Film Scanner for 64-bit Windows

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Andrew Virnuls, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. Hello all!

    I'm thinking of purchasing a budget film scanner to scan my old 35mm
    negatives. Two current UK magazines recommend both PlusTek and Konica
    Minolta Dual IV scanners.

    I'm using Windows XP x64, and neither of the manufacturers web-sites
    mentioned x64 at all. I e-mailed both lots of support people about two
    weeks ago asking whether their scanners would work with Windows XP x64 -
    PlusTek didn't reply at all and Konica Minolta replied to say they hadn't
    tried it so couldn't say. Very poor!

    So, does anyone know whether either of these would work, or does anyone have
    any other recommendations? I'm not averse to the idea of getting a
    secondhand one from Ebay as long as it's going to work!

    Andrew Virnuls
     
    Andrew Virnuls, Nov 25, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    Father Kodak, Nov 25, 2005
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    RobG Guest

    It's called 'market penetration', 'development lead-time' and 'how much
    money will we make/lose if we get involved'. These companies are in it for
    the dollars/yen/roubles/whatever, not to make you happy. If you want to get
    involved with a bleeding-edge OS, that's your choice - there's no reason to
    expect companies to 'acknowledge' an OS that's only been around for less
    than a year. They need to see if enough people are going to install it to
    make it worth the effort of developing products to suit.

    RobG
     
    RobG, Nov 26, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    True. And one of the dirty secrets of the computer biz is how many
    companies _ do not _ support their older products. "Support" means
    fixing driver bugs, and releasing drivers for newer OSes, even though
    the product is no longer being sold.

    The move to 64-bit OS will produce a _huge_ die off of older
    peripherals, video cards, printers, etc. The manufacturers mostly
    see 64-bit software as an opportunity to sell you all-new everything.

    Wish it weren't so, but it is.

    If MS is smart, they will have kind of backwards compatibility mode in
    XP64 to accommodate 32-bit drivers, but that could be tough to do it
    right, and it could weaken some of the digital rights management stuff
    that MS is putting in Vista.



    Father Kodak
     
    Father Kodak, Nov 26, 2005
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    Stacey Guest


    It's just they can't afford to rewrite drivers everytime MS changes their
    OS. This happened when they moved from win98 to win2K and there was a lot
    of old hardware that was no longer supported.
     
    Stacey, Nov 26, 2005
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