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A Serious Scanner for Serious Scanners

How do you know that youíre a serious scanner? You want at least 600x1200-dpi resolution in hardware mode (not software interpolation) and you donít want to wait all day for it. Good, no, great quality is a must and, of course, you own a PC with USB ports. Unless recovering from system crashes and lockups are you forteí, We suggest having at least 128MB of RAM, preferably 256MB.

We used scanners with 64, 128 and 256MB RAM configurations and let us pass on that if 600x1200 32, 42-bit color 8.5"x11" scans are your norm, grab at least 256MB. Why do you need all that RAM? Because this jewel screams speedwise.

Turn on system monitoring (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Monitoring)

Look at the memory manager: unused physical memory. In Windows 98, which you need for this scanner, watch the amount drop to near zero when processing your favorite pictures. Yeah, before all you nut jobs start holleriní that your swapfile can be virtual RAM, consider this: Do you want 800MB/s or 15MB/s processing speed? Itís simply annoying to click "acquire image" and then run off to lunchÖ

The installation

As in most scanners, the first step will be unlocking the protection tab located at the bottom of the unit. The locking tab protects the scannerís scan head by holding it securely in position. Make sure to lock the scanner when transporting it from one location to another, but always remember to unlock it before scanning because it wonít scan when locked.

The next step will be inputting the power source from the included DC adapter. When done take the included 6" USB cable, and connect it to the PC, you should see a message appear on you windows based machine, saying that it has found an USB based device. Ignore this window and insert the Visioneer CD, the setup should automatically start if "auto insert notification" is enabled on that particular drive. Continue the process. Around the final phase of the setup, the scanner will be re-detected and properly configured.

Drivers, drivers, drivers. Fully three sets of device drivers are mandatory if you have any hope of producing accurate scans. In addition to the scanner drivers, current monitor drivers and printer drivers must be downloaded and installed. Within the monitor, drivers are ICM (Image Color Matching) files that assist in the WYSIWYG capabilities of the screen. Well-supported photo quality printers have similar files within their drivers and of course, the ICM printing option must be activated.

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