USB scanner not working on VMwared XP

I recently changed my health-insurance company. Today I got a letter asking me to return my insurance card or notify them in case I destroyed it myself. So I thought I might just fax them an image of the destroyed card. Because Fritz!Fax works beautifully in my virtual XP box, I wanted to get my Canon LiDE Scan 70 installed in the VM (no Linux support...). I downloaded the most recent driver from Canon's website and installed it.

Unfortunately I only get blue screens as soon as I "connect" the scanner to the virtual machine using the VMware server console. Being somewhat disappointed I will now have to boot up the RealThing(TM) Windows partition again...

Comments

Mikal said…
This problem is quite common, and seems related to VMWare's broken USB 2.0 implementation. The bug is still present in the latest VMWare Server and Player. A possible solution is to connect the scanner through a USB 1.1 HUB.

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