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Old 08-12-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm looking to purchase a scanner to scan my old photos, no slides. I'm looking at the Canon CanoScan 8800F Color Film/Negative/Photo Scanner and the Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner, both popular with good reviews on Amazon. How do I know if these are compatable with either pc I have? My desktop is a Dell working on XP and my Toshiba laptop is Windows 7. Any suggestions for an under $200 scanner would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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The websites (or the box if you are looking in a store) should list system requirements.

Epson: http://www.amazon.com/Epson-B11B1890...A2JUPN4BTA3CZV

System requirements (PC): Windows Vista/XP Professional x64 Edition/XP Home/XP Professional/2000 Professional; Pentium II 450 MHz or higher processor; 128 MB RAM (512 MB recommended), 512 MB RAM for Windows Vista/XP Pro x64 Edition; 350 MB of available hard drive space minimum, 1 GB free hard disk space for Digital ICE; CD-ROM drive (4x or faster); available USB connection (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 recommended for optimum performance)

If it's Vista compatible it should be okay with 7.

Canon: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-2168B002.../ref=de_a_smtd

OS compatibility: Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS X v.10.2.8 to 10.4.x

If you've never done this type of scanning, let me know I went through it a couple of winters ago. Just shy of 2000 pictures and documents burned to CDs and sent to family.

Consider platen size. I scanned on an old HP multifunction that did legal size. It allowed me to scan more images in one pass then separate them in my software (Paint Shop Pro). That really sped up the process.

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Old 08-14-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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Thanks so much Tek_Freek!!!!
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:21 AM
 
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....128 MB RAM (512 MB recommended), 512 MB RAM for Windows Vista/XP Pro x64 Edition; 350 MB of available hard drive space minimum, 1 GB free hard disk space for Digital ICE; CD-ROM drive (4x or faster); available USB connection (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 recommended for optimum performance)
Look for that or any similar technology when purchasing a scanner. A scanner with Digital Ice will do two scans. The first is with infrared to find physical defects on the surface of the image like scratches, dust or even fingerprints. This allows the software to isolate those issues and automatically fix them.
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