NT4 & USB Printer/Scanner Combo.

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Zapp Brannigan, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. As we all know, NT4 does not support USB. I have a friend who has a old
    PC, but a new Epson CX-5200 printer. Because Epson are such tight
    arses, they decided to removed the parallel port from this model.
    Anyhow my friend is totally hacked off with Win98 (don't really blame
    him), and I talked him into having NT4 put on his PC.

    The question,...

    Has anyone tried any of the 3rd party USB stacks for NT4, and got a
    printer scanner (or even better a Epson CX-5200) working under under NT4?

    Was thinking of either the Bsquare USB driver for NT4
    (http://www.bsquare.com/products/usbwin40/), or the free one here:

    Any advice appreciated, before I potententially waste a weekend trying
    to get it to play ball.....
    Zapp Brannigan, Apr 7, 2004
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    philo Guest

    although i have no USB devices on my NT4 machine...
    i did give that free driver a try and it did detect and install the on-board
    USB ports on my machine...so it might be worth trying.

    if it does not work...and upgrade to win2k will prob be cheaper
    than the USB support you have to pay for

    philo, Apr 8, 2004
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  3. NT4SP6 is a nice O/S - it is reasonably reliable, and efficient re RAM/CPU.

    However, you would be wise to consider Win2k - you can pick up an OEM
    copy on Ebay with key for relatively little money, and it's a good stable O/S.

    Note that older versions of Office (97) and Photoshop (4.1) will not do well
    under Win2k - only Photoshop 7 is really stable under Win2k/XP for example.
    So there are secondary considerations in terms of O/S choice re s/w upgrades.
    Dorothy Bradbury, Apr 8, 2004
  4. Unfortunatly, the hardware spec of this guy's PC is too low for Win2k
    (PII 233, 32Mb).

    I'm a sucker for punishment, so will attempt to get this working anyway,
    will post the results to this thread...
    Zapp Brannigan, Apr 8, 2004
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    David Wade Guest

    W2K will run on a 233. Not sure about the RAM though
    David Wade, Apr 9, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Slap in another 64MB and it will cope a lot better. I've had Windows XP
    running with that sort of spec and it coped, ish.
    Rob Morley, Apr 9, 2004
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