Unfortunately, my Firewire scanner (8000 ED) is halted every time I connect another Firewire device to my system. There is an error message that the scanner is not powered on and then the application closes. When restarted, the scanner is not found, so the entire system must be rebooted. Needless to say this is extremely annoying, since scans can take 15-60 minutes or more and other Firewire devices (hard drives) cannot be used during that time. The problem seems to be independent of the Firewire controller (Via, NEC, or TI), port, cabling sequence, and/or Firewire bridge. The OS is Win2K. I am out of ideas. Is this just the nature of the beast?