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Q: Hp photosmart S20 on mac OSX?? ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Hp photosmart S20 on mac OSX??
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: paranoidjames-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 21 Jul 2004 15:14 PDT
Expires: 20 Aug 2004 15:14 PDT
Question ID: 377337
Is there anyway to get a HP photosmart S20 slide scanner to work with
OSX?  I have searched around for a while and I can not find one driver
that works.  The closest I came was a program called Vuescan, but that
does not work.
Please Help.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Hp photosmart S20 on mac OSX??
From: paulstamatiou-ga on 22 Jul 2004 23:43 PDT
this outta do it..
gimp is a group devoted to making driver packages for mac OS's ,their
gimp-print driver has over 600 printer drivers to give you an idea

download the, but you have to have the apple which
you can get from apple's site if you don't already have it

for the actual program, i would recommend photoshop, their "twain
acquire" option under the file>import menu should find your scanner

reply if you have any other questions, tell me if this works... i
don't have a mac but i mess with them at school on the yearbook staff
Subject: Re: Hp photosmart S20 on mac OSX??
From: gyrgrls-ga on 29 Jul 2004 11:08 PDT

Twain by itself is just a protocol.  It looks for hooks in a program's API.
All twain does is interface the application to its existing drivers
(in Windows).   The situation is similar on *nix platforms - - for
twain to work,  the proper "twain compliant" device driver must
already exist!

I have the s20,  and I am sorely disappointed that it will not even
work properly under Win2k SP4 (locks up after first scan,  needing
power cycling folowwed by logoff/logon between scans).  It broke when
I updated from SP2 to SP4.  I have to dual boot Win98 to use it (it
works fine in Win98).

It's pretty left-handed of HP,  considering they advertise this model
to support Win2k,  not to provide driver updates.  Their
justification?  "It's out of warranty".   Typical of today's low-end,
mass-produced market.

Solution?  None,  unless you want to try and reverse-engineer the
existing drivers,  and then write your own drivers from there.  Too
much monkey business for me!   The only viable workaround is either
dual boot / two machines / Windows emulator.

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