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Do you have the 32-bit OS or the 64-bit OS? The Canon drivers will work in 32-bit Win7. However, Canon doesn't support these scanners in the 64-bit OS. The only way to make the scanner work in the 64-bit OS is to run either a dual boot system or a virtual computer with a supported OS. The Vista x64 bit driver doesn't work even if you use the compatibility mode.
If you have Win7 Ultimate, you can download Microsoft's Virtual PC and the XP mode for free. All other virtualization software options (Virtual PC, Parallels, VMWare) require a paid (licensed) version of the OS. Then install the scanner in the virtual computer and transfer files to external media to share it with the main computer. Dual boot systems have the same restriction of needing a valid OS.
I'm not aware of any Canon drivers for this scanner under UNIX.
I'm not sure if this will work on the lide 20. I have an lide 35, and there are no 64 bit drivers for it. I downloaded and installed the drivers for the lide 60, told the computer to manually find the lide 60 drivers for my scanner, and installed the canoscan toolbox for vista 64 bit. Works like a champ.
Install CanoScan Lide 25 scanner via internet; lost CD installer just want to know how can i install my scanner, i lost my cd i can't use my scanner since i bought this last july 2008. please help me to find the site to download the program of installing my scannerInstall CanoScan Lide 25 scanner via internet;
QUICK ANSWER: use the original USB cable that came with the scanner.
LONG EXPLANATION: Using Vista (32 bit version) and a Canon N670U scanner with the new drivers installed from the CanonUSA website. This driver is works for Canon scanners: LiDE 20, LiDE 30, N670U, N676U and N1240U, found at http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=235&modelid=6625
Canon says it doesn't support Vista 64 bit version. I couldn't get the scanner to work and kept getting the TWAIN error also, despite uninstalling / reinstalling the driver. Finally, decided to disconnect my 3rd party 16 foot USB cable and use the original cable. I swear, it WORKED! I can't explain why, but it did. Perhaps there is increased resistance, hence reduced power going to the scanner by using longer/different USB cable? Anyhow, it worked...go figure. If you have the 64 bit version of Vista, I guess it won't work(?).