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    Posted: 30 September 2011 at 20:22
Here is quick list of steps needed to run your Minolta scanner on Windows Vista or Windows 7, including 64 bit versions:

1. Install original Minolta software and drivers. Do this without connecting your scanner.
2. Connect your scanner and turn it on with doors closed. It will install using original drivers. Reboot if necessary.
3. Download updated .inf file for Minolta scanners. You can get it here or google it out. Uncompress zip file or put downloaded .inf file somewhere on your disk.
4. Go to "Control panel" and launch "Device Manager". Find your Minolta scanner, right click on it and choose "Update Driver Software".
5. When prompted for driver choose downloaded .inf file. When installation will be finished reboot if necessary.
6. Your scanner should work now

I've used this procedure to get my Scan Dual III running under Windows 7 64 bit. It works fine if I'll launch Minolta software or SilverFast as standalone application. However it fails when called as twain from within graphic software - it says "close your scanner doors" despite they're closed. I don't know if this is specific to Scan Dual III or not, but I'd use standalone mode anyway so I don't care.

Enjoy your scans!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sandyw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2011 at 21:03
Well if this works you are a hero, as this fix (or similar) originally used an earlier version of the .inf file, however unlike earlier ones in this one the D'image elite II is listed.

I will be very happy if this works in my win7 64. I'll try it and report back.
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To be honest, I just found few versions of .inf file on the net and this one seemed most recent. It worked fine for me so I thought I'll share it with you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sandyw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 00:02
It works great, therefore confirmed for DS Elite 5400II on Win 7 64bit.

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Well its official them - Hawk is a hero...



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Originally posted by Hawk Hawk wrote:

To be honest, I just found few versions of .inf file on the net and this one seemed most recent. It worked fine for me so I thought I'll share it with you.

Thanks for sharing this info and file!

The MINOLTA.INF file in your archive is dated 2011-06-22 and seems to be a derivation of Vitor Fonseca's MINOLTA.INF file as of 2010-10-12, which is still available here:

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/tutorial-installing-minolta-dimage-scan-vista-7_topic68619.html
http://wiki.vitorfonseca.com/%28S%2821yjpc45a3x5weau3ykppm55%29%29/Installing-Minolta-DiMAGE-Scan-Elite-5400-under-Windows-7.ashx?NoRedirect=1#C_Installation_1

Do you still know, where you found your version of the file? It might be useful to track this down in order to avoid many different versions of the file floating around with only partial support. Perhaps we should add a comment to the file indicating the origin and where users can search for future updates?

Also, I find it a bit odd, that the new file suggests a connection of Sony with (Konica) Minolta's former scanner business. There is none - Sony has nothing at all to do with it. We should try to correct this (at the source) before this false information starts to spread and confuses people. Mind, that there were actually some genuinely Konica scanners, which have been also available under the Sony label, long before the Konica Minolta merger:

http://www.mi-fo.de/forum/index.php?showtopic=25032


    Konica RX-1 / Sony UY-S77
    Konica RX-2 / Sony UY-S90
    Konica RX-3 / Sony UY-S100



None of these scanners is supported by the .INF file.

The list of scanners in your file is larger than in Vitor's original file, but it is still not complete. Some years ago I compiled a list of Minolta scanner variants with full official names and article codes:

http://www.mi-fo.de/forum/index.php?showtopic=18593


    Minolta QuickScan 35 / QuickScan 35 Plus QS-2800 / QS-35 (2880-118/2880-318)
    ? (2881-???)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Dual F-2400 (2882-102/9971-882)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Multi F-3000 (2883-102/2883-121/9971-883)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Multi II F-3100 (2883-121/9971-881)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Speed F-2800 (2884-102/9971-884)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Elite F-2900 (2885-102/9971-885)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II AF-2820U (2886-101)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro AF-5000 (2887-101/2887-301)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II AF-2920 (2888-101)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III AF-2840 (2889-101)
    Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 (2890-101)
    Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV AF-3200 (2891-101)
    Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II (2892-101)
    Konica Minolta SC-110 (????-???)
    Konica Minolta SC-215 (????-???)


This list may help us to further improve the .INF file and perhaps add support for the two missing scanners Minolta Dimage Scan Multi II F-3100 and Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro AF-5000.

Greetings,

Matthias

Edited by matthiaspaul - 01 October 2011 at 16:14
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 15:52
Thats excellent news for windows users!

Im using an Elite5400 on my OS X computer works great with "Vue scan"
Anyone tested on windows with this SW?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mescalamba Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 15:53
Another "nerdy" solution is to run virtual machine with version of OS which drivers support (Win 98 etc.). Bit hardcore, but my old scanner worked that way. :D
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Post Options Post Options   Quote matthiaspaul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 16:06
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vitor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 16:32
The interesting part of the new .inf file is that it seems it might also support firewire connection for the Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 (2890-101) under Vista and Windows 7.
I will need to test and confirm if it really works.

Regarding adding additional scanners to the inf file, it should be possible if we know the hardware_id/device_id.

For example:
"Minolta Scan Dual II" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_026a

The hardware_id/device_id for the Minolta Scan Dual II is Vid_0638&Pid_026a.

If your scanner isn't supported by the .inf file you should go to device manager.
The scanner should show in the list either on Other Devices or Imaging Devices.
Now with the mouse on top of the device press the right button and select properties.

Click the details tab and select the property Hardware Ids.
You should now be able to copy the value from there. Select the one that as USB\Vid_xxxx&Pid_xxxx (NOTE: I'm assuming a USB scanner, but it should be pretty similar for SCSI or Firewire)

Create a new entry on the .inf with your scanner name. For example
"Minolta XXXX" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_XXXX&Pid_XXXX

Save and do the steps on the OP but use the new file this time.

Edited by vitor - 01 October 2011 at 16:45
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May i just express my gratitude for this great sharing !
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It seems to depend on the Firewire driver used. Kain Anderson suggest to use the "legacy" driver under Windows 7, not the new one. See also:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprohardware/thread/65cb7a25-2a84-4875-aa27-b084537e8da1/

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 16:58
Matthias,

I was told by Silverfast support that the film scanner division was obtained by Sony in the Konica Minolta deal, but as of that time Sony had chosen not to do anything with it. They said LaserSoft had been trying to get the necessary technical information from Sony so that they could implement iSRD using the KM IR channel and also provide SF for those scanners with new operating systems without reverse engineering. FWIW. Probably doesn't have anything to do with this file. Or?

Hawk,

Thank you very much for supplying this information! Great work and contributions everyone!

Kelly

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hawk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2011 at 19:30
If I remember correctly I found this .inf file via google here.
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