USB Barcode reader

I am trying to get a usb barcode reader to read successfully on a Fez Spider. I am using VS2010 in and SDK 4.2. The problem i have is the barcode reader connects fine and it is seen as a keyboard. when the event is fired all i get back from the controller is 255, 255,255 which i can take it from the help is that the data is not recognized as valid keys. if i plug a standard usb keyboard in its place i get exactly the key i pressed returned. I have plugged the barcode scanner into a PC usb port and get the barcode I am reading displayed in a text editor, so I know that the Barcode scanner is working as it should. I thought that maybe it was something to do with VB but i built a test app using C# ( which i am not proficient in) both give me the same result.

So either i am missing something in setting up the test. I have posted both my VB and C# code to show my workings.
Any help would be appreciated


VB Code

Imports GT = Gadgeteer
Imports GTM = Gadgeteer.Modules
Imports GHI.Premium.USBHost
Imports GHI.Premium.System
Namespace UsbHostVBKeyboard
Partial Public Class Program
Dim WithEvents barReader As GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_Keyboard
Public Sub ProgramStarted()
Debug.Print(“Program Started”)
End Sub
Private Sub usbHost_KeyboardConnected(sender As Gadgeteer.Modules.GHIElectronics.UsbHost, Keyboard As GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_Keyboard) Handles usbHost.KeyboardConnected
barReader = New GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_Keyboard(Keyboard)
Debug.Print(“Keyboard/Reader Connected”)

    End Sub

    Private Sub barReader_CharDown(sender As GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_Keyboard, args As GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_KeyboardEventArgs) Handles barReader.CharDown
        Debug.Print("CharDown: " & args.KeyAscii.ToString)
    End Sub

    Private Sub barReader_KeyDown(sender As GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_Keyboard, args As GHI.Premium.USBHost.USBH_KeyboardEventArgs) Handles barReader.KeyDown
        Debug.Print("KeyDown: " & args.Key.ToString)

    End Sub
End Class

End Namespace

C# Code

using System;
using System.Threading;

using Microsoft.SPOT;

using GHI.Premium.USBHost;
using GHI.Premium.System;

namespace Test
public class Program
static USBH_Keyboard kb;
public static void Main()
// Subscribe to USBH event.
USBHostController.DeviceConnectedEvent += DeviceConnectedEvent;

        // Sleep forever

    static void DeviceConnectedEvent(USBH_Device device)
        if (device.TYPE == USBH_DeviceType.Keyboard)
            Debug.Print("Keyboard Connected");
            kb = new USBH_Keyboard(device);
            kb.CharDown += CharDown;
            kb.KeyDown += KeyDown;

    static void CharDown(USBH_Keyboard sender, USBH_KeyboardEventArgs args)
        // Display the pressed key

    static void KeyDown(USBH_Keyboard sender, USBH_KeyboardEventArgs args)
        // Display the pressed key
        Debug.Print("Key: " + args.Key.ToString());


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Barcode scanners need a lot of power.
How do you supply the scanner.
If it has no extra supply you should put an powered USB hub in between.

@ brent-me - Spam power :smiley: