Monday, December 10, 2007

Windows on an ATM machine: is this really a good idea?

Having Windows running on machines that are supposed to be running flawlessly for a long, long time, might not be a good idea (as the BSOD in Frankfurt Airport shows).

Just this week, while I was browsing around for Christmas presents for the family in some shopping mall here in Portugal, I found this odd screen for an ATM machine:


Here's a magnification of the previous picture:

If you still can't read it, this is what it says:

"Windows NT could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMHardware Profile\Last Know Good menu" (I don't know if this last word is actually "menu")

"You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows NT setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the firt screen to start repair."

3 comments:

drCursor said...

Provavelmente o disco pifou...e isso nao depende do OS ;)

Carlos Serrao said...

Tony,
I was surprise to see that it is Windows NT.
As far as I remember seeing those messages on Portuguese ATM machines, they were from Windows 95.
All the portuguese ATM machines, are Windows-based. They are all connected to the network, where SIBS from time to time does some maintenance. Sometimes, when you go to an ATM machine and it says is out of order, it is probably SIBS installing a Windows update. ;-)

António Lopes said...

Well, if this is a maintenance job, is not very good, is it? :-)