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LS2208 I have a symbol ls2208 scanner for bar codes. I am having trouble getting it to work. I plug it in to the USB hub and it beeps but then I am unable to scan with it or find it on the computer Can someone help with any suggestions?

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  • wkraper Oct 27, 2008

    Install ls2208 USB. Worked for 2 days then stopped emitting light. Computer continues to recognize, Device Manager is happy. Laser is very, very dim.

  • BIAF Dec 19, 2008

    I have EXACTLY the same problem. Out of the box it worked great. Hooked up to USB and went to work. About 3 days later, the light is very very dim and will not scan. Unit is BRAND NEW!!

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    same thing

    what to do?

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    Whats up with this device, I have the same problem and haven't used it for no longer than a week.

  • acClark Apr 08, 2009

    Same problem. Purchased 10 from TigerDirect, sent 4 back. Purchased 2 from PCMall, 1 going back soon. These are brand new!!!!!!

  • timeprocess May 21, 2009


  • Dogfaceboy Sep 01, 2009

    LS2208 is not communicating or evident as available once "set up" of the scanner has occured. The scanner "appears" to accept the scan but will not display that in word pad or excel

    What to do to get this fixed?


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Symbol has confirmed that there was a batch of scanners sent out with defective lasers. Call them at 800-653-5350 for a replacement. Have the scanner handy to give them the serial number. They were very helpful.

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I'm guessing you are using the USB version and the power that comes from the comuter via the USB cable.

It is quite likely that the problem you are having is due to power sag. .500ma is the limit from P.C. s

Do you have a 15 foot cord on there? If so try a 6 foot cord. Sagging still occurs with a 6 foot cable ...but only half as much. If the problem goes away you are on the right track.

I have a cable (I should say Motorola has a cable) with a separate power supply that should fix the problem.

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