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Programming the MSR (Magnetic Stripe Reader) On A Cherry Keyboard 
Updated 08/08/03
Article ID#: KIN0033

For Windows 98, use the following steps:

  1. Exit all applications.

  2. Open Notepad.

  3. Press <CONTROL> + <ALT> + <SHIFT> on the left and right sides of the keyboard.  Depress all six keys until two beeps are heard.

  4. Press J, 1 (from top of keyboard), Y.  The message "Magnetic-Card Option track #1 reading=YES" displays.

  5. Press J, 2 (from top of keyboard), Y.  The message "Magnetic-Card Option track #2 reading=YES" displays.

  6. Press V, 5 , % <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Card Header #1 Defined and Enabled" dispays.

  7. Press V, 6; , <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Crd #2 Defined and Enabled" displays.

  8. Press W, 5, ? , <ENTER> (from main keyboard), <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Card Terminator #1 Defined and Enabled" displays.

  9. Press W, 6, ? , <ENTER> (from the main keyboard), <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Card Terminator #2 Defined and Enabled" displays.

  10. Exit by pressing the space bar.

  11. Test the magnetic Strip Reader from within Notepad by swiping the card.  Two lines of information read from the credit card should display.

For Windows 2000, or XP, use the following steps:

  1. Exit all applications.

  2. Open Notepad.

  3. Press <CONTROL> + <ALT> + <SHIFT> on the left and right sides of the keyboard.  Depress all six keys until two beeps are heard.

  4. Press J, 1 (from top of keyboard), Y.  The message "Magnetic-Card Option track #1 reading=YES" displays.

  5. Press J, 2 (from top of keyboard), Y.  The message "Magnetic-Card Option track #2 reading=YES" displays.

  6. Press V, 5 , % <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Card Header #1 Defined and Enabled" displays.  If a "replace" window pops up, close it by pressing the "X" on the window and continue.

  7. Press V, 6; , <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Crd #2 Defined and Enabled" displays.  If a "replace" window pops up, close it by pressing the "X" on the window and continue.

  8. Press W, 5, ? , <ENTER> (from main keyboard), <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Card Terminator #1 Defined and Enabled" displays.  If a "replace" window pops up, close it by pressing the "X" on the window and continue.

  9. Press W, 6, ? , <ENTER> (from the main keyboard), <ENTER> (from the number pad).  The message "Magnetic-Card Terminator #2 Defined and Enabled" displays.  If a "replace" window pops up, close it by pressing the "X" on the window and continue.

  10. Exit by pressing the space bar.

  11. Test the magnetic Strip Reader from within Notepad by swiping the card.  Two lines of information read from the credit card should display.

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