scsi scanner not working with win 7

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I recently purchased a new Dell Studio XPS 8000 with Windows 7 Home. I set up everything but when I went to install my Microtek ScanMaker X6 EL SCSI Scanner the software told me it was not compatible and would not install. I tried several Different Scan Softwares but they said they could not detect scanner and I couldnt find a compatible driver anywhere. I checked the website but didnt find much since only listed Windows XP as highest version and said that is all it supported.
I went ahead and tried it, but still said could not find scanner. Is there any work around or a perpherial I can use as a go between, perhaps an adapter or converter? Appreciate any help I can get.
 

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I was in a similar situation a few months ago with a different model Microtek scanner and a Compaq computer running 64 Bit Windows 7 Home Premium. I could not find any Windows 7 drivers that would work. I ended up replacing it with an Epson Multifunction printer/scanner/copier. It was on sale for a lot less than what scanners were selling for.
 
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I don't suggest the all-in-one units, but a new Epson would be my advice too.
There was a similar topic here: Color Printer & Scanner Needed for Business Use

Now then, before you jump and buy the combo machine, let me quickly point out how combo units tend to break easier, because there is more stuff that can go wrong! And on top of that, many combo machines will refuse to work when ANY part of the machine is having issues. For example, your machine may refuse to scan if it's out of toner -- nevermind the fact that it doesn't need toner to scan!
Consider this Epson: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001GBKTGM

Those old clunky scanners are crap (even pro ones) compared to these new Epsons. I say this from experience, have used scanners since the early 90s (SCSI) and into USB1 and USB2 eras.

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I think my Epson NX415 cost me $49.99 + sales tax at a local Staples store. I did exchange a few e-mails with Epson support before purchasing. They told me that I would need to have all four ink tanks installed in order for the scanner to work. I was also told that the scanner section would still work if and when the tanks were reporting as empty. I am not sure what I'll do at that point; replace the tanks and keep it operational as a backup printer or let the tanks and heads dry out and just use it as a scanner.
 
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Have you tried installing the drivers in Compatibility Mode for Windows XP?
Right click on the driver icon, choose Properties, then Compatibility, then tick "Run this software in Compatability Mode for ......
It worked with an old scanner of mine when I upped from XP to Vista and Epson had not written compatible drivers for that at the time.
 
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