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    UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    One of my pet peeves is the lack of legal size scanners. 8.5" x 14" beds used to be common, almost standard. Then somebody figured out that extra few inches of scan power was costing the company $17 more per scanner than was necessary so now you pretty much can't get one. At least not out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    Adding insult to injury, one of the last larger scanners available was the UMAX 600P so I bought it. Cheap, as opposed to inexpensive, as it wasn't the greatest scanner in the world but sufficient for my needs and legal size! Anyway, when I installed my XPP it was 'goodbye UMAX.' The company is very testy if you call them about a driver to run with XP as in, "We aren't going to make a new driver for XP." Some have tried the Win2000 driver with XP but I've not seen anyone saying that it works and UMAX won't supply it online. (Said to be on the Win2000 install disk)

    Ah well. UMAX ==> <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Got that same attitude from Intel and MS when Intel bought out my little beloved Xircom Rex PDA and then discontinued it. I was eventually able to get it to work by Googling around the newsgroups and trying a combination of tips I found out in the world. Have you tried any of the well-known driver sites to see if maybe someone can suggest an alternate UMAX driver that will work with XP and your model scanner. I haven't searched the Lounge but I think there have been some good driver sites mentioned.

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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Al,

    Never let it be said that I would enter such a plaintive cry here without first checking every normal lead, GOOGLE being the first such place to look. Just entering 600P there gets lots of hits so I'm not alone. I've been around the world and back including UMAX in UK but to no avail. Because XP is so close to 2000 it is difficult to understand what would be so difficult about tweaking that 2000 driver but such a task is far beyond my knowledge. <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25>
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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    I think that it may have more to do with the fact that the US is seems to be the only country in the civilized world not using metric sized paper. Very few people in this country appear to use legal-size paper - apart from some companies who are trapped into using archaic accounting software.

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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Leif,

    That's a good observation and doubtless valid from some points of view but scanning actually has more considerations than usual text paper sizes. That is to say graphics are scanned much more than text in most scanning operations I see. Optical character recognition is much improved but hasn't yet met it's promise, Every ad agency, however, has a battalion of scanners on photos, etc.

    Point is that the larger the scan the better the chance to fit graphics which are more variable in size than the letter/legal split. On many jobs, I've had to scan large-scale objects in parts and 'stitch' them together into a single graphic in the computer. That extra three inches or so is very helpful. But the question would remain for American scanner makers. Hewlett-Packard seems to be a leader in moderately priced -- and moderately capable -- scanning but they don't seem to offer the larger base either.

    In my mind this problem just another symptom of a technology industry infested with people who never held a 'real' job, that is to say one where the actual work world is dealt with rather than the heavenly world of bits and bytes. <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25>
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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Bill,
    You really have me thinking on this one !
    Before I made major hardware upgrades to my system, I had (it's still under my desk) a Umax 600P and I could swear that I had it working with XP? The only reason that I changed it was to go to a Umax 3400 that is USB and has a "standard" size scan bed to save some desktop room. In order to get the 3400 working, I had to use non XP certified USB drivers! Since the 600P is a parallel port scanner, have you tried the so called generic drivers at all? What was happening with the 600? Not being recognized, not running or what? My memory is short on this, but I DO think I had it running OK with XP. The HOW I did it is what isn't coming to me.
    Umax isn't the most cooperative source, that's for sure. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Bob,

    My 600P would light up but was erratic when running on my new XP with the Win98 driver on the disc that came with the machine. Erratic doesn't cut it on scan projects. My 'workaround' has been to use a notebook with Win98 for my scanning purposes which requires sneakerware to get the files from there to here.

    Your post is the first I've read with "generic" drivers for scanners. So, no, I haven't tried those and don't know where to find them. Win2000 is scarce out here in the middle of the Pacific and my son is traveling. When he returns I'll ask him to look on his 2000 disc for this driver and see what happens then. It isn't listed on the UMAX UK site nor on Microsoft's drivers online. Hmm. <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>

    Thank you for your good thoughts!]

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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Hi Bill!

    First I want to say I have enjoyed reading your various posts!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Now I looked here and they are showing a driver for the UMAX 600. It had some comments included in the "click here to review" area. I will try and attach them. I haven't done this before. And too I will show my ignorance as it says this is a scsi scanner. Is that what you have <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

    I don't know if it will work for you but at least it is worth a try maybe <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> This is the Home page URL. And maybe you have been here before but I thought I would pass it along for what it is worth. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    I wish you well there in Hawaii - I can only imagine how nice it is!! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>


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    Re: UMAX refuses to upgrade driver

    Skitter,

    Not exactly. The 600S is the SCSI scanner while the one I have, the 600P, is parallel. The 'twain' (if you'll pardon the expression) don't meet. I'll go putter around in the links you kindly provided and see if there is some hope buried in there.
    Hawai`i Bill

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