Encoded Data Collection Facility for Card-Test System
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
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.