Actually, the machine originally ran on LinoColor for the Macintosh only, until they went with NewColor 7000, which
runs on PCs and Macs. A more modern software, Silverfast, runs on both PC and Mac as well. Silverfast is modern
and much more robust. I own a 3240-2 and have it working perfectly with a Pwr Mac 9600 and LinoColor 5.0.
I hope you have the Topaz II model 3240-3 or the 3240-2 with the “Golden Memory Card”. The Topaz I(3240) only
has 3×6000 CCD elements, otherwise the Model 3240-2, 3240-3 the iX and Robot all have 3×8000 CCD
If you have the 3240-2 your version of LinoColor will have to match up to the firmware version on your
“Golden Memory Card”. If you have the 3240-3, it won’t matter which software you choose. Models after the 3240-2
no longer used memory cards. So the 3240(the first model made) is OK, but about as resellable as a brick,
maybe just for parts. Like the hard to get NEC FL15AD-70 lamps. There are people selling these lamps for as
much as $100 !!! If you have a burnt out lamp, let me know, I’ll share a good trick with you. I prefer not to tell the
lamp scalpers how badly we don’t really need them. If you get initialization errors, let me know too.
LinoColor is 8-bit software(Mac) ver4, 4.x…6.x CHEAP ($200-$300)
NewColor is 16-bit software(Mac+PC) ver. 7000 (NOT 5000) (hard to get, about $1500)
Silverfast is 16-bit software(Mac+PC) 6.x (about $2500)
Yes, its a Dinosaur, but it is built like a tank and gives me the best scans ever, short of a drum scan. That’s right,
I think the only thing that scans better than this league of flatbed, would be a drum scanner. I think its comparable
to other high-en flatbed scanners, but like I said earlier, drum scans are the best.
About Silverfast, you should try and use one of their proven Firewire to SCSI adaptors, if you want to avoid
headaches. I’m a photographer and a computer/telecom consultant, so I was able to get the machine up
scratch. Save yourself money and frustration, get what you can afford and get it right or you will end up with
what you think is an antique boat anchor that nobody would wants to pay freight on. 330 pounds!!!
Forget about a downloading some kind of driver for the scanner, there only exists initialization software(s) as listed