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Windows 7: Virtual PC XP mode won't recognize my scanner

03 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bitt
Virtual PC XP mode won't recognize my scanner

I have an Epson Perfection 3200 that attaches to the computer via IEEE 1394 Firewire. I can get the epson scan software to install, but the XP virtual environment can't find the scanner. I cannot find a way to install the drivers manually because the XP environment does not see it connected. I suspect that if it was a usb connection, it would find it, however, it is a firewire connection.

How do I get it to work? Any suggestions?

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03 Feb 2010   #2


Haven't personally mounted firewire device in a virtual environment, but if it's like USB, your virtual environment should have an option to mount external devices, hopefully firewire is supported. let me find more info...
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03 Feb 2010   #3


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04 Feb 2010   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
USB (and IEEE - Firewire) devices won't work on XP mode - especially if the Native USB device doesn't work on Windows 7.

You need to install a fully blown NON XP mode virtual machine - suggest VBOX or vmware player / server.

Then so long as Windows 7 supports "Generic USB devices" which it will do after you've installed the virtual machine software on the Host you can then attach ypur USB / Firewire devices to your GUEST. The Guest will then prompt for the USB driver software which you can install.

Windows XP mode is too limited for this sort of stuff -- it only works for very simple basic legacy applications -- I wouldn't really recommend it at all actually.

The Idea was actually great but it's really hobbled and in any case XP mode won't work on Windows 7 Home premium.

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