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Installing Windows 2000 on a T61 for driver compatibility.

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Installing Windows 2000 on a T61 for driver compatibility.

#1 Post by dances_with_woof » Thu May 07, 2020 6:23 pm

I want to install my Adaptec 1480 PCMCIA SCSI card onto a T61, but the most recent drivers are for Windows 2000. If I can install Windiws 2000, it should allow it to be paired with my Imacon Flextight II scanner.

Then I would follow through with installs of XP, 7, and finally Windows 10. I would really like a modern, 64 bit platform and a useable backup PC for this device, rather than continuing to use an archiac, cumbersome Mac G4 tower whose only purpose is to run that particular scanner.

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Re: Installing Windows 2000 on a T61 for driver compatibility.

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu May 07, 2020 8:04 pm

Have you tried using the Windows 2000 driver on XP? Sometimes it works.
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Re: Installing Windows 2000 on a T61 for driver compatibility.

#3 Post by dances_with_woof » Thu May 07, 2020 10:00 pm

After reading back through some guides on the subject, I discovered the secret to compatibility with the adaptec card in Windows 10 is keeping the machine in 32 bit mode.
First installing from XP to 7, and finally, 10. I suppose starting at 2000 and working forward wouldn't hurt anything.

Not elegant, and a bummer to only run 4 gigabytes of ram, but the footprint of the T61 permanently docked and plugged into the scanner is significantly less than a Mac G4 Tower. The 16:9 t61 machines are easy to come by.

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Re: Installing Windows 2000 on a T61 for driver compatibility.

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Fri May 08, 2020 2:10 am

dances_with_woof wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 10:00 pm
The 16:9 t61 machines are easy to come by.
Are they ? That sounds strange since no T61 was ever made in a 16:9 format... :mrgreen:

16:10 is what you're looking at. Big difference.
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Re: Installing Windows 2000 on a T61 for driver compatibility.

#5 Post by dances_with_woof » Sat May 09, 2020 2:43 pm

My bad on 16:9. Ahem... "Widescreen".

I found a very good post / guide about using Imacon Scanners, Adaptec cards, 64 bit Windows, and the T61 in specific. There are many varying opinions on the topic. It can be done in a 64 bit Windows OS, but only in 32 bit compatibility mode. Some say special commands and simple software reprogramming will do the trick, while others insist it should be a fairly straight shot. All I know is that I want an updatable machine to do this task and not a 20 year old Mac huffing and puffing just to transfer 50 and 100 megabyte files through a USB 1.0 port.

https://www.photo.net/discuss/threads/i ... it.450338/

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