"Works and then doesn't"0.5 starson by Zeuser
Pros: Nice design, mounted slides
Cons: Bad software. Works on 2 PCs but not on a third
Summary: The good news is that this thing will scan slides mounted in carboard, unlikethe canon scanners. It`ll also scan negatives pretty well.
The bad part is that the software is really badly written. It used to work on my Dad's compaq SR1734x but it no longer does. This despite numerous re-installs, updates with the latest drivers and patches from the HP site. Even hacking the registry and removing all the entries HP leaves behind doesn't work.
But this scanner is currently working on my Mom's HP 1797 desktop as well as my Gateway CX2724 Tablet PC. All 3 machines are using XP service pack 2. The two machines that are working fine didn't require the patches from the HP site. The third one? Don't ask, I tried everything.
Because of the in-excusable faults (not working on the one machine where we really need it), I have to gives this thing a 1 (wish I could give it a zero).
This is typical HP; nice hardware design and totally crappy software. All the problems are entirely software. Hardware is working flawlessly.