The SecurePC system controls access to the computer’s
drives, keyboard, modems and various peripheral
devices. One of the key components is the ZignX control
box (as seen on the computer picture. This box in
conjunction with software and hardware combine with the
SecurePC system for overall access control.
What hard drives will work with SecurePC?
SCSI, Serial ATA, IDE UDMA 33/66/100/133 hard drives.
What PCI Type NIC and modems cards will work with
All PCI type NIC and modem cards will work with
SecurePC, but if you want SecurePC to control these
peripherals, you will have to purchase the ZignX brand
card. Our network card is 10/100.
What Peripherals can SecurePC Control?
SecurePC will control floppy drives, IDE / SCSI / ROM's
, and ZignX brand PCI type NIC and modem cards.
What operating systems will work with SecurePC?
SecurePC can be used with any Windows operating system,
however the Zignx control box is independent of the OS.
How many peripherals can SecurePC control?
SecurePC can control up to ten computer peripherals.
Two of the ten devices are limited to
NIC or modem cards
of the ten devices can be CD ROM's, HDD's, Zip or
Can SecurePC control Eight hard drives with OS;'s on One
Yes SecurePC is capable of controlling Eight hard drives
with Eight operating systems.
What hard drive jumper setting do you recommend?
There is no absolute jumper setting that will work for
all devices when run together because there are so many
different manufactures of peripherals brands in the
computer world. We recommend you follow the chart below
and apply one of the 4 options below for getting drive
What should I check before setting my drive jumper
All available jumper settings for your peripheral.
Insure your jumper pin has a metal contact inside of the
plastic casing, and that it has a tight contact fit
between drive pins. If your drive doesn't have a
picture diagram on the face of it, you can go to the
manufactures website and download or view the drive
How do I know if I have the proper IDE cable?
IDE Hard drives that are ATA/66/100/133 are 40 pin 80
conductor cables. Connecting this cable properly will
insure correct IDE hard drive detection between the
motherboard and hard drive. IDE cables are color coded
for this purpose. The blue plastic head should connect
to the motherboard, the gray plastic head should connect
to the slave hard drive, and the black plastic head
should connect to the master hard drive. Note: Yes you
can use these cables with CD ROM's, etc.
Will all hard drives work together in a master / slave
setup on the same IDE cable?
No. The reason can be any number of things (brand,
generation, OS, etc). If you run into a dual drive
incompatibility issue when 2 drives are on the same IDE
cable, we recommend you view answers 7 & 8, or pair up
the drive with another drive on a different IDE cable.
What power supply will ZignX work with?
ZignX unit works with the standard 20 pin ATX power
cable connection. We do have special cable adapters for
proprietary 20 and 24 pin ATX power cables.
Will a RAID system work with SecurePC?
RAID systems can work with ZignX, but all peripherals
and settings for RAID functions must be enabled within
the profile setup.
Can SecurePC control USB products?
Yes, but it would require a ZignX brand USB device.
Presently we are not making anymore USB devices because
the USB control connection doesn't have enough market
What languages can the ZignX control box menu be viewed
The language menu consists of English and Danish, this
option is found in the “Parameters menu”.
What should my bios be set to?
Your Bios setting should be set to
auto. Most of the Bios available today are
automatically set to”Auto” by default, an example image
is provided below.
Set “Halt on” to “All, but
Set “PWR - Mode by PWR Button” to “Delay
4 sec / suspend”.
Can SecurePC detect a network cable removal violation?
Yes, by using ZignX NIC’s. For example, if someone
switches the network cable connected to 1 of the 2 ZignX
NIC’s, ZignX will break off the network communication.
To reactivate the network communication, the
“Superuser” will have to enter his or her password.
This security violation is
also detectable when the computer is turned off or is in
Does SecurePC have an intruder alert for tower break in?
Yes, if you have an intruder alert device that connects
to your tower. Link
this connection to J309 outlet pin 1 & 2 on your ZignX
What will SecurePC's 1st requirement be when starting up
for the 1st time?
On your ZignX unit menu screen you will first be asked
to enter the date and time. Next, it will ask you to
enter a "Superuser" pin code. This pin code will have
to be between 1 and 8 numbers. This will complete your
Can I reset SecurePC if I mess up or forget my Superuser
Yes, within the ZignX unit there is a reset button. To
access this button you will have to unscrew the lid on
the ZignX frame:
Turn the power off to the power supply.
Hold down the reset button.
Turn the power supply on.
Release the reset button; now begin again.
What management information is stored in ZignX hardware
The log data recordings for all computer users.
The Superuser pin code and profile.
All the user profile configuration.
How does the Superuser link ZignX to ZignX software
The ZignX unit will require having J302 cable attach to
Link the included serial cable between the ZignX and
MB serial ports on the towers rear housing.
Superuser required log-in.
Select button # 7 on the ZignX unit keypad.
Open up the ZignX software program and proceed.
What time Clock setting will ZignX run on?
ZignX can run on a 12 hour time frame, or a 24 hour time
frame clock. The Superuser can set the clock preference
from the keypad on the face of your ZignX unit or from
the software "Parameters menu".
Can ZignX be set to run without the requirement of a pin
Yes, the Superuser can setup user profiles that do not
require a Pin-code for computer access. This is
accomplished by not entering a pin-code in the "Profile
menu" or "Smart Card menu".
How many digits can a profile user have in their pin
The Superuser can set a digit requirement between 1 and
8 numbers from the "Pin-code policy menu".
How does SecurePC protect against pin code tampering?
When the profile user enters the wrong Pin-code, ZignX
will wait 2 seconds before allowing another entry. If
the user enters the wrong Pin-code again, ZignX will
double the wait time (4 Seconds). If the user
continually enters the wrong Pin-codes , ZignX will
keep doubling the wait time to one hour. The Superuser
will have to sign-in ZignX unit to free up this
security lock feature.
What optional pin-code policy can the Superuser place on
the profile user?
The Superuser can set the "Pin-code policy menu"
whereby the profile user will have to change the
pin-code after a certain amount of days have passed
(between 1 & 255 days) or a requirement whereby so many
days must pass before the profile user can change the
pin-code again (between 1 and 255 days). Another
stipulation is the amount of digits required for a
pin-code entry. The range can be adjusted between 1 and
8 digits. Note: This password changing and control
function is an optional setting for profile setup.
What is a profile?
A Profile can be defined as a single computer
configuration consisting of the following:
The peripherals that are selected in the "Profile
The days and times that are setup for "Profile
The security access requirements that are setup
in the "Smart Card menu".
Note: Security access requirements are controllable
when creating a profile setup.
What options does the Superuser have when setting up
The Superuser can setup user profiles by using the
keypad on the ZignX unit or using the included ZignX
software menu program.
What is the difference between a Superuser and profile
The Superuser is the administrator who will setup all
the user profile configurations. The profile user is
the one who will have access to what was pre-determined
How do I save a profile (configuration) to the SecurePC
On the ZignX software menu you will find a
tab key. The tab key will allow you to write all the
profile configurations onto your ZignX unit. Note
1: The information that is being saved to your
ZignX unit is the definition of a profile configuration.
The Smart-Card software menu has a
tab key. Clicking this tab key will give access to the
selected profiles on the Smart-Card software menu.
How many profiles users can be authorized to use the
There is no limit on the number of users who can access
a computer with SecurePC. Computer access is limited to
those who meet the access requirements set by the
What is the best provided method to use when setting up
profiles with SecurePC?
Setting up profiles can be accomplished in two ways,
through the ZignX keyboard pad on the Zignx unit via
Superuser log-in or through the ZignX software menu
control. We recommend you use the ZignX software. It
has a user friendly profile and Smart Card menu setup
screen that primarily involves placing a check mark with
your mouse for the desired profile configurations.
Can the Superuser duplicate SecurePC profile
configurations onto another SecurePC PC?
Yes, the ZignX software has a "Save file" and "Load
file" tab key for this function. The profile
configurations can be saved and stored onto a floppy
disk. This data can be read and saved onto another
How many different profiles can the SecurePC unit
SecurePC is capable of managing up to 9 profile
What level of control does the “Superuser” have?
The "Superuser" can be considered the "Administrator".
The Superuser is the only one who will be able to do the
Have access to all features.
Sets up all user profiles (computer peripheral
configurations) on SecurePC.
Sets up all available time frames for computer profile
Defines what user profiles each individual will have
Specifies what requirement will be necessary for
the profile user
to access the computer (Smart-Card requirement, Pin Code
Provide the profile user additional access to other
Reset the ZignX unit incase of a security violation
What is a domain?
Each SecurePC will have a domain name. The default
domain name setting on all ZignX units is "ALL". More
than one ZignX unit can have the same domain name. The
domain name can be viewed from two places on the
software: "Parameters menu" or the "Smart Card s menu".
The "Parameters menu" is where you can change your
SecurePC domain name. The Smart Card menu is where you
add-on nineteen more domain names to a Smart Card, but
only one name will represent the SecurePC unit. The use
of domain names allows the Superuser to create a Smart
Card that can access other computers in different
departments where domain names are different.
Note: Superuser is to keep SecurePC "Domain" names on
a need to know basis (absolutely confidential).
What is a Smart Card?
The Smart Card serves as an access card to a SecurePC
user profile. The Smart Card will give you the highest
level of security and control when networking them with
How many profiles can a Smart-Card have access to?
A Smart-Card can have up to 9 profiles place on to it
from the Smart Card menu.
What level of control does a "Smart-Card" give to a
A "Smart-Card" will provide access authority to pre-
selected profiles. The pre-selected profiles are
created by the "Superuser". Note: The Smart-Card user
has no authority to create a new profile or change the
definition of a profile configuration (days, times.
What will happen if I remove my "Smart-Card" while my PC
If the Smart Card is removed, SecurePC will shut down
How many domains can be written onto a Smart-Card?
The Superuser can record 20 different domain names on
one 1 Smart Card
How do I save a profile so it can be accessed by a
The Smart-Card software menu provides you with a "Write
Card" tab key. The tab key allows you to write the
information onto the Smart-Card.
Can SecurePC be set to run without the requirement of a
Yes, the Superuser can deactivate the Smart-Card
requirement. The Superuser can create profiles that
just require a Pin-code entry for profile
access. The Superuser can also create profiles that do
not require a
Smart-Card or Pin-code
for a user profile access.
What is the difference between writing to a Smart-Card
vs. writing to ZignX unit?
The configuration of a user profile is written to the
ZignX unit. The Smart Card will only provide you access
to a user profile.
What is the difference between time setting for the
ZignX unit vs. time setting for the Smart-Card?
A time-frame recorded on to the ZignX will represent
when the ZignX unit will be ON or OFF for a particular
A time-frame recorded on to the Smart-Card will
represent when the Smart Card will have access to the
Note 1: If the time-set on the ZignX unit is set to OFF
for a specific profile, the Smart Card will not be able
to access the profile even if the Smart Card time-set is
set to ON for the profile.
Note 2: The Smart Card will work on another ZignX unit
where the time-set is set to ON for the user profile,
provided the Smart Card has access to the ZignX domain.
Who can read the rights that are written on the
The content (days, time, domains, pin code, etc)
information on a Smart-Card can only be viewed by the
Superuser. The Smart-Card profile user can only access
the profiles, and change his or hers password pin-code
Why can't I use another SecurePC unit to read what's on
a "Smart Card"?
Each SecurePC unit has its own unique ID number. The
initial unit used to write on the Smart Card will have
the read card and rewrite card capabilities. When
writing to a Smart Card on a different SecurePC unit,
the Superuser will not be able to read the Smart-Card
contents from this different unit, but will
be able to write over the present contents, therefore,
establish a capability
to read the contents that are on the Smart Card
Will the Smart Card user have to change password upon
first profile use?
The first time a profile user accesses the computer via
Smart Card, they may be required to immediately enter a
new password pin-code. This is a separate control
option from the settings in the "Pin-code Policy" menu.
The choice is made available in the Smart Card setup
What operating systems will support hibernating?
Windows ME, 2000, and XP support hibernating. These OS'
take advantage of the Advance Configuration & Power
Interface and further it with hibernating software
(power on suspend). Windows 98 and below do not support
What is OS hibernating?
When you put your computer into hibernation, it saves
your current work (system status, memory, and screen
image) into your hard disk, and then the system can be
powered off. When you turn the computer back on, all
programs and documents that were opened when you turned
the computer off are restored on the desktop. The
advantage is your OS will not have to go through the
initial boot- detection process.
Note: Hibernation is made possible via ACPI. The
Advance Configuration & Power Interface (ACPI) is the
power management specification of PC97 (1997). ACPI
"Suspend to hard drive" is basically controlled by the
windows operating system. It intends to save more power
by taking full control of power management to operating
system and bypass BIOS . ACPI defines ATX momentary
soft power switch to control the state of transition.
How do you setup OS hibernating shut downs?
Open "Power Options" in the Control Panel.
Click the Hibernate tab, then select the Enable
hibernate check box and click Apply. If the hibernate
tab key is unavailable, your computer does not support
Click the Advance tab key and select hibernate for "When
I press the shut down button on my computer". Your
operating system will now be set to hibernate every time
you shut down.
You may automatically put your computer into
the Power Schemes tab, and then select a time period in
System hibernates. Your computer will hibernate after
it has been idle for the specified amount time.
Does SecurePC record logging IN and OUT data?
Yes, SecurePC will
record log IN and OUT data for all users who access the
computer. The decision to enable log data recording is
made in the "Parameter" menu.
What log information does SecurePC record?
Examples of log data are profile start, profile stop,
pin code change, wrong card code, reset, etc. The log
data can only be extracted by the Superuser when
selecting "Save Log" on the Administration menu view.
The file can be viewed in notepad.
Who can retrieve Log In and Out information recorded
Only the Superuser can retrieve SecurePC log data. The
log data will record over a 1000 entries. When SecurePC
reaches 800 log data recordings, it will alert you
during the next 200 log recording to "Save Log" data.
The downloaded data will have a start and stop time
recording. The next time the Superuser downloads the
data its start time will match the stop time on the
Is SecurePC log recording data tamper proof?
SecurePC not only records a start and stop time between
each log data saving, but it also assigns a unique
control number for the text file. SecurePC ensures data
integrity by providing you with a "Verify log" menu
option. Saved log files can be opened up by SecurePC
and checked for tampering.
Can the SecurePC run without the serial cable attached
Yes, this cable is only required when running the ZignX
software setup program.
Does SecurePC package come with ZignX network cards?
No, ZignX 10/100 Mps PCI Network cards are sold
What are the shutdown procedures for SecurePC computers?
Superuser computer shut down procedure.
Superusers will always shut down the computer by
pressing the “No” button on the keypad. Next press the
“Yes” button on the ZignX keypad when the screen menu
shows the question “Quit Superuser”?
Profile user procedure for shutting down OS’s that DO
support “Hibernation” (Win ME, 2000, XP, etc).
When logging in with a Smart Card, just remove Smart
Card from ZignX to shut down.
When logging in through ZignX keypad, chose option # 1
“Turn off computer” on ZignX.
Profile user procedure for shutting down OS’s that Don’t
Shutdown the computer by using the software
“Start” menu key.
Can SecurePC synchronize with the time clock setting on
the computer OS?
Yes, go to the Parameters menu and select the "Sync
time" tab key. ZignX will synchronize with the time and
date setting on your operating system.
Can the Superuser use the pin-code recorded in the
The pin-code recorded in the profile menu can be
utilized by the Superuser if the "Log in without Smart
Card" box is checked. The profile name will then
appear on the ZignX unit text screen menu; the Superuser
must enter the pin-code that was originally recorded in
the profile menu. This feature will not remove the
Smart Card profile user setup because accessing these
profiles through a Smart Card is still possible. The
pin-code recorded onto the Smart Card can be a different
pin-code and will apply when accessing a profile via
Smart Card. This special setup process allows the
Superuser to access any of their created profiles
directly from the ZignX keypad. The process also allows
the Superuser to take advantage of the two separate
pin-codes. If the Log in without Smart Card" box is
left unchecked, the pin-code recorded onto the Smart
Card supersedes the pin-code recorded in the profile
menu setup because ZignX checks and verifies the
pin-code recorded on the Smart Card before giving access
to the user profile.
Note 1: This feature is useful for the Superuser when
setting up user profiles that have multiple hard drives
with multiple operating systems.
Note 2: User profiles accessed through this process by
the Superuser are still being access at the "User
What options are available on ZignX screen menu view for
Superuser and Profile User?
SecurePC Control Options
Change Card Pin-Code
Exit Operating System
Delete Log File
Edit Card Functions
Time format Change
Setup date and time
Domain Name change
Superuser and the Profile Numbers.
Computer components for each profile.
ZignX unit active day and time frames.
Profile access code when no Smart Card is used.
Name used to identify profile.
Smart Card required or not required.
Load /Save File, Read / Write ZignX, Exit:
Command buttons for Profile recording.
Name: Name given
to identify ZignX unit.
Time and Date:
Time Format: 12
or 24 hour time clock setting.
Language being used.
Log recording ON or OFF.
Version & ZignX ID:
Software and Serial ID.
Sync Time, Write ZignX, Read ZignX, Exit:
Command buttons for Parameters.
Profile Selection: Profiles selected
for Smart Card.
Enable Time Selection: Smart Card active time
Domains: Smart Card active
for written domain names.
UserName and Pin-code: User name and Pin-code.
Language: Language names
User must change pincode: Pin-code change requirement
for user first-time access.
Write Card, Read Card, Exit: Command buttons for card
Save in: Folder used for log file recording.
File name: Name given to recorded log file.
Save as type: File extension type.
Note: Log files saving should be considered an
Enable Pin-Code Policy: Activate pin-code
Min Pincode length: Least amount of
numbers in a pin-code.
Max Pincode length: Most amount of
numbers in a pin-code.
Min Pincode Change Interval: Time frame before a
pin-code can be change.
Max Pin-cod change Interval: Time frame for a
pin-code to be changed.
Pincode history Length: Recording of last
4 pin-code number changes.
Write ZignX, Read ZignX , Exit: Command buttons for
Look in: Folder used to save log file.
File name: Previously recorded log file being
Files of type: File extension for log file being
Note: A set protocol for recording and verifying will
insure a confidence in your inspections.