Chris: I sent u a note on the programming list--did u get it--requesting u to send me the error message. The nice thing about what u 2 are doing is that u can scan & Susan can validate, thereby getting the book in2 collection immediately. Just make sure you're both signed up to be volunteers. If you've got skype let me know & maybe we can talk this thru together. Did u buy omnipage separate or did it come w/the scanner? On 5/24/08, Chris Hofstader <cdh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Hi, > > > > I've been working as a contractor for BSO for some time now and have been a > member for a very long time. A few friends of mine on the blind programming > mailing list and I wanted to find a way to get our very nerdy books scanned > and onto Bookshare.org. I volunteered to get a scanner and my sighted wife > volunteered to do a lot of verification and add textual augmentations to > describe diagrams and such. In theory we were off and running. > > > > Disaster one hit when we found out that our trusty, albeit ancient, Epson > scanner had stopped working and that there were no drivers for it to be used > with Vista, now mostly a requirement in our household. So, undeterred, I > surfed over to the newegg.com web site and started searching for a > replacement scanner that had one requirement - a reasonably sized document > feeder. > > > > I came upon two that sounded pretty good. One was an Epson with a 30 sheet > document feeder and the other was the Xerox DocuMate 152. Both cost about > $350 and because the Xerox supported duplex scanning and had a 50 sheet ADF, > I chose it. > > > > At this point, dismay turned into anticipation as we waited for the shiny > new scanner to arrive at our house which it did late Wednesday afternoon. > Like kids on Christmases Eve we had to wait to open it the following day as > that evening had already been booked. > > > > Susan, my lovely wife, took the thing out of its box early Thursday, > assembled the small number of parts one needs to attach and started loading > the software. Here is where the real fear and loathing starts. First off, > the document says nothing about having to download special drivers for > Vista; the box says "Vista Ready" and the installation routine says nothing > about downloading anything special for the newish OS. OF course, at the end > of the list of instructions, it gave a URL for getting the Vista drivers > but, by that time, we had already ground poor Susan's main PC to a near > haul. Fortunately, Vista has restore points so she was able to > automatically back out most of the install and get the rest out via the > control panel. > > > > We then attached the device to an old XP machine that we use for backups (we > have a pair of monstrous external drives that mirror each other and hold all > of our important data attached to it). This is a five or six year old > absolutely vanilla Dell with nothing special that might cause hardware > conflicts. > > > > Following the instructions on the installation CDs to the letter of the law > (not exactly an easy task with JAWS) I got everything to install without any > crashes and only the typical reboots that accompany most any installation > procedure. It was now time to turn on the beast and give it a try. > > > > I powered it on using its own power switch and opened OmniPage 15. JAWS > says for help using OmniPage hit F1 twice quickly. Often JAWS keystrokes > teach me a bit about the application so I took a look at what they had. It > turned out to be documentation on how to use OmniPage 10.0 with JAWS and > said that it didn't necessarily work with other versions. JAWS worked > poorly with version 15 but good enough to try to get the scanner going. > > > > I went to the OmniPage 15 File/Get Page/Scan menu and hit ENTER. This put > me into a dialogue that asked if I wanted to download the latest scanner > database and then choose which one I wanted to use with my hardware. I > followed the instruction and on the next page of the wizard, chose the top > one of three drivers available for the DocuMate 152. It then told me that > not all tests were run but gave me only a "finish" button to proceed which I > pressed. > > > > OmniPage then told me that an unspecified error had occurred. I tried the > other two drivers with identical results (except once when I did get an > error message but for no reason obvious to me the pages I had in the ADF got > sucked through the scanner. I fiddled about with all sorts of different > settings that looked like they might be helpful and even when to the > scanners and cameras page in Control Panel only to crash while moving > through its tabs. > > > > So, utter dismay and despair, fear and loathing. > > > > I called the 800 number for Xerox technical support and connected with a > pretty well uninformed individual who, after having me try a few things, > said that she would have to call back on Tuesday afternoon and do something > using remote access to take over my PC to get it figured out. More fear and > loathing as I had forgotten this was a holiday weekend. > > > > I tried a few more things with the device and made no progress. > > > > A relatively low cost scanner with a 50 page duplex ADF would be great for > scanning whole books. Said scanner that sits like a toaster on my desk is > of no use to anyone. > > > > So, after my long tale of disappointment and misfortune, does anyone here > have any ideas about how to get a Xerox DocuMate 152 running either on XP or > Vista? > > > > Frustrated, > > cdh > > -- Jackie McBride Please join my fight against breast cancer <http://teamacs.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=1790196&pg=personal&fr_id=3489> & Check out my homepage at: www.abletec.serverheaven.net To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.