Discussion Forums - Book Bazaar Book Bazaar

Topic: SOS Help Please Read!!!

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: SOS Help Please Read!!!
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:48 AM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
Posts: 752
Back To Top

Not sure if this is the right place to ask these but I am going to ask.. Ijust got a LS1900 Series Symbol hand scanner to be able to scan books into system.. I was told it was suppose to work on here.. but I connected it and it does not... Question is Anybody know anything i did wrong?

I apreciate the help...



Subject: I would try live help
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:56 PM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
Posts: 453
Back To Top

Ana, I don't know anything about the process, but maybe live help can answer your questions. Dolly

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
Posts: 10,755
Back To Top

I don't know anything about that particular model, but with some scanners you need to install software on your computer so that the scanner can act as a keyboard emulator.  (Meaning that when you scan the barcode it will enter the numerical values on the screen.)  You can test if this is the issue or not by opening Notepad or Word and scanning a bar code - if it does not show as text (e.g. 97832428973824) then that might be the problem.  Also, does the scanner have a USB interface?  When you plug it in do you get a message that the hardware is installed and ready for use?

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:52 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2008
Posts: 39
Back To Top

Reading the specifications for  your scanner, there does not appear to be a need to install software.   The manufacturer claims it is plug and play with the USB interface.  

Do you have any other USB devices?    If so, are they working?    If one is working, remove it and use the same USB port to try your scanner.   It is not unheard of for a USB port to be either dysfunctional or not even connected.  

If your USB interface recognizes a device then attempt a scan,  as mentioned above, Word, Notes or any generic word processing program should see the datat.  

Did you buy the scanner new?   If so, I would go to Symbol's tech support.   If you didn't you can still try them, some companies support their product even if you purchased it used.  

Don't despair, technology is not less complicated than 10 years ago, it is more so, plug and play never really materialized for many devices.


Subject: hand scanner
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 1:14 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
Posts: 24
Back To Top

not sure what version of windows you are using but try this:


connect the scanner. wait for the unit to be recognized by the operating system.


do a windows update- select custom. see if any new drivers are available for the scanner.