This weeks Sunday activity: playing around with an Omron V3TU-1K magnetic card reader with USB interface.
Second (or third, fourh .. ) hand, and of course no drivers to be found anywhere.
[15293.788217] usb 4-1: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
[15293.970485] usb 4-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[15293.989256] input: TOPRE CO.,Ltd. USB – CardReader as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.2/usb4/4-1/4-1:1.0/input/input16
[15293.989435] generic-usb 0003:0853:0001.0004: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.00 Keyboard [TOPRE CO.,Ltd. USB – CardReader ] on usb-0000:00:1d.2-1/input0
No help to be found (nor any contact email addresses??) at Topre’s web pages. http://www.topre.co.jp/e/products/comp/index.html .
After contacting Omron Europe, I finally got drivers for it from Cetwin Service which seems to still have support for these. To spare them the extra work I’ve put the driver zip file up on the web here. Since the reader is very old and probably not in sale anywhere any more, this shouldn’t hurt anyones feelings.
In the end my reader was unable to read a single card. It is detected in Windows and seems to work, but any card I try to read it just beeps and flashes unreadable.