The EPSON Perfection 3200 Photo scanner is a lovely machine. It was a beauty in its day. And is still “special” to me beacuse few other machines will scan large format negatives.
The issue with getting it to work, is twofold: Drivers weren’t supported past Vista (I believe) and the latest versions are 32bit only.
I remember, back when i had upgraded to Windows 8.1, i had found a workaround, so i went looking for it again…
turns out the website linked, does not work anymore (or didn’t for me). Luckily, there is such a thing as the Wayback Machine, it still had a cached copy of the the site i was looking for here.
The original workaround was for windows 7 64 bit.
But i had gotten it to work (with an adjustment) on windows 8. So I tried it on windows 10.
the steps are simple.
- Download the 64 bit driver for the EPSON PERFECTION 4990 PHOTO
- Run epson12181.exe
- When it asks where to extract, un-check the box in front of “when done open…” and hit “unzip“.
- Navigate to the folder you extracted the files to (Default C:\EPSON\epson12181_pr49ph_twain_driver_and_epson_scan_utility_304a) right-click on Es4f.inf and choose “open with” – select Notepad.
- For Windows 8 and 10, remove the line “CatalogFile.nt=es4f.cat“
- Find the following lines:
%ES4F.DeviceDesc% = USB.ES4FXP.x64,USB\VID_04B8&PID_012A
%ES4F.DeviceDesc% = 1394.ES4FXP.x64,SBP2\EPSON>-X800_________&CmdSetId104d8
- And add right after them:
%ES4F.DeviceDesc% = USB.ES4FXP.x64,USB\VID_04B8&PID_011C
%ES4F.DeviceDesc% = 1394.ES4FXP.x64,SBP2\EPSON>-9800_________&CmdSetId104d8
- Save and close
- Run the installer setup.exe
- Turn on the scanner. (it will not work yet)
- Reboot with special option “disable driver signature enforcement”
(shift + restart, troubleshoot, advanced options, startup options, restart)
- Go to control panel – view devices and printers locate the scanner and right-click for “properties”.
Note: if you go through the search bar and end up in “Devices and Printers” (B&W menu), it will only allow you to remove the scanner, not install the driver – hence, go in through the control panel.
- Select the “hardware” tab, click “properties“, “change settings” , driver tab, and either “update” or “install driver” – depending on which it offers.
- choose the Es4f.inf file you saved in step 8. – it will tell you “there is no signature ya de yah”. install anyways.
- Try your scanner.
I have not gotten this to work through Photoshop yet, but the Epson Scan Utility will save the file and then you can open it in PS.