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Lines through negative scans

I am using an Epson 1680 Professional scanner to scan black/white, 35mm negatives using the negative holder that came with the scanner. The negative holder holds four negative strips. Three of the four strips produce good results but the fourth row scans two lines across each image. I can actually see the lines during the preview.
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    Hi all, i seem to have developed a fault with my epson V50 as it leaves 1 yellow line across the scans of negatives, sometime a blue one also.any idea how to fix it?

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