I have one of the adapters for my SCSI drum scanner to my firewire port of my computer. It is a hassle to use and I highly recommend installing a SCSI card in the computer instead. It is so much trouble that I am considering getting a new computer and putting in a card just to eliminate the adapter from the system.
Thanks Greg for the warning.
Now in case you decide to just toss the adapter ....;)
I'm always willing to experiment.
I face the same situation. Coolscan LS-2000, SCSI interface, aging (Athlon2000) computer. After some research, I share my conclusions:
- No more USB-SCSI (or firewire-SCSI) converters available; did not see any used ones for sale
- If/when I upgrade my computer, it will be a modular box. Only way to support legacy interfaces. And, think: the all-in-one may look nice and tidy at first; less so with all the external attachments: extra disk(s), USB expansion hub, etc... Some compactness can be had with "slim" mini-towers and/or µATX motherboards.
- Plus, with the all-in-one your hands are tied wrt the choice of monitor. If your take the time to scan, you should worry about the quality of the monitor.
- Legacy SCSI cards will not have Win7/64 drivers, except some high-end Adaptec models (let alone the price, what would you do with ultra-wide low voltage differential connectors?). XP drivers are rumored to work under Win7/32. Fallback: XP/32 (not a bad system after all).
There are compact desktops. My desktop at work is very small and neat appearing. It has only two PCI slots but you only need one to have SCSI.
I had a similar problem with my old Agfa Duoscan 1200. I picked up a USB adapter to use with XP - found it totally useless and ended up spending $200 on an old desktop (running Win98) that I use for the scanner and as a backup for my files. Works a treat with a SCSI card I was given by my local computer store.
I think I am beginning to understand why these adapters aren't around.
I hope my space and other constraints don't end up forcing me to retire the scanner.
There certainly isn't room for another computer, and I hate laptops.
I had to retire a Canoscan 9900F as it would only works on XP. So I know its a pita
Matt, my adapter only came with Mac software, so I don't know if it would even work on a PC. To use it, I had to turn on my drum scanner, start the adapter software, set the adapter to off within the software, restart the scanner, restart the computer, restart the adapter and turn on the adapter within the software, turn the restart the scanner again and restart the computer. It was then ready to use. Maybe. Sometimes I hard to go through this procedure twice.