two steps forward one step back

Gregory Nowak gnowak1 at
Tue Dec 11 10:24:32 EST 2001

I checked out their list of supported scanners
before getting openbook and my Visioneer onetouch8100.
That scanner is also supported by the Linux kernel,
but I'm still trying to find a SANE backend for it so that
I could try out gocr, and Kirk's scanning package.

On Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 09:09:27AM -0600, Jason Symes wrote:
> I'm not vary familiar with cmos settings, but I'm vary familiar with Open
> Book and the scanners it supports. A SCSI or usb scanner would be a good
> upgrade, and most scsi and usb scanners work with open book perfectly fine.
> Unfortunately, the newer hp scanners however are by no means supported by
> open book, and I'd steer clear from them. I bought a brand-new 5300c
> scanner from them, not knowing open book was uncompatible, and the thing
> only lasted six scans before it gave up the ghost, and the ocr software hp
> provided was garbage compared to open book. That's what you call quality!
> At 09:45 AM 12/11/01 -0500, you wrote:
> >I am recovering from a catastrophic failure here, caused by an
> >accumulation of cat hair in my fans and a runaway heating problem. I lost
> >a power supply, a processor, and a motherboard. On the theory that every
> >catastrophe is just a disguised opportunity, I upgraded my hardware rather
> >than simply replacing it. I am now running an AMD Athlon processor at 1400
> >MHz with 256 MB ram instead of the 600 MHz Athlon with 64 MB ram I was
> >previously using.
> >
> >That is the good news.
> >
> >The bad news is - while the old motherboard had an ISA slot, the new one
> >does not. And while the old system ran DOS on a small partition, the new
> >system will not run DOS. Attempting to run DOS causes the loader to switch
> >to rerunning Linux, but when that happens Linux hangs up when about 90%
> >through the boot process with no speech, no keyboard control, and no error
> >messages left on the screen.
> >
> >The reason I have preserved a DOS partiti9on is to support two legacy apps
> >I have relied on. One is the Arkenstone Openbook software which runs under
> >Windows 3.11. The ISA slot on the old system supported a scanner interface
> >card for this ancient Scanjet Plus flat bed scanner, so without that card
> >and without DOS/Win3.11, I guess I kiss Arkenstone goodbye.
> >
> >The other legacy app is an old DOS version of "CheckFree" with which I pay
> >my bills electronically. So I guess I kiss my bill paying goodbye.
> >
> >I will probably move the Scanjet card and Arke;nstone software to an old
> >486SX which will also run the CheckFree program too, so all is not as
> >bleak as I made out. However, it seems too bad to ask a 486SX to do OCR
> >when a perfectly good Athlon XP 1600+ is spinning its wheels on email and
> >web browsing trivia.
> >
> >The only thing I can think to do is collar someone to help me sort through
> >the menus of the CMOS setup program on my new system to see if there are
> >some settings that might sabotage my DOS. If anyone knows what I might
> >look for on the setup menus I would appreciate some suggestions.
> >
> >Ain't computers fun?
> >
> >Chuck
> >
> >
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> >
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