Getting your Nikon Coolscan to work on W7 x64  

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  1. Posts : 7,681
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Getting your Nikon Coolscan to work on W7 x64


       Note
    This tutorial applies to the 4000, 5000, 8000, and 9000 series scanners as well as Windows 8/10 (will need to temporally disable Windows' Driver Signature Enforcement policy (option 1)). For those needing to use a FireWire card (IEEE 1394) see my post here. Yes! You can use one.

    Lastly, Nikon is wanting people to sign into their site to get certain drivers only they provide; thus if you want the drivers you'll need to sign in or hunt for them elsewhere. Sorry.

       Warning
    For best results insure the scanner has the latest firmware update. Please note you'll have to contact Nikon for any firmware updates for your scanner. See this post.

    How to check firmware version: Firmware Updater for the SUPER COOLSCAN 4000 ED (PDF file).

       Tip
    Before you get started: Remove Vuescan if installed. You can re-install it after these procedures.

     Now...

    1- Download the Nikon Scan 4.0.3 scan software for Windows Vista 32-bit. Yes, Vista 32-bit.

    2- Download the modified scanner driver here - scanners.zip


    3- Extract and save the scanners.inf file to a location or folder of your choosing...

    EXAMPLE: I created a folder called Nikon Files. After I install the Nikon Scan software, I'll then place the Nikon Files folder inside the NKScan4 folder located at...

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4 - Thus the NKScan4 folder now contains the Nikon Files folder and will look like this... C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\Nikon Files

    4- Now install the Nikon Scan software you downloaded and after the installation, go to....

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nikon\Driver\Scan1394 (see note) and copy this file NKScnUSD.dll to the same folder (Example: Nikon Files) that the scanners.inf file is in. The Nikon Files folder should now contain these two files... NKScnUSD.dll and scanners.inf

       Warning
    If your scanner is USB than the folder will be ScanUSB instead of Scan1394.

     Once that’s done….

    5- Power up the scanner and make sure the Firewire or USB cable is connected to the computer.

    6- Cancel any dialogue boxes looking for drivers if they appear.

       Warning
    For Step #7 - If you're running Windows 8/10, you'll need to disable the driver signature enforcement policy (option 1) prior to steps 7-9 or the scanners.inf driver will not install. After disabling, continue through 7-9

    7- Go to Device Manager – Control Panel, Device Manager and look for the "Unknown Device" (your scanner) with the yellow triangle.

    8- Right click on it and choose "Update Driver Software" then choose "Browse my computer for driver software"

    9- Click "Browse" and find the location or folder where you put the scanners.inf file. Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\Nikon Files and click "Next" This will/should install the driver (scanners.inf) you extracted from the zip file for your scanner.

    10- That’s it – Your Nikon Scan software should now be fully functional.

    Extra Info...


    Good luck :)
    Last edited by sygnus21; 04 Jul 2020 at 10:57. Reason: Updated first warning.
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  2. Posts : 11
    Win 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
       #2

    Try as I might, I can't get this to work...


    I've followed your fix to the letter (three times now) and W7 stubbornly shows the scanner as "Unknown USB Device" (two of them actually) and either says there is no appropriate driver or says that it has the latest driver when I point the Update Driver dialog at the right folder.

    Any ideas?

    Win 7 Ultimate, Asus P7P55D
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  3. Posts : 7,681
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    What "Nikon" scanner do you have? If you have the 5000, there's a mod that needs to be done to the inf file.

    Let me know.

    Thanks
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  4. Posts : 11
    Win 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
       #4

    Thanks for your quick reply.

    It's a Coolscan 4000ED which was running on a Mac so it only has a Firewire connection (I imagine that PC versions came with a USB port). I had it running on an XP machine yesterday so I know the scanner works OK.

    I tried loading XP Virtual Machine yesterday to see if I could get the device recognised but no luck there either.
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  5. Posts : 7,681
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I have the 4000 as well, and it is Firewire only, so if you have the same thing, it should work per instructions under Windows.

    Also PC's do have Firewire connections as well. And "if" the PC didn't have a Firewire connection, the scanner did ship with a Firewire card, mine did.

    So, what exactly is the issue?

    Thanks
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  6. Posts : 11
    Win 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
       #6

    The PC has a FW connection but is only a few days old so it did cross my mind that showing up as a USB device might be unusual in some way.

    The problem is that despite following your instructions to the letter, the fix doesn't work (see my first post) and I was hoping you might shed some light on the issue. I've tried uninstalling everything (the scanner, Vuescan, Nikon Scan) but the result's the same and I can't understand what I could be doing wrong.

    I get the theory of the driver fix but the system just says no.
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  7. Posts : 7,681
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    OK, your Scanner should show up under Firewire, not USB. It is a Firewire scanner; if that isn't the case, well...???

    I've attached a zip of the inf file. After you download the file make sure you do this...

    1- Save the file (inf) to a location (folder) of your choosing...

    Example: I created a folder called "Nikon Files" and placed it inside inside the "NKScan4" folder located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4 - Thus the folder now looks like this...

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\Nikon Files

    2- "After" you install the Nikon Scan software go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nikon\Driver\Scan1394 and copy this file "NKScnUSD.dll" to the same folder (Nikon Files) that the inf file is in.

    The Nikon Files folder should now contain these two files... NKScnUSD.dll and the Scanners.inf

    Getting your Nikon Coolscan to work on W7 x64-nikon-inf-folder.jpg
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\Nikon Files

    After that....

    6- Go to Device Manager – Control Panel, Device Manager and look for the "Unknown Device" (your scanner) with the yellow triangle.
    7- Right click on it and choose "Update Driver Software" and choose "Browse my computer for driver software"
    8- Click "Browse" and find the folder/location where you put your created inf file, EX: C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\Nikon Files and click "Next" this will install the inf driver for the scanner.
    9- That’s it – Your Nikon Scan software should now be fully functional.

    Once that's done your device manager should look something like this...

    Getting your Nikon Coolscan to work on W7 x64-dm-nikon.jpg

    Let me know if this worked.
    Last edited by sygnus21; 11 Feb 2010 at 02:31. Reason: Zip file removed - see first post
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 7
       #8

    I'm trying to get my coolscan 5000 to work on Windows 7 and haven't been able to get it to work. You said earlier there is a slight modification that needs to be made. What else do I need to do? I've done the entire instructions word for word, but it still lists that it is unable to find or install a driver when I click on the folder with the appropriate files. Let me know what you can so that I can fix this problem and get this scanner up and running on my computer. Thanks so much!
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  9. Posts : 7,681
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Yeah, the 5000 is USB and won't work with the current inf file here. I'll upload a fixed one in my next post which will be in about an hour or so.

    Peace.
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  10. Posts : 7,681
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    whitunc said:
    I'm trying to get my coolscan 5000 to work on Windows 7 and haven't been able to get it to work. You said earlier there is a slight modification that needs to be made. What else do I need to do? I've done the entire instructions word for word, but it still lists that it is unable to find or install a driver when I click on the folder with the appropriate files. Let me know what you can so that I can fix this problem and get this scanner up and running on my computer. Thanks so much!
    sygnus21 said:
    Yeah, the 5000 is USB and won't work with the current inf file here. I'll upload a fixed one in my next post which will be in about an hour or so.

    Peace.
    PM me for your answer.
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