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Unable to write to file

I am trying to scan a picture and save it to my pictures folder but the a warning pops up saying, "epson jpeg plug-in (Title) Unable to write to file. (Warning) I can't figure it out it has worked in the past???

Exactly the same symptoms but I'm using epson 3590 scanner.
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I have the same problem ever since downloading MS auto updates.Would be great to get the answer

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I wish to scan pictures on my canon 6400f, but the cd that came with it didn't contain a manual. I want to scan pictures but come up against a wall when asked for the file to save to.

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When asked for a file to save it to this means you probably have to name the file you want the picture saved as and nominate a folder of place where you need to save it, ie your photos folder or make a new folder and save it to there.

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Re: Canon 8600f scanner. How do I get this to file in jpg rather than pdf? How do I control scanned picture size? I get a full page (8.5" x 11.0") with a real size scan on top. Peter

My cannon 8600F was ori=ginally connected to my old laptop & I could scan any document and save as a jpeg file. This was with Windows XP Prof.

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If you are using a computer with a Windows Operating System (XP, Vista, etc., ) I can help. Just follow these directions: (From beginning to end)

1) Make sure that the power to your scanner is On but do not plug your scanner into your computer until instructed to do so by the software.

2) Place the CD that came with your scanner into the CD drive of your computer. Install the software for your scanner and plug your scanner into your computer.

3) Re-boot your computer.

4) After re-boot, place a document you want to scan under the lid of your scanner.

5) Go to:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint (and click on the Paint program.)

6) When Paint opens, go to the upper toolbar in the program and click on, 'File' then scroll down and click on, 'From Scanner or Camera.'
(a window will open)

7) Click on the icon for your scanner and then click, 'OK".
(a window will open)

8) Choose the type of document you wish to scan and click, 'Scan".

9) Note: Some scanners take a moment to 'warm up' before scanning. If your scan doesn't begin immediately, just be patient.)

10) Your document will be scanned and automatically imported into the Paint program.

11) When you can see the scanned document in Paint, (again) go to the upper toolbar and select, 'File' > scroll down and select, 'Save As' > (your Pictures Folder will open) > type in a name for your document > and click, 'Save'.

12) You can now exit the Paint program and go to your Pictures folder. There, click on your scanned document to view it.

If you found this information helpful, please give me a big thumbs-up when you rate my answer. Thanks!!

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After the Espon V100 scans the photo it says: Unable to write the file. Help! :)

Open Epson Scan and select Professional Mode. Open the File save settings and change the Prefix. Once changed you should be able to continue scanning.

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Scanned my document but can't find it on the computer!

When you open your scan program, click on the settings option and you can find the documents location in there.(try saving and it will open the location in a panel, arrow back to find the root and path of the file)

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How do I change the type of file my scanner saves a document in?

No .Type reconiznition software is very complicated and expensive. All a scanner does is divide the sceen into millions of dots and copies those dots in Picture(JPEG) format. It's software know nothing except to copy what is there. 

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2. If prompted, select your scanner from the list of models and click OK.
3. In the FILE SAVE SETTINGS window, you can designate the location, name and type of file the scans will be saved as.

-LOCATION defaults to HD/USERS/(YOUR USER NAME)/PICTURES. Click CHOOSE if you wish to change this.
-PREFIX determines how the scan will be named. Type any name you like. You can also designate a start number.
-FILE TYPE dictates what format the scans will be saved in. ie. .JPG, .TIFF, .PDF, or .PICT)
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PICTURES will be "IMG001.JPG"
4. Click OK once settings are changed as desired.
5. The EPSON SCAN window will open and begin scanning in FULL AUTO MODE. In FULL AUTO MODE the software makes all the decisions for you (as to what is being scanned, where it is on the flatbed, etc). This is the easiest way to scan.
6. If you want full control over the scanning process click PAUSE and change FULL AUTO MODE to HOME MODE or PROFESSIONAL MODE. In the latter two modes you can change your scan settings as desired. Click SCAN after you have selected your settings. Click CLOSE once the EPSON SCAN is finished scanning.
7. When scanning is complete, your images will be saved in the location specified on FILE SAVE SETTINGS, with the prefix and in the format you set.

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I had the same problem and fixed mine without re installation. Even though the error does not indicate it very well, the application could not write to the destination. The EPSON Scan application has a destination in two places. One under configuration, in my case, correct. However, a more buried location, next to the Scan button, press the arrow to edit more settings. There, you will find another destination, in my case, incorrect ( a folder that did not exist). Change the setting to a folder that does exist, it should work. Check out my fix here, detailed with pictures. Thank you. Hope this helps someone.

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Setting the format of the picture i scan

Ok I am not sure why ya scanner won't save in JPEG .. however converting the files to JPEG is relitively "Simple". After saving the Scanned picture.. Open it up in say MS Paint, Painshop etc, then simply choose "Save As.." from the File Menu, and save it as a NEW image file this time with a JPEG extension. IE: origional... picture.png or picture.bmp ... save as ...picture.jpg .. ya should be good to go. :)

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