On Sat, Feb 10, 2001 at 10:24:12AM +0000, Jonathan Buzzard wrote:
> > Unfortunately I didn't get your mail before I went to the shop, and I
> > got myself a 3400C. As I mentioned in my previous mail, USB scanners
> > aren't an option since I don't have a USB port on any machine here.
> How old is the machine, as not having a USB port is rather unusual for
> a machine purchase in the last four years. Even if it appears not
> to have USB ports, it may well have them on the motherboard, and all
> you need is a USB backplate to plug into the header on the motherboard
> and take a spare expansion slot up.
The machine was bought in 1997 or 1998. I have not checked the motherboard,
it's an Octek with the Intel 430TX chipset.
> Failing that I would suggest either buying a PCI USB plug in card, getting
> a cheap SCSI card and a SCSI scanner.
> You have checked the parallel port Sane/Linux scanner page? Performance is
> so crap with parallel scanners that I would avoid them like the plague.
Well, unfortunately this info came a bit late. Having checked about 5-6
stores, I only found one store which had a non-USB scanner in the price
range I wanted (less than 200 euros). Unfortunately said scanner was out of
stock. It's not very easy finding scanners for SANE here in Finland.
PS: performance of the HP parallel port scanner is excellent compared to my
old Scantak 2c <grin>
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