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My 20-something year-old hp Scanjet 3970 died... or at least the
wallwart outputs no juice, so it's a toss... scanner died and killed
wallwart, or it's just the wallwart.... it's the wallwart, found an
equivalent in my junk box :-)

But maybe it's best just to replace the scanner... given its age?

What's the best scanner now-a-days?  (I'm not impressed by those
"all-in-one" machines.)
        
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I picked up an Epson WF-7510 on sale for about $170 at the local office  
store. Best thing about it is it will do 11x17 prints and scans. Also has  
the ADF. Real handy for scanning manuals.

Has high capacity black ink that last a long time and not too bad on cost.

Does good glossy color prints also.



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On 7/17/2015 10:57 AM, Jim Thompson wrote:
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Be sure to consider the OS on which you are expecting to use the
"new" scanner.  I.e., older OS's won't typically have support for
new scanners (there are non-manufacturer ways around this) and
newer OS's tend not to support older peripherals (again, yadayada)


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Good points.
        
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On 17/07/2015 19:18, Jim Thompson wrote:
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Stay with it if it still working. HP kit from that era was very good.  
The modern ones will do higher native optical resolution but with lousy  
manufacturing quality by comparison to the early models. They fall apart  
or develop systematic faults just out of warrantee. YMMV
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What OS or custom drivers are you using? HP deliberately unsupported  
using their expensive older scanners with OS's from Vista onwards!

My current one is a Canon. OK on speed but it has a systematic fault  
with a dark zone against one edge. Resolution slightly better than my  
ageing HP5300 which now serves the VH but I wouldn't recommend it.

Not convinced the current crop of HP scanners are anything like the  
quality or finesse of the old ones. Canon was on paper the best when I  
last had to do this but I am not recommending them.

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Martin Brown wrote:
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The Canon Imageclass multi-functions in the $350 range are amazingly  
rugged as workhorse printers.

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That has always been a problem that hacks me off.  Years ago I had to quit  
using a good scanner because it was for windows 98 and when switching to the  
XP system there were no drivers for it.



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On 7/17/2015 11:46 AM, Ralph Mowery wrote:
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VueScan (may be) your friend:

<http://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/supported-scanners.html

'86 the "manufacturer's drivers"...


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You might get a used one.  Lots are listed in my local Craigslist.  I even saw a 3970 offered for $10.

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On Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:57:23 -0700, Jim Thompson

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I have an epson Pro somthing or other, works well. Can do 35mm film;)
It replaced a Minolta scanner (usb/firewire), which I got to work on
win7. There are no updated Minolta drivers  
Get something that has good resolution.

Cheers

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On Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:57:35 AM UTC-7, Jim Thompson wrote:
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The old HP scanners are good, as are old UMAX units.  For recent
ones (and the software is kinda a nightmare if you don't upgrade
every once in a while) either Canon or Epson are very good.
My favorite is the Epson V300 Photo, with backlight for slides or
negatives.   I think V370 is the current model...

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On 18/07/15 03:57, Jim Thompson wrote:
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I chose an Epson, but regardless what you choose, plan to spend a little  
money getting better software. All the manufacturer-supplied software is  
complete rubbish, especially Epson.

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Jim Thompson wrote:
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   The "all-in-one" machines are absolutely fantastic! $10 for the  
scanner and $60 for the print cartridge. PERFECT for draining the wallet!


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On Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:25:42 -0700, Robert Baer

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How is an All-In-One and different than a stand-alone, in this
respect?

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   The stand-alone cannot pretend to do things you do not need.


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On Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:00:51 -0700, Robert Baer

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That is just about the stupidest thing you've said yet (and that's
going some!).

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  You can't use the scanner on the ones I've owned, if any of the ink
cartridges need to be replaced.

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On 22/07/15 06:35, Michael A. Terrell wrote:
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That's because the purchase price is really just a rental contract. The  
rent is paid when you buy ink.

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   I didn't buy any of them. I have about 150 used printers waiting to
be tested or scrapped.

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If don't want it as a printer pick a model that uses optical means to
sense the ink and apply some tape, or a sharpie this will eventually
ruin the print head.

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