Today my scanner arrived, a Packard Bell Diamond 1200 Plus, bought for £7.50 on eBay – bargain!  Unfortunately, despite much searching on the web, I was unable to find a Mac driver for it, which means I can only use it with my PC.  Grr.  Not a huge problem though, after all I do have a PC that doesn’t do anything most of the time, just a little frustrating that it’ll require a few extra steps to scan something – booting up my PC, scanning, then copying across to my Mac for editing and stuff.

The Diamond 1200 Plus turns out to be a rebranded Mustek BearPaw 1200CU Plus, but there don’t seem to be any Mac OS X drivers for that either.  So, a word of advice when buying second-hand peripherals for use with a Mac – check beforehand that the drivers exist!

Categories: Technology


Phill · 17 May 2007 at 4:11 pm

That’s annoying! — still, for £7.50 I don’t think you have too much cause for complaining 😉

Joe B · 19 May 2007 at 10:04 am

I thought things were supposed to just work on a Mac – no need for drivers and downloads etc – that’s the impression the Mac/PC adverts give!

stephen best · 2 September 2007 at 6:56 pm

I bought this (useless) scanner new at PC World.
It ays it is mac compatible and there is a Mac OS installation sheet
… but its for OS9
nowhere but nowehere is there a driver for OS10 that I can find !

It seems the simple answer is not to buy Packard Bell in future as they offer no product support.

Kerry Beaumont · 18 January 2008 at 12:26 pm

You CAN use the Diamond 1200 plus scanner with a Mac running OSX which runs Classic OS and with Color It 3.0. It doesnt work with Color It 4.5 though because that only runs in Mac OSX. » Blog Archive » Comic debate · 21 May 2007 at 10:04 pm

[…] I have been putting a series of comic strips up on the web just recently, making use of the new scanner I bought the other week.  I’ve been collecting material on and off for a while, and I have plans to use some of the […]

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