help! I have an older umax scanner and a new G5

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kazsirk, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. kazsirk macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2006
    Please help
    I own a G5 mac and I was given a wonderful scanner (a powerlook 2100XL)
    the scanner is not firewire nor usb it is the older sczi type cord. I would like to make this unit work if possible can some one here send me looking in the right direction to make these two work and play well together???

    Thanks in advance

  2. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Try looking for a PCI to SCSI converter that can go in the Empty PCI slots.
    or Maybe a USB/FIREWIRE to SCSI Converter cable.
    Google search for converters of this type.
    check the manufacturers website and try to find support/drivers for it, cause even if you do get it plugged in, it might not work without a updated OS X driver.

    I work at a school and we have this same problem: lots of old Hardware that doesnt work with New G5's
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Not to rain on the parade.

    but why do you want to use an old archaic device that uses SCSI anyway? Its not a HD, so why keep it at all?

    Most likely there arent drivers for it for OSX anyway.

    Bite the bullet and buy a new one.
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Therein lies the real rub. While getting a SCSI card to function with OS X shouldn't be too much of a problem, a scanner that is still based in SCSI really dates it and makes it highly unlikely to have the proper drivers to work with OS X. I'd look for that FIRST before worrying about anything else.

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