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My Local Cash Machine - No Joke!

Electronic Punk

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My Nationwide cashpoint crashes all the time too.
On saturday night it froze for five minutes with my card inside!

Was going to cry.


I may actually be insane.
Runtime errors, hehe. You'd think these things would run on Linux or some custom operating system.

It happens all the time at the train station in Birmingham though, errors or bluescreens. Real handy when you need to check your train time home :p

Tabula Rasa

Stranger Than Kindness
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Happens all the time, ones me and a friend managed to use the touchscreen as a mouse and play solitare on an ATM that crashed :p


Beware the G-Man
Political User
Bank of America ATMs like ta do the MicroSquish "error" popup dance also. Drives me nuts. Had one do it because I hit one button that did the same as one on the side of the screen. It didn't like it. Took 2mins. to reset itself. :(

Electronic Punk

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Political User
Oddly enough our cashpoint is going down at the same time, so I guess they are gonna fix the bug.

Could care tho, plenty of cash points in Salisbury.
Nationwide's machines are very unreliable. I had one eat my brand new card not so long ago.

As mainframe said In Microsoft's defense the above error is nothing to do with the OS its the developer who needs a poke :)

Nationwide machines run on NT for the most part, go figure.


Marathon Project
And some machines run on OS/2 Warp.

I should know, I work for a company that makes these things.

The build of NT 4 that runs is on a hardware secured x86 platform.
The os is also slightly changed by m$ to prevent any keyboard/mouse use when running the full suite of apps.

Cards are currently a moot point as financial institutions are gearing up for "chip and pin", most atms have been upgraded for smartcards, but there have been a few teething problems :(

Evil Marge

I Rule
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Unleashed said:
That'll teach you to use an inferior bank! :p
Only joking, but surely that could well be used as a security round-about somehow?
Hey you,I've used them for 19 year and they ain't a bank their still a Building Society :p


Woah.. I'm still here?
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It's true that a lot of ATM's are running OS/2. Some run on custom NT4 builds.. and more and more are switching to Embedded Windows from what I hear.

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