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#1 cafejose

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 01:46 AM

How do you know which are the drivers for a scanner and which software on an installation disk is/are the other software that the scanner really does not need but is useful for processing what the scanner makes?   This question is inspired after reading  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/567579/ocr-scanner/  .

 

 

Could we find and use alternative image processing software?  Do we have already with Windows, software that will do useful things to what the scanner does?  ( believe 'yes' to this one).

 

Is installing ONLY AND NOTHING MORE THAN the drivers for a scanner possible for installing a new scanner?



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:55 PM

When you install a scanner - whether a stand-alone or as part of an all-in-one - normally the manufacturers distinguish in their software between the drivers and the other 'pretty' software. This seems to apply whether the software comes on a CD with the device or whether it is a download from their web-site.

 

You need the drivers to get the device to work, usually you don't need the other stuff bundled on the disc. That is not to say that this other software is useless or less then valuable - some people may find it very useful but installing it is an option you normally have. Or having installed it and then discovered that you don't need / want it you can always uninstall it.

 

As an example, I recently had to replace an Epson printer which went toes up. I never liked it with regard to printing photos, did a good job otherwise - text and documents - and I went back to my preferred brand, Canon. On the CD that came with it was something called 'Image garden' which was described as software for managing images and printing direct to CDs. Since I ship a lot of data around and my handwriting is, let's be kind, poor, printing lists of contents is important. Having tried it I found it just didn't do what I wanted so it was uninstalled. Since I still had the software from an earlier Canon I tried the CD print application from that, which I knew did what I wanted, and lo and behold, it works with my new printer.

 

Your original topic was in relation to OCR software bundled with a scanner. You do not need to use this software, you don't even need to install it unless you want to, if you have some form of OCR on your computer which you prefer. And if you buy a brand that works better for you you can always uninstall the bundled product.

 

I am open to correction on this because, since I do quite a lot of graphics work, I have mainly specialised software for working with graphics. Windows is somewhat limited when it comes to image processing. It does come with 'Paint', a basic raster graphics application and I don't think it comes with any form of OCR.

 

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 09:43 PM

Thanks Cosgrove,

 

 

The installation for Canon's printer/printer&scanners is easy to run, especially if you just do not know what to select and deselect, and then just install what is TYPICAL.  This gives a bunch of software, and when time comes to use the scanner or the copier, the software is findible somewhere, and a helpfile is included somewhere, in some folder and subfolders of Canon, like Tools or Utilities.  My trouble is I do not which extra software does what, so I never know what or how to select to install or not install, so I just accept all of it.  

 

 

An old flat-form scanner  (also Canon)  sits unused, since the computer with which it was installed and used, no longer works.  I wonder about this scanner having a driver/set of drivers for it to operate on Windows Vista.  (If so, I might like to install the old scanner, and not worry about the extra image processing software, and to just use what is already available on the current computer).



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:17 AM

I have an old Canon scanner, 8800f, which I just plugged into a brand new custom computer. I had absolutely no problem with compatibility, I just had to search around in the computer for the Canon device so that I could create a desktop icon. No need to load any programs.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:15 PM

Windows now includes far more basic drivers in its driver collection than ever it used to, Win 7 is vastly superior to XP in this regard and I suspect 8 is at least as good - I haven't had the chance to play with 8 much. When I upgraded this computer and switched over to Win 7 from XP I had all the install discs for my external hardware standing by and much to my surprise my wi-fi dongle just plugged into its socket and started working !

 

There are often generic drivers for devices included in Windows. They may not work just as well as the manufacturer's custom-made drivers, but they will work.

 

As for the old Canon scanner, if you have Vista drivers they will probably work in Win 7 and may even work in 8. But you can always go to Canon's site and see if they have drivers to match your OS, and you will find the option to download the basic (ie mininum) driver set or the all-inclusive package. At the end of the day, even if you install the all-inclusive package it is made up of a number of discrete components. If you find you don't want or need some of them you can always uninstall them as i did with Canon's 'Image Garden'.

 

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 07:17 PM

The old scanner is CanoScan LiDE 70, from maybe year 2003.   I just found its driver from the CanonUSA website and downloaded it yesterday.  I will try to install onto Windows Vista.  Would you guess if a generic driver for LiDE 70 might already be present on the Windows Vista computer?

 

About generic drivers being already present, I found how that might be the case when I plugged a new USB flashdrive into a Windows XP computer; I needed to install NOTHING for the flashdrive to work.

 

About generic drivers being already present, I plugged a new graphical tablet into a Vista computer without installing anything, and the computer went through its own automatic fidgiting for a few minutes displaying different things on and near the taskbar.  The pen and tablet worked, but not at all too well.  Later, I installed the driver which came on a CD with the graphical tablet, and then the tablet worked fairly well.






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