Agfa Duoscan SCSI Card

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  1. Silverpixels5

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    Does anyone use this scanner with a SCSI card? I'm trying to get it to work via my USB port with a SCSI to USB adapter but my computer won't recognize it. So in any case I ordered a used SCSI card and was just wondering if the the external port on the card is male or female so that I won't have to get another piece of equipment at the last minute. Thanks for any help!
     
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    It should work with any Adaptec SCSI card of recent vintage. I have a Duoscan 1200 and a Duoscan running on two different machines with two different Adaptec cards.

    I wouldn't trust any kind of SCSI/USB or SCSI/parallel converter to work consistently.

    As to the kind of connector you'll need, that depends on the card. The scanner has a 50-pin Centronics port and a DB25 port. The SCSI card could have either of those or a compact 50-pin connection or a compact 68-pin connection, if it's a relatively new Type III card. External SCSI ports are always female, and the cables are always male at both ends, if I'm not mistaken.

    Also, I hope you made sure the card works with your computer. Most new computers have only PCI slots, but older SCSI cards could require an ISA slot.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I finally got it to work with the SCSI to USB adapter, but now I'm getting an unknown scanner error when I try to make a scan in Fotolook 3.6. I'm not sure if Fotolook has all the drivers for the scanner or if they are somewhere else on the net. I went to the agfa site and all it provided was the FotoLook software. Everytime Windows 2000 loads I get a Found New Hardware diglog box, but I have no drivers that I know of to install. Anything I'm doing wrong or missing? Also, the Scsi card I got was a PCI one, and the external connector is a female HD-50 port. So I'll have to get another converter to change HD-50 to either DB25 or CB50. See this is why I gave up on digital....UGGGH!!
     
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    Fotolook contains the drivers for all the Agfa scanners, so you can get another Agfa scanner and plug it in and it should work, if you find a good deal. You should install Fotolook first, and then Windows will look for a driver (tell it to look on your hard drive), and will find something like agfablahblah.inf in the c:\windows\inf directory, and then you should be good to go.

    You can get a cable that is HD-50 on one end and DB25 at the other end. Try pcconnection.com. As a general rule, get the shortest cable that will work. Long SCSI cables or a long chain of SCSI devices can invite magnetic interference and transmission errors.
     
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    Thanks for all the help David!