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I was given a scanmaker x6, however I do not have the software to use it...what do i need to do??

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  • bluefossil73 Jan 27, 2008

    Sorry I don't know much about these things but I'm trying to learn. I have windows xp and the only information I could find on the scanner is model# mrs-1200x6p and on the back it has 3 ports. one says port/printer and the last one is smaller like for a monitor?? the scanner only came with 1 cable which fits the Port (A).

  • bluefossil73 Jan 27, 2008

    also I'm located in the US

  • bluefossil73 Jan 27, 2008

    Thank you very've been extremely helpful! I'm just glad I didn't pay for the scanner...I guess I'll be donating it to goodwill! Rather then take the chance of messing up my computer! Thanks again for all the advice...Take care!



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You should be able to download the proper drivers for your Operating System directly from Microtek:

Since you didn't tell us which country you're located in, or which OS you're using, I can't provide any more specific information for you...

The Download page is located here, for users in the US:

From what I could determine, the X6 model was discontinued some time ago, and there were at least THREE versions of it; you'll have to find it listed under the Product Category in the Discontinued Products section, then choose the version (parallel port / EPP, SCSI, or USB), in order to download the driver you need. Seems that the SCSI version has drivers ONLY for Apple computers; if you're using Windows, you'll need to choose one of the other options...

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

  • Printer Hater Jan 27, 2008

    Thanks for the additional information; you have the X6 EPP model, and
    that little port you see is actually a SERIAL port, the same type used
    for the original PC-AT mouse; newer versions of mice use PS/2 or USB
    ports, but you probably already knew that...

    The larger parallel port (which your cable attaches to) works MUCH
    faster than that old serial port for transmitting data, so you're in
    good shape there...

    Now, for the BAD news (or, maybe only NOT-SO-GOOD news)...

    Microtek does NOT provide a driver for WinXP for your scanner; HOWEVER,
    you MIGHT be able to get XP to work with the Win2k driver, which you
    can download from here:

    If that link is broken, or doesn't work for you, use this one instead (much shorter URL):

    Or this one:

    You will have to indicate which type of internet connection you have to
    download the driver; if you're using a DIAL-UP connection (simple phone
    line with modem), you'll have to download THREE small files. If you're
    using a BROADBAND connection, you can download the complete driver
    package in ONE file, which might be easier to work with...

    PLEASE NOTE: Microtek does NOT recommend trying to use the Win2k driver
    with WinXP, so there is a good chance that installing the Win2k driver
    might not work for you. If you decide to download and install it, I
    can't be responsible for any problems you might encounter. Believe me,
    installing the WRONG driver can give you all KINDS of problems; if you
    don't know how to undo the damage, you might decide NOT to install the
    Win2k driver on your WinXP system.

    Just between us, I would NOT try to use that old scanner on your WinXP
    system; you should be able to find a good used scanner that is
    compatible with WinXP on, eBay, or from some other
    resource. That scanner is OLD; Microtek provides X6 drivers for Win95,
    which will tell you that the X6 has been around for a LONG time (12+
    years now), so I just can't recommend installing that Win2k driver,
    simply because you just don't know what will happen to your computer.
    It might cause a simple problem, it might cause no problem, or it could
    corrupt your entire hard drive, which would be a CATASTROPHE...

    Well, you've requested help, and I've done my best to advise youl only
    YOU can decide how best to proceed now, but my SPECIFIC advice to you
    is to locate a scanner that is KNOWN to be compatible with WinXP, and
    send that old X6 to a recycling center... which is probably NOT the
    advice you expected, but I'd hate to see you destroy the entire file
    system on your computer just because you wanted to use an old piece of
    hardware which isn't supported for use with WinXP...

    Best of luck to you; I've tried to give you options here, rather than
    simply tell you that no WinXP drivers are available for that old
    scanner, and I hope you'll follow my advice to acquire another scanner
    designed for XP, rather than risk destroying all of your data, which
    can be a traumatic experience...

  • Printer Hater Jan 28, 2008

    Best of luck to you in the future, bluefossil73; I think you've made a wise decision to avoid using that old scanner on your system. I still use Win2k on one of my computers, because it isn't as bloated as WinXP, but to be completely honest, I prefer to use Linux (PCLinuxOS 2007) over Windows about 99% of the time. I still have two Windows systems here (Win2k and WinXP), so I can help people solve their computing problems, but Linux is MUCH better at supporting old hardware than Windows is; if you happen to know someone who uses Linux, you could offer them the scanner, because any major Linux distribution is more likely to have drivers embedded which will operate that scanner...

    Still wish I'd had only GOOD news for you, but that is life in a Windows-centric world... Please stay warm, safe, and dry while we wait for Punxsutawney Phil to see his shadow on Saturday, and inform us how soon spring will arrive...


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I have a scanmaker x6 running on WinXP - it is connected via a PCI SCSI card inside the PC.
The scanner has to be on before booting the PC as the SCSI card reads any devices connected to it.
The SCSI card configuration (via CTRL+A) on booting PC, requires particular attention to settings but once saved and written down for posterity, all should be good for many years. I purchased mine when they first came out.
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