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RE: filmscanners: Nikon Scan 3.1.1 ?



I have run Nikon Scan V3.1 on Windows 98SE Windows ME, Windows 2000,
Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Pro. Only in Single CPU mode. I have a
AMD 1400Mhz CPU with 512Meg of RAM.

Please note that just because I have had success doesn't mean the
software is great, because Nikon has always had this uncanny habbit of
providing "duff" software, on this occasion IMHO Nikon is working hard
to iron out the problems.

-- 
James Grove
james@jamesgrove.co.uk
www.jamesgrove.co.uk
www.mountain-photos.co.uk
ICQ 99737573

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
[mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Stuart Nixon
Sent: 10 October 2001 20:25
To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Subject: RE: filmscanners: Nikon Scan 3.1.1 ?


James,

Hi. What were the OS's you had no problems with?  You mention running
NikonScan on 10 different machines.  Were these single or dual CPU, and
were any or all of them Windows 2000?

Looking forward to more details, so others can duplicate your success -
most people (85% of feedback I received) find NikonScan 3.1 crashes
under Windows 2000, for both dual and single CPU machines.


So far, I have tried NikonScan 3.1 / 4000ED on 3 different Windows 2000
machines, all dual CPU machines. All with different motherboards &
associated drivers, all with both original and latest drives. None of
the systems work for more than a photo or two without crashing
NikonScan. They all used the standard Firewire card that came with the
scanner, which uses drivers supplied with Windows.


While I am here:
A quick thanks to everyone who provided detailed information for
testing. I am wrapping up final testing, on the final test machine, then
will respond with an overall summary to the list next week, with my
experiences and the responses I received from others.

As a quick summary so far from what I and others have seen: NikonScan
3.1 crashes under W2K unless:
-       You run a single CPU 500Mhz or slower or
-       If you have a slow dual CPU machine (350Mhz or slower) or
-       You save files to a network drive instead of local [one person
        reported this worked great - I have yet to duplicate success]
-       If you run the scanning software inside Photoshop, and scan
        a single negative at a time, it will generally work (because
        the scanner software is restarted for each photo?)

Essentially, NikonScan 3.1 does not run under Windows 2000 with:
-       Any form of batch scanning, with the possible exception of
        saving to a network drive
-       Any fast machine
-       Particularly bad news under dual CPU machines, but also fails
        on fast single CPU machines


So far, my impression is that VueScan has a bright future in front of
it, given Nikon's appalling application software.


Regards

Stuart



> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk 
> [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of James Grove
> Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 10:46 AM
> To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> Subject: RE: filmscanners: Nikon Scan 3.1.1 ?
> 
> 
> Er, I tested it on 10 different machines and it has never crashed. 
> Crashing is usually to poor drivers written by board manufactureres 
> for the USB ports, the same goes for FireWire.
> 
> --
> James Grove
> james@jamesgrove.co.uk
> www.jamesgrove.co.uk
> www.mountain-photos.co.uk
> ICQ 99737573
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk 
> [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Julian 
> Robinson
> Sent: 10 October 2001 02:31
> To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> Subject: RE: filmscanners: Nikon Scan 3.1.1 ?
> 
> 
> 
> >A new version is being beta tested by agents.
> 
> 
> Are you suggesting the earlier versions were actually tested?  In the 
> real world?  Amazing.
> 
> If you think I am being too hard, this is slightly tongue in cheek, 
> but it was inexcusable to unleash existing versions of Nikonscan 3 
> when it so reliably crashes such a high percentage of computers.
> 
> 
> 




 




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