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    I recently bought a new computer with WindowsXP. Now my old scanner won't work with XP even after I downloaded the suggested software fix from HP. I guess the easiest way to solve the problem is to donate the scanner to the church and buy new. While looking around I find that a combination scanner/printer/copier is not that much different in price than the new scanner. Since my printer is making strange noises (planned obsolesence?) I would consider getting one of the combo machines. Has anyone out there had experience with any of these? My experience with "multi-function anything", is that they do all things OK but nothing well. Looking for some help and advice. Thanx! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Scanner

    Russ,

    1.Before you ditch the scanner, what brand is it, model number, about how old? Was it a Umax? Give us some more info, maybe it's not dead yet.

    2. Combination units? Personally, I don't like them. One component fails....they ALL fail. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Scanner

    I never used to like multi function devices until I was given an Epson CX6400 as a free gift from Epson. My view of these type of devices has changed. It produces very good quality prints and the scanner resolution and quality meets most of my needs. I now only use a stand alone scanner when I need the highest quality, such as when scanning 35mm negatives, transparencies and slides. You can get multi-function devices that support this type of high resolution scanning if you don't mind paying extra.

    Depending on your budget and what type of scanning you do, a multi-function device will probably meet your needs.

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    Re: Scanner

    Russ,
    I recently (year ago) bought an HP PSC2210 (print/scan/copy/fax). Had some initial problems with the driver (for Mac OS X) but once I got that sorted out everything has worked very well. Ink cartriges are not cheap - but that isn't unique to this type of printer. Can't fax directly from the PC, but for a 1 page fax it isn't too complicated to print, and then fax. I think the drivers for XP allow this, but not (yet) for the Mac.

    Can recommend this model!

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    Re: Scanner

    As for multifunction machines I have had great luck with the HP 7110 and 6110. Stay away from the Brother brand, Every one I have had contact with (over a dozen) have had the print heads fail every 14 to 16 months and they were all different models.

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    Re: Scanner

    I wish you good luck with your current (old) HP scanner! My "war story" in a similar vein <!post=is in this thread.,337257>is in this thread.<!/post> I finally did get the UMAX working but they don't support the scanner any longer for WinXP and every time I go to use it, the @#$%& thing may work and it may not. I've tried both with and without the UMAX drivers. So far, I can get it to work but it sometimes takes 3 or 4 reboots to successfully get the scanner recognized and active. I think I'd go for a new, XP compatible scanner and worry about the printer when the time comes. That's what I'm gonna do when I get time to go shopping.

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    Re: Scanner

    Bob, the old scanner is a HP 3200c. It performed well with Windows 98 but even after downloading the HP "fix" (twice) it won't work. It will start a scan but stop about half way through. If I leave it alone for 15-20 minutes it will finish the scan. I'm just not into waiting that long each time I want to scan something.

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    Re: Scanner

    Well maybe it is time to turn it out to pasture, if the HP "fixes" didn't work.
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