Field color in Display File – Device type 5251 vs 3477

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IBM iSeries
It started when I noticed that sometimes my displays didn't show the color that I specified for some fields in the screen. Client Access is the interface between Windows and the iSeries. After investigating many usual suspects, I found the culprit in the assignation of device type to my interactive session. All the interactive sessions are in QINTER, but for the same user, sometimes is assigned type 5251 or 3477. When is 5251, there is no differentiation of colors, except HIGHLIGHT (monochrome). When is 3477 is ok. The question is: What is needed to be done in the system or every work station to get the right device type, 3477, assigned? I am not *SECADM, the server is overseas and the administration talks a different language, so I need to be very precise in my request to them. Thanks very much for any technical support. Marcos Alejandro.

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iSeries V6R1M0, RPG LE, DDS, IBM iSeries Access for Windows V5R3M0

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Thanks for your help.

Guided by all your sugestions I kept looking for the source of 5251 device types being created.

I found that the Avalanche server for the RF Guns, reading barcodes in the warehouse,  was configured to use device type 5251-11 (monochrome).  Now has been setup to be 5292-2 (color) and all the guns work perfectly and showing the color coded fields as expected.

After removing all remaining device types 5251 in the iSeries, no new one has been created.

The problem using monochrome 5251was not restricted to the RF Guns but to any work station being assigned a QPADEV device description.   All the 5251 being created for the RF Guns, and available when a standard work station signed on, were assigned and the problem spread.  Some times a color device description was available and assigned and in other cases the monochrome 5251 was available and assigned. I assume that the QPADEV device descriptions are assigned by the system,  sequentially.

Thanks again.

Marcos

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  • TomLiotta
    First thing to ask you might be why are you using iAccess V5R3 to connect to a 6.1 system? Then, what V5R3 service pack are you using?   Do you know why 5251 device descriptions exist at all on the target system?   The only reasonable combination that I can think of why it assigns different types is that the target system has a fixed pool of devices. Further, your users are not authorized to create or change any device descriptions. The result might then be that users get whatever device descriptions are still available at the time of connection, as long as they are compatible.   You might ask the administrator to make more 3477s available. That might require replacing some of the 5251s or just creating new 3477s.   To know what's really happening and what to do about it, you really need to ask your remote administrator. Most particularly, find out why 5251s are used, why they are needed. And find out if more 3477s can be created in order to reduce the chance of getting stuck with 5251s.   Tom
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  • ToddN2000
    You may want to see if some of these devices were created by the AUTOCONFIG. Tom brought up a lot of good feedback to a possible solution.As for the colors not staying as planned, remember users can also change their colors using the client side interface from the toolbar. Make sure that is not the case either.
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  • MarcosAlejandro
    Thanks Tom, thanks Todd. I deleted all the 5251s (of course when they were not in use) but next day they were recreated but in this case only for a specific type of work stations: RF Guns. I'll investigate more about the setup of the RF Guns server to see if any of the parameters specifies 5251 type for its devices.  Todd, the issue is not the foreground color, but the color specified through  DDS for very specific fields. Marcos.
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  • TomLiotta
    The RF Guns are probably handheld devices, possibly for scanning bar-codes or similar use. Now we know why the 5251s are needed.   Initially, you said you were "not *SECADM". Did you mean you were not a *SECADM user class, or that you did not have *SECADM special authority? That will be important if some changes are needed.   Use DSPLIBD QSYS to see what value the library's CRTAUT() attribute has. If it is *SYSVAL, use DSPSYSVAL QCRTAUT to see its value. The expected value for QSYS would be *CHANGE, but alternatives are possible.   Also, use DSPSYSVAL QAUTOVRT to see how many devices are allowed to be auto-configured. And use WRKDEVD *VRTDSP to see how many devices currently exist that are named beginning with "QPADEV". And how many are 5251 devices?   Since you can delete devices, those values should tell us if there is an easy way to handle this. It's potentially possible to do it easy, though there is a more correct (yet more complex) way to control it.   Tom
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  • MarcosAlejandro
    Thanks for your help. Guided by all your sugestions I kept looking for the source of 5251 device types being created. I found that the Avalanche server for the RF Guns, reading barcodes in the warehouse,  was configured to use device type 5251-11 (monochrome).  Now has been setup to be 5292-2 (color) and all the guns work perfectly and showing the color coded fields as expected. After removing all remaining device types 5251 in the iSeries, no new one has been created. The problem using monochrome 5251was not restricted to the RF Guns but to any work station being assigned a QPADEV device description.   All the 5251 being created for the RF Guns, and available when a standard work station signed on, were assigned and the problem spread.  Some times a color device description was available and assigned and in other cases the monochrome 5251 was available and assigned. I assume that the QPADEV device descriptions are assigned by the system,  sequentially. Thanks again. Marcos
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  • TomLiotta
    Now has been setup to be 5292-2 (color) and all the guns work perfectly...   If they can handle 5292, that's an ideal fix. You found what they should have been at the beginning. Good work.   Tom
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  • Gmil494
    RF Guns likely meaning FFID hand held reader (Radio Frequency)?
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  • Gmil494
    Typo, RFID=Radio Frequency thus RP Guns?
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  • MarcosAlejandro
    Yes, Radio Frequency Guns   OR   RF handheld terminals. Thanks Tom. Marcos.
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