|"microtek scanmaker v310"|
Windows 2000 drivers / associated software are available - usually that works fine in XP.
However, it connects via a parallel port.
A USB to parallel printer port adapter - it has circuitry between the two connectors - will NOT work with a parallel port connected scanner, or with the scanner function of an all-in-one parallel port connected unit - it ONLY works with a parallel port connected printer, or with the printer function of an all-in-one parallel port connected unit.
If you are connecting it to a desktop computer, if it has no built in parallel port, and no header a parallel port in a plate wiring adapter can be connected to, your scanner will work fine if you buy and connect the scanner to a PCI parallel port card.
(However, don't install that PCI parallel port card in the last PCI slot closest to the center of the mboard - usually that PCI slot shares it's IRQ with the video and you are likely to have problems with a card installed in that slot unless it's a PCI video card. If you have a generic system, the info about which PCI slot shares it's IRQ with what is usually stated in the manual for the mboard model.)
"Technical Note: For fastest scanning, your parallel port should be set for EPP( Enhanced Parallel Port) mode. This is usually configured in your system BIOS."
In my experience, a device that requires EPP or ECP mode is NOT detected properly AT ALL in 2000 and up, if the printer port is not set to that.
If you're connecting this scanner to a desktop computer ......
When the printer port is built into the computer's mboard, or if the mboard has a parallel port header built into the mboard that a parallel port in a plate wiring adapter can be connected to and you connect one, you must set the printer port mode in the bios Setup, if it isn't already set that way, to EPP, ECP, or EPP/ECP mode - usually EPP mode works fine.
When you use a PCI parallel port card, it already supports EPP or ECP or EPP/ECP mode. The scanner will work fine with any of those.
Parallel port connected printers, scanners, and all-in-one units are NOT Plug and Play detectable.
You have to install the scanner manually, by using Control Panel - Add New Hardware.
There are no Microtek model listings for scanners built into XP.
You will need to install the scanner and it's software using Microtek's directions for Win 2000.
The parallel printer cable you use must support IEEE1284 standards.
- there must be IEEE1284 printed on the cable or on the end connectors
- or - the individual wires inside an unmarked cable must be at least the minimum wire gauge (thickness; diameter) required for IEEE1284 standards. The thicker the cable, the thicker the individual wires inside the cable are likely to be. If the wire gauge is printed on the cable - e.g. xx AWG - the LOWER the number, the thicker the individual wires inside the cable.