode to 1 and Jobs to OFF (0): After entering into extended configuration, press the DOWN arrow once to see "Copicode Mode". Press C for CHANGE. Press 1 for the new value. Press E for ENTER. The mode is now 1 (Enter Account Name only). Press the DOWN arrow once to see "With Job". Press C for CHANGE. Press 0 for OFF. Press E for ENTER. Jobs are now OFF. Press the UP arrow twice to see "Erase Database". Press the RIGHT arrow to enter this submenu item. You will see a warning screen. Press E for ENTER. The database is now erased (original message "Erase Database" comes back). Press the LEFT arrow once to exit extended configuration and return to user mode.

    At this point there are no accounts, so you will need to enter at least one. You do this by going into the regular Administration menu. To do this, press F1, followed by 12357, followed by E. You are now in Administration menu (or mode).

    The explanation for adding (or creating) an Account Name is given in the Quick Start Guide, but here it is as well. Since the first menu item in Admin mode is Accounts, you just have to enter it. You do this by pressing the RIGHT arrow once. Now press the DOWN arrow once to select "Create Account". Press the RIGHT arrow to enter this submenu item. Type 411 (a sample Account Name) on the second line. Press E for ENTER. 411 now shows up on the first line. You could enter another Account Name on the now vacant second line, but let's exit here, having entered just the one Account Name. You exit by press the LEFT arrow three times. The LEFT arrow is like ESCAPE on a computer keyboard, so you are just escaping to two higher levels of the Admin menu, and then exiting the menu.

    You are now in user mode. Type 411 and the copier will ENABLE. Since you did not specifically assign the account "411" to a quota or maximum, it is automatically assigned to the predefined quota or maximum "max. 1", which is by default set to $99,999.99 (essentially no quota).


    Alpha-X

    Alpha Suite Basic Software

    How can I test Alpha Suite Basic remotely?
    With Alpha-X terminals, you can collect data remotely, through the Internet. You can test this function right now, by doing the following:

    1) Open Alpha Suite Basic, and choose IP Address from the Alpha Selection Scrollbox.
    2) Press Read Alpha. You will have to enter an IP address. Enter 67.162.59.226, Port 30900
    3) Press OK. You will see the read portion of the Data Collection Tab start reading the Alpha at this location (should be called "Lab Computer 1").
    4) You can do anything at this point with the Alpha, except add copy clicks for different copy types (because you are not there at the copier making copies). You can name or change the names of users, activate and deactivate users, export a different parameter set, change the prices in a parameter set, change the global Decimal setting, change the Admin Password, etc. Remember, when you change something, you have to save it, and users are not updated until data is collected.
    5) If someone else is testing out this Internet accessible Alpha-X terminal, you will get an error message about the TCP/IP connection. Try again later.
    6) If someone is making copies (if the Alpha-X is in use), you will get the message "Please check connection". Try again later.

    Note: Alpha-X terminals can be set up to collect data on the local area network (LAN), or remotely, through the Internet, but not both. Remote data collection is free now, in beta test, but there may be a small fee per unit in the future.

    You can also test Alpha Suite Basic by using the built-in Simulator. See section 4.5 of the manual, "Getting Started".


    TC11N

    Recording Value

    How do I record value on debit cards using a TC11N?
    1) Insert and remove Admin Card.
    2) Press the Down Arrow once to see "Record".
    3) Press the Right Arrow for "Record = Value". If you want to overwrite the current value on a card, press the Right Arrow again and go to step 4. If you want to add value to the current value on a card, press the Down Arrow, then press the Right Arrow, and go to step 4.
    4) At the prompt with the "?", type in the value you want to write or add to a card or cards, and press "E" for enter. For units (decimal OFF), just type in the number; for money (decimal ON), type in the value in pennies (for example, type in 500 for $5.00).
    5) Insert any User Cards whose value you want to change. As cards are being encoded with a new value, the new value is displayed.
    6) When you are finished encoding cards, press the Left Arrow 3 times to escape the Admin Menu and return to the User Prompt.


    TDA2

    Site Codes

    How do I change site (group) codes on a TDA2?
    The TDA2 is essentially identical to the TC11N card reader, except that it is made specifically for vending machines. We use it in our coin-op vending machines (M7500 and M7506), and water vending applications.

    Generally speaking, it is not necessary to change any internal settings in the TDA2 using the Admin card. One exception is the possible need to change a site code for card compatability.

    A site code is the TDA2 equivalent of a group number. Any card that has one of the three site codes resident in the TDA2 will be accepted by the TDA2.

    All of this is explained in the TDA2 manual, starting on p. 20. We offer this additional explanation for clarity sake.

    To change a site code, insert the Admin card that came with the unit. This card's number is the same as the serial number of the TDA2. The Admin card will be immediately ejected, and you will be in the Admin menu.

    On the face of the TDA2 are three membrane buttons. It's not obvious, but they are there. Use the middle button to scroll down to the submenu item S. Use the right button to enter this submenu, and use the middle button to select S1. Use the right arrow to select modification of that site code (S1). Insert the Admin card whose number you want to be the S1 site code. The card will immediately be ejected and S1 will be changed to the new number.

    Press the left arrow repeatedly to exit the Admin menu. You will be prompted to save your parameter changes by inserting the original Admin card that came with the unit.

    All of this is clearly explained in the TDA2 manual, starting on the bottom of p.22. Be very careful not to change anything else in the Admin menu, as there are many settings that are obscure to the uninitiated, and if these settings are changed, the unit will not function as intended.


    Miscellaneous

    Serial Numbers

    Where can I find the serial number I need?

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