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Is there a way to connect a Nikon LS2000 Slide Scanner to a Mac PowerBook G4

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Yes - get hold of an Adaptec USB2XCHANGE SCSI-USB cable and download Vuescan software (www.hamrick.com). This works perfectly on LS2000 - Macbook Pro combo. 

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    HaveRatoc USB2 UltraSCSI Converter for Win7 and VueScan, does not work.

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Here's an update on fixing a Nikon LS-2000 scanner that wouldn't work. I am using VueScan software (www.hamrick.com) a Macbook Pro, and a Ratoc FR1SX SCSI to Firewire adapter (available from amazon.com).
After spending a lot of time on Google, I figured that the problem was most likely the rails needed lubricating. I took the scanner apart, and first of all cleaned the mirror - it was very dusty. There's a good website with photos and directions on how to clean the mirror, and the basic instructions for taking apart the scanner:
http://www.vad1.com/photo/dirty-scanner/ls2000-cleaning/
Then I went further and took apart the slide rails on which the scanner runs. It's actually not much more work to do this (after you've cleaned the mirror). Apparently this is a common problem, and probably the main reason people stop using their LS-2000 scanners. The LS-2000 needs to be serviced by lubricating these slide rails. If this isn't done, it won't run freely and after a while just gums up, the original oil dries out and actually seizes up the scanner. I followed some of the general instructions on the following website (it's actually for a different Nikon Coolscan III scanner, an LS-30, but the principles are the same).
http://www.vad1.com/photo/dirty-scanner/nikon-ls-2000-lubrication-guide.pdf
The key to this is cleaning off the slide rails with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, and then lubricating with teflon lubicant (any bike shop should have this, get a small bottle of lubricant with P.T.F.E).
Once I'd done this, it worked beautifully right away. That's it.
There is also someone in Missouri who will service the LS-2000 for $109, he advertises on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260609293354&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Terence in BC, Canada

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