Installing software for HP Scanjet 6300c on Vista Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Steve Turner, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    I am trying to install the drivers and software for my HP Scanjet 6300c on
    Vista Home Premium SP1. I can't get the scanner to initialize. This is
    admittedly a few years old but it's in perfect running order. And it cost a
    fortune when I bought it. Has anyone any ideas as to work around? Is there a
    compatibility setting I have to change perhaps? Thanks.
     
    Steve Turner, Aug 1, 2008
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  2. It's more than a "few years old". And if you're running Vista, it's not in
    "perfect running order" either. You need Vista drivers, and they aren't
    coming.
    There's a Craig's List item selling one for $15. Today's scanners are a
    whole lot better than that one, and cost a lot less than it did. Start
    saving your spare change.
     
    Paul Montgomery, Aug 1, 2008
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  3. Have you visited the HP website to see if they have an updated driver?
    Alternatively contact HP Tech Support (via email as this isn't a life or
    death problem) and ask their advice; there may be an alternative driver
    which they can suggest that may be able to solve the problem.

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    John Barnett MVP, Aug 1, 2008
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  4. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    Thanks for the advice. No longer worth it to me to upgrade. I guess I'm
    confined to running it only on my XP machine. I'm not a throw away kinda
    guy. This scanner works fine. I HATE just chucking something that works.
    Reduce, reuse, recycle!
     
    Steve Turner, Aug 1, 2008
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  5. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    Yes, John. They have the old driver on line for download but they state that
    they no longer support the item for Vista. Hurrumph!
     
    Steve Turner, Aug 1, 2008
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  6. I have an HP PSC 1215 printer which, although HP did make a Vista compatible
    driver, actually doesn't print correctly when connect to Vista. What
    actually happens is that, when printing, if you image the word having an
    imaginary horizontal line in the middle of the word, the top half of which
    is slightly offset to the left, you will see my problem. This happens in
    most instances. But it doesn't happen with Windows XP. Yes HP have tried to
    sort it out, but they never found a solution.

    Now because I knew the printer worked fine on XP and I also had a full copy
    of XP available, my workaround was to install virtual machine software
    (Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is free) install XP to the VM software and then
    install the printer. That solved my problem. Okay I will buy a another
    printer when I get round to it, but this one is only 2 years old. Don't want
    to be too hasty, anyway just in case, after I buy my new printer, HP decide
    not to create drivers for Windows 7 when that is released.

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    use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
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    John Barnett MVP, Aug 1, 2008
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  7. Just to try to clarify the situation, this has nothing to do with
    Vista in particular. This can be a problem whenever you have an older
    peripheral device and you change from any operating system to a newer
    one. The responsibility to write the necessary drivers is that of the
    hardware manufacturer, not Microsoft. Each manufacturer makes it own
    decisions about what new drivers it wants to incur the cost of
    writing. In many cases, manufacturers will unfortunately decide that
    it doesn't make economic sense to write a new driver for an older
    piece of hardware.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Aug 1, 2008
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  8. Steve Turner

    bhk Guest

    What you say is very true, however, I do have a HP Deskjet 510 (first bought
    in 1992) working quite happily on Vista home premium using generic MS
    drivers!

    Kenneth
     
    bhk, Aug 1, 2008
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  9. Good, glad to hear it. But consider yourself lucky.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Aug 1, 2008
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  10. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    <snip>

    What you write here really piqued my interest. I downloaded it, havent'
    installed it yet. But the specs don't say Vista Home Premium. I noticed that
    omission. So I'm wondering whether having Home Premium precludes my using
    it. Great idea though!
     
    Steve Turner, Aug 3, 2008
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  11. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    Yes

     
    Steve Turner, Aug 3, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Virtual PC works with Vista home Premium.
    It is just that MS does not support it.
     
    Mick Murphy, Aug 3, 2008
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  13. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    Oh WOW. Thank you VERY much, Mick!
     
    Steve Turner, Aug 3, 2008
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  14. Steve Turner

    GrahamH Guest

    Hi i had the same problem with my HP5370C.
    Dont bother with HP software and drivers, take a look at Vuescan
    http://www.hamrick.com
    I installed this software on my Vista pc and it works great with my scanner
    and includes a driver. It also has support for HP 6300c
    Hope that helps.
    Graham
     
    GrahamH, Aug 6, 2008
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