How to make any Acer/BenQ/Vuego/Brisa parallel port scanner work in Windows XP (note: this procedure does not work in Windows 7 or Vista, only in XP):
Instructions for installing Acer brand parallel port scanners in Windows XP:
For this driver to work in XP you must install the MiraScan software then install the scanner manually.
Step 1. Download MiraScan v3.424 from the web: ftp://220.127.116.11/scanner/drivers/parallel/mirascanv3424p.zip
Step 2. Unzip and install the Mira Scan driver that you just downloaded. After installation , system will suggest you to add a scanner
Step 3. Then, add an imaging device
Step 4. Then the Scanner and Camera Installation Wizard comes up. Click Next at the bottom.
Step 5. Then on Scanner and Camera Installation Wizard screen it will ask you which scanner or camera do you want to install? You want to go where it says "Manufacturer" and then click on "EPPSCANNER" and where it says "Model" it should say "color flatbedscanner". Make sure it is highlighted, also. Click on Next at the bottom.
Note: For additional screen shots of this procedure and installation procedures, please read the pdf file posted here: ftp://18.104.22.168/scanner/manuals/scpinwxp-eng.pdf
The Screenshots show to be for Mirascan v3.423 but the procedure is same for v3.424
Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view or print this file.
Note: This solution does not work on all computers but many report success with it. The hang-up is caused from certain chipsets in the computer motherboard.