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General CADD Pro Security Device Info Page

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The General CADD Pro security device is available in two hardware types:

USB Port Device

The USB device is much smaller than a parallel port device and has many advantages.  USB is a newer technology and an understanding of USB devices in general will help.

USB Device Drivers:

Note!!   Do not plug in the device until after the drivers are installed.

Overview
All USB devices require that a driver be installed.  It is important to note that it is usually recommended that the driver be installed before the USB device is plugged in.   This is because of the way USB is designed to work in the "Plug 'n Play" Windows environment. 

When you plug in a USB device, Windows automatically searches for a compatible driver and installs the driver on the "fly".  If the driver is not present at the time the device is plugged in, then Windows does not know what to do with the attached device and confusion can be the result.

USB Driver Installation:

STEP 1

To install the General CADD security device driver, simply run the program General CADD-USB-Driver-2004.exe which is located in your ../General Cadd/drivers folder.  This program will automatically install the device drivers.  If you are installing from the General CADD CD, you will be given the option to install the device driver as the final installation step.

Just click the setup button once the driver installer program starts and in a few seconds, you will get a message that the driver installation is completed successfully.  This statement is not 100% accurate.  It simply means that the installer has placed the driver files onto the hard drive in the correct place.  It is now up to Windows to complete the job and do it's part.

STEP 2

Attaching the USB security device:

The USB device simply plugs into the USB port on the back (or front) of your computer:

When you plug in the USB device for the first time, Windows will announce that new or unknown hardware has been found and start a procedure to find the driver files and install them.  Just let windows do it's thing and accept what windows finds.  

If at this point, Windows cannot find the driver files the USB device is not installed and GCP will remain in Demo mode until the installation is correctly completed.  

If Windows cannot find the driver files, rather than look on the CD for the files, manually type in C:\Windows\Inf\Other as the correct path to find the files.  This should help Windows correctly find the files.  If you do not have a C:\Windows\Inf\Other folder under Win 98 or Win ME, then create one.  Under these OS's, the USB dongle installation will fail without it.

When the device is properly installed, the windows device manager will look as shown below:

To view the Device Manager:  

For Win 98-ME - Right Click on My Computer Icon->click properties->click on Device Manager Tab

For Win 2000-XP - Right Click on My Computer Icon->click properties->click hardware tab->click on Device Manager Button   Note!  Win 95 and NT do not support USB

 

Device Manager - Win9x Typical installation:

Device Manager - Windows XP Typical Installation:


Device Manager when the USB device is removed:

Note that Windows refers to a Security Device as a dongle

General Comments on USB device installation:

Without running General Cadd, you can determine if the USB security device is functioning. Open Device Manager. When you plug in the device, the list of devices will show a dongle present. If you check the properties of the driver, you will see that it is registered to General CADD. If there is not a  "dongles" heading in the device manager, then the dongle is not acknowledged by the system for GCP to use. 

On my Win 98 portable, when I have device manager open, when I plug in the device, my cursor changes to an hourglass for a second and then the dongle appears in the device manager. When I unplug it, I can watch it get removed from the device manager. 

In Win XP, I can hear a "bloop" sound when the device is plugged in and again a "bloop" when removed. In any case, you have to be able to see "dongles" in the device manager in order for GCP to fully run. 

Some of the USB ports in portables have a little different spec than desktops. Occasionally, a USB device has to be slid partially out of the socket to make proper connection. Wiggle it a bit if you have trouble seeing the device recognized in the device manager or unplug it and then plug it back in.  If you continue to have trouble, try rebooting your computer with the USB device plugged in.


Parallel Port Device

The Parallel port device is essentially a no brainer ...  you attach it to your parallel port and if the drivers are installed properly, that's about it.  However, you usually have only 1 parallel port and it is best to use this parallel port for your printer.

Special Note to Parallel Device users who are running NT, Win 2K or WinXP

Parallel Device Drivers:

Note!!    First, plug the parallel port Security Device onto the parallel port.

To install the General CADD security device driver, simply run the program General CADD-Parallel-Driver-2004.exe which is located in your ../General Cadd/drivers folder.  This program will automatically install the device drivers.  Just click the setup button once the program starts and in a few seconds, you will get a message that the driver installation is complete.  An extra copy is always available on our downloads page should you ever need another copy.  

Special Note to Parallel Device users who are running NT, Win 2K or WinXP

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More USB Information Links and FAQs
http://www.usb.org/faq

Installing USB Devices

http://www.usbman.com

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