[access-uk] Re: Which way should a scannor's software be installed

Hi Alexander,

With many scanners, it is vital that you install the drivers
and software first.  And it's a real pain if you just plug
it in, and let Windows try and do its best.

A colleague of mine did just that last week with an HP
scanner, and it took me half the afternoon to sort the
resultant mess out.

Presumably when your father brings the scanner, you will be
able to have someone sighted get all the information off it,
and can then go to the manufacturer's web site to get the
drivers.

George.

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Shannon
Sent: 10 June 2006 21:53
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Subject: [access-uk] Which way should a scannor's software
be installed 

Hi all,

I have a scanner that I purchased some time ago when I had a
windows 98 PC.

For various reasons to do with the fact that I spent a lot
of time at 
college and then lived in locations where I could not have
the scanner set 
up, I leant it to my father, who is sighted.

He is intending to bring it up to me tomorrow but I am not
sure whether it 
will easily install on my Acer laptop which is running
windows XP home, or 
whether it will be Jaws compatible.

I don't even remember the exact make of the scanner, but I
do have some 
general questions regarding connecting it to the PC and the
installation, 
but please note before answering the following questions
that I have not 
connected the scanner to a PC running JFW before, but
assuming that the 
scanner will work with JFW

1.  Assuming that my father can find the driver disks for
the scanner should 
the software be installed first before the scanner is
connected?

2.  If the driver disks can not be found but Windows XP is
able to detect 
the scanner as a piece of new hardware is it safe to run it
without the 
driver disks until they can be located?

Thank you in advance for your advice.



Alexander Shannon 

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