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Q: Encoding Magnetic Cards - Track 2 ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Encoding Magnetic Cards - Track 2
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: clueless-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 12 Oct 2006 16:31 PDT
Expires: 11 Nov 2006 15:31 PST
Question ID: 773047
Is it possible to encode alphanumeric data on track 2 of a magnetic
card. If so, what software can I use to do this.
I am using a MSRE Magnetic Card Reader / Writer made by Lin Fei
Hi-Tech with Magnetic Strip Card Reader/Writer software 206DAX21 (Oct.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Encoding Magnetic Cards - Track 2
From: frde-ga on 15 Oct 2006 03:54 PDT
I read that a couple of times in bemusement
- then it clicked

Track 2 is numeric only - with ';' '=' and '?' added

Track 1 is the thing that /can/ handle Alpha Numeric
- it is also called the IATA Track after airlines, but they never got
round to using it for anything meaningful

The short answer is that the word size of Track 2 is too small to
handle Alpha, it is only 4 bits that can denote 0 - 16

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