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Here a brief intro on how to use CardMaster for programming (most) SmartCards, like GoldCards, FunCards, GreenCards, Jupitercards, etc.

There are 3 versions: A version for the Infinity CardMaster, Mini Millennium and Chipdrive Mini. Download it from the Download-page.

Take a look at the SmartCards page for details on the different SmartCard types.

Note: Read the disclaimer! Though this programmer can be very usefull for making your own smartcard protection of for example you PC or other objects, it also can be used to created illegal smartcards or edit existing smartcards which might be ILLEGAL!

Programming Smartcards

Programming a SmartCard

Cardmaster is a very easy program to use. However you will need either an Infinity CardMaster, Mini Millennium or a ChipDrive mini programmer.

After starting the application you will see something like this:

CardMaster - Start Screen
CardMaster - Start Screen

If the application show the message "Offline" in the header of the window, the go to the menu "Setup" - "Ports" to select the COM-port you are using for your programmer.

A message at the bottom in the screen saying "Not Connected" indicates that there is no programmer connected, or the you selected the wrong COM-port. When serial is OK, it should show something like this;

CardMaster - Connected!
CardMaster - Connected!

Now it's time to insert your card.

CardMaster - Card Inserted
CardMaster - Card Inserted

The next step is to select the right Card Type:

CardMaster - Select card-type
CardMaster - Select card-type

After selecting the cardtype you will have to select the PIC and the EEPROM files.

Note: For most FunCards you will need to indicate which file should be used for the external EEPROM.

Use the "Open File" icons to select the files. The screenshot below shows the setting for a FunCard. Other cards, like the GoldCard might not have the 3rd file;

CardMaster - Select the "Open File" icons
CardMaster - Select the "Open File" icons

Basically there are two files: The EEPROM file (FunCards have optionally an external EEPROM file) and the PIC file. Make sure you selected all of them.

The next step is to erase the PIC and EEPROM, this is OPTIONAL.
Click the button "Erase" and from the popupmenu select "PIC" to rease the PIC and "EEPROM" to erase the EEPROM. You will get a warning that this will delete all data from the EEPROM or PIC. Confirm this by clicking the "Yes" button. For this purpose, CardMaster will load a special little program into the PIC. After that the little program will erase the EEPROM. That's why it first is saying "Preparing Card".

After erasing the PIC and/or EEPROM, CardMaster will inform you that it completed it's task. Click "OK" to continue.

Finally click the "Write" button, to start the programming of the card. From the popup menu select "Auto" which will programm PIC and EEPROM automatically.

In the lower part of the screen a progressbar indicates programming progress. It also shows what it's doing, ie. program PIC or EEPROM, etc.

CardMaster - Programming in progress
CardMaster - Programming in progress

Once the card is programmed a popup will inform you about this. Click "OK" and you're done ...



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