help with cuecat
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First: when you plug it in, do you get a red light from the nose? The light should start solid, then after a while start to blink; when it blinks it's asleep and you have to hold the nose to something light or white (paper works fine) to wake it up and let it start scanning again.
If you have the red light, and it's solid: put the cat's nose on the book a little to one side of the barcode (either before the beginning or after the end). The cat should be...hmmm, hard to describe! As if it were clawing along the barcode - with its bottom parallel to the spine of the book, not up and down on the book. You'll be running it along the barcode, not sideways on it.
Here: This is the correct way -
and this is the wrong way -
Do you get anything at all when you scan? Try it in Notepad or something similar before you try in LT. Make sure the number under the barcode is actually the ISBN (the CueCat will scan a UPC just fine, but LT won't find anything).
Tell us a bit more about what you're doing and what you see. The more detail the better!
It is possible that it's defective - that the lens in the nose is misaligned or missing, so it can't 'see' the barcode - but 99 times out of a hundred it just takes a while to figure out the right movement.
That's all I can come up with. Is it a modified CueCat? If not, you _might_ want to try the modification - I find the Cats read a lot more easily once they're modified. But personally, I'd be happier if my Cat managed to successfully scan something _before_ I tried modifying it.
I can get the CueCat to turn "on" by merely placing my thumb over the hole. Of course, my pasty-white Irish skin tone may give me an advantage in that respect.
My CueCat had the problem of the myopic lens. It's easy to set it right, though.
I've also 'neutered' my device. The CueCat is set to produce an encrypted ISBN that LibraryThing knows how to convert. 'Neutering' the CueCat is easy enough to do, and allows me to use it in other applications.
Be forewarned - some books have tiny barcodes and the CueCat won't be able to read them, no matter how well you've honed that scanning skill. Also, keep in mind that not all barcodes are ISBN and/or price.