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G'day all, A mate of mine picked up an MSI Portable Data Terminal Model 1150 from a garage sale and we've been too afraid to turn it on. Apart from the name, model number and the fact it runs on AA Batteries, the only other info I have on it is that it can cause reception interference in built up areas and that the EEPROM was last updated in October 1997. Plus it has what looks to be an infra-red 'pen' which plugs into the terminal via an RJ45 socket, the same socket as a typical 10/100 network card. I've been googling like mad but the closest I can get are some rather ambiguos patents for multiple PDT's. If anyone would like scale photo's of the device I'd be more then glad to arrange them. Any help or knowledge would be most appreciated. Cheers, Bassker.

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    Chris Baker May 20, 2009

    Thanks Leecom72! We had a fiddle with it the day before I got your solution and managed to figure out it reads barcodes but thats almost as much as we could workout lol. You were bang on the money though and it still works! The next thing to do now is take your advice and try to find the software for it. Also I neglected to mention there's a speaker on the the back and when you hit the send button a modem starts squawking the data out the speaker. We assumed that you would hold a phone up to the speaker. Could we use this function for anything else or is it no longer applicable for practical use?

  • Chris Baker
    Chris Baker May 21, 2009

    lol, there goes my phone phreaking idea! Thanks again Leecom72 I owe you one 'ey. If you ever need a PSP cracked drop us a line, lol. Cheers, Bassker.



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Hi there.
The MSI Portable Data Terminal hand held scan device was used in the early eighties lol, it was one of the first infrared things used in stores and shops and they used the pen to scan the bar code.
The RJ-45 socket was used to download the data to a computer, if you got the software then it could be worth a few quid/bucks as it probably will still read lol.
Sorry for laughing i have not seen one of them for ages!!.

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Posted on May 20, 2009

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 21, 2009

    Hello again.
    The speaker function can't be used for anything else apart from what it was designed for, to spiel out data!!
    In today's technological world it really has no practical use at all as the newer units have better software on them, nevertheless it's just about an antique and a working one at that, it's a possibility that a collector would be interested if you searched hard enough.

    Good luck if your going to sell it.

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 21, 2009

    Not the PSP lol, but any advice on the PS3 would be appreciated lol, and thanks for the offer !!



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