I have a scanner now. In the last five years I have accumulated bits of papers, letters, bills, photographs and statements which I neither require nor can throw away. Getting everything scanned and orgainsed on a PC seemed to be most logical way out so that the house can be free of paper and still the content is not lost.
So I picked up a second hand Acer ScanPrisa 640P from ebay which costed me 40% the cost of a new entry level flatbed scanner.
The seller on ebay happened to be just 10 minutes drive away from my home. I dropped by his house and asked to test the scanner before I paid for it, but he refused saying that his laptop didnt have a parallel port. Though I was a bit amused to hear an excuse like this, I didn’t know that this guy already had a USB to parallel port adopter which he was using for his printer. The guy proceeded to de-dust the scanner, pull out the cables, look up the driver CD and he even gave me a serial number written on a piece of paper. I payed him, picked up the scanner, and came home.
The fun began when the installation started.
The driver CD had a driver which wasn’t compatible with XP. I called the seller again and he very plainly told me that this was an outdated model that wouldn’t work with XP and I had to get back to lower versions if I wanted to get it working. He seemed to be quite glad to have made money by selling an obsolete piece of equipment.
I was a bit pissed off because it would take me atleast a day to get Win 98 installed on my PC, which already dual boots on XP and SUSE 10.1. Wihout accepting defeat I googled and googled and googled and learnt that Acer’s scanner division had been sold off to BenQ in 2004. Since then the driver updates are from BenQ. I could download the required drivers here. I called the seller and informed him that the scanner was working perfectly under XP and he didnt seem to like the sound of it.
I got working on the scanner for 7 straight hours. I’m already rid of a kilo of old paper. I’ll be needing more disc space now. But that is a different story.