Well an update of what I've done for now and I'll bet there isn't a sole who can help me....
I have gone to the web site of the manufacturer for the 38 reader and procured the newest driver pack for Windows 8 and installed it.
I then installed the 4.3 ResScan, which now won't install at all in Windows 8.1.
So now: no ResScan, no drivers and there isn't enough words in the English language to describe my hatred for Windows.
I wish the guy who wrote Sleepyhead would mod it to read the data cards for the S8 machine.
So now I'm screwed.... Microsoft won't even answer a Support call they are so busy with 8.1 complaints after the release today.
I'm afraid you'll have to reformat to get ResScan to work. The ResScan card reader has a very old version of the ACR-38 firmware, and newer versions of the firmware are not compatible with ResScan. I'm sure that's why the updated driver didn't work for you. I learned this from a thread on another board about modifying a standard ACR-38 to read the S8 data card; success depended on the firmware version.
You may want to try version 3.16 of ResScan. I used it successfully during the summer edition of 2012 with a preview edition of Windows 8.
Windows 8 is an unbelievable mess, and 8.1 isn't much of an improvement. I just put the preview edition out of my misery yesterday. I bought a Mac after trying out an earlier preview edition of Windows 8 in late 2011. I'm dual-booting into Windows 7 to use ResScan.
Another reason why Win8 blows. Sorry for the offtopic, but I'm staying with Win7 until a better OS comes out.
10-19-2013, 11:34 AM
(This post was last modified: 10-19-2013, 11:36 AM by snuffles.)
Thanks for the suggestions....
Well here's the next issue I ran into......
A friend dropped over with his Windows 7 PC so we loaded ResScan on his machine to see what might happen.
First we loaded the ACR38 drivers from the manufacturer and ran the program... "NO DEVICE DETECTED"
Then we removed all the drivers and selected the option from the ResScan program to load the ACR38 drivers. "NO DEVICE DETECTED"
During this last iteration we noticed that as soon as you plug in the ACR38 Windows in all it's magic automatically unloads whatever drivers we have installed and loads its own... thus: "NO DEVICE DETECTED".
So I've tried (now with assistance) Windows 8, 8.1, and 7 and it won't work on any of them.
i've decided that Windows is certainly a social operating system. No matter what you install users are compelled to join hundreds of web sites to chat with others to discover why whatever you have won't work.
I have 2 S8 machines and I'm not going to give them up. They work wonderfully. Unfortunately they use the ACR38 to read data.. that's their only drawback. I don't like the S9.. to big, and I'm forced to use a water reservoir to access a heated hose. (my S8 has the heated hose without reservoir) So I guess I'll just muddle on without the data now....
I'll also muddle on by dumping Windows. The only reason I ever kept it was to run ResScan. Thanks God I've always had Macs.