Decent Low-End Scanner for WinXP Home



I have tried attaching a few scanners to my WinXP Home Edition HP Pavilion
A230 desktop machine ... but their connection drivers have been flakey.

I am looking for a low-end scanner that will work consistently.

What suggestions do you have for good compatibility with WinXP Home Edition
and HP?

Any luck with the Canon LIDE20?

Thank you.


This is probably the wrong forum for that question, but I'll tackle it. I
absolutely love my USB Visioneer 8700. It was inexpensive, and does truly
wonderful 48 bit scans. It's fast, too. Avoid the PaperPort software (just
don't use it, and scan using the Twain interface from your graphics


My criteria was cheap usb scanner for XP pro, and I went with the Cannon. So
far, so good. Installed fine, but all I've done is tested it -- no big usage

But it installed without a problem.


I've had great luck with my Visioneer 8700 USB scanner. They're really
inexpensive, and do great 48-bit scans. The Paper Port software that comes
with it isn't very good, but the driver itself is fine. Instead of going
through the Paper Port software, you should scan directly into your graphics
application with Scan Manager Pro. Again, very good scans for less than
fifty bucks.

Dwight Duckstein

I have scanned a few (well, several, actually) hundred photos with my Canon
LiDE 30, and it performs very well. I did have some driver trouble at
first, but using the website's troubleshooting info and downloading newer
drivers rescued me. I'm using it on a Compaq Presario 2100 laptop running
XP Home. Edit my photos for balance, cropping etc. with ACDsee.

Powered from the USB, thin enough to carry in the same briefcase with my
laptop, perfect solution for me.

Primary usage is old (and new) family photo albums. I take the photos out
of the sleeves when feasible, if not I scan right through the plastic, and
get good results. When viewing the photos on-screen I get good resolution
scanning with 300dpi, better with 600, but larger files and slow scans.


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