Visioneer 7600 USB under Windows

This is now an “old” scanner being five years old. Amazingly “Visioneer”: still have a support page for it where you can download Win 95/98/2K drivers (but it doesn’t work with XP without special work). Otherwise, they have the drivers up there, but when you install it on Windows, it fails because it expects PaperPort, their utility to be there, but I think it still installs drivers, so in that sense, the error messages are wrong.

It is very hard to get it run on Windows XP, but “Tony”: has figured out a bizarre way to do that seems to work. Only problem is that you need Paperport 8.0 and 6.1 which I don’t have:

Step 1: Download PaperPort Deluxe8.0 (can be the trial version) >>> install it

Step 2 :Connect the scanner and put in the install CD, go to: Start >>> Settings >>>Control Panel >>>Hardware >>>and install the driver from the CD !!!! VIPERSTI.DLL is requested ( to find at as part of

: Step 3 :Uninsall PaperPort delue 8.0 >>>> restart PC

: Step 4:Install PaperPort 6.1 from install CD also install the Twain drivers in the same installtion process >>>> restat PC

: Step 5: Start PaperPort >>>> click on the Scanner icon >>>> press SCANN >>> !!!!! for the first scan only, cancle (interrupt) the ?Light wormup ?(Lampen Aufw?rmphase)

Building a poor man’s Network

Building a poor man’s Network Attached Storage

1. You use the Promise Connectstor II box to is a great poor man’s solution. Just $500 and you can put in any pair of IDE drives that you want. YOu can get this from right now $526.
2. This board appears to have lots of information on the Promise drive and they rave about it. Check there if you have a problem first and I learned a few things about the thing. For instance, there is a firmware upgrade to get it to support >48 bits addressing, so you can put the 160GB hard drives in.
3. Buy the hard drives recommended. For the absolute biggest in size, the current state of the art is the Maxtor 160’s. The WDC 120s or the IBM 120s are the next choice. Should be about $270 for the 160 and about $200 for the 120s. you can get the 160s at and the 120s from
4. from the manual is pretty straightforward. With the 120’s, you just plug them in. The new IDE cables autodetect everything. With the 160’s, you have to install a small drive, load the firmware and then load a big one. This site btw is quite good.

Best Hard Drives The current

Best Hard Drives

The current value leaders are the 120GB 7200 RPM EIDE drives. There is a big war going on now as to whether Western Digital or IBM has the best drive. Not surprising since WDC and IBM have a license deal so these are essentially the same drive. The WD model number is 1200AA while IBM is the Deskstor 120GXP.

To find any generic hard disk…
a) Storage Review To find the best hard drive, look at their leaderboard. These are the best drives around.
b) Price Watch. To find the lowest hard drive prices since this service is dedicated to the small VAR and seems to have close to the lowest prices, but caveat emptor.
c) Go there if you care a little about reputation then use. The customer reviews appear to be a pretty good measure of reseller quality, so I only use ones that are 4 out of 5 stars.
d) Bizrate For the highest quality, but highest prices go to this location. I use ones that are 8.5 out of 10 or above.

Chess Computers Chess Genius for

Chess Computers

Chess Genius for Palm. This is another alternative to a dedicated chess machines. A little cheaper at $25 than buying a separate $50 box like Excaliber Touch Chess
Excalibur Touch Chess Review. Alex’s friend Aaron’s birthday is coming up. Connie thinks we should get him a electronic chess thing. Here was what google turned up in terms of reviews.

Best Film Camera Advice Selecting

Best Film Camera Advice

Selecting the Right Photographic Equipment by Raymond W Yu. One of a good set of reviews. This is what got us to the Yashica t4 Super. A great camera that is not super zoomer. Get a fixed length. Also good recommendataions on film as well that is Fuji Superia 400 or Kodak Royal Gold 400 from or Only issue is where to develop it. We use but results lately have been bad. Now trying Mystic color labs.
B&H Photo Video Pro Audio Home Page. This is the place to buy film. We had a digital camera, but Connie liked the convenience of film, so we got the highest quality camera, but the film really makes a difference. Buy Kodak Portura for head shots, Kodak Royal for general scenery and you’ll be amazed at how good it looks
Processing Laboratories. Reviews of photo processing laboratories.

Building a poor man’s server

Building a poor man’s server

I’ve been trying for three years to build a poor man’s server. Now I have a 120GB server built by myself. Here’s how you can do it to…Here are some miscellaneous notes..
VIA Arena – Drivers. Need these to ensure that you have the 4-in-1 driver for the chipset for Windows XP. It is not clear if XP needs it since it installed OK.
Configuration Using Cable Select. For those of us who have often wondered about cable select. The bottom line is that for most modern machines bought in the last two years, you just stick the drive in and then connect it to the last connector of the IDE cable (assuming it is 80-conductor and the drive is CS by default).
ViewSonic VG171. In getting a new PC, this is the first step, a great new monitor. Got a great review in latest PC World and got it from Check first to see where the low prices are. Also is running a promotion right now on free shipping if over $99 and under 20 pounds.
PC Fan Wiring. You will probably never need this in your life, but in my quest to have a completely silent PC, I needed an adaptor that connects the power supply fan to the motherboard. Can’t believe that google found this in one search. But here is someone who sells the stange parts.