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By haycoconsulting ·
I purchased a CRQ CueCat keyboard wedge barcode reader at a garage sale for $1. Just looked at E-Bay and the going price is 75 cents. Guess they saw me coming....

The software has a mandatory registration process through the web before it will function. The problem is that the company (Digital Convergence, Dallas) has gone out of business and there is no way to get a registration key code.

The "cat" reader functions (will display characters in a text editor) when reading UPC barcodes, but the characters displayed in Notepad are not the characters shown above the barcode as you would typically see.

My question is ... does anyone have a working registration code so that I can unlock the software (I only ask "the unthinkable" because the company is out of business), or if you know how I could get a LEGIT registration code, or if there is a way to "go around" the software codes and just use it as a barcode reader.

Please don't tell me I wasted a dollar.

BTW...The software DOES NOT have an UNINSTALLER (and, as I said, will not function without a registration code) so if anyone has a tip here it would be appreciated, too. There is a "Uninst.isu" file but the software does not appear in my Add/Remove Programs list and I can find no uninstall-like executable.

Thanks in advance. I know ONE of you has had the misfortune to have purchased one of these units in the past. Please don't be mad at me if you spent over $1.

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by Ann777 In reply to :CRQ and :CueCat

Have you tried transfortming this into a regular barcode scanner?

http://cuecatastrophe.com/

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by Ann777 In reply to :CRQ and :CueCat

Sorry, you did waste a dollar. Radio Shack was giving these away free...

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by haycoconsulting In reply to :CRQ and :CueCat

Thanks Anna ..... interesting history with this device, huh. It sobers me (and probably the rest of us here) to think that one of MY "fantastic" ideas might turn out like CueCat - even with funding and market exposure.

Anyway ... the driver worked like a charm and I have a functional barcode wand reader .... it just looks like a cat. Great gimmick at trade shows and demos, though.

Thanks for the tip Anna. Guess I ought to go the Radio Shack more often - I'll just chalk up the dollar to experience, lol.

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by VinnyD In reply to :CRQ and :CueCat

Ah the old Cue/Cat

Here is a code that works.

Activation code is:
QLIn0Mk5nRC5pqZkeUQrGA

I also got mine for free.

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by haycoconsulting In reply to :CRQ and :CueCat

Appreciate the activation code, Vinny, but given the constraints of the software (once it's installed), I installed the driver shown below, and have decided to just use the thing as a barcode wand - and it works!

You can find free code39 barcode fonts on the internet, print your own barcode labels and inventory your kids toys or something! If they didn't think you were a nerd before ....

Check out http://cuecatastrophe.com/

Thanks for answering - just be glad you didn't spend thedollar, lol.

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by haycoconsulting In reply to :CRQ and :CueCat

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