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Old 10-28-2007, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default To buy or not to buy: SCSI cable or new scanners?

My new PC has an external SCSI port (Ultra Micro Centronics 68 VHDCI) that's not compatible with any of my SCSI cables.

My external SCSI devices are my ancient HP IIcx scanner, an elderly Polaroid SprintScan 35 Plus, and a Zip drive that I never use. Both scanners work fine.

A new cable with the right kind of connector doohickey will cost around $60 or more (I found it at the local MicroCenter for over $80 -- didn't buy it).

I rarely use my scanners, but still need to have them functioning just in case. I am temporarily going to leave them hooked up to the old computer but at some point I have to decide whether to buy the new cable or replace both scanners.

Having just spent a small fortune on the new PC (and girding my loins to spend more moolah on a new monitor), I'm reluctant to buy new scanners, especially considering how little use they will get.

If I decide to go for new scanners, any suggestions? I'd need a flatbed and a slide scanner.

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Old 10-29-2007, 05:46 AM   #2
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Try looking around for connector converters — should cost less than a new cable.

I semi-remember needing those at the end of my SCSI life, when the new ones were slick and tiny (while the old were medium or large and ugly).

   
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:11 PM   #3
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Try looking around for connector converters — should cost less than a new cable.
I'll try that. But even the cables are hard to find online -- I was very surprised to find them in the flesh at MicroCenter (but I confess I didn't look for a converter -- I'll do that next time I'm over there).

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Give me a shout .. I've probably got one or two of these things floating around.

   
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:32 AM   #5
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Give me a shout .. I've probably got one or two of these things floating around.
I am quite sure that I do too, only I don’t know where.

But somewhere in Jack’s basement there is a carton of SCSI stuff, all kinds. If Marlene gets stuck, we can rummage (that is, Jack can — I do not go to his basement lair).

   
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No kidding? The one I need seems to be very uncommon: Ultra Micro Centronics 68 (VHDCI) Male to Centronics 50 Male Pro Series (fast and wide) SCSI III Cable. Like this:

http://tinyurl.com/yq45mf

I just noticed a new listing on that page -- an open-box cable at a VERY reasonable price. So unless you do have a spare cable of that precise configuration that you're willing to sell to a good home, I'll buy the one listed on that page.

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Old 11-05-2007, 07:20 AM   #7
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If you do buy there please let us know how you get on. They certainly have some interesting stuff like a PCCard/Parallel port for $18 complete with parallel cable!

   
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:13 AM   #8
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Okay, I'll let y'all know if I do order the cable from them.

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Old 11-05-2007, 07:24 AM   #9
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Hm. Mine's got the high density male / 68 / with Clip locks like the one here:

http://www.cs-electronics.com/68-pin-cables.htm

Fast and loose instead of fast and wide, maybe? ;-)

   
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:11 AM   #10
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LOL!

I'm not sure that's the kind of connector doohickey I need -- the builder was VERY specific -- he said it had to have the term "VHDCI" in the description.

I'm attaching (I hope) photos of the SCSI ports on the new PC (they're the two skinny wide ports near the top of the photo) and of the SCSI port and corresponding cable connector on the slide scanner (which needs to be the first thang in the SCSI chain).

The builder said the Belkin F2N106406 had the right kinds of doohickeys.

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P.S. Only the first photo (of the new SCSI ports) uploaded -- maybe I can only upload one attachment per message.
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