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Chapter 9. Graphics Gadgetry: Working wi... > Installing a Scanner or Digital Came... - Pg. 100

Graphics Gadgetry: Working with Scanners and Digital Cameras 100 Installing a Scanner or Digital Camera Windows XP offers a number of options for installing scanners and digital cameras. Make sure the device is turned on and connected to your computer and then try the following: · Rely on Plug and Play--Most of today's crop of scanners and cameras are Plug-and-Play com- patible. This means that as soon as you turn on and connect the device to your computer, Windows XP should recognize it and set it up for you automatically. Do you have one or more USB ports on your computer? If so, then if you're looking to buy a new scanner or digital camera, you'll save yourself a lot of grief if you make sure that the device supports USB. The advantages to this are twofold: First, it means that Windows XP will almost certainly recognize and install the device as soon as you plug it in to the computer; second, it will take far less time to transfer images from the device to your computer. · Use the Scanners and Cameras icon--If Windows XP doesn't recognize your scanner or cam- era, it may just need a bit of convincing. To do that, select Start, Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Scanners and Cameras. When the Scanners and Cameras window shows up, click Add an imaging device to get the Scanner and Camera Installation Wizard on the job. Click Next to see a list of scanner and digital camera manufacturers and models. Find your camera or scanner in this list, click Next, and follow the instructions on the screen. · Install the device software--Any scanner or digital camera worth its salt will come with software for setting up the device. If the first two options don't work, try installing the software. Look Out!