In 2000 I bought a Minolta Scan Elite (has ICE) film scanner -- produces 10mp files. (It replaced a Minolta Scan Dual film scanner that I bought in 1999 -- produced 8mp files and that replaced an HP Photosmart film scanner that I bought in 1998 -- produced 8mp files.) I have been using Vuescan since it was a beta version 0.7 command line program in 1998.
I still have the Scan Elite, but it uses a SCSI interface. I had (or maybe still have it somewhere) an Adaptec SCSI IDE card that I used on an old desktop PC. Later I bought an Adaptec SCSI PCMCIA card that I could put in an old WinXP notebook PC. As most of you probably know, notebook computers these days no longer have a PCMCIA card slot. That means that, unfortunately, I no longer have a way to use my Scan Elite scanner.
The scanner is still in wonderful condition and still works fine. I haven't used it much in the last 10 years since I started using digital cameras, but a couple of years ago I booted up the old WinXP notebook (Athlon, 512mb, 40gb hd) and scanned a few slides. Sadly, that notebook PC isn't working so well anymore and it is just a matter of time before it dies.
Does anyone have any experience using a USB-to-SCSI adapter with a scanner? Other ideas?
I have a ton of old slides and negatives that I would like to go through and scan. In 2000 I spent 6 months doing high resolution scans of a couple thousand, but I have many more, especially old ones of friends, family, etc., that I would like to get scanned.