|"....I have no idea what kind of other/additional drivers I might need...."|
See the last three links in response 3 (they may be all the same download). Try loading that - un-install any software for the scanner that's already listed in Add or Remove Programs before trying to install that.
Are you sure the bulb in the scanner is still working? They don't last forever.
- make sure the parallel port in enabled in the bios and that it's set to EPP or ECP mode.
EPP mode usually works fine.
ECP mode requires a DMA channel is available - it may not be available.
From the links I pointed you to:
The Primax software will not install if the PC is set to 640x480 16 colours.
The scanner's scanning lamp does not light up.
Make sure the TWAIN window appears on screen. If not, select the source and acquire for the TWAIN window.
Make sure all connections are secure and correct.
Error: "Scanner not found. Please check the following: (1) LPT port (SPP/EPP) is enabled. (2) Power adapter is plugged into the scanner connector. (3) Parallel port cable is plugged into the LPT port."
This is displayed if there is a problem communicating with the scanner, maybe caused by no power, no connection or an installation problem. Please check your connections and check that your wall socket and power switches are all turned on.
(MY NOTE - that you scanner is slightly newer - it may not be recognized at all if the parallel port mode is set to SPP or Bidirectional)
Plug the power adapter into the scanner’s power receptor
Plug the scanner cable into the scanner port labeled Host .
Plug the scanner cable into your PC’s printer port.
Plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet.
Connect your printer cable to the scanner port labeled Printer.
Switch your computer back on.
- if the scanner has a power switch or button, make sure it's switched on
- many scanners have a evice that physially locks the scanner so it doesn't get damaged when moving it from place to place - make sure that's not engaged - in my expereience the scanner will not be recognized if that's engaged.)
To install the scanner software,
Under Windows 95
Insert the CD into your drive.
The Setup Wizard pops up automatically with a few choices for you to make. Make your choices and follow the instructions.
3. The last screen in the setup wizard asks you to restart Windows. After this, you're ready to scan!
Note: If for any reason, the Setup doesn't run automatically, please use the Start menu Run command to launch the Setup.exe file on the CD-ROM.
In most cases it is a BAD idea to point Windows to where drivers are located for a device, when it detects a device while booting before the desktop has loaded or after the desktop has loaded. CANCEL that, and load the software for the device AFTER the desktop has loaded, according to the manufacturer's instructions - usually that's by means of you using the proper manufacturer's software installation program.
In this case, that's probably done by executing the the download such as those in response3.
An example proper software installation file can be downloaded here:
Clicking on it auto extracts it's files, and you can select running Setup, or Cancel to abort.
I looked at it's files with WinZip.
By reading the the *.ini files, I found that apparently it installs a couple of *.sys driver files
By reading ReadMe.txt, I found this:
" 3) Printer with bi-directional function
If your printer's bi-directional function is enabled, the scan function will be interrupted. Please disable the bi-directional function in the printer property sheet.
4) For Windows NT users
Windows NT is more memory consuming than other Windows O/S. To avoid system error:"Virtual memory not enough," please increase your system's memory to at least 32MB and/or increase your system's virtual memory."
(so you need at least a minimum of 32mb of ram)