Advice Needed re Minolta Dimage Scan Dual 35mm Film Scanner

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Factotum, Dec 30, 2006.

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    Factotum Guest

    I have been offered an early version of the Dimage Scan Dual 35mm Film
    Scanner (e.g. pre-USB), which will require me to purchase and fit a
    suitable SCSI card to my computer.

    However before I go to the time trouble and expense, I was hoping that
    someone may be able to offer some advice on potential compatibility
    problems I may encounter with this installation (especially now that
    Konoica Minolta has withdrawn from the consumer photographic field), as

    The scanner was originally intended to operate under Windows 95 /98; so
    am I likely to encounter any problems in trying to run it under Wndows
    XP (SP2) using the original drivers. If so, are suitable drivers
    available from any source or is this a lost cause?

    The SCSI cards recommended by the manual include Adaptec AHA-1505
    series, AHA-1520 series, AHA-1540 series or AHA-2940 series. Does
    anyone have any experience as to which of these might be the best, what
    the likely cost would be and where would be the best source of supply?

    Any info on the above would be gratefully received.
    Factotum, Dec 30, 2006
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    ray Guest

    Or you could go with a usb to scsi adapter. These work under Linux without
    even installing a driver.
    As I understand it, they have not 'withdrawn' they were bought by Sony.
    Or you could use Linux and not worry about any drivers.

    Again, it should also work with a USB to SCSI adapter. SCSI is SCSI.
    ray, Dec 30, 2006
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    Nermal Guest

    Another solution would be to purchase an old used Mac computer with the
    built in SCSI. This scanner came with drivers and software for the Mac
    (OS8 or OS9).
    Nermal, Dec 31, 2006
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    Stan Beck Guest

    Personally, I think you are investing in old technology.

    I had the dual scan, with the USB. This was before it included Digital ICE.
    It developed a serious banding problem, and was sent back to Minolta under
    warranty. Over all, I had some difficulty getting good, sharp scans, partly
    because the slides in paper mounts were not always flat. Noise was another
    problem, and I needed noise reduction software.

    I already had the SCSI card, but didn't use it. I believe the SCSI
    interface is on the way out, too.

    You may well have to get new drivers to make it work under XP, or the New
    Vista, when it is released.

    If it were me, I would buy a new unit, and avoid all of the potential
    expense and headaches that may come with the older unit.

    You can take good photos with a bad camera, and horrible photos with a good

    Stan Beck > From New Orleans to Brandon MS
    To reply, remove 101 from address.
    Stan Beck, Dec 31, 2006
  5. I had one of these, used it via a SCSI to USB converter, and it was
    crap when it was working properly - don't do it.
    Menace2Society, Dec 31, 2006
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    Gandalf Guest

    I have the Minolta Scan Dual III (USB version) and it works great with
    Windows XP sp2. The drivers loaded right up with no problem. The
    images I get from scanning negatives are outstanding - absolutely no
    problems. If you can get the scanner for a good price I would recommend
    that you give it a try. Worse comes to worse you can always sell it
    Gandalf, Dec 31, 2006
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    Factotum Guest

    Many thanks to all those who took the time to post a reply on my query.
    I now have a clearer idea of what i need to do.

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
    Factotum, Jan 2, 2007
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