Scanner frustration

23 Sep

Yesterday evening I thought I would get down to scanning some paper documents, but my scanner had other ideas.

I had scanned some of my recent postcard purchases (I really must get around to showing you them) without any problems, but things started going wrong when I tried scanning some newspaper prints.

I had gathered together about a dozen A4 pages which I had printed from a variety of local newspapers. I had scanned five or six pages when my printer/copier/scanner froze. The scanner thought it was still scanning, my PC thought it was scanning, but it was doing nothing.

All attempts to cancel the job proved futile and I had to shut down the PC. The printer/copier/scanner refused to shut down until I pulled out the power cable. Half an hour later after several reboots I finally got the printer/copier/scanner and PC talking again, but I had lost all the scans I had already done, because the scanner doesn’t save the documents until you actually close the program down.

I suspect it was a memory issue which caused the problem in the first place, my old PC is low on memory and I don’t think it could cope with the size of the scans I was doing. I realise I could have changed the settings, but I was happy with the quality of the scans I was getting. Instead I chose to close the program after each scan and start afresh. It probably took twice as long, but it worked. Now I am dreading having to do the next batch.

2 Responses to “Scanner frustration”

  1. poisonkitty September 24, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Argh, that must have felt like such a waste of your time. If you have a good camera, why don’t you try taking pictures of them instead?

  2. John Gasson September 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    Interesting idea, I didn’t think of it at the time. I have a very crude home made camera stand for photographing documents which is OK but I really need to work on the lighting side of things.

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