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Flatbed Scanner recomendation

I have a workhorse UMAX Powerlook II scanner hooked up to my Powermac. Today when I tried to use it, I got some really awful images. They were full of voids and streaks.

I'm afraid the scanner has had it. I need a scanner with drivers for Mac OS 9.2.2

I have the following connection options:
- a free IDE slot
- SCSI
- Firewire
- USB 1.1

I would prefer to avoid the USB option due to the VERY slow interface and 600 DPI scans that produce HUGE files.

Suggestions please.

Gary

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Microtek made some reliable ones like the E6, but they will be hard to find like other SCSI stuff.
You did not have the best of luck with that brand though.

I just saw there is one for sale in Germany. Wink
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Microtek-ScanMaker-E6-Flachbettscanner-/301982277...

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>Microtek made some reliable ones like the E6

I owned a Microtek slide scanner for awhile. It broke after I used it th scan a bunch of slides. So I contacted Microtek about getting it fixed. They told me that they NEVER stock replacement parts for their devices and I should buy a new one.

My next scanner was/is a Nikon.

Gary

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Epson Perfection 1260

Great little scanner, reasonably easy to find for sale cheaply on ebay (still) and drivers for OS 8 - 9 are available from Epson.

Not SCSI but optimised for USB 1.1 - and scans at a decent speed (manufacture period just predates USB 2).

Finding a good SCSI scanner might prove difficult, so keep the 1260 in mind as a possible alternative if you don't find what you want.

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The Epson Perfection 3200 has a Firewire connection.

MikeTomTom's picture
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The Epson Perfection 3200 has a Firewire connection.

Even better.

Of the Epson Perfection range that I've used I've liked them all (was unaware of the firewire model).

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>Epson Perfection 3200

This one looks perfect.

Thanks.

Gary

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I had a Umax scanner - I can't remember which model off-hand, but wasn't a Powerlook. The only issue with it was a lack of a power button, meaning you had to unplug it from the wall if you were going to be using it. It lasted for many years, but eventually the bulb died (probably due to being on for too long when not needed). The software was great too.

Now I use the scanner on the HP all-in-one printer, but since there's no driver for Mac OS 9 nor Mac OS X 10.2, I have to plug it into the laptop whenever I need to scan something. The software is pretty hopeless though.