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Cheating obsolete hardware

Alastair Grant | Thursday 7 March 2013

My hand-me down Epson Perfect 1660 Photo scanner has been getting progressively harder to install, since Epson gave up supporting it from Window XP 32-bit.

I hacked about drivers to get it to work on Windows 7 64-bit, but Windows 8 seems even more picky about hacked drivers.

I figured though at the end of the day, an Epson scanner is an Epson scanner. So I picked another Perfection at random (4990) and checked to see if there were any 64-bit drivers.

Bingo, Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Windows 7 64-bit. Force these drivers upon Windows, dismissing any threats of it being the wrong driver and suddenly the scanner works just perfectly (well, apart from those silly buttons along the front, but I gave up on those years ago).

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