Solved how do i install my 32 bit scanner in windows 7

December 29, 2013 at 06:36:25
Specs: Windows 7
I have an optik pro 9636T scanner which worked perfectly with windows 98 and well with XP using a German driver. I've now "upgraded" to a laptop running windows 7 and it doesn't even have a parallel port. Rather than buy a new scanner I thought I'd try and make it work via a USB to parallel port converter but the drivers I have wont install in 64bit 7pro. can I not run a 32bit session in 64bit windows? or get a 64bit driver? I know it's cheaper to buy a new scanner but I fancied a challenge :-)

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#1
December 29, 2013 at 06:53:20
✔ Best Answer
You may try to install in compatibility mode or use your scanner via generic twain driver as offered by many applications as e.g. IrfanView (free).

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#2
December 29, 2013 at 06:54:26
Your old scanner wasn't even officially supported in XP let alone any OS newer than that. Maybe you'll find a compatible driver somewhere, but it won't be from the Plustek site.

http://plustek.com/usa/support/os-c...


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#3
December 29, 2013 at 08:06:17
Thanks I'll try irfan.

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#4
December 29, 2013 at 08:07:42
No, really!! How helpful.

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#5
December 29, 2013 at 08:43:29
Thanks to mark my answer as "the best", but... Did that work?

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#6
December 29, 2013 at 10:47:50
Unfortunately not but I was grateful for the try thanks. Still playing :-). I also have an old XP laptop so I tried the German driver on that with the usb parallel converter. Unfortunately BSOD on startup so I was forced to uninstall it in safe mode. But it's all good fun :-). I have a canon ip4200 printer so I may replace both with a new scanner/printer when I get bored.

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#7
December 29, 2013 at 14:04:25
I'm afraid you will never do it however hard you try. Win 7 64 bit will be unable to support a 16 bit scanner even in compatibility mode. It goes like this:

64 bit machines can also support 32 bit.

32 bit machines can also support 16 bit.

This is quite apart from you USB issue.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#8
December 29, 2013 at 15:24:06
Thanks friend that much I knew. What I wasn't sure was whether there was either a 16/32bit emulator I could run or a generic scanner 64bit driver. Best suggestion yet along those lines is to install ubuntu and run the scanner through a unix subprocess. Not sure I feel that adventurous :-). Merry Christmas to all

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