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  1. Hi, Thanks for your response. The PC I am using has 2 SCSI ports, one 15 pin, one 25pin. To the 15pin I have connected a 15-15pin SCSI lead to my desktop screen. To the 25pin I have connected a 25-50pin SCSI lead that connects to the back of the scanner. I am oblivious as to what SCSI numbers are, where they reside, or even how they relate to the SCSI ports. Can this be found somewhere on the computer? There are no numbers on the SCSI ports themselves. Should I be matching up the number on the back of the scanner to a specific number assigned to the 25pin port (if such a thing exists)? All of the dip switches are set to up so they form a solid line. Is this correct? I have read the instruction manual but it says nothing much about terminations. Should I fiddle with the switches and return them to their current orientation? Many thanks again for sticking with this!
  2. The scanner is definitely active and forming some kind of connection with the PC because if the SCSI lead isn't connected into the computer, the scanner remains inactive. As soon as it is plugged into the PC, it activates and completes its initialisation phase. This wasn't the case at all with the FireWire connection. I see that SCSI ID is important, and SilverFast recommends using 2,4, and 5. However, truthfully, I don't know what I am doing with that either.
  3. Very interesting to read. Thank you for finding this. Bit of a shame I didn't find this earlier. I hope that it is compatible with Windows XP as I know that users of the PRO have managed to get it working with Windows 7. I even know a chap who has managed to get his working with the latest Mac OS Mojave. As I mentioned, I see that XP actually supports KONICA MINOLTA as a line of scanners, and included that line is the PRO. Hence, I have a hunch it is compatible with this particular version of XP. I could be entirely wrong, however.
  4. To operate the scanner. It is not uncommon that drivers need to be manually installed, though I do not have sufficient knowledge on how to go about disabling/updating drivers properly, step-by-step. This might speak volumes about my inabilities with drivers, but I am aware of a similar process having tried (and failed) with the alternative pc/software combos. The disc I used containing Minolta Scan came with a Minolta Elite 5400 I have for 35mm, not with the PRO when I purchased it, hence I feel there is a driver missing. When searching for the Multi PRO driver in the Minolta Dimage Scan disc, the PC cannot find a driver. The PC asks that the scanner be "digitally signed-in". I can see it as a supported scanner on the list provided by XP, but I don't have the driver.
  5. Just a quick comment to add. The scanner is definitely connecting to the PC I own via the SCSI connection because it initiates its initialisation sequence only when I connect it to the PC. It is for this reason that I believe the scanner "likes" the PC I have, but doesn't have the keys to the padlock yet.
  6. It's been a while since I last posted on this thread. I've managed to finally get around to setting up the Windows XP PC with the right SCSI card and connection lead. I have installed the original Minolta Dimage Scanning Utility and also Vuescan. Where I could previously not get the scanner to eject the film holder tray, the scanner now responds, though the scanner is not recognised on the PC. I see that I need to install a driver / digitally sign the driver and, having previously tried installing drivers on the laptop and iMac to no avail, I'd gratefully appreciate some advice/step-by-step instructions on how to get the right driver and how to do this. I would also like to know what SCSI ID number (0-7) I should input on the scanner. The PC I am using is an old DELL OptiPlex 755, if that information helps. The tension....
  7. No offence caused! Screw is removed. I considered opening up the scanner just to see whether there are any visible faults. I have a new desktop coming, so I will report back with my findings. This is the last chance saloon for this scanner.
  8. I have managed to find a desktop running Windows XP freshly installed, with a 25pin SCSI port. The Minolta takes a 50pin lead, however I see that it's fairly easy to get hold of a 25pin-50pin lead. Do you think this would cause any disruption to an otherwise fair go at the SCSI method to get the Minolta up and running? [uSER=2403817]@rodeo_joe|1[/uSER] The UK indeed! Thanks very much for your kind offer! Much appreciated. I may still yet have to take you up on that offer.
  9. Thanks so much for the very insightful notes. I could try a PowerMac G4. In fact, I had considered one prior to the iMac G4. One of the main triggers behind my decision to abandon Apple was the growing momentum towards a consensus that Windows XP would be the least burdensome/most bland option for the scanner to be able stomach. I'll have to sleep on it and see which way the pendulum swings in the morning. AHHHHHH.
  10. Thanks for the info! I haven't tinkered with installing a card on a desktop PC for a while, so that'll be an experience.. I'll see what eBay has in store for me PC wise. @ben_hutcherson Your hunch about the FireWire is echoed by a few people here, and I am starting to think it could be one of the more likely suspects. When I find a PC that supports FireWire (and add to that a SCSI card), I should be able to determine what the real culprit is once and for all. Cue long exhalation of stale air from a Minolta-induced yawn...
  11. Thanks for your continued input to this thread everyone. I am going to give Windows XP a shot. Could anyone recommend an economical PC running a default XP OS with both a FireWire port and a SCSI port? Let's say in the ballpark of £100? @WJT Thanks for giving an insight into your experience. Interesting regarding the WIN7 set-up. [uSER=2403817]@rodeo_joe|1[/uSER] I have long disliked the way Microsoft has held back compatibility with Apple
  12. Thanks for checking this out for me. I'll look into it. I would agree with you, though I am slightly confused as to why it would be that the computer (and VueScan) originally accepted the scanner no problem, including me being able to interact with the scanner via my Windows 7 laptop.
  13. If the scanner cannot be recognised by the computer for longer than 30 seconds, I think this will be very difficult to do. However, I will give this a go. Thanks again for your responses.
  14. I checked a while ago -- the scanner is not found anywhere in "Device Manager", hence why I thought this could primarily be a driver issue. No film holder in the scanner while initialising.
  15. I've got the set up all correct. I think I am now erring on selling the scanner. If anyone can persuade me otherwise, give it a shot! Thanks again.
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