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Getting a symbol spark ls1006 to work with an hp pavilion dv6140ca

Need to get an old symbol spark ls1006 to work with this hp laptop running Windows XP Media Center Edition.
I've attached a ps/2 to usb adapter to the spark and attached it to a usb port on the laptop. I open notepad and then try scanning a barcode to test. The symbol laser light is seen scanning. It seems to pick up the barcode no problem and I get the beep. The red scan light turns to the green decode.
Problem is I'm not getting any numbers from the barcode scan showing up in notepad or in the business application that I want to use in the end state.
Is one potential source of the problem that the ps/2 to usb adapter is passive? I've seen that suggested as an issue. If so, what's a good "active' adapter? Is it because I'm trying to use the spark on a laptop? Is there a driver that I should have for the spark? Is there a way to reset the spark?
I'm very new to barcode scanning so any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Brian

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  • destinync200 Oct 09, 2008

    i'm trying to get the symbol spark LS1006 to work with a dell optiplex 755. i have the usb converter and have gotten the same results on scans. i can't find a user guide or any software for this product. help!

  • breillyn218 Oct 10, 2008

    Thanks Allanon101. I'd been to the Symbol site and even spoke to Motorola support for the Symbol products but didn't get anywhere. Your link was different and I managed to find the manual at

    Dentinync200, I hope you can find it ok at this link. Let me know if you have problems.

    Now on to the next step: reading the manual!



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An active adaptor will generally have short cables on it rather than being once piece of plastic. Also all active adaptors which I have seen will have 2 PS/2 ports, one for mouse, one for keyboard/barcode scanner while a passive will have only one port.

They are fairly simple devices, and any should work equally as well as the next one.

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Search for ls1000 or the spark (it's nickname) - you should get the product manual as one of the first hits. You've got to go through programming the the barcode scanne, which is no easy task.

Good luck!

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