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Compulink does not sell any computer hardware, however, we can
offer the below guidelines as to what you will need. Because each
store is different, you might consult with a local computer
dealer to determine your particular needs. You can get computers mail
order or from a local shop that builds them.
The Jewelry Shopkeeper software will work on almost any PC running
Windows but if you do not have a computer, or you plan on buying a
new one, we would recommend a more up-to-date computer such as
one with the following specifications: The "processor" should be
a Pentium 4 or Core Duo or AMD equivalent; The hard drive should be
40GB or larger, and the RAM should be 2GB or more. You can use either a
flat (LCD) monitor are usual now. Most of your backups
will be done with USB Flash drive or onto CD's and DVD's so a special
backup system is not usually required.
Windows XP Professional is suggested (not a 64-bit version) and Vista Business
will be fine too. If you select a low $300 to $400
priced computer it will usually come with Vista Home - but you can usually
pay the extra $70 and request Vista Office. Expect a price range of
$300 to $800 for a computer without a monitor.
For best customer support from Compulink, we highly recommend you
have an internet e-mail account and a fax machine.
A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is recommended for each
computer. This is a battery and surge protector in one which
keeps your computer running in power outages or disturbances. A
small $80 one is usually sufficient to keep your computer up for
10 minutes or so but check with the seller on UPS capacity
If you plan on point-of-sale use you probably need a network of
computers (one or more for sales registers, one or more for
bookkeeping or inventory processing.) Note that registers require
actual computers, not just screens.
If your Shopkeeper is a single-computer version you may want to
consider a network version to allow simultaneous access to Shopkeeper
from more than one computer.
For point-of-sale, you will want reasonably fast computers to speed the
customer's transactions. (sometimes people think to put slow computers
thinking "It's only a register") This doesn't mean you need to buy
a particularly fast computer but it does mean you might not want to use
your 6-year old computer as the register.
The network features built in to Windows XP Pro are sufficient for a small
network of 2 to 8 stations. Don't get a special Server version of Windows
unless you have a large network or special applications that require a
Don't use wireless networks - use cables to network computers.
Short-list of compatible printers which have PCL and parallel ports:
Laser printers are quicker than inkjet printers so they're better for
point of sale receipts and for long reports. The toner is generally more
economical than inkjet cartridges.
HP Laserjet 1150, 1160, 1320, 2300, 2420
(The 2300 and 2420 have two trays and an optional third)
Lower priced Brother Laser printers: HL5150D, HL5140 and HL1440 (slower)
The 5150D benefits from two input trays and the 5150DLT has three.
(note that the HL2040 is NOT compatible)
HP Deskjet (inkjets) 5550, 5650, 6122
If you have a current version of Jewelry Shop-Pro and Windows XP you can
also use PCL compatible printers using a USB port (though the parallel
connector remains much easier)
For price-tags you use specialty barcode tag printers such as a
Citizen CLP-6002, Citizen CLP-621, Datamax E4203 or the FastMark 402.
Note that barcode tag printers print ONLY tags (nothing else).
Standard laser and inkjet printers do NOT print price tags.