NationsBank system error affects ATMs

September 24, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Several hundred NationsBank Corp. automated teller machines in the region were out of order early yesterday, the result of a system error that the company said was completely unrelated to the conversion of Maryland National Bank to NationsBank in some areas.

But later in the day, the conversion to the Charlotte, N.C., company's banking system required that some types of transactions had to be limited.

Yesterday was the day that Maryland National and American Security branches in the Washington area, the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland were converted to NationsBank.

Those bank branches were part of MNC Financial Inc., which NationsBank acquired last year. Conversion in the Baltimore area and Annapolis is not scheduled to occur for another month.

A NationsBank spokesman, Jim Choplick, said the company brought the system down throughout the mid-Atlantic, except for Northern Virginia, from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. yesterday to correct an error that happened when a computer operator incorrectly initialized part of the system, or started it up for the day.

Later in the day, Maryland National and American Security ATMs were partly disabled as a scheduled part of the conversion, Mr. Choplick said.

The company needed to freeze certain customer accounts in order to load the information into a different computer system, he said.

Mr. Choplick said the system was back on line by early evening.

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