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When I scan photos there is a dark section down the middle of them. What can I do to get rid of it?

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Check the scanning area for debris, dirt, or ink smears. You can also check the scanning mirrors in the unit but it would be much less likely for them to be dirty as they are usually protected by glass. Has this unit scanned successfully previously?

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

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I have a big black line down the middle of my scans


If dirt sticks to the scan module, it will be scanned continuously and appear as a line in the output. Clean the glass with Isopropyl Alcohol. Dont use any other solvent.

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All of a sudden I get a dark brown area in my photos. Lens has always worked beautifully. Now every photo i take has a dark brownish goldish stripe across one side or down the middle.


Check it with other camera because it is possible it is not your lenses fault but your cameras. Check the back side of the lense for any fingerprints or marks or ect.

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My Epson Perfection 1650 Photo scanner keeps producing scans that have a 3-4 inch bright panel vertically down the middle. The image is visible, but the outer thirds are quite darker than the middle...


Make sure all the scanning settings are correct first then set everything first before you preview image then hit scan.
make sure the size is correct drag the image on the prview screen make ths dotted lines frame your image then scan
remember you tell the machine what to do by setting it, if you dont the machine trys to do thevscan its self. Good luck, have fun

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6150 scans leave a line down the scanned image


There is probably a speck of dust on the scanning unit. You can unlatch the glass scanner table and, with the unit powered down and the cord unconnected, gently pull the scanning unit out (or you can start a scan and power down the unit when the scanning unit is in the middle of the table). Opening the scanner table will void your warranty!

Examine carefully the glass "window" of the scanner in the area corresponding to the dark line using an angled light and see if you can spot the dust. You can clean the window glass with a lint-free cloth dampened with alcohol. Do not press hard on the scanning unit since the mechanism is quite delicate. Afterwards, carefully replace and latch back the glass table.

If the dark line does not go away, you might have a faulty scanner, but that's unlikely.

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When I scan 4x6 photos there is a line (sometimes green) across the entire photo that used to not be there. Scanning larger 8x11 photos the line does not show or when scanning documents. Help! I'm in...


If line is vertical.

Try scanning a bigger document. Use a blank page big as the scan capacity and scan the blank page.

If for example you are using an a3 scanner, scan a blank A3 page.

When scanning blank page set resolution to an high value, so that you does not lose pixels.

Check scan result, and explore the whole document using zoom to see if the line is still present on the test scan of the blank page.

If there is still the line, then it is either a scanner dirty, probably inside glass, or a dafective sensor on CCD sensor array.

If there is no line, then the problem is usually depending on the software.

In that case uninstall the software and install it again.

If that is not enough to fix the problem, try uninstalling software, doing a system restore to a date before the problem started , and then installing software again.

If the line is horizontal , that is usually a loss of power on the high voltage to lamp.
Try reinstalling software first, if that does not fix the problem , and line is horizontal, then it is fault mentioned above.
Horizontal lines at the end of a document may also be caused by faulty scanner control board, or scanner going out of memory.


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please just you scan the object to resuleasion in and dp is 600 to 12oo select and you scane object and aply print is dark is ok.

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If this happens only when you feed the original through the top feeder and not when you lay it on the glass, then you have a small bit of dirt at the scanning location--since the paper moves, rather than the scanning bar, the section of glass that is involved is very small and one little bit of dirt will make a line down the whole page. You need to lift the automatic document feeder mechanism and clean the glass strip under it--that's where your (unseen) dirt is. (Page 108 of the manual, if you have one.)

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If you make a copy, does the copy have dark areas down the middle of the page? If so, remove the toner cartridge and gently roll it around to redistribute the toner inside, maybe even replace the toner cartridge if you've had it a long while. If you still see unevenness, you may need to have the machine looked at.

If the copies you make on your machine look fine, then I would suspect that the person sending you the fax has a dirty scanning element. Check with them to see if they can clean the scanning element and it should improve the fax quality.

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