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    Cash Drawer (All)

    Does anyone here have any experience using a cash drawer with Access? If so, any particular brand/model you found better to work with? What is required from Access to unlock/open the cash drawer? Does Access know if drawer has been closed?
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    Re: Cash Drawer (All)

    This Google Link returned some interesting results on registers. I don't have any direct experiance of programming a "Till programme" but I know its a progect I will need to tackle in the near future.

    As I understand it, the Receipt Printer triggers the cash draw. If it siginals that its closed, I don't know.

    This page has tech info on Receipt Printers and cash draws, there is a VB example for a cash draw and a list of drivers for Receipt Printers...

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    Re: Cash Drawer (All)

    They may have changed from about 6 years ago but what I had to do to open a cash drawer was send a sequence of special characters to the receipt printer (the cash draw was on the same serial line as the printer). The receipt printer would ignore the sequence of characters but the cash drawer would do it's thing when it saw this sequence of characters.

    The source program had no idea if the drawer was opened or closed, there was no way of telling. Maybe things have improved of late, I don't know I'm afraid.

    As to Access communicating to a Serial port, I don't know this either. I would like to know though.

    Pat

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    Re: Cash Drawer (All)

    I found the following in the "POSJet 1000" Programmer Reference Manual

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    Re: Cash Drawer (All)

    Thanks, this will give me a place to get started. It seems like it should be a relatively common use, but I just can't remember ever seeing a thread on this before!
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    Re: Cash Drawer (All)

    On the off chance that you maybe contemplating using a barcode scanner I thought I'd log this link I just found:

    Extract:
    The form then sinks an event from the MSComms control so that when data arrives in the serial port, the form is notified and an event is sunk on the form. This comms form pre-processes bar codes. The form manipulates the data, formats it so that the rest of the program can understand it, and then sends a message using the message class we are discussing.

    The nice part of this is that if the program that needs the bar code is running, it receives the message (a bar code) and processes it. If that form is not running, the message is simply ignored

    John Colby

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