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Installing a Scanner



Installing a scanner is a very easy task. The common problems that people run into would be; not unlocking the scanner before use and damaged scanners either by shipment or dropping it before installation.

To install a scanner follow the steps below:

  • Parallel Port Scanner
    1. Shutdown system.
    2. Hook parallel connector to printer port of your computer. If you have a SCSI scanner, or USB simply hook into one of those ports.
    3. Unlock scanner head. This is usually done underneath scanner of on sides by power switch.
    4. Plug in power for scanner boot system up Windows will recognize new device and hardware manager will appear.
  • SCSI Scanner
    1. If you have a SCSI scanner you may already be familiar with ID settings, terminator plugs, and anything else that goes along with the chain. First I want to cover installing the SCSI Adapter Card.
    2. Make sure and refer to your adapters documentation for jumper settings. You will want to set the jumpers if any before we install the adapter.
    3. Turn Off PC and unplug from outlet  
    4. Remove case cover
    5. Unscrew a slot on case for adapter card
    6. connect any necessary internal cables. (drives)
    7. Align card with Bus slot and seat evenly. Be careful of any catching the cards ports on anything.
    8. Tighten down card snug
    9. Close case
    10. Hook up power

NOTE: You may need to load drivers for your device. See:  "Installing A Device or Software" below.

  • USB Scanner
    1. This one is very simple. You will simply plug in with computer running and install a driver for it.
    2. Exit all programs running.
    3. With only windows running plug in your scanner into the USB port
    4. Give windows a few seconds
    5. you should be brought to a hardware wizard
    6. Now you are ready to load a driver for it
      Note:  To install software driver for the device, See:  "Installing a Device or Software" below.

Installing A Device or Software

Now there are many ways to install a device or software for the device. The most common method is through the control panel. I will show you the manual install under Windows and the Plug and Play way.

Plug and Play-

With windows detecting your new device you have installed you will be prompted for location of the device driver.

In windows you can choose to search for driver or review a driver list windows has set up. The best way to go about this is to have your manufacturers CD/Floppy disk ready and in a drive. Choose "Search for a better driver".

The next dialog box will give you a list of a floppy, CD-ROM, and so on. Choose the installation media type you are using and click "next".

Now when if your unsure of the location of the software on the disk is usually in a INF. file type. Also look in any corresponding folders for example win95 or win 98 and even drivers. Refer to your software documentation if you cant find it. Windows will also tell you if there is information about your device in the next dialog box. 

Now that you chosen the drive simply hit "ok" or "next".

If you found the right driver you will see a dialog box with the new information in it. Hit "next" or "ok"

Windows will build a database of needed drivers from the one you selected and you will need to reboot.

Okay, all installed


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