HOW TO – HP scanjet 3400c on Windows 7
While it maybe true that technology solves problems you didn’t know you had, more often it creates those problems and, in most cases,
doesn’t offer an easy solution.
That was the case the other morning, when I fired up my freshly installed windows 7 pc, and I tried to make my old hp 3400c scanjet scanner work with it.
The system thought about it for a minute then told me “I can’t find a driver for the device”.
Off I went to the hp website, looking for a driver, only to find that the latest driver for this scanner is for windows xp. Great, really great Hewlett Packard.. your lack of interest to the customer is astonishing.
So, was I going to shell out cash (that I don’t have) to buy a new and “compliant” flatbed scanner whilst having a perfectly working one already in the house? Forget about it: i tinkered a little with what I had and came up with a perfectly working solution. That’s what you get growing up with LEGO!
So, boys and girls, here is my guide to install the hp scanjet 3400c on win7!
UPDATE: as stated in the comments, this workaround will only work on 32-bit Installations. There is no 64-bit version of the driver I know of, so this will not work with Windows 7 64-bit versions. Sorry!
What you’ll need:
CAVEAT: I’m in Italy so the link sends you to the italian page of the HP site. You may have to do a new search for the driver n your own language. I’m writing this post in english, because I hope it will help a lot of people.
– a little piece of free software called 7zip (optional)
Have you ever tried out 7zip? It’s really a nice file-compressing software that has, so far, opened each and every kind of archive I have thrown at it. Why you may need 7zip will be clear in a moment, but if everything goes as I describe you won’t need it.
If you have downloaded the two required softwares, browse to the location where you downloaded the “driver” you got from HP.
I’m using brackets because this executable file is just a package that contains the real thing. If you go ahead and double click on this file, it will check your OS version and tell you a very lame:
(Sorry that it is in italian)
This happens because executing this file, will extract the drivers, and then try to install them. The installation doesn’t recognize the Operating System and gives you that output.
What you want to do is open the “Computer” Folder from the start menu and browse your C:\ directory. Here you will find a folder called something like: sj652.
If you open this folder you will find all the files required by the driver installation. Scroll down the list of files until you find a setup.exe file. If you don’t see the extension simply select the “Setup” file which has a computer as an icon.
Don’t double click on it, just select it and then click on it with the Right Mouse Button. In the context menu, choose “Properties“, then click on the second tab called “Compatibility”. Here you have to check: “Run the program in Compatibility mode” and select the mode in the drop down menu. Simply click on “Windows XP (Service Pack 3)” and then on OK and your work here is done.
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At last, you can doubleclick on the “Setup” icon to start the driver installation. IMPORTANT: make sure the scanner is DISCONNECTED from the PC before you install the driver.
I must confess, until the first scan went through correctly i was afraid the program wouldn’t work. But when the scanner started whirring and doing its thing I had to do the Bender Dance:
GO BENDER! GO BENDER! GO BENDER! LOL
Optional: using 7zip
To do so: install 7zip (if you don’t have it already) then point your mouse to the sj652it.exe file. Select it and click on it with the right mouse button, select 7zip from the context menu and then “Open…“. You should see something like this window:
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Here you will find all the installation files for the scanner! You can now simply select them all, and drag them in an outside folder on your pc (a temporary folder previously created on the Desktop will do).
At this point you can follow the How-To and you should be able to make the scanner work on your new Windows 7 PC.
So here you have it, and remember: when a device will not work with your new operating system… 7zip and the compatibility mode may be your friends!
Feel free to contact me in the comments if you have something to say, or if you find that you couldn’t make the scanner work, following this tutorial. I hope to get back at you with new and simple ways to make your pc driven life better very soon. Take care!
P.S: GO BENDER! GO BENDER! GO BENDER!