Below is a list of some common error codes you may receive when using Party Center Software and Party Center Pay.
This message is generated as Party Center Pay went to the customer's bank with the proper information and the customers bank denied the transaction. Only the customer's bank can decline transactions, so you know if an error says "declined", the issue is on the customer's end of the transaction.
Transaction Declined Due to AVS Settings
This message appears when the bank declines the transaction due to an AVS (Address Verification System) mismatch, meaning the customer put in the wrong ZIP code or address for the card they entered.
When using a PC Pay EMV device, you may run across this error. It is a general error that appears when the connection between the EMV Device (Chip Reader) was interrupted or lost. This can also happen when the transaction was canceled from the device itself or the debit option was selected. If you experience this error, double-check that the customer chose the credit option on the device and didn't accidentally hit the red X and cancel the transaction.
Normally, this error occurs on a single terminal, because the connection between the device and register is somehow interrupted. If you suddenly see this error across multiple devices, it is very likely due to a network problem. Network updates, either purposefully or incurred by accident (Such as through a power outage), may interrupt the digital handshake between the card reader and the payment servers. Multiple devices suddenly throwing this error indicates that a change was made to your network structure and the connection needs to be reset. Fortunately, this can usually be resolved by resetting the devices. If you are using an ISMP4 or iPP320 device, you can hold the yellow button and the pound key at the same time to initiate a reset. If you are using a Verifone MX 915 or MX 925, then unplugging it from power and plugging it back in will reset the device.
If this does not work, then the device might need to be re-paired with your facility altogether. Call or email us at support at 916-226-4062 or firstname.lastname@example.org to complete this!
Network Unavailable, Restarting
You may see this message appear on your credit card reader while you are setting it up. When the reader displays this message, it usually follows by rebooting itself. This occurs because the reader is plugged into power, but does not have an active internet connection. If your internet connection is lost at any point, this message usually follows. The fix is simple- the device needs an active connection to the internet. It's possible that the connecting cable may be bad, so try swapping that cable if it is plugged in and still flashing the message.
Just because a device is connected to the internet, does not necessarily mean it is reaching the payment servers. When trying to activate the device, you may see it display a message like "This lane closed" or "TriPOS". These are the idle messages of the device and if your reader is displaying them prior to activation, then it usually means a firewall is blocking the connection to the payment servers. You'll need to ensure port 9001 is open for traffic; that will allow the reader to connect to the servers.
Error processing payment :10-TerminalId must be a positive integer
This error occurs when a PCS Register has not been associated with a particular EMV device (Chip Reader) and there is no default device set. You can associate an EMV device with a particular PCS Register by going to ADMIN--->PCS REGISTERS--->click edit on the register name that appears in the top left of the register window. You would then go to the dropdown next to "Payment Modules", select Party Center Pay EMV and then select which EMV device you want to associate with this PCS Register.
Certain transaction may have additional information within MerchantTrack. Any transaction marked as "Failed" should have some additional information with it. Here is a quick list of some of the common error codes and sub-codes.
- 2999- While this is usually related to the pinpad error described above, there are a few other subcategories that may throw this error ID.
- 2999 Timeout- After hitting "Tender", no progress was made on the transaction and the session expired.
- 2999 Cancelled- If the customer hits "Cancel" on the EMV reader, the transaction will be marked as failed.
- 1020 Transaction Declined by Issuer- This occurs when the customer's issuing bank declines the transaction for any reason. When this error is thrown, there will be an issuer response with a bit more detail about the declination.
- 05 Generic Authorization Decline- The issuing bank declined the transaction for reasons unknown. The cardholder should contact their bank.
- 12 Invalid Transaction- Likely an error occurred during the card transaction, and can be attempted again.
- 51 Insufficient Funds- The debit card does not have enough funds to complete the transaction