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    We inherited from my father-in-law an HP CapShare 920 portable e-copier. This is a hand held scanner, which you use to copy any document while sitting at a desk. You can read more about this device here:

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/p...&product=58389

    and here:

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...SeriesId=25322

    The device appears to work A-OK ...BUT we do not have the specialized serial port cable that came with the thing and this cable is no longer available from HP. The device is also supposed to be capable of downloading data to a PC via an infrared (IR) port.

    I looking for any advice that will help me get this thing operational. Does anyone out there have experience with a CapShare 920? Does anyone have or know where to find a CapShare serial port cable? Any experience with transmitting data via a USB infrared port to a WinXP machine? How is this data "assembled" into a document, like a PDF?

    Thanks!

    Cliff

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    This is an old device that is no longer manufactured. You will be hard pressed to find a data cable for it, but not impossible though.
    If your mainboard supports an IR device your best bet would be to look at your motherboards specs to see if this is so. It would then be a matter of enabling it,
    usually from within the bios.

    Since the device is clearly dated to the early 2000 era you may want to ensure that it's software, and more importantly it's drivers, will actually function in your current operating system.

    Operating systems listed are:
    Windows 95, 98, & NT 4.0
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
    Motherboard: DX58SO2*Chipset: X58 Express/Intel ICH10*BIOS: SOX5820J.86A.0888.2012.0129.2203*Processor: Intel Core i7 CPU X 990
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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    I have this device and really like it, but keeping it working with a computer
    is a problem. To get the capability to unload it at the library, I got an
    ACTiSYS IR2000U USB adapter(no D9 port on the laptop). It works with
    Win98SE. With any OS with Plug and Play(anything more recent than
    Win98SE or NT4, the P&P software recognizes it an an IR device and wipes
    out the ScanSoft(now Nuance) and HP drivers. The MS software takes my
    multi-page documents and explodes them into single page tif files on the
    Desktop which is not what I want. I can help you with HP drivers. It
    also uses Pagis 3.0 xif format editor from ScanSoft. ScanSoft is my
    first or second choice nominee for the worst tech support in the industry.
    I'm not sure how you would get a legal copy of that.
    To get a pdf document, I use a free package named PDF995(go to PDF995.com)
    that installs as a printer driver. You use Pagis to display the xif file and
    print it using PDF995
    I really like the CapShare. When I heard that it was being discontinued,
    I bought 2 more from their last production run. Now, I'm concerned that
    I'm so dependent on this Win98SE laptop. I've just initiated with ACT to
    find out if there are any new options.

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    Cliff,

    Welcome to the lounge as a poster.

    It is not a good idea to use your email as your userid. This is a public forum and this could lead to a lot of spam. I'd recommend that you delete this account and create a new one immediately using something other than your email as your userid.
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    I can't see his email address here, so how would spammers find it?

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    Thanks for tip on unames. I've done it.

    I'm changing my UName. A direct email will not be a
    way to contact me about the CapShare 920. Sorry
    about cluttering the forum
    jif

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    I'm looking for the original CD-ROM

    Do you need the original CD-ROM disks or can you just get a link going -- serial cable or IR and read the device ?

    If you have the orignal disk, I'd really, really would like to get a copy. HP just has a downlaod to upgrade the software but no original disks.

    For otheres questions here is some advice:
    1. To run old windows software, you can use Virtual PC -- free from Microsoft. You basically create a miniPC that runs all of your old software, in a new window. Really cool. Then your whole "PC" becomes just 1 big file that you can move from computer to computer and EVERYTHING moves with it.

    2. However, Virtual PC won't recognize USB devices unless you are running Windows 7 or better. To get around that, try Virtual Box from Oracle, another free program. It will read the file created by Virtual PC and let you setup USB serial ports to act like hardware serial ports in your "virtualized" PC. This should allow the CapShare to function great.

    3. You don't need any fancy software if you can just get the device to spit out a JPEG or TIFF file. Adobe Acrobat -- the creator program, not Reader will read in Tiff/Jpeg/BMP files and make them PDF. I got Acrobat 4.0 Writer for under $70 used. Works super.

    Now, I just need to figure out how to read the CapShare. I used mine religiously and then dumped the computer and forgot about the drivers. Can't find original CD-ROM.

    Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by j.frederick View Post
    I have this device and really like it, but keeping it working with a computer
    is a problem. To get the capability to unload it at the library, I got an
    ACTiSYS IR2000U USB adapter(no D9 port on the laptop). It works with
    Win98SE. With any OS with Plug and Play(anything more recent than
    Win98SE or NT4, the P&P software recognizes it an an IR device and wipes
    out the ScanSoft(now Nuance) and HP drivers. The MS software takes my
    multi-page documents and explodes them into single page tif files on the
    Desktop which is not what I want. I can help you with HP drivers. It
    also uses Pagis 3.0 xif format editor from ScanSoft. ScanSoft is my
    first or second choice nominee for the worst tech support in the industry.
    I'm not sure how you would get a legal copy of that.
    To get a pdf document, I use a free package named PDF995(go to PDF995.com)
    that installs as a printer driver. You use Pagis to display the xif file and
    print it using PDF995
    I really like the CapShare. When I heard that it was being discontinued,
    I bought 2 more from their last production run. Now, I'm concerned that
    I'm so dependent on this Win98SE laptop. I've just initiated with ACT to
    find out if there are any new options.
    Last edited by RichieRich; 2012-02-08 at 19:47. Reason: typo

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