Please read the meassages more carefully. I have never said that epson want anyone to pay. Epson refuse to supply the driver under any circumstances.
I clearly said that I know that a driver is available for this scanner because a private company have it for sale. They let you download it and use but the scan is covered with a watermark of a dollar until the software is paid for. The payment is 40 or 80 dollars depending which grade of software you choose.
So, I have tried it and know it works.
My point is that as a driver is available for this machine then epson should also be able to supply one and so it should be prepared to supply it to their clients. It is not rocket science for people like Epson to produce their own version of the driver.
So, my original question relates to the fact that if one company has the driver for sale then probably somewhere on the web someone is offering it for free but, so far I have failed to find it. I asked if anyone knew of a source due to the fact that Epson refuse to supply it.
I also think that you made a mistake with the date that this scanner was produced. It was not available in 1999 when I purchased my first scanner from Epson. I bought this one in 2005.
Please read the messages correctly. Perhaps english is not your first language.