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Windows 7: Adapt a 32-bit driver to run on 64-bit

18 Jul 2010   #1
Mangomama

Win 7
 
 
Adapt a 32-bit driver to run on 64-bit

How can I adapt the Epson 1650 scanner, Win 32-bit driver so it will work on my Win 7-64 bit computer.
I had a 64-bit drive in Vista, but when I upgraded my Home Premium from vista to Win 7, the driver was removed in the process.
I cannot use the scanner now. Help please.


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18 Jul 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Mangomama, Im afraid that a 32 bit driver can't be adapted for use with 64 bit Windows.

However, if the Epson website offers a 64 bit Vista driver, then you can install it on Windows 7 and it will work, here is a tutorial on how to do so: Drivers - Install Vista Drivers on Windows 7
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18 Jul 2010   #3
Mangomama

Win 7
 
 
No 64-bit driver

Epson does not offer a 64-bit driver for Epson 1560 scanner.
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18 Jul 2010   #4
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mangomama View Post
I had a 64-bit drive in Vista,
Sorry please forgive my ignorance, but if I am reading the quoted part correctly, you had it working on 64 bit Vista? How did you manage this without a 64 bit driver?
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18 Jul 2010   #5
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I looked on the Epson website and around the net for you. The scanner is not supported for 64bit Windows. They do however, recommend trying the VueScan software. I hope that it works.

VueScan Scanner Software for Windows 7, Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) and Linux
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18 Jul 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mangomama View Post
I had a 64-bit drive in Vista,
Sorry please forgive my ignorance, but if I am reading the quoted part correctly, you had it working on 64 bit Vista? How did you manage this without a 64 bit driver?
32bit drivers will work in the meaning that they will make the hardware function in some cases. Usually, the hardware will not work quite right or the driver will cause repeated BSODs.

Edit: just to clarify, people should never intentional use a 32bit driver with a 64bit OS. Even it makes your device function (which it might not), you will have a lot worse problems than you had before.
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18 Jul 2010   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mangomama View Post
I had a 64-bit drive in Vista,
Sorry please forgive my ignorance, but if I am reading the quoted part correctly, you had it working on 64 bit Vista? How did you manage this without a 64 bit driver?
32bit drivers will work in the meaning that they will make the hardware function in some cases. Usually, the hardware will not function right or the driver will cause repeated BSODs.
Well if the 32 bit driver worked on 64 bit Vista, I see no reason why it shouldnt also work on 64 bit Win 7. Its certainly worth a go.
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18 Jul 2010   #8
Mangomama

Win 7
 
 

I googled and found a web site Planet 64 and someone had adapted the 32 bit driver to work on the Vista 64 bit. So I know it is possible to re-program it, but I do not know how to reprogram the driver. I know I spend $40, but was hoping to do it for free.
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18 Jul 2010   #9
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post

Sorry please forgive my ignorance, but if I am reading the quoted part correctly, you had it working on 64 bit Vista? How did you manage this without a 64 bit driver?
32bit drivers will work in the meaning that they will make the hardware function in some cases. Usually, the hardware will not function right or the driver will cause repeated BSODs.
Well if the 32 bit driver worked on 64 bit Vista, I see no reason why it shouldnt also work on 64 bit Win 7. Its certainly worth a go.
Let me clarify, I was not talking about the scanner specifically, but 32bit drivers in general. No clue what might happen. Use the VueScan software first.
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18 Jul 2010   #10
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mangomama View Post
I had a 64-bit drive in Vista,
Sorry please forgive my ignorance, but if I am reading the quoted part correctly, you had it working on 64 bit Vista? How did you manage this without a 64 bit driver?
32bit drivers will work in the meaning that they will make the hardware function in some cases. Usually, the hardware will not quite right or the driver will cause repeated BSODs.
@OP I apologise for taking this off topic, I allowed myself to be sucked in to the.. misinformed posting of my colleague. 32 bit drivers wont work on 64 bit windows ever.

If you cant get the Vuescanner software that Pete suggested working, then I would suggest either buy a new scanner, or install 32 bit Windows, your license is valid for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows as long as its the same "level" (Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate etc.) Anyone offering to "convert" it for you for $40 is trying to scam money out of you, DONT FALL FOR IT!

@Petey I don't know what your on about.... 64 bit OS's need a 64 bit driver, ALWAYS!

Direct from Microsoft:
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All hardware devices need 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. Drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows won't work on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows.
from: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
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