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Article ID: 1101 | Category: Licensing | Type: Hot Fix | Last Modified: 8/24/2017

USB Key Does Not Work


My USB-key doesn't work. What are the possible reasons for this?


1) Please check that the USB-key's green light is on. If the light is off, the USB-key is corrupted and needs to be replaced. If this is the case, please contact your local sales manager.

2) This issue may be caused by an iKey driver issue. Please download the latest version of the iKey driver from ABBYY Share and follow the instructions below to install it.

   a) uninstall the old driver (Control Pannel -> Add or Remove Programs),
   b) restart the computer ,
   c) install the new driver.

3) [For ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 and earlier] SafeNet iKeys are not visible over a Remote Desktop or terminal server connection. However, if a service application is used to provide access to the dongle, it will be visible over a Remote Desktop connection.

4) There is a known issue with the hardware key on Windows Server 2003/Windows Server 2008/Vista/Windows7 and on some machines from HP. The iKey dongle can display unstable performance or stop working altogether.

According to SafeNet engineers this problem occurs when the iKey driver works in PCSC mode which uses Smart Card Service (scardsvr.exe). All of the latest versions of the iKey driver do so. Installing the driver in non-PCSC mode (which doesn't use the Smart Card service) should solve this problem. To install the driver in non-PCSC mode, run the installer from the command line with the VR=OFF parameter.

To do this please perform the following steps:

5) The USB dongle may be required by several utilities and programs (such as eToken PKI Client 4.0, SAP Logon and ikeyACR.exe). However, the dongle can only be used by one program at a time, so you will have to terminate all of the utilities.

If the problem persists, please contact us.  

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