cards were programmed using the 1.94us.abo download file. This should also
be the case for Brevard. Did only the Famous Names cards behave in this
fashion? You may wish to compare the Famous Names memory cards against the
election memory cards, interchanging AccuVotes as you are doing so. If the
problem is restricted to the Famous Names cards, the lesson to learn is that our
demo software/firmware/download file configuration should always mimic that of
the target client.
Note that memory
cards provided to a client for an election should all be downloaded with the
same report filename, thus it would be unlikely that some cards would prompt the
re-printing of the Election Results report in Post-Election Mode if the report
was not completely printed at the close of Election Mode while others
accounts should be using consistent firmware - can we upgrade the outstanding
1.94o ROMs to 1.94w in the time we have left?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:59
Subject: Re: Extra Message in Memory
John McLaurin Earthlink wrote:
There is no .abo identification printed on the label or reports. The
only way to be sure is to know what was downloaded.
The memory cards in question were supplied out
of McKinney with the original delivery of equipment - famous names ballots
& memory cards as a supply starter kit.I have no idea what is on the cards as far
as the release info, abo, etc..Is
that something printed on the label?I
don’t see it on my own units.How
would I know or find out?
Of course if someone wanted report version information printed, that
could be coded into the Accu-Basic programs. For the shared programs,
i.e. 194us.abo, we would all have to agree on what to print where.
Second, all but one of these accounts have “w”
firmware installed, the remainder has “O”. Will this “additional message” show up on
election day on the “w” firmware units (in that they are post “R”) if they
do not press NO regarding your release notes?
Actually all messages between (but not including) "GENERATING REPORT..." and
"READY TO TURN UNIT OFF?" are generated by the .abo report program. Thus
they have nothing to do with the firmware release and are 100% a product of
the memory card programming.
IF SO, when ‘w’ is shipped out to accounts, is
this release note sent along in order to alert jurisdictions to change there
poll worker instructions
Finally, am I correct in concluding that this
additional message is 100% a product of firmware not memory card
Steve Knecht wrote:
think the AccuVote must know if the printout occured or not and trys to
print it again if it didn't print. Is this the case
guy?? If I understand you correctly
then yes, this is the case for 1.94w but not for 1.94o.
Let me rephrase by saying that the Accu-Vote cannot know by itself
whether or not a report has printed successfully. It can't even know if
there is paper or ribbon in the printer. So, to meet the required report
requirement, the .abo programs are designed to quit and return control to the
firmware only when the operator has chosen to not print another copy.
When the report program returns, the firmware assumes that the operator has
confirmed that the report has been successfully printed and so it displays the
"READY TO TURN UNIT OFF?" prompt.
don't particularly think that is the design we want however. If you
turned unit off prior to the report being printed, its because you don't
want to print the report and can always ask for it if you
do. Unfortunately there are a few
election officials that feel that we must require that the election reports be
printed. If you don't want them printed, then turn the unit off when it
starts printing and then press NO to the prompt "REPRINT ELECTION RESULTS
REPORT?" in the post-election mode. Either this or direct the results
reports to the NULL device in setup mode (this is Greg's favorite).