NDuncan--Thanks, and I was aware that this type of scanner existed. Indeed, I think there's a more sophisticated kind which lets you load up to 30 slides at a time. That being said, anything like this scares the bejeebers out of me. I barely know what a USB port is (and that's only because I've got to get a USB cord to connect my new printer to the computer (also new). Right now I'm overwhelmed trying to learn how to blow a few of the whistles and ring a few of the bells on this new machine, even as I'm than mighty grateful geeks rescued by data from the dead one.
Maybe, at some point, I'll get it done--of course every minute spent doing that (or contributing to this forum) is a minute I don't write