This window contains multiple tabs, each for a specific device type, that allows you to manually configure most of the hardware specific to use with MicroBiz.

"Cash Drawer Tab"

If you have already set up your hardware using the Setup Wizard, you may skip this section.


Activate Cash Drawer
Do NOT check this box unless you actually have a cash drawer attached. Otherwise, after you ring an invoice, the system will produce an error message! This is caused by the system attempting to use a function that is not available.

Allow C To Open Cash Drawer From Front Register
Check this box if you want to be able to use the letter C and <enter> to open the cash drawer from the Front Register. This function can be password protected under the security settings of the system.

Open Cash Drawer For Checks
Enable this option if you want the cash drawer to open when accepting checks.

Open Cash Drawer For Credit Card Receipts
Enable this option if you want the cash drawer to open when accepting credit cards.

Open Cash Drawer For Debit Card Receipts
Enable this option if you want the cash drawer to open when accepting debit cards.

Do Not Open For $0.00
If this option is checked, the cash drawer will not open if a transaction is processed with a total of $0.00.

Attached through Printer
Check this if your cash drawer connects to a parallel port or to a printer that connects to a parallel port. Once checked, the "Non-Intelligent" configuration area will be replaced with one corresponding to the "Intelligent" type cash drawers. The default settings here are usually fine. If your receipt printer is on a parallel port other than LPT1, you should change the setting here. For changing other settings, please contact MicroBiz Technical Support. Press the "Test Open Cash Drawer" button to see if your settings are working.

Direct Serial Connection
These are your typical RS232 (serial) type cash drawers. They connect directly to the serial port and do not have pass-through capability. Do not "check" the intelligent cash drawer box if you use one of these. Fill in the parameters as shown below. After you fill in the boxes, click on the "Open drawer" button to see if it works. The reason that we have the Pulse and Width variables is that different manufacturers use parts of a different sensitivity requiring some drawers to open with longer and wider signals than others.

If your drawer opens when the computer system is turned off and you would prefer not to have that happen, there are cash drawers that have a special option available to prevent it. Please contact MicroBiz sales department for more detailed information.

Pass-Through capability
Some drawers have a panel on the back to which you can connect a variety of serial or parallel devices. These drawers are configurable so that they only open for a very special type of signal. You might want one of these drawers if you have lots of devices you are trying to attach to the back of the computer (such as pole displays or other serial devices). Please contact MicroBiz sales department for additional information or to purchase this type of cash drawer.

"Pole Display Tab"

Activate Pole Display
Do NOT check the "Activate Pole Display" box unless you are using one with MicroBiz.

Serial Port
Enter the COM port (1-4) that is in use by your pole display.

Use MicroBiz Default/Windows Communications Settings
The default setting for this is usually fine. Only change this setting if instructed to do so by a MicroBiz Support Technician.

Display Serial Communications Error Messages
This option is used for troubleshooting and should be left off for normal use.

Pole Message #1/2
Place any message in this text box that you desire for your customers to see when they are at the counter. You might want to use this for promotions, sales, etc.

Display SKU And/Or Description
You can choose whether you want the pole display to show item descriptions only, or descriptions along with the SKU (Stock Keeping Unit).

Character Prefix
Certain pole displays need this filled in. The Logic Controls pass-through model requires a prefix, so the unit can differentiate between what it is supposed to display and what not. See the manufacturer's manual for details.

Test Pole Display
Click this button to see if your message appears on the pole display (for testing purposes).

"Printers Tab"

For printers to work correctly in the MicroBiz system, they must first have their drivers specified from the Windows operating system. This is done by going to the "Printers" or "Printer and Faxes" setup screen in Windows, which is found in the Control Panel (among other places). Press the "Add Printers" button and follow the Windows instructions for installing your various printers available to this machine. This section will describe what can be done on this setup page and then run through an example of setting up a printer.

Setting Up Each Printer Type
The first column of this page names each type of printer that can be used by MicroBiz. The text box directly to the right of that displays the local printer name that is currently set for each printer type. To the right of this is the Browse button, which allows you to set the printer. Finally, some printer types allow you to set an invoice type, which is what the buttons to the right of Browse are for.

Always Prompt For Printer
Check this box if you would like MicroBiz to ask which printer to use for receipts. This is useful if you switch between multiple invoice printers often.

Enable Two Printer Two Invoice Types
You can setup two different receipt (invoice) printers on this page, and turning the two invoice type option on will give you the ability to select a different invoice type for each. If left off, you can still set two receipt printers and keep the same invoice type for both. If you enable this feature, you can switch between the two printer/invoice settings at the F9 Tender screen.

Browse Printer Control Code Setups
Click this button to see a list of all control codes available to MicroBiz, and which local printer names are currently using them.

Synchronize All Printers
If you will be selecting the same printer more than once on this screen, you can save time with this feature. Simply setup one of the printer types with the desired printer and control codes, then click the Synchronize All Printers Button to set every printer type to the same. Once this is done you can still make any changes desired to these settings.

Printer Setup Example
For this example, we will select our printer for Printer Name/Invoice/Receipt #1.

  1. On the Customize Hardware Settings, Printers Tab, click the Browse button to the right of Printer Name/Invoice/Rcpt#1.
  2. Select the desired printer from the drop-down menu, then click OK. I will be selecting my Epson TMU220 for this example.
  3. Here comes the Printer Control Code Setup window. To set the correct control code, click the Browse Printer Models button in the lower-left.
  4. I will select Epson Generic for my printer, although the correct control code for your printer may be different. See below for more information on choosing the right control code. If you know the control code you want to use, click on it in the list, then click Load.
  5. Click OK/Save to set these control codes, then click the large Default Invoice Type (it won't say this on the button, but above it) button to select your invoice type. (This is the long button to the right of "Browse.")
  6. The Select Invoice Type window will display the currently selected invoice type. Click Browse Invoice Type, then select the invoice type desired. For my example I will choose 9) Standard 40-column (because I have a 40-column receipt printer). See Article 16 - Other Modules for details on the various invoice types available.
  7. Once you click on the invoice type desired, you can click OK to set it, then Save to finish setting up this printer type.

Control Codes
A control code setup is loaded for various printer types to tell MicroBiz how to communicate with that printer. Choosing the right control code setup is key to making sure your printer works correctly with MicroBiz.
In general, you would want to pick the control code setup that sounds the most like your printer. This can be very straightforward, but not always. The following is a table for some of the less obvious ones:

Control Code Setup

Printers that use this

Brother Dot Matrix80-Column Dot Matrix printers

Epson Generic

40-column Epson receipt printers

Generic Laser Printer

Laser report printers

HP Deskjet Plus

Used for most report printers

Standard IBM Emulation

Should work for almost all barcode label printers. Sometimes works for other printer types when no other control code setup applies.

Star 8340

Star 100, 300, 650, and 700 model receipt printers

A complete listing of all the printers that are supported by MicroBiz is available in Article  chapter 1.

"Coin Changer (Telequip) Tab"

The MicroBiz Business Controller can integrate with the Telequip Change Machine. This implementation was designed and tested on Telequip Coin Changer equipment from Telequip Corporation using their propriety serial interface controls.

 To set up the Telequip Coin Changer in MicroBiz, follow these steps:

  1. Attach the coin changer to COM 1 (recommended) on your computer.
  2. Under Management, Customize, Hardware Settings.
    1. Click on the Telequip Coin Changer tab
    2. Click on "Activate Coin Changer"
  3. Set the coin changer 's configuration to serial port 1, baud, parity, stop bit and data bits. As of this writing, the following specs are pre-set by Telequip:

      • Parity: Even
      • Stop Bits: 1
      • Data Bits: 7

    1. The only other settings needed would be the port (1) and the baud (9600) for the Telequip Coin Changer.
  4. To test the coin changer, enter the "change due" and then click "Test Coin Changer."

Troubleshooting the Telequip Coin Changer
If you get an "OLE" or "ActiveX Control" error message while trying to use the coin changer, you will need to register the Coin Dispenser Control. To do this, run the following command:

  1. Copy the file COIN.OCX (from the DLLs folder on your MicroBiz installation CD, or in the DLLs folder in your MBZInstaller directory) to C:\Windows\System32
  2. Go to the command prompt or "Run" window and type:
    • REGSVR32 C:\Windows\System32\Coin.OCX

If you did not copy the Coin Control to the Windows System directory, substitute the correct directory name into the above statement.

"Magnetic Swipe Devices Tab"


If you are using a Magnetic Card Reader that is HID-compliant (such as the MagTek 21040102), then the protected swipe data feature can be enabled with the option found here.