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Encoded Data Collection Facility for Card-Test System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062584D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smetana, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Data security and integrity is important that functions to collect data systems from self-diagnostic type tests on circuit cards in a computer unit. It is often important to have the results of the test recorded for subsequent audit purposes. The figure illustrates a data collecting system in which the results of a self-diagnostic test on a circuit card installed in a computer unit are printed out during the test and also recorded on the diskette and hard disk of an IBM PC/XT, preferably in an encrypted manner. The operation is as follows: The PC/XT 10, the bar code reader 11, and the printer 12 are powered on. Software residing on the PC diskette instructs the operator to wand in in the serial number of the card that is to be placed under test. When this is done, the serial number is displayed on the screen.

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Encoded Data Collection Facility for Card-Test System

Data security and integrity is important that functions to collect data systems from self-diagnostic type tests on circuit cards in a computer unit. It is often important to have the results of the test recorded for subsequent audit purposes. The figure illustrates a data collecting system in which the results of a self- diagnostic test on a circuit card installed in a computer unit are printed out during the test and also recorded on the diskette and hard disk of an IBM PC/XT, preferably in an encrypted manner. The operation is as follows: The PC/XT 10, the bar code reader 11, and the printer 12 are powered on. Software residing on the PC diskette instructs the operator to wand in in the serial number of the card that is to be placed under test. When this is done, the serial number is displayed on the screen. The operator then powers up the unit under test. Self-diagnostic- type programs then test the card and send an appropriate return code to the PC. The PC displays "Good" or "Bad" on the screen, and writes the data to the diskette and the hard disk for back-up and also to the printer for hard copy output. Appropriate auditory feedback is also given to the operator for both "Good" and "Bad" results. The PC instructs the operator to power off the test unit. The test procedure then instructs the operator to wand in the next card. If the unit employs a number of different cards, the appropriate diagnostic prog...