Creating a License Options File
By Erasmo Sanchez, Repair Floor Manager
In the healthcare industry, everyone is working hard to reduce costs and make smart moves about their ongoing equipment maintenance. Thinking that way just makes good business sense. Making it work takes insights into how the ultrasound parts and equipment world really operates. you can create a backup of the LicenseqOptions, you need to determine the cart level of the machine. The easiest way to determine the hardware level for both systems is to look down at the brakes of the machine. If there are two brake pedals on the front of the machine it is an A-D cart or sometimes an R-cart. If there is one brake pedal then the system is an E-G cart system. On higher level carts there is a sticker on the back panel of the machine that will read “Service Hardware REV” and the letter of the cart level.
Different types of hard drives reside in each of the different cart levels. The license options file exists in the hard drive. If you are in an A-C cart system, you will need to remove the hard drive from the HOST computer. In a D-F cart, you will need to remove Hard Drive 0 from the UMB assembly. Finally, in a G-R cart you will need to remove the single 1TB hard drive from the EMB assembly.
Now that the hard drive is out, you will need a computer and a USB-to-IDE adapter for the A-C cart hard drives and a USB-to-SATA adapter for the D-R cart hard drives. Even though the hard drives are different, the process for retrieving the License Option file is the same. Connect the hard drive to your computer using the adapter and follow this file path: RW_Normal:\host\config\iu\licensedOptionsFile.xml. Save a copy of the file to a flash drive and open the copy created using notepad and scroll down until you see the “Chip ID.” Highlight and copy the chip ID and close the file. Add the chip ID to the end of the file name using an underscore. So the file should now look like this: licensedOptionsFile_xxxxxxxxxxx.xml, with the Xs being the chip ID that you copied from the License Option file. Take the file that you just created and burn it to a CD-R, making a copy for yourself and one for the customer. This completes a vital procedure that will ensure system up-time in the future.