Using an HP ScanJet 4200C with Mac OS X?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lyle, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Lyle macrumors 68000

    Lyle

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    A long shot, I know, but does anyone know of a way to use an HP ScanJet 4200C scanner with Mac OS X? I inherited this old scanner and figured that if I could get it to work, hey, free scanner. Frantic Googling is not turning up any useful advice but I thought I'd ask here as well to see if there are any tricks...
     
  2. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    did you check HP's wesite for drivers for it
    i know that where i got my driver for my hp scanner on my mac
     
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  4. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that's what I figured. We do have an old Windows PC that I feel sure it will work with. Just wanted to see if there's any hope of getting the Mac to recognize it. Thanks for the feedback.
     
  5. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

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    I used to have one of those with my PC... its basically a Parrallel port scanner with a convertor to USB... and that's the reason why it will never work on a mac... its a faked USB ;)
     
  6. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ah, OK. I was a little curious as to the technical reason(s) why no one's found a way to make it work with a Mac. After all, even though the manufacturer said it's for Windows only, the scanner doesn't know that. ;)
     
  7. Stefano F. macrumors newbie

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    Basically, this is BS.

    1st - it works with OS9 and Windows through its USB-interface, not parallel; which it actually doesn't have.

    2nd - it works with the SANE-library under Ubuntu through its USB-interface.

    Now, OSX is very much UNIX, so there shouild be a software solution to the problem. Is there a sane front-end for OSX? Then we should be in business.
     
  8. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, well, in the three years since I started this thread I finally broke down and bought a scanner that works just fine with OS X. ;)
     
  9. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    What did you buy? I gave up hoping HP would be kind enough to develop a Leopard-compatible, Universal Binary driver for my Scanjet 4600...
     
  10. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I got an Epson Perfection (sic) V200. It's not great, but it works fine for what I needed.
     
  11. mb21 macrumors newbie

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    Got it working!

    I've got an old ScanJet 4200C and got it working on my Mac, even on Lion!

    Check out this live-saving blog post:

    HP ScanJet on Mac OS X (or any scanner, for that matter)

    It uses some open source packages. Just follow the instructions and I had to do a restart afterwards..
     
  12. LipmonLM macrumors newbie

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    VueScan

    I've found that VueScan is worth the money to use my non-OS X supported scanners.
     
  13. Wolffie macrumors regular

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    Buffy the Vampire thread slayer

    Ahhhhhhh! Every three years the thread returns from the dead!
    Kinda like the summer cicadas, every seven years.
     

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