Umax AstraSlim scanner - anyone using one?


B

Bert Coules

Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE scanner
under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup procedure
with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load. The Umax UK
site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of having to junk a
perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's OS, so wonder if
there's a workaround.

Many thanks,

Bert
 
Ad

Advertisements

J

John McGaw

Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of having
to junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's OS, so
wonder if there's a workaround.

Many thanks,

Bert
If the drivers truly did load why not try rebooting and then scanning from
some TWAIN-enabled software bypassing the scan software. I've been
operating this way for years since most software provided with scanners are
not worth the trouble IMHO. My word processor and graphics program are both
happy with just the TWAIN.
 
A

Andy

Bert Coules said:
Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of
having to junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's
OS, so wonder if there's a workaround.

Many thanks,

Bert

Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!

The resolution is too low.

Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.

You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.

I didn't realize people still used scanners.

Imho,

Andy
 
B

Bert Coules

Andy,
The resolution is too low.
For whom? Not for me.
Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod.
And this space-consuming, Heath Robinson setup is supposed to be superior to
a beautifully small, low-profile, well-designed bit of desktop gear?
Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks.

Bert
 
T

Trev

Andy said:
Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!

The resolution is too low.

Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.

You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.

I didn't realize people still used scanners.

Imho,

Andy
Why would you want a 12 mega pixel copy of your expenses claim
 
B

Bert Coules

John,
If the drivers truly did load...
Based on how quickly the "installation" was over, I very much doubt if they
did. But I'll try your suggestion, thanks.

Bert
 
Ad

Advertisements

T

Trev

Bert Coules said:
Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of having to
junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's OS, so wonder
if there's a workaround.

Many thanks,

Bert
What driver do they have ?
You can install in compatibility mode. This may not work if you decided to
install the 64 bit Win 7 as there may not be and 64 bit drivers.
 
A

Andy

Bert Coules said:
Andy,


For whom? Not for me.


And this space-consuming, Heath Robinson setup is supposed to be
superior to a beautifully small, low-profile, well-designed bit of
desktop gear? Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks.

Bert

Let's each take an identical set of 100 pages. You scan with your scanner
and I'll photograph the same pages with my Nikon 12MP.

Not only will I be a finished in 1/100th the time that it will take you
to finish, mine will be 8 times higher quality than yours at the oddball
600x1,200 scan rez, then extrapolated to 3,600x3,600 dpi rez.

You obviously never comprehended tabletop tripods with a digital camera?
More portable than a 'puter and scanner on the remote scene! You don't
need an easel, I just figured you wouldn't think to masking tape a page
bounding box so the pages consistently drop into the same position, so
you don't have to move the tripod!

You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.

Andy
 
B

Bert Coules

Trev,

Thank you for the helpful and courteous response.
You can install in compatibility mode. This may not work if you decided to
install the 64 bit Win 7 as there may not be and 64 bit drivers.
Unfortunately I didn't decide to install it; the new PC came with Home
Premium already in place. One possible solution, which I'm looking at for
other reasons, is to use something like Virtual Box and run XP for the
several of my standard programs which aren't compatible with Win7. But it's
a bit of a faff.

Bert
 
A

Andy

Bert Coules said:
And you are quite unwarrantably ill-mannered.

Excuse me???

You're the one that insulted me. I gave you gems of gold advice that you
deemed worthless as if you knew better???

Screw you.

Andy
 
Ad

Advertisements

R

Roy Smith

Trev,

Thank you for the helpful and courteous response.


Unfortunately I didn't decide to install it; the new PC came with Home
Premium already in place. One possible solution, which I'm looking at
for other reasons, is to use something like Virtual Box and run XP for
the several of my standard programs which aren't compatible with Win7.
But it's a bit of a faff.
Instead of VirtualBox, you should give VMware's VirtualMachine a try.
They even have a converter program, which is a separate download, that
will convert a running WindowsXP install into a virtual machine that you
can use.

I've tried both and I like the VMware player better.

--

Roy Smith
Windows 7

Timestamp: Monday, January 04, 2010 7:14:40 PM
 
G

Gene E. Bloch

Let's each take an identical set of 100 pages. You scan with your scanner
and I'll photograph the same pages with my Nikon 12MP.
Not only will I be a finished in 1/100th the time that it will take you
to finish, mine will be 8 times higher quality than yours at the oddball
600x1,200 scan rez, then extrapolated to 3,600x3,600 dpi rez.
You obviously never comprehended tabletop tripods with a digital camera?
More portable than a 'puter and scanner on the remote scene! You don't
need an easel, I just figured you wouldn't think to masking tape a page
bounding box so the pages consistently drop into the same position, so
you don't have to move the tripod!
You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.
Ahem.

600x1200x8.5x11 = 67.2 MPixel.
No barrel distortion.
No pincushion distortion.
No incorrect white balance.
No noise due to inadequate illumination.
No motion blur or else no tripod taking up a few cubic feet of space.
No many separate steps to be coordinated, just scan and save, scan and
print, or scan and run OCR, while easily seeing the quality of the
result.

HAND
/S/A. Einstein
 
B

Bert Coules

Roy said:
Instead of VirtualBox, you should give VMware's VirtualMachine a try...
I've tried both and I like the VMware player better.
Thanks. I'll take a look at it.

Bert
 
T

Trev

Andy said:
Let's each take an identical set of 100 pages. You scan with your scanner
and I'll photograph the same pages with my Nikon 12MP.

Not only will I be a finished in 1/100th the time that it will take you
to finish, mine will be 8 times higher quality than yours at the oddball
600x1,200 scan rez, then extrapolated to 3,600x3,600 dpi rez.

You obviously never comprehended tabletop tripods with a digital camera?
More portable than a 'puter and scanner on the remote scene! You don't
need an easel, I just figured you wouldn't think to masking tape a page
bounding box so the pages consistently drop into the same position, so
you don't have to move the tripod!

You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.

Andy
I used to copy slides Using My Kaisser enlarger as a copy stand, with the
slides on the upturned colour head for built in colour correction. I doubt
your speed would be better and It Would be a pain to set up for one
Document.
Then you still have to transfer and process the images. No it may well be ok
for slides and negatives and A lot quicker then a Film scanner at 2400 ppi
Providing you have suitable Equipment And the nasty Zoom lens that comes as
a kit with the camera Is Not suitable.
 
C

Char Jackson

Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!

The resolution is too low.

Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.

You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.

I didn't realize people still used scanners.

Imho,

Andy
I'm not surprised that almost no one agreed that a digital camera
contraption is any kind of suitable replacement for a scanner. Nice
try, though! I'll stick to my scanner.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Mar 5, 2010
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
For any old materials: use the: virtual PC

Hi!

today, I can now use my old scanner ACER -Prisa 320 U in Virtual PC-XP Mode (it works perfectly), it's the same with my phone (Motorola phone tools) and a printer Epson 640 with the original Driver for xp/2000!

I think it's the same for your Umax Astraslim SE,

Then, install the "Virtual PC-XP Mode" on Microsoft Site , I hope that's only available for Windows 7 "pro" or "Ultimate".
Then be happy!

Best wishes.
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Similar Threads


Top