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Thanks for those kind suggestions and offers. A wizard from Oz got in touch by e-mail and is sending me a copy of FrontPage 2003. I was beginning to despair of Number Watch ever being brought back to life.
I now find myself the victim of another case of artificial obsolescence. Apparently there is no Windows 7 driver available for my HP 5300 C scanner, so a perfectly workable piece of equipment is now a piece of junk. After searching the web I find that there are many others who have had the same experience and will never buy from HP again. I think I will join them in that. I had to send Mrs Bending Author to the local library to photocopy documents and put them in the post, special delivery, to the accountant. At least I have finished work on the accounts for this year, a task I loathe and dread.
I have to admit to a profound lack of knowledge about modern operating systems such as Windows. I began programming in Pegasus Machine code in the 60s, when you had control of the whole computer without having to contend with the eccentricities of designers of operating systems. If anything went wrong it was your fault. Now you don’t know whether it’s a case of Bill Gates type customer-led debugging. My memory was never very good, so keeping in mind the arbitrary decisions of system designers is always a problem. Modern whiz-kids make much of their reputation on preserving a mental encyclopaedia of such rules, rather than actual programming skills.
Well, with hope of a phoenix-like rebirth of Number Watch, I had better take up the invitation to this year’s Numby Award ceremony, though how I am going to get up those stairs in my crippled condition is another problem to be solved. Perhaps they have a dumbwaiter. Meanwhile, I will finish off the piece called “Isn’t it annoying when the inevitable happens?” that started off as a file named aug11.
Have you just tried connecting the scanner? I'd be surprised if Win7 doesn't just work with it: it's very good with all sorts of old stuff and many, many drivers are built into Win7.
Another possible, if long-winded, solution is to load up a Linux distro (free - I'm using Ubuntu) to dual-boot with Windoze. I've had no problems using the "Simple Scan" program that comes with Ubuntu with any scanner I've tried. Then do all your scanning, save as JPEG or PDF, re-boot in W7 and carry on. A bit of a pest, but it does work, although I'd give Robin's solution a try first since most drivers are built in to most OSs.
Alternatively, my brother is a skip-hunter (American: Dumpster Diver I think) extraordinaire and frequently finds dumped all-in-ones with the printer function knackered. I don't advise our Bending Author to go crawling around his local tip, but I can look out for one if he likes. Failing all that, drop me an email, John, and see if Santa can deliver!
This might help with the scanner issue ,
I`ve recently "upgraded" one of My ancient computers to Windows 7 and had a similar problem with finding a driver for a pci slot scsi controler and the Vista fix worked nicely . Worth a try at least
Alternatively, you can install VueScan (free) which has support for legacy scanners via its own drivers: http://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/hp_scanjet_5300c.html