> I've an Acer 1240ut flatbed scanner that I've used for years with WindowsXP.
> The scanner and software combination is perfect and necessary for my
> business work - the ScanButton software can scan groups of receipts and save
> them as a single A4 PDF page.This means I can then print copies when
> required at the original size without configuring anything.
> I have read lots of people on the web complaining that their scanners don't
> work in Windows7 and I don't see any forums with a solution! I have now
> joined these ranks as I've upgraded my home/business PC (to a 3570k, 16gb,
> win7 etc) and the scanner doesn't work.
> Just wondered if anyone in here has managed to get an old, but good scanner
> working in Windows 7.
> I believe the Acer 1240ut has more recently taken on the BenQ brand logo if
> that means anything to anyone, but this hasn't helped my driver search!
> Any pointers?
You could use Vuescan. http://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/acer_benq_1240ut.html
You could try scanning from a Linux LiveCD (SANE interface).
But the 1240UT isn't listed here, so I'd only try this, if
I happened to have a LiveCD in hand. http://www.sane-project.org/sane-backends.html
If you upgrade to a high enough version of Windows 7, you
can use WinXP mode, which includes a copy of WinXP to run
in the virtual environment. The reason this likely won't help
with the scanner problem, is the Windows Virtual PC program
from Microsoft, that runs the WinXP virtual machine, doesn't
have perfectly transparent USB passthru.
If you have an existing copy of WinXP, like a retail WinXP
install, you can install VirtualBox in Windows 7, then install
your retail WinXP as a virtual machine. The beauty of VirtualBox,
one tiny feature it's got, is it can take all the USB packets
for a particular VID/PID device, and forward them to the
guest virtual machine. That means the WinXP retail running
inside VirtualBox, can "see" the scanner, and actually do scans.
With the Windows Virtual PC + "Free" WinXP virtual machine image,
you'd be stuck with a USB passthru that only supports certain
"classes" of devices. As far as I know, Windows Virtual PC supports
USB "storage class", meaning an external USB hard drive can be
seen within WinXP mode. But I'm not so sure Microsoft includes
enough other "classes", to make WinXP mode a solution for
every type of orphan hardware.
So VirtualBox has a slight edge here. On the one hand, you
won't need to "upgrade" from Windows 7 Premium, to run things
like WinXP mode (as VirtualBox doesn't have that dependency).
On the other hand, you'll need a version of WinXP that you
can transfer from an existing machine (which would be a retail
You can keep an existing machine around, to run the scanner.
That's what my old Macintosh is for. It runs the (SCSI) scanner.
Occasionally, if you look long enough, you'll find someone has
"hacked" some other driver, to work for your 1240UT. In this
case, based on the table of scanners in the SANE web page,
I suspect Acer makes more than one scanner with the same base
hardware inside. Which means, if you were to locate a Windows 7
driver for one of the other models, perhaps it would work for
the 1240UT. So even if the Linux idea is of no interest to you,
the SANE page can be a source of inspiration to a "hacked" solution
in Windows. You'd be surprised how many other scanners have been
run, by hacked solutions.
If you're a rich guy, maybe Vuescan is enough. If Vuescan had a
trial, you could verify it works first, before buying a copy.