Model No. 258898
user manual
Content
• Introduction
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• Product Description
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• Button definition
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• Features
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• Specification
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• Instructions for Operation
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- Getting Started
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- Test Cable
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- Fast Test
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- Save, Delete, Browse and
Upload the Record
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• Driver Installation
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- Before Installation
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- Driver Installation
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- Hardware Connects
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- To Uninstall Driver
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• Remarks
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• Warning
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• Warranty
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Introduction
The third generation of PC Cable Tester–
TEST–i, a specially designed multi–function
cable tester that tests and analyzes a
comprehensive range of PC connector types
and the most commonly used flat cables.
The TEST–i not only tests each pins connection
to identify opened circuits, shorted circuits,
crossed wires, mis–wires and pin–to–pin
connectivity, but can also record up to a 100
test results. The crucial data collected can be
saved and uploaded to a PC for analysis via
USB. With an integrated LCD Display (w/back
light function), users can clearly determine
the cable pin wiring easily and efficiently. The
TEST–i makes an excellent and essential tool
for a system integrator to quickly troubleshoot
and perform pin test on PC cables.
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Product Description
1. Ferric Plate: A. Transmission, B. Receiving
2. LCD display with back light function
3. Control Switch: UP, DOWN, ON/OFF, SAVE, DELETE,
BACK, ENTER
4. FRONT SIDE: with data upload
5. BACK SIDE
6. DC 9V 500mA power jack (adpter not included)
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USB-A USB-B HDMI
RCA
1394 4P 1394 4PRCA
HDMI USB-B USB-A
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Upload RJ-11 SATA 1394 6P
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RJ-45
RJ-48
RJ-45
RJ-48
1394 6P SATA
RJ-11 DC
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Button definition
Button
Description
ON/OFF
(Backlight)
Press ON/OFF button to power
on/off the tester and backlight
UP/DOWN
Press UP/DOWN button to select
the function
SAVE
Press SAVE button to save the
test result
DELETE
Press DELETE button to delete
the record
BACK
Press BACK button to return to
main menu or previous selection
ENTER
Press ENTER button to run the
selected function
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Features
• Identify opened wires, shorted wires, crossed–
wires and mis–wires connectivity
• Support 18 flat types of PC connectors
• 100 Test results can be saved and transferred
to PC via USB
• Alphanumeric LCD display with
backlight function
• With cable test, cable browsing, quick
test function
• Low battery indicator
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Specification
• Product: TEST–i Multi–Function PC Cable Tester
• Model: 258898
• Hardware
-Connectors: IDC40, IDC34, DVI29, HDB15M/F,
DB9M/F, COAX, BNC, RJ–11, RJ–45, 1394–6P,
1394–4P, SATA, USB (A/B), HDMI, RCA
-Control Switch: ON/OF F(POWER), UP, DOWN,
SAVE, DELETE, BACK (CANCEL), ENTER
-Display: LCD size: 2rows, 16characters,
w/backlight
-Power: DC 9V Battery compartment, DC 9V
500mA power jack (adapter not included)
• Emission: CE, RoHS compliant
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Instructions for Operation
Getting Started
1. Push the ON/OFF button to power “on” the
tester, a beep sound will indicate the tester
is working. The LCD display the
following message:
Test Cable ←
Browse
→
2. In operating mode, you can press ON/OFF
button to switch the LCD’s backlight to
“on”/”off”. By holding the ON/OFF button, the
LCD will display the following message:
Tester Power Off
The tester will power “off” when you release
the button.
3. In operating mode, you can hold the DOWN
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button 5 sec. to activate the “Alarm” function
after the display shows “Alarm OFF (or ON)”,
press ENTER to turn on/off the alarm and
press DOWN button back to previous menu.
Alarm OFF
4. In operating status, press UP or DOWN button
to select the desired mode: “Test Cable” for
cable testing, “Browse” to review the saved data,
or “Fast Test” to quickly test cable, then press
ENTER for the desired selection.
Test Cable
Browse
←
→
Fast Test ←
→
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Test Cable
1. Use UP or DOWN button to select the pin
number for the cable you want to test, then
press ENTER to start the testing.
Press Enter To
Select Pin Num.
01 ← 04 06 07
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09 15 →
2. When testing is done, LCD will display the pin–
to–pin connectivity displaying results as follow:
A01-B03 A02-B06
A03-B01 A04-B07
→
3. If no cable connected on the tester, it will give
off two “beep” sounds and display the
message “Empty”.
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Empty
You can select UP and DOWN to check each
pin–to–pin test result, or press ENTER to select
pin number, or press BACK to return to
main menu.
Fast Test
TEST–i also provides quick test function to test
a large number of cables in a short time.
1. Select Fast Test in main menu then
press ENTER.
Fast Test ←
→
2. Select Define Standard to create the standard
pin–to–pin connectivity as the model, the
standard will be compared to the other cable
and determine whether the cable is good or
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bad. The standard rule is saved automatically.
Test Cable ←
Define Standard
A01-B01 A02-B02
A03-B03 A04-B04 →
3. If the standard is defined, select Test Cable to
check cable’s status. If the cable’s pin to pin
connectivity matches the standard, TEST–i will
show OK and display the detailed pin to pin
connectivity. If not, TEST–i will show Error and
also display the cable’s detailed information.
OK
A01-B01 A02-B02
A03-B03 A04-B04
→
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Error
A01-B01 A02-B06
A03-B01 A04-B07
→
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Save, Delete, Browse and Upload the Record
1. Press SAVE button to save the last test result
(saving sequence is from 1 to 100).
Saved No.003 OK
2. By pressing DELETE button, the tester will
display two options in the menu: “Delete All”
or “ Delete One” Press UP or DOWN button
for desired selection.
Delete All
Delete One
→
3. If deleting a specific record, select “Delete One”
and press UP or DOWN button to choose the
record you want to delete, then press ENTER to
delete the record (Note: by pressing ENTER
again, it will delete the next record saved). Press
BACK to return to the main menu.
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Record No.
001
Delete 001 OK
4. To review saved record, select Browse function
in main menu. Press UP or DOWN button to
select the desired record and press ENTER to
display data.
Browse
002 Record
→
5. To connect TEST–i to a computer (via USB) to
upload the data, driver and software (included)
must be installed on the computer. Please refer
to next section for more detail process.
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Driver Installation
A) Before Installation
1. Uninstall any previous TEST–i driver first prior
to installation from control panel → Add or
Remove program (refer to D) to uninstall driver).
2. But If an older version, v. 1.0–1.1, has been
installed, the user is not able to uninstall driver
automatically. Please uninstall manually as
follows steps in advance. (normally happens to
Windows XP)
3. Please connect TEST–i device → goes to Device
manger → Universal Serial bus controller →
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move to CP2101 USB Composite Device (either
CP210x USB Composite Device or CP210x USB
to UART Bridge Controller)
4. Right–click the mouse → Update Driver Software
→ select the destination folder manually.
5. Install from a list or specific location to TEST–i_
Driver\WinXP_2003_Vista_7 → Follow the on
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screen instructions.
TEST–i driver\Hobbes TEST–i\TEST–i_Driver
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6. When an unsigned driver installation warning
is displayed, ignore and presses continue
anyway → completing the Found New
Hardware Wizard.
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B) Driver Installation
1. Insert CD into the CD–ROM drive. Setup will
start automatically. If it does not start after
several seconds → double-click My Computer
on your desktop (or click the Start button, and
click My Computer) → right–click your CD drive,
and then click AutoPlay. If driver has been
downloaded from the website, decompress the
file into same folder and manual then Click the
setup.exe.
2. Follow the on screen instructions. Select your
Operating system.
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3. Select the destination folder: To install into the
default folder, click “Next”. You can change the
installation folder by inputting or selecting the
browse button to choose a different folder.
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4. To start Installation of the TEST–i device driver
→ Click “Install”
5. Device driver is installing (allow the installer
to process).
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6. If an older version of the driver is detected, the
program will ask you to remove the old driver
before installing the new one → Click Yes (Y) to
uninstall the old driver.
7. When an unsigned driver installation warning
is displayed, ignore and press Continue (C)
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8. After the new driver has been installed, the
program will ask you to reboot the system in
order to complete the whole installation
process. Press Yes (Y) to continue.
9. If this is the first time you had installed the
device driver, the screen above may appear
without having to reboot your computer.
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Please Click “Close” to exit. After the driver
has been successfully installed, a TEST–i icon
will display on the Desktop as
10. If this is not the first time you had installed
the device driver, please goes to A Before
Installation steps.
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C) Hardware Connects
Environment: Windows 2000, Windows XP,
Windows 7, Vista
1. Connecting TEST–i via USB cable (included in
the package: TEST–i, CD disk and USB cable)
2. Connect the USB Cable on the unit and your
computers USB Port. The system will
automatically detect and search the driver.
Select “Installed software automatically” then
Click “Next”
3. When an unsigned driver installation warning is
displayed, ignore and press Continue (C)
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4. After the installation process has been
completed. Click “Finish” to close the window.
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5. Connect TEST–i into computer via USB cable
and Click TEST–i icon on the Desktop.
6. TEST–i table will pop up. Toolbar includes Open,
Save, Print, Upload, About and Exit. TEST
results includes ID, Pin and Pin State.
7. Toolbar:
1) Open: Open the file that has been saved.
2) Save: Saving test result.
3) Print: Print test result.
4) Upload: Upload the data that has been saved
on TEST–i.
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5) About: Indicate current version of Hobbes
TEST–i installed.
6) Exit: Exit TEST–i.
8. TEST result: Includes ID number, Pin number
of testing cable, pin to pin status.
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Found Problems
(X)(Y): shows the number of the referring pin
A (X)-: The cable is broken (no connection);
Broken circuit
A (X)-B (X): Correct connection(Cable is good)
A (X)-A (Y)-B (X)-B (Y): Crossed, shorted.
(The connection is shorted; Cable defective)
A (X)-B (Y): Mis–wired. (The connection is
mis–wired; Cable defective)
9. Uploading the data → Press the “Upload
Data” button.
1) Refresh Dev: Click “Refresh Dev” to refresh the
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device once windows can’t detect it successfully
(make sure device is connected properly and all
connections are secure).
2) Upload Data: Click “Upload Data” to upload
test result to PC.
3) Cancel: Click “Cancel” to exit Upload
Data window.
10. Clicking “Upload data” → receive success → Ok.
11. The test results will display completely.
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D) To Uninstall Driver
1. Go to control panel → Add or Remove Programs.
2. Remove TEST–i.
3. Uninstall the TEST–i driver.
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4. Restart the computer after uninstall process →
uninstalled completely.
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Remarks
•If the driver was damaged or not installed
correctly, please set up TEST–i driver again.
•In order to download TEST–i driver from
www.hobbes–group.com Hobbes Group
web site, please sign up as Hobbes Group
member then register product on the
web site. To sign up as Hobbes Group
member, please go to Member Center/
Sign Up/Create ID or Sign Up on the
web site. To register product, please go
to Service/Product Register.
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Warning
1. Please don’t connect the tested cable to the
same side of the test interface.
2. The tester did not test the ground unless the
extension test is applied to PC interface test
unit together. In this application, the pin 40
means ground.
3. If you are going to use the tester in the same
place for a long time, the optional power
adapter instead of the battery is recommended.
Power: DC 9V 500mA
4. Do not attempt to open or disassemble the
unit by yourself. You run the risk of voiding the
limited warranty. If the product appears to be
damaged or does not function properly, please
send it to original dealer to obtain
warranty service.
5. When you test an ultra ATA flat cable (40pins/80
conductors), please be aware of the connector
color because you might get the different result.
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Warranty
The device is guaranteed for one years from the
date of original sale. The manufacturer will
repair the device free of charge if manufacturer
determines the product failed due to
manufacture defect. This warranty is only valid
if the device is used for its intended purposes
only. Manufacturers warranty is voided if the
product has been tampered and damaged
from misused.
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