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I am very well versed in Canon scanners with many years of experience on them so I hope my advice helps you out. With any canon scanner that uses SCSI only 3 things can go wrong with them. First I would check the SCSI cable so see if the the connecting heads have pulled away from the cable and the tiny wires are exposed. If so one of the wires may be broken. Or possibly a bent pin on the connector. A simple test would be to replace the cable with a good working one. Then try the scanner to see if it will scan.
Second, the SCSI card itself, on boot up while your still in the boot screen you should see something like ADAPTEC SCSI and then some numbers. Or something similar depending on the manufacturer of your SCSI card. That particular scanner uses SCSI II. If you dont see the prompt window on boot up then I would go to item 3 below.
The last thing to try is item 3 and you will need to go into control panel in windows to do that. In control panel I would look device manager and then imaging. Under imaging if you have a yellow question mark your system does not recognize the scanner as being connected to the computer. If you verified that items one and two above are good and functioning correctly then I would disconnect the scanner via the scsi cable from the computer and reload the drivers for the scanner and then rehook up the scsi cable and reboot the computer. Then I would go back to control panel/device manager/imaging to see if the computer now sees the scanner if it does then you are able to scan again. If it does not, and you have confirmed that the SCSI cable and card in the computer are good and working and the drivers are installed correctly. Then it would be safe to say the SCSI port on the scanner is faulty. The scanner will need to be repaired then by a Canon technican.
There are two ways of retrieving data from a SCSI hard drive.
1. Connect the SCSI hard drive to a different SCSI connector on the same data cable, make sure this hard drive has a different SCSI ID from the first hard drive or other SCSI devices in your system. When you boot up your MAC you should see the second SCSI hard drive, You can then copy off your data or remove the redundant files and keep the old hard drive in your system as a 2nd hard drive.
2. Connect the old SCSI hard drive to a SCSI USB hard drive adapter. Then connect it to the USB port on the MAC and you should see this as an external hard drive.
I'm not really sure what you're asking. If your problem is that your scanner has an "outdated" connector and you want to try to connect it to your PC via USB ports, the only sensible answer, given the prices of scanners, is to buy a new scanner. Your old scanner, if it is not USB, is probably a SCSI connector device. Do a Google search exactly like this "USB to SCSI adapter cable" and you'll see a lot of results. Cables generally seem to range from $20 to $100. Even if you get the scanner connected, there is a very high probability that there will not be any drivers available that will work with the new computer and cable. All-in-all, a new scanner, even a cheap one, is the way to go IMO, and will give you better scans to boot.
Hi you are connecting it to the wrong port you are probably using the printer port and you need a scsi port the printer is just shuting off so that it won't cause damage to yourself one you change the connection the printer, after having it unplugged for atleast 5 minute will start up and stay on just fine Good Luck
While USB connections are significantly faster and easier to set up than older serial or SCSI connections they are not foolproof. Here are some tips:
Be sure to connect the cable properly
One side of the cable is "keyed" so it will only fit properly one way. Do not force it in if it does not smoothly connect.
Notice how the USB plug is "keyed" and will only fit properly in one direction. The USB connector on the back of the computer.
Connect directly to a USB port on the computer.
While USB hubs allow many devices to connect to a computer they are not always reliable for high-speed connections like digital cameras.
Connect to a port on the back of the computer.
Many computers have extra USB ports on the front or on the keyboard. These are generally built-in hubs which may cause problems as described above.
Connect to an AC adapter or use a freshly charged battery
To prevent problems during transfer be sure that the camera has enough power to complete image transfers.
Remove other devices
To troubleshoot problems, remove any other USB devices and connect just the Nikon product for testing.