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Stand Alone Method to Configure a Scanning Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014999D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A computer printer today must be able to adapt to many possible configurations. For example, a manufacturer producing a printer may want to broaden his market by creating several versions of the printer, each capable of communicating with the host computer through a different I/O (Input/Output) standard. While the main logic portion of each printer is the same, the interface may be changed for each different version. This produces a requirement that the common logic portion of the printer be configurable to its applied I/O standard. In a normal printer this would be done at the factory or in the field with DIP switches on the board or special firmware downloads. While I/O configuration is a good example, this configuration problem may be extended to any number of settings for which the printer needs. With the addition of the page scanning feature to the printer, another method of inputting important configuration information is created. While in set up mode, the printer will print the present configuration of the printer and a verity of bar codes or special patterns representing other possible configurations of the printer. The user would cut , tear out, or mark the bar code or pattern representing the desired printer configuration and then scan it with the printer’s scanner. Scanning the bar code or special pattern will set the configuration of the printer. By using scanned configuration settings, the factory or service person can configure the printer without having to access DIP switches or modify the firmware on the control board. This provides a stand alone, interactive method for setting up the printer without dependence on special firmware, switches or printed manuals. The printer’s configuration is saved internally. For complex configurations, it would be possible for the printer to guide the user through a series of options toward the desired configuration through successive question and answer steps. The printer would print out a question with a series of answers represented as scan patterns or bar codes. The user would then respond by scanning in those patterns from the provided response set that answers the question. This method would be simpler for the user to understand because the printer would only present the user with options that were appropriate to the step in the configuration process. The user would not have to be presented with an entire book of bar codes to choose a configuration from. The printer’s interactive configuration would be initiated by the user. By doing something as simple as holding down the page feed button while powering on the printer the user could initiate the printer’s interactive configuration mode.

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Stand Alone Method to Configure a Scanning Printer

   A computer printer today must be able to adapt to many possible configurations. For example, a manufacturer producing a printer may want to broaden his market by creating several versions of the printer, each capable of communicating with the host computer through a different I/O (Input/Output) standard. While the main logic portion of each printer is the same, the interface may be changed for each different version. This produces a requirement that the common logic portion of the printer be configurable to its applied I/O standard. In a normal printer this would be done at the factory or in the field with DIP switches on the board or special firmware downloads. While I/O configuration is a good example, this configuration problem may be extended to any number of settings for which the printer needs. With the addition of the page scanning feature to the printer, another method of inputting important configuration information is created.

   While in set up mode, the printer will print the present configuration of the printer and a verity of bar codes or special patterns representing other possible configurations of the printer. The user would cut , tear out, or mark the bar code or pattern representing the desired printer configuration and then scan it with the printer's scanner. Scanning the bar code or special pattern will set the configuration of the printer. By using scanned configuration settings, the factory or service person can configure the printer without having to access DIP switches or modify the firmware on the control board.

   This provides a stand alone, interactive method for setting up the printe...