How I Installed the 2003 Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV 35mm Film Scanner in Windows 10

Burden: ~15 minutes

[The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV. ]
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV

Download Software

First, download the software required for the installation.

  1. Download the Windows XP version of the DiMAGE Scan Dual IV software. (Here’s the home page for the scanner.)
  2. Copy the following content, which I found in this blog post at Fixya, into a text file called sonyscanners.inf
    ; sonyscanners.inf -- Sony (Konica Minolta) Film Drivers
    ;
    ;
    ; Beta driver for Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating
    ; systems for all known Sony film scanners.
    [Version]
    Signature="$CHICAGO$"
    Class=Image
    ClassGUID={6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f}
    Provider=%Provider%
    DriverVer=2/19/2011,3.0
    [Manufacturer]
    %Mfg%=Models,ntamd64
    [Models]
    ; USB and SCSI scanners
    "Minolta Scan Dual II" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_026a
    "Minolta Scan Dual III" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0686&Pid_400d
    "Minolta Scan Dual IV" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_132b&Pid_000a
    "Minolta Scan Elite 5400 2" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_132b&Pid_0012
    "Minolta Scan Elite 5400" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0686&Pid_400e
    "Minolta Scan Elite II" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0686&Pid_4004
    "Minolta SC-110" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_0a15
    "Minolta SC-215" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_0a16
    "Minolta QuickScan 35" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2880___________
    "Minolta Scan Dual" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2882___________
    "Minolta Scan Multi" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2883___________
    "Minolta Scan Speed" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2884___________
    "Minolta Scan Elite" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2885___________
    "Minolta Scan Elite 5400 Firewire" = SBP2Scanner,SBP2\MINOLTA&DS_Elite5400&CmdSetId104d8
    [Models.ntamd64]
    ; USB and SCSI scanners
    "Minolta Scan Dual II" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_026a
    "Minolta Scan Dual III" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0686&Pid_400d
    "Minolta Scan Dual IV" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_132b&Pid_000a
    "Minolta Scan Elite 5400 2" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_132b&Pid_0012
    "Minolta Scan Elite 5400" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0686&Pid_400e
    "Minolta Scan Elite II" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0686&Pid_4004
    "Minolta SC-110" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_0a15
    "Minolta SC-215" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_0638&Pid_0a16
    "Minolta QuickScan 35" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2880___________
    "Minolta Scan Dual" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2882___________
    "Minolta Scan Multi" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2883___________
    "Minolta Scan Speed" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2884___________
    "Minolta Scan Elite" = SCSIScanner,SCSI\ScannerMINOLTA_#2885___________
    "Minolta Scan Elite 5400 Firewire" = SBP2Scanner,SBP2\MINOLTA&DS_Elite5400&CmdSetId104d8
    [USBScanner]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.USBSection
    SubClass=StillImage
    DeviceType=1
    DeviceSubType=1
    Capabilities=0
    [USBScanner.Services]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.USBSection.Services
    [SCSIScanner]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.SCSISection
    SubClass=StillImage
    DeviceType=1
    DeviceSubType=1
    Capabilities=0
    [SCSIScanner.Services]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.SCSISection.Services
    [SBP2Scanner]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.SBP2Section
    SubClass=StillImage
    DeviceType=1
    DeviceSubType=2
    Capabilities=0
    [SBP2Scanner.Services]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.SBP2Section.Services
    [Strings]
    Provider="Sony (Konica Minolta)"
    Mfg="Sony (Konica Minolta)"

Install the Scanner Software

  1. Run DD4103E.exe, which extracts setup files Setup.exe and ADBSetup.exe
  2. Run Setup.exe
  3. Run ADBSetup.exe
  4. Restart your computer

Update the Driver

Updating the driver requires your having to relax the digital signature restrictions on your computer temporarily, then restarting to ensure the restrictions are re-instated.

  1. Holding the shift key, restart your computer
  2. Click/tap Troubleshoot then Advanced options then Startup Settings then Restart
  3. Choose 7) Disable driver signature enforcement by hitting the F7 key
  4. With the computer restarted, context-click (right-click for right-handed users) the sonyscanners.inf file you created at the beginning of this tutorial, then choose Install
  5. Connect the scanner, turn it on, then launch the DiMAGE Scan Dual4 Utility software
  6. Once you’ve verified that the scanner works, restart your computer one more time

Baking an Early 2008 MacBook Pro Logic Board

A friend recently gave me his 2008 MacBook Pro because its logic board died. I discovered online that many people had some success in reviving a dead logic board by baking it in an oven. I tried that. It worked.

Update (1 June 2015)

The laptop has died. I read online that the baking procedure only revives the computer for a few months. In my case, it lasted 2.5 months. It’s not worth all the trouble, so to the e-waste warehouse it goes.

Avoid Lacie’s iamaKey Flash Drive

In February 2012, I purchased a Lacie iamaKey, which carries a 2-year warranty. Seventeen months later, in July of 2013, the drive stopped working—it wouldn’t mount in Mac, Windows, or Linux. Nothing I tried was able to revive it; Lacie replaced it. (I had to provide LaCie with proof of my having destroyed the broken drive before they would replace it.)

A destroyed LaCie iamaKey
A destroyed LaCie iamaKey (July 2013).

Eighteen months later, the replacement died—the drive became write-protected, and the protection could not be removed. The replacement drive only carries a 3-month warranty, so no replacement for the replacement. (The replacement was destroyed because I’m showing my disdain for this company.)

Another destroyed LaCie iamaKey (February 2015).
Another destroyed LaCie iamaKey (February 2015).

So, the original drive failed about a year and a half after I purchased it, and its replacement died exactly a year and a half later. Perhaps a coincidence.

These drives look cool, are convenient to carry, and are designed to be carted around on a keychain with other keys. They are, however, too unreliable. I have a SanDisk Cruzer that is about 8 years old, is encased in plastic, and has taken a beating since 2006. It works perfectly.

Technical Review of a Book on Max/MSP

[The cover of Patrik Lechner’s Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner]
The cover of Patrik Lechner’s Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner.
In the summer of 2014, I was approached by Packt Publishing to review a book about Max/MSP. Since I was in the planning stages of writing my own book, I thought it would be a good learning experience.

Four months later, in November 2014, Packt released the book, Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner. Overall, it was a good—and fast—experience in understanding the back-and-forth of technical reviewing and editing.

Poor UI Design in a Database Admin Page

Another poor UI design. Adding a database using this layout is quite easy: click the icon with the plus (“+”) character over it.

current-design
The current interface for adding a new database at iPage.

Dropping a database, however, isn’t immediately obvious. The icon to do so appears to the right of the “add user” icon, in the right section of the page. It’s likely there because the UI designer(s) didn’t want users to mistakenly delete databases.

OK. Understood. But, why not place the icon along the same row as the add database feature, but along the right margin?

after-mod-design
A suggestion about where the “drop database” feature might better appear.

 

Fix Your Hercules Guitar Stand for About $1

A Hercules Guitar Stand

After years of use, the grip on my Hercules guitar stand broke. (A link—with a picture—to a forum post on the matter by other owners is here.)

The Grip of a Hercules Guitar StandI contacted Hercules about a replacement, and they said they don’t sell parts. They advised me to buy a new stand, of course.

Instead of spending upwards of $30 on a new stand and placing yet one more thing (that’s only 0.001% broken) in a landfill, I did some research.

Using a pitch gauge, I found that an M5—0.8 × 20 mm screw will keep the neck of the stand in place. Home Depot carries the screw, whose SKU is 887480028287, for $1.05. Here’s a link.

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A M5—0.8 × 20 mm screw

The trade-off for using this screw is the forfeited ability to use the stand’s one-handed adjustable feature. (To adjust the height, I will need to unscrew, re-position, and re-screw the stand’s neck.) No matter, I never used the adjustable height feature.