Mad, Ol' Cat Lady wrote:I don't know about a complete substitute, but I add in white vinegar every few washes to help clear out any smell and it does a good job of freshening up the CG. If I had my choice, I would buy sani-solution that was largely white vinegar since it is a safe and very effective cleaning agent.
56Effie wrote:It worked! I read a full cartridge and wrote to and empty one. Filled with water and plugged it in to the catgenie. Worked like a charm. Now to get something other than water to refill them with!
56Effie wrote:Thanks, I'll check out your suggestions. Quat looks to be promising.
Here is some info about reseting the cartridge:
The CatGenie “Smart Chip” is a 24lc00 Serial Eeprom of only 16 Bytes. I used a USB Eeprom programmer to both read and write to the chip. There are 11 contacts on the front of the Cartridge. With the cartridge upright the left two Pads are Pin 5 on the Eeprom. Pads 4&5 are Pin 6, Pads 7&8 are Pin 7 and the far right Pads 10&11 are Pin 8. Using 4 wires I made the appropriate connections to my programmer’s socket. After that simple read and writes can be done using the programmers software. Very Simple! Below are two readings. The first is from a full cartridge, then again after one cycle.
New x xx xx 3C 3C 3C 3C 3C 3C xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
Used Once x xx xx 3B 3B 3B 3C 3C 3C xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
---Edited out useless info with xx
Note that the first one has 3C six times and after one cycle the first three changed to 3B. If you convert 3C from Hex to Decimal you get 60, 3B is 59.. Hmmm looks like a simple count down. Not sure what the other areas are, but I have some ideas.
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