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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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