Cable options for old 25pin SCSI scanner?

November 18, 2010 at 11:03:04
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8ghz/2gig
I bought a flat bed scanner about 11 years that I rarely use. In fact, it has not been plugged in 5 years.

The scanner works with a product specific power supply and an 25 pin male to male SCSI cable. The SCSI cable connects to an ISA SCSI card.

Now a project has come up where the I may need the scanner. But I lost the power supply and SCSI cable.

Option 1: I can buy an used scanner of the same model for about $26 dollars or option 2: buy a replacement SCSI cable and power supply from the manufacturer for about $40 to $45 dollars.

I am not to thrilled with either option 1 or 2 because both these choices would force me to keep my ancient computer around that has a motherboard with an ISA slot.

The ideal solution would be to find a way of hooking the scanner to a USB port. It is proving to be a daunting task finding to right set of cables though.

Does anyone know where to buy a 25pin male SCSI to USB cable?

It looks like my best option is to use a series of adapters as follows:

1. Buy a 25pin gender changer adapter and connect it to female connector on the scanner. This will change the SCSI connector to a male end.

2 Find either a 25pin female SCSI cable to USB cable or use a 25pin to 50pin adapter with a 50pin SCSI to USB cable.

Assuming, I find the cables and adapters will there be a possible issue with the drivers not working with Windows XP because I used different cables?


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#1
November 18, 2010 at 11:24:05
Option #3; Buy a new scanner that will be faster and compatible with modern hardware. You are beating a dead horse, IMO.

You didn't state there was anything special about your current scanner so I will assume it is standard size flatbed. The scan resolution 11 years ago was way less than current models. Scan times are also less today, generally speaking.

Look at the link below for just one example of what is available.

USB adapter cables sometimes work, sometimes don't. In addition you will no doubt have a problem with drivers.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
November 18, 2010 at 11:56:46
Your biggest problem isn't that you don't have the power adapter or the SCSI cable.

XP (and probably 2000 too) and up DOES NOT support any ISA SCSI cards, and there are no drivers available for them for XP ( and probably 2000 too), and up .

A new PCI SCSI card that can be used with the scanner will probably cost you not all that much less, or more than, a cheaper new USB scanner. The cheapest cards are meant to be used with a single SCSI device like the ISA SCSI cards that came with the scanner, but there are not many of them. If you can find a used one for really cheap , then that might be a cheap enough option.

Also, since it's ~11 years old, there may be no 2000 or higher drivers and associated software available for the scanner.

You can get a new USB scanner with better specs for as little as under $100.

Or - you could set up your system to dual boot XP and ME or earlier, and still use the ISA SCSI card and the scanner in ME or earlier .


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#3
November 18, 2010 at 12:32:14
Take the stuff down to a copy store and pay $5.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
November 18, 2010 at 21:03:52
Yeah, you may be out of luck getting it setup in XP but you can probably replace the cable fairly cheap. Watch ebay for old external SCSI zip or syquest drives. You can probably pick one up for $5 or less. Make sure it's SCSI and not parallel. The cables look alike but aren't.

Then keep the cable and throw out the rest.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#5
November 19, 2010 at 14:16:13
I have been looking for a similar deal to use what was a very high end slide scanner on a specific scsi ide card. While I could get a newer card, I'd have to fool with all sorts of expensive cables and adapters and terminators. If the software would even work on newer os's. I have looked for usb to scsi and they are out there but not cheap at all. I was hoping for even pcmcia or other to scsi but can't get it cheap.

Let me know if you ever find something.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#6
November 19, 2010 at 14:16:45
Oh, as I recall there were some odd parallel scanners. Be sure you in fact do have scsi.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#7
November 19, 2010 at 14:40:28
jefro

"scsi ide card."

Do you mean SCSI ISA card ?

If you have the necessary cable too, you could always install it on a computer that has ISA slots and ME or earlier, or set up a dual boot config with ME or earlier on a computer that has ISA slots.

I have such an old HP high end scanner, and I'd hate to not eventually use it again.

If yours is HP, I have software for mine including an IRQ-less driver that works fine with some models (in ME and below, at least, it works fine in 95 and 98, probably 98SE and ME). .


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#8
November 19, 2010 at 18:35:48
Oh, yes. ide thanks.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#9
November 19, 2010 at 18:36:29
I mean ISA darn it. both times.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#10
November 20, 2010 at 00:18:37
"""I have been looking for a similar deal to use what was a very high end slide scanner on a specific scsi ide card. While I could get a newer card, I'd have to fool with all sorts of expensive cables and adapters and terminators. If the software would even work on newer os's. I have looked for usb to scsi and they are out there but not cheap at all. I was hoping for even pcmcia or other to scsi but can't get it cheap.

Let me know if you ever find something.
"""

That is the dilemma! Any solution to resurrecting my old scanner will force me to spend more then what it would cost to replace it with a modern used scanner. Plus I be forced to keep my old computer with the ISA slot mother board.

Did I mention that the drivers for this old scanner only work on Windows 95.

Your best bet is to find a small computer shop that keeps everything and see if they have the parts you need cheap. This assumes you dead set against getting a new scanner.


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#11
November 21, 2010 at 10:53:44
If you have drivers that work in Win 95, the Win 95 drivers almost always also work in the original Win 98 too, and it's likely ones can be found for at least 98SE, and those often also work in ME .

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