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March 18, 2010 6:52 AM Subscribe
Something-like-a-fileserver-filter: I have two computers, one with a scanner. Want to scan files with that computer but have them (immediately?) available to the other computer.
posted by sully75 to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm scanning large files (medium and large format negatives) with an old laptop and then processing the files on a more powerful desktop (the scanner software slows the desktop down and annoyingly occupies the desktop (thanks again, Epson!).
Currently I'm doing basic edits to the files in photoshop on the laptop, and then transferring them via thumb drive to the desktop. I'd like to be able to scan them and then have them available to the desktop. Both computers are running XP.
A side issue is that the LCD on the laptop is terrible and is hard to make the visual adjustments on the scan. The LCD on the desktop is great.
A further side issue is that I'm currently broke, and have very little to invest in this project. But all solutions will be considered.
So possible solutions would be, in order of greatness:
1) Somehow controlling the laptop and the scanning software via the desktop (so I don't have to use the LCD on the laptop), and somehow being able to save the files to the desktops hard drives, so I don't have to transfer them.
2) Being able to pull the files off the laptop via wireless? Not sure if this is possible. Could I make the laptop a server? Would this interfere with my other wireless (internet) signal?
3) Pulling the files off the laptop via USB or ethernet between the two computers?
I'm a newb about anything networky past finding a wireless signal. Really appreciate your help with this.