The following information is directed to libraries that have one or more peripherals (barcode scanner and/or receipt printer) connected to their current Horizon workstation and are thinking of moving it to a newer PC workstation. If you wish to move the peripheral(s) to a newer PC workstation, always consider what type of connectors the old workstation has, versus what type of connectors the new workstation has. For example, older PC’s may only have PS/2ports and therefore the scanner or receipt printer may have been purchased as a PS/2 only device. If the newer workstation has only USB ports, then the port connections will not be compatible. Purchasing an adapter (PS/2ß àUSB) that allows you to connect a PS/2 device to a USB port does not guarantee the device will work; if an adapter doesn’t work, the next step requires purchasing a completely different cable (in this case, a USB cable), but if the peripheral doesn’t have a USB port, then a new cable would be pointless. In some cases, a new cable may be almost as expensive as purchasing a new peripheral.
If you wish to move the peripheral(s) to a newer PC running the Windows Vista operating system, in addition to the above warning regarding port compatibility, you may also need to download and install a new Vista specific driver for each peripheral. If you move a compatible peripheral to a new Vista PC and it doesn’t work properly, refer to the manual that came with your peripheral or visit the peripheral vendor’s website to see if there might be a Vista driver for your device.