Primax Colorado USB scanner driver for Vista

December 12, 2009 at 05:02:50
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.5 GHz / 2549 MB
I need a driver for my older colorado usb 19200 scanner that is vista compatable
Anyone know where I can locate one

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December 12, 2009 at 11:18:04
Try installing and running Vmplayer. This will allow you to
mount and run windows 98 as a guest operating system (a
virtual machine) on Vista as the host. You will need the
Windows 98 installation disc and the product key.

Then install the Primax software onto Windows 98. You will
also need to install Vmtools (Vmplayer will tell you how.) This
will allow a USB connection on the host operating system to
connect to the virtual machine.

Its all a bit involved, but I do not think that there is a Primax
scanner driver for Vista.

Good luck.

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December 13, 2009 at 04:33:33
Thanks for your input.
Not being a computer guru, where can i get vmplayer from

Thanks again

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December 13, 2009 at 06:11:45

Vmplayer is available free from

As I said, you will need the installation disc for windows 95 or
98 and the product key plus the original Primax software.

There are a few other points:

When you install '98 or '95, vmplayer creates a large file ( ~
10 GByte) which serves as the 'C' drive for the virtual machine.

Once you have got the old version of windows (say '98)
working together with the Primax software, shutdown '98.

Then select '98 or '95 under vmplayer (one click) but do not
run it yet. Under 'edit machine settings' check the option
'enable high speed support' and check 'show all USB input
devices' under 'USB controller'.

With Vista running connect the scanner. Vista should give a
'ding' to show that the USB connection has been established.

Now run the virtual machine and log on. At the bottom right of
the window you should see several icons. Hover the mouse
point over the USB icon that says Primax Scanner and select
'connect to Virtual Machine'. (May involve the right hand
mouse button.) '98 or '95 should then detect the scanner and
it should work as before.

There is then the matter of getting the scanned data from the
Virtual Machine (98) to Vista. The only way I found to do this
was to map the virtual C drive to say a Z drive on Vista. We
can go through this once you get that far.

Its all a bit of a fiddle, but it's an alternative to dumping
perfectly good hardware.

If the computing side is a problem, maybe there is some
computer literate help available. If the need for the scanner is
on an occasional basis, then the above is not too much of an
issue once you are up to speed.

Again, good luck.

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December 13, 2009 at 07:59:48
Reading through all this again, just make sure that you install
and run Vmplayer and then install '95 or '98 using Vmplayer.
Don't install '98 directly onto your computer. It probably will over-
write Vista, which is not what we want to happen. This would be
not be good.

So run Vmplayer first. Then select 'Create a New Virtual
Machine' and proceed from there.

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December 13, 2009 at 08:10:10
Windows XP/Vista Compatibility

"Primax is not producing any driver files for the new Microsoft Windows operating systems. Please install the Windows 98 Driver for Windows ME and the Windows 2000 Driver for Windows XP. Primax's Technical Support department can't guarantee the function of any Primax Products on Microsoft Windows ME or Microsoft Windows XP."

You could try the Win2K drivers & see if they work. If they do, great. If not, you'll need to upgrade to a newer scanner ... about time you did.

There's installation guides here & here if needed.

Good luck.

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