Configuring the Datalogic M8300 Barcode Scanner for Burralabel

This procedure explains how to configure the Datalogic PowerScan M8300 Barcode Scanner for use with BurraLabel.

The M8300 seems to be particularly poor at scanning barcodes from the monitor. You will probably need to print these barcodes, or use the barcodes printed in the Quick Reference guides provided with the scanner and base.

Pair with Cradle

The following steps are from the PowerScan M8300 Readers Quick Reference Guide.Scan each of these in sequence.

Scan the numeric 1 barcode 6 times to set the date to 111111.

Scan the numeric 1 barcode 4 times to set the time to 1111.

Scan the numeric 0 digit 4 times to set the address to 0000.

All readers used in the same area must have different addresses.

Bind to Cradle

After you scan this, the green LED on the scanner will blink rapidly; the reader is ready to be positioned onto the cradle.

Firmly position the reader onto the cradle within 10 seconds. A beep will be emitted, signaling that the cradle has been paired to the scanner, and the green LED on the reader will go off.

Set USBCOM Mode

Install the USB COM driver.

Note there are separate versions for 64-bit and 32-bit versions of windows.

This driver may hang badly if you disconnect the USB device while BurraLabel has the device open, requiring a full reboot to regain access to the scanner.

Configure in BurraLabel

Use the Gryphon driver for the Datalogic M8300. Note that the Info page returns far less information than the M130 scanner.

Trouble Shooting

The setup process with this particular scanner seems to be a bit fussy. Below are some trouble-shooting notes to help if it doesn't seem to work.

Use Device Manager to Check Installation

Confirming Correct Installation

If the device is correctly configured and the driver is installed you should see a serial port device and a barcode scanner device as shown below.

Is there a HID Keyboard Interface device?

If the base is in USBKBD mode (which is the factory default) instead of USBCOM mode, it will appear in the device manager as as HID Keyboard Interface device. If you see this you should repeat the binding process and scan the USBCOM barcode again.

Is there an Unknown Device?

If you do not see a HID keyboard device or a COM port device, the base may be in USBCOM mode, but the drivers are not loading. Look for an unknown device as shown below. Unplug the scanner USB cable from the computer to confirm the unknown device is associated with the scanner. If it is, the USBCOM driver is not installed or is not working.