I have been using a UMAX POWERLOOK III scanner tied to my G4 Mac Problem noe is the G4 Died. My wife has a G5 (obviously not SCSI) and I am hoping there is some way to add some type of board so I can continue to use the UMAX. I tried Ratoc Scsi to Fwire adapter to no avail. Anyone know how I can avoid trashing a perfectly GOOD flatbed scanner? Internet searches reveal nothing. ANY SUGGESTIONS choker
What scanning software and version of OS X is she running. Exactly which model of G5. In System Profiler Looking for Model Identifier PowerMac7,2 PowerMac7,3 PowerMac9,1 or PowerMac11,2. There may also be something like Order Number M9xxxLL.
Model Name: Power Mac G5 Model Identifier: PowerMac11,2 Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (1.1) Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz Number Of CPUs: 2 L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB Memory: 4.5 GB Bus Speed: 1.15 GHz Boot ROM Version: 5.2.7f1
It would be much cheaper just to get a new USB or FireWire scanner. It would also be something you can use down the road if you ever have to get a new computer.
The only PCIe I can find for now is an ATTO EPCI-UL5D-L00. They run around $350 if you shop around. You would also need an adapter cable to go from the scanner to the different port on the card. So for what's looking like a $400 or so investment, you can buy a really nice FireWire or USB scanner.
The Umax has 1200x2400 optical resolution so keep that in mind when looking for a new one, optical resolution.
Your only other option is to try to find a SCSI to FireWire adapter that will actually work. Sorry but I don't have any recommendations for those. All of the ones I've seen are flaky, they work with some set ups but not with others.
BTW, that scanner looks exactly like the Agfa scanner I had years ago which I used with my G4. Eventually the power supply failed and I moved from SCSII to FireWire. You may have to do the same (or USB). You can find good used Epson and HP scanners on CraigsList for cheap.
I would bite the bullet and get a new one. Firstly, its new. What happens if you buy an expensive adapter... and the scanner dies?
2nd.. I don't know the specs of the UMAX but you may end up with a better machine.. better bit depth/color/resolution. And the new one will have a warranty and you won't have to deal with the headache of trying to make it work.
If you want to get out as cheap as possible... I would hunt down another G4.
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