Computext Notes
(as provided by deceased ClearStar Member Charlie Cole
and sent in by ClearStar Member Dennis Heath)


COMPUTEXT, Locksmith Ledger's codes software, has many features to
assist locksmiths in addition to the original purpose, which was
determining the key blank and bitting for a code. To explain the
features, let's go through them. COMPUTEXT is often referred to as
LLCD because that is how it is identified in the computer. By whatever
name, the features are the same.

It is a good idea to have your Caps Lock turned ON when using LLCD
because that makes it easier to distinguish between some letters and
numbers. Also, some features of LLCD require that Caps Lock be ON.

When the program is started you will see the 'CODE ?" screen. At the
bottom of the screen you will see "input CODE then press ENTER -or-
press ENTER for VEH-MFR search". If you press Enter you see that you
have four choices:


If you press "1" for utility lock search you see that there are 55
manufacturers listed. By selecting any one of those manufacturers you will be able to see what code series are in LLCD for that manufacturer. The key blank for the code series will also be shown. In addition to the list of manufacturers there is also a choice of "OTHER". You can select
"other" then type in the name of other manufacturers to see if there are
any code series in the program for them.

At the "CODE ?" prompt if you touch in "2" for vehicle lock search you
will have a multitude of options. The first thing you will see is a
list of 56 vehicle manufacturers, from Acura to Yugo. To show as many
features as possible in one example, select Toyota as the type of
vehicle. You will see a list of model names. Select Camry 2 door. You
will see that this model was made from 1994 through 1998. Select 1998
and go on to the next screen where you see confirmation of the make,
model and year of the vehicle across the top of the screen. You also
see that the code series is 10001-15000 with three choices for the key
blank, depending on whether we want a master key with a transponder
chip, a master key without a transponder chip or a valet key. There is
also a VEHICLE OPENING INSTRUCTIONS choice. Select master key without a transponder chip. When you press Enter you will have three choices:


Touch "1" to convert code to cuts then enter code 12345. You will see
the display that shows us the cuts, along with each spacing and depth
along with a silhouette of a key cut to this specific code and a
depiction of the keyway. By using the left/right arrows you get a key
blank cross reference across the top of the screen. You also see that the Ilco TR47 is also an Ilco/X217, a Curtis TR47 and a Silca TOY43.

At the lower right side of the screen you will see the 1200CM and
1200PCH cards to use, the spacings cut to cut and the depths increment.
By using the up/down arrows you will be able to see information relative
to the Exacta, the Curtis clipper, Pak-A-Punch, Baxter guide keys,
Codemax DSD, ITL number, Framon DC300 cam and key, cutters to use with the 1200CM, Ilco, Framon and Jensen machines.

Now go back to the three choices and select #2 to convert cuts to
code. You will see a tumbler placement chart showing us that there are
9 cuts on the key, that the ignition and door locks have tumblers in
spaces 1 through 8, the trunk has tumblers in all 9 spaces and the glove
compartment has tumblers in spaces 5 through 9. Since there are only 8
cuts for this code series, it is obvious that the tumbler in the 9th
space is to prevent the trunk and glove compartment locks from being
operated with the valet key. For this particular vehicle you also see
that the ignition, door and trunk locks have split tumblers in spaces 4
and 7 and that the glove compartment has split tumblers in space 8.
This information can be used, along with COMPUTEXT, to help you make a key when the code is unavailable. Say that you find cuts of 4323 from
the glove compartment for spaces 5, 6, 7 and 8. The screen tells you to
"Input known cuts plus a dash sign (-) for each unknown cut. Use an
equal sign (=) for each unneeded cut." So touch in - - - - 4 3 2 3
(that's 4 dashes and 4323) and press enter.

You see that there are 22 possible bittings, each showing what code
that bitting is for, codes that actually exist, not just mathematical
possibilities, that have cuts of 4323 for the last 4 spaces. At the
bottom of the screen you see that if you touch in "3" the program will
give you the most logical progression. Touch in "3" and almost
instantly see the progression showing you that it could take up to 6
keys to progress this out.

Now go back and see what information you can get from the vehicle
opening instructions for a 1998 2-door Toyota Camry. Move the marker
down to vehicle opening instructions and press enter. You will see a
screen with 5 choices at the bottom. Press F1 to see an illustration of
the passenger's door. You are given the procedure for opening the car,
what tool to use and you are also told to open the door quickly before the door relocks and cautioned that the alarm may sound. Additional information tells you that the passenger's door lock picks counterclockwise, that the code location is the passenger door lock and that there is an airbag on the driver's side.

By pressing F2 you see an illustration of the tool to use and where
and how to use it. When you press F3 you will see specifications for
making the tool.

If you go back into the program, and this time select 1998 4-door
Toyota Camry, you will see that the procedure for opening the car is
different from the 2 door procedure. This is why the 2 door and 4 door
models are listed independently even though the codes and tumbler
placements are the same.

Now go back to "CODE ?" and this time press "3" for cycle lock
search. You will see that there are 11 cycle manufacturers listed.
When one is selected you will see the code series and the key blanks for
that manufacturer that are in COMPUTEXT.

After all of this, you have yet to just enter a code to obtain the
bitting. Do that now. Go back to the "CODE ?", but this time, enter a
code. Start off with a utility lock code. Touch in 435E, then press
"1" for utility. Select Hon for the 1003M blank. You will have the key
blank cross reference across the top of the screen and the other
information at the lower right hand of the screen, just as before.

Now enter a vehicle code. Touch in 7T48, an expansion code for GM
10-cut keys. Press "2" for vehicle and you will see 14 choices. Since
this is a 10 cut code you know it is in the 7T00-7T51 code series.
Select the code for the P1106 blank, a tip stop blank. Spacings are
shown for the 1200CM where the key is placed into the key vise from the
left side. You can use the up/down arrows to see spacing information
for the Framon, where the key is placed into the key vise from the right
side. The tip of the key lines up with the left vise jaw edge, the
first cut is .216 from the tip and spacing cut to cut is .0921. The key
blank cross reference and other information is obtained the same as

You can touch in code 3045 and then press "3" to see the cuts for a
Master padlock. You can touch in 903123, then press "3" to see the
combination for a Master combination padlock.

Touch in H2225 then press "4" to see how to cut a double sided
Chicago key to this code, using any machine where spacings and depths
can be measured.

Touch in 8950 and press "5" for pre-50's autos to see the key blank
and bittings for vehicles
using these older codes. When in doubt about what a code is for just
touch in the code then press "6" to see all possibilities.

Now, look at four other features that you will see every time you
access a code. Those features are "Info", "Change", "Edit" and
"Search". Caps Lock must be ON to use these features. Start off with
Edit. This is used in the same way as the "convert cuts to code"
feature that we went through previously, except that you do not get the
tumbler placement chart. Just press "E" to
progress out missing cuts.

The Change feature is used to change the key code cuts or to change
the key blank information. Touch "C" to use this feature. You can touch
in the cuts or combination for unknown codes by selecting "change key
code". You must be careful not to change a good code to the wrong cuts,
however. Select "change blank info" to add information about a
particular blank. You can touch in up to 25 numbers and/or letters to
identify where a blank is located on a key blank board or any other
information pertaining to that blank. It is best not to use commas or
other symbols as they have reportedly not worked properly in some
computers. To access the blank info just touch "I" for Info when any
code using that same key blank is accessed.

Search is used to access additional codes in the SAME code series.
Search will not jump from one code series to another, but it will make
pulling up several codes in the same series much faster and easier.

Finally, when a code is accessed, press the letter, "R", to print out
a record that shows the code, the customer's name and information about
the customer along with a place for the customer to sign the

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