Re: Scanner Drivers
On Tue, 27 May 2008 09:01:29 -0400, "Walter Goldschmidt"
> Where can I get the drivers and application software in order to use my
> Mustek scanner? It is model MFS---1200sp. I've tried Mustek website and they
> don't have the software for this scanner. I've done internet searches to no
> avail. It is an older scanner but it works well and it is just sitting there
> doing nothing. Appreciate any replies.
If Mustek doesn't have one, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
I/O drivers are the responsibility of the I/O device manufacturers.
Microsoft doesn't write them.
Exactly the same situation occurs with every new operating system, and
there's absolutely nothing special in this regard about Vista. Each
manufacturer of scanners (as well as other devices: printers, etc.)
decides for itself whether or not to incur the trouble and expense of
developing new drivers for its older products. If the product is in
current production, it probably will develop them. If it's a little
older, it may or not. And if it's old enough, they will probably
decide that's it doesn't make economic sense to develop a driver for
the new operating system.
No scanner manufacturer will sell you a scanner with a guarantee that
it will work with today's operating system and also with all new
operating systems that may be released in the future.
So whenever you buy a device like a printer or scanner, buy it with
the realization that although it may work with today's operating
system, it may or may not work with tomorrow's. For many people, the
lack of needed drivers for older hardware is a factor that stops them
from upgrading their operating system. And before upgrading,
*everyone* should make sure that they know whether all their hardware
is supported in the new operating system.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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