I'm collecting bugs!
This time, my new Tevion scanner, 3200x6400 dpi with transparency adapter included (rebranded Microtek 6000).
Windows was running it ok, but the Scanwizard application required for full control, just died after 2 seconds on the taskbar ... run it, it shows on the taskbar, then it vanishes.
Tried everything, uninstalled the printer, the camera, tried the Microtek 5.991 driver for the 6000 and the 5.92 driver for the Tevion.
Turned out to be some sort of conflict with the driver for the Medion 17" TFT monitor - rolled back to plug and play monitor and all was well.
Which leaves one question - the monitor driver, a problem there, or the Microtek application, just too damn fragile - does it react badly to anything other than a PnP monitor, as until tripping over a solution, I've been seeing a lot of forum and newsgroup trouble reports, and apart from the "mine's ok" that are typical of compatibility issues, no real solutions.
PS. I'm deliberately google-feeding this via forums I know to be well searched, as the "home" forum of English-speaking Medion users is currently non-guest due to capacity issues - http://medion.adslweb.co.uk/