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[filmscanners] Re: OT: which wintel OS for digital imaging?



Howard writes:

> My understanding is that the Home and
> Pro version are extremely similar in
> all respects except for the ability to
> do networking, which is more advanced
> in the pro version.

The home version is also limited to 2 GB of RAM and one processor.  These
may be issues in some cases for scanning and image manipulation, if you are
working with large images or using lots of ICE and GEM and stuff.

My machine came with the home edition, and since there is no upgrade to the
Pro edition that I can find, and I don't want to pay $450 to buy the Pro
version, I'm still running the home edition.  I initially configured the
machine with all the memory it could hold, which is still only 1.5 GB, and
this is just barely sufficient for working with scans of MF film.  It would
be very easy to go beyond that (I can imagine 6 GB or more being quite
usable), but I'd have to upgrade to get past 2 GB.  I don't know limits
apply to the pro version.  Two processors can be very nice, too, and not
just because they provide more processing power than one.

> The home version has system restore as well.

It doesn't seem to have any backup tools, however, which is a serious
oversight.

> As an aside, the SS 4000 Plus will work on
> Windows 2000 but not on XP, so it is not
> necessarily the case that 2000 drivers always
> work for XP, though many, if not most, do.

I don't know the exact differences between the two operating systems, but
they have practically the same code base, so there should be very little
differences in drivers; indeed, I'd expect that universal drivers could
probably be written for 2K and XP (and maybe even NT).

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