What are my SCSI options for my MicroTek ScanMaker 9600XL

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-27

I recently purchased a MicroTek ScanMaker 9600XL knowing that it was SCSI and from my initial research I had read that I could improve the performance of the scanner by upgrading from the included SCSI card to something better.  

Unfortunately, the scanner came with an ISA SCSI card so I haven't even been able to use it as my computer doesn't have an ISA slot.  I'm very confident with most aspects of computers but have no knowledge of SCSI.  My scanner has a centronics 50-pin connection, and came with a centronics 50-pin connection -> 25-pin DB25 male connection cable.

My question is this: Since I have to buy a SCSI card, do I have to stick with a fast SCSI card with a 25-pin connection, or can I (or should I) buy a newer SCSI card and will I presumably have to buy a new cable then?

Thank you.
Question by:richardmmathis
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, you can buy a newer card (as long as your OS supports it) and it _should_ work. In your place I would buy from a place that would let you return it just in case. If you have XP then most cards built in the last 8 or so years should be compatible.

    Re. cable, there are a number of PCI scsi cards with a DB25 connector, and you may want to get one of those. A different connector will also work, but then you'll have to buy a new cable as well, so why bother. You can also buy various adapaters that adapt from one type of connector to another.

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    Ok, so I did a bit of searching after reading your answer and apparantly SCSI is backwards compatable, but of course the SCSI card can't operate any faster than the device feeding it data?  Good to konw.  I'm content with this answer.
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    The SCSI card will not be a bottleneck, I am sure. Most scanners can't keep up with the throughput that average scsi cards can provide.

    Thanks and good luck.

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