Cheap Scanner for MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by taijuan, May 17, 2006.

  1. taijuan macrumors member

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    I was running a microtek scanmaker 6000 on my old iMac 1Ghz G4 and it worked OK. I just purchased a new MacBook Pro 1.83 and at first it would let me make 4 or 5 consecutive scans before crashing and now the software interface won't even open. Scanmaker 5 crashes on startup and at the same time makes all the USB peripherals plugged into the same port unusable as well.

    Need a recommendation from someone using a scanner with a MacBook Pro. I don't need anything fancy. I just need to scan bills and receipts into PDF files.

    Any help would be appreciated, because I don't really need to buy another scanner that doesn't work.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Have you upgraded Scanmaker 5 to ver 7.5 for Tiger support?
     
  3. taijuan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I have upgraded to Scanmaker 5 ver 7.53. It doesn't work any better than what shipped in the box ver7.16.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Darn. Goood luck getting tech support from Microtek.

    Before you buy anything, get in writing that intel/rosetta is supported. Drivers are a huge issue in the scanner world.
     
  5. taijuan thread starter macrumors member

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    Would still like to hear if anyone is using a MacBook Pro with a scanner successfully and if so which brand.
     
  6. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    use a hp 1210 (around 90 bucks) and use it as a scanner, their scanner software is UB
     
  7. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    kinda old news, but i just got an iMac and am experiencing the same problems. any updates? ScanMaker 5900 for me. latest drivers from microtek just don't seem to work on intel macs. :mad:
    i was thinking maybe looking into unix drivers, but the scanner isn't supported with SANE either. it sucks because i specifically didn't buy a multi-function printer with my mac because microtek's site said 10.4 was supported. :mad:
     
  8. netdog macrumors 603

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    I use a Canon LIDE 500F. It is really small, USB powered, and does a good job. Not great if you need a feeder. No problems with Intel Macs.
     

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