Microfilm reader equipment and new PC's

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blarman
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Microfilm reader equipment and new PC's

Postby blarman » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:25 am

I'm a brand new tech specialist and was swapping out the PC's at our Stake Center-housed FHC when I noticed that one of the PC's is attached to a Microfilm reader. It looks like the cable is an old-style SCSI interface to a custom riser board. Our new PC's are the all-in-one kind which can't house a similar riser board, so if I switch out this PC, the Microfilm reader essentially becomes a table ornament. For now, I've left that PC alone. The new all-in-one computers have a variety of interfaces on the back: 4 USB, a couple of HDMI, etc., but nothing that would support a SCSI interface. And I'm not finding a cable or drivers that would allow a bridging/conversion scenario.

Can someone tell me what I should do? Is there a new interface for the Microfilm reader I could get to support an HDMI interface for use on the new computers? Should I just leave things alone and wait for the old PC to go belly up?

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Re: Microfilm reader equipment and new PC's

Postby russellhltn » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:38 am

blarman wrote:so if I switch out this PC, the Microfilm reader essentially becomes a table ornament.

Not quite that bad. It's still usable as a reader, just not as a scanner.

I'd suggest calling the FHC support line and get in touch with the folks that handle the equipment. (You'll have to run the gauntlet of service missionaries.) When that happened to me about 5 years ago, they sent out another machine - a conventional desktop that had a slot for the SCSI board. (It didn't quite fit, I had to make do and hope no one jostles the cable.)
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