Need an optical scanner

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    My decade-old workhorse scanner (Visioneer) gave up the ghost. Doesn't appear that Visioneer sells any Windows XP-compatible scanners anymore. (I should've bought 3 or 4 at about $120 each when I had the chance.)

    Any recommendations for a decent (does not have to be great) XP-compatible scanner?
     
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    Can't you just find an old second hand one ?
    In my country, people just give them (because not compatible with newer os) or sell them less than 10 euros.
    I have an epson 1670, 1200. Perfectly compatible with xp.
     
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    Good one, stonepark. I should have thought of this! I'm gonna do some research for old scanners.
     
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    You fixed my problem, stonepark. Found exactly what I was looking for. Cheap. I am back to scanning. Thanks a bundle.
     
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    Ha ha ha ! I'm glad you have found one.
     
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    Nice solution! One mans trash...another man's treasure. :)

    Another solution is to completely ditch the computer as there are network scanners that can scan in high speed directly to a shared drive or ftp server. I particularly like the Brother ADS series as they can scan several pages a minute duplex even at 600dpi color. My daily workhorse machines are the HP 8500fn1, but they've gotten ridiculously expensive during the pandemic going from $100 used any day of the week to $700+ now, which is what I bought one of mine for open box new!

    Anyways, these are great because they decouple scanning from the computer and 'just work'. Oh, and for ftp server, typsoft has a really great free portable one that's solid as a rock.
     
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    You're talking over my head here, Samir. I know squat about ftp servers, but it wounds like network scanner work without an attached computer.What I've got is working for now. (Low learning curve, heh heh.) When I get some time though I will see what I can learn about the info you gave me. Thanks.
     
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    Yeah, ftp servers may be a bit to learn, but they can use regular windows shares too (I've got older systems so shares have not worked so far for me, but others get this to work easily--go figure).

    Once they're set up, it's as easy as using a copier machine. I had these set up so my senior citizen parents could scan stuff easily and without any trouble, so you can imagine how easy it is.
     
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