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[filmscanners] RE: large scanning project

A couple of points need to be made.

First, there are differences between native drivers for 64 bit operating
systems and 32 bit operating systems. If you are running X64, then it is
probably downgrading or reverting to 32 bit in order to use the 32 bit
scanner drivers (I do not think that Minolta or any other scanner
manufacturer has 64 bit drivers for their scanners) in order to use the
existing drivers.

Second, Vista when it is released will come in both 32 bit and 64 bit
versions.  The X64 will only be a forerunner to the 64 bit version of Vista
and not to the 32 bit version.

Thirdly, it is entirely possible that Vista in all its versions may switch
from the current types of drivers for cameras and scanners used by the older
peripherals to a new type of driver, which was first introduced in Windows
XP and exists in XP side by side with the traditional type of driver but
will not coexist with the traditional type of driver in Vista.  Microsoft
may not supply new drivers for old peripherals so as to make them compatible
but may rely on the hardware manufacturers to supply the new drivers for
their peripherals which will be compatible with those used in Vista.  In
this case, users will be out of luck if the manufacturer does not furnish
the new type of driver for their hardware or if the manufacturer goes out of

> -----Original Message-----
> From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of gary
> Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 11:28 AM
> To: laurie@advancenet.net
> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: large scanning project
> I run X64 (a precursor to Vista) and have to boot to XP to use my 5400
> II. Dual booting is never a good solution. Math processing really moves
> on an AMD64 when in 64 bit mode, so the software will really benefit
> from going to Vista.
> lotusm50@sprynet.com wrote:
> > It may not be clear, but they are certainly no longer making or selling
> > scanners.  The Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II are now exceptionally rare and
> > if you can get one for a "very good price", buy it.  Also I am looking
> > for one, so if you could tell me where you found some, I would much
> > appreciate it.
> >
> > The Scan Elite 5400 II is  really a very good scanner for 35mm film.  It
> > provides better and faster results than my Nikon 8000.  I didn't think
> > about the driver issue with Vista.  But then again, everyone isn't going
> > to be rushing out to get Vista as soon as it appears.  XP will still be
> > a viable OS for several years to come, giving the scanner a long enough
> > life span.
> >
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