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Flashing red light & noise

I have a flashing red light and a wild noise when i turn on the scanner, need help asap :)

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  • soup331 Dec 29, 2008

    I have the identical problem Plug it in...the red light flashes and you hear "clack...clack...clack...."

  • nccrow Jan 07, 2009

    Exactly the same here...

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I've just discovered that this means the "transportation lock" is on: at the back of the scanner, put the plastic switch into the 'unlock' position. See this Epson support page for more details.

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