Greg Lehey writes:
> Christoph Kukulies writes:
> > I just bought a Mustek Paragon 600 II SP scanner hoping it being
> > supported by FreeBSD. It comes with a tiny SCSI ISA controller board
> > with a SymBIOS Logic 53C400A chip on it.
> > Any chance getting it to work with that controller?
> I don't know. The scanner I had didn't come with a controller, though
> it was documented. My brother-in-law lent me one to try out, and I
> connected it directly to my SCSI controller.
> As to the scanner: I connected it via a standard SCSI controller
> (probably Adaptec 154x, but I've forgotten). The software I found was
> less than perfect, but I was able to get acceptable black-and-white
> images. Colour images came out too light and too green. I'm sure
> that it's relatively trivial to fix it, but I just haven't had the
> time. The other problems I have with this scanner are:
> - It is *sloooooooow*. A full-colour scan took about 10 minutes. To
> be fair, I'm not sure I'm talking about exactly the same model that
> you mention. It was a Mustek Paragon, but I can't remember the "II
> SP". Possibly this indicates a model 2 with single pass, in which
> case they would have addressed the worst problem.
It came with Win95 software and some WIN/D software I haven't yet unpacked.
It claims to be a true 600dpi (interpolating to 2048 dpi) one pass
color scanner. Size of the case is slightly larger than an A4 paper, i.e.
the scannable area is exactly A4.
> - It doesn't drop the SCSI bus during the scan. Considering the time
> it takes, and that it has to write data to disk, this means you
> can't use it with a SCSI disk on the same host adaptor. I had an
> IDE disk on the machine I tried it with.
> I decided against buying the scanner, mainly because of the speed and
> the work that still needed to be done. I have some modified software
> here if you want it.
I think we are talking about different models. Anyway, I decided to keep the
scanner and come worst I will use Win95 as a driver for the scanner
and transfer the scans to the FreeBSD box.
Is there a way to snoop the SCSI bus somehow? I.e. build some hardware
and feed the scsi commands to a parallel port or something?
--Chris Christoph P. U. Kukulies email@example.com