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Scannin process abruptly ended with partially finished photo, grinding noise from FilmDrive; film jammed, failed to rewind. Note appeared on screen: " ADVANTIX ACCESS SOFTWARE UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH FILMDRIVE, etc..... refer to troubleshooting software." I was able to open film access door, removed cassette and pulled-out jammed film.Perhaps film segment remains within. The FilmDrive is inoperative. Incidentally indicator light on front of FilmDrive remains unlit.

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  • eehrlich Sep 24, 2009

    I'm not sure that your advice is really relevant to Kodak Advantix Filmdrive FD 300. It is a fully enclosed unit without easy access to its inner working parts. I have no way of checking gears for lack of lubrication or for them being off center. There is no power button, Operation of the unit is dependent upon software The device normally is activated by film drive software provided by Kodak and is activated by clicking on desktop icon "FD 300 Launcher". Are we working on the same page? Ed Ehrlich

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You plastic gears may have lost there lubrication of lithium grease and could be catching and grinding. Or the gear may be off centered. Hopefully the motor is not failing. You can check and run it with gear off to see if it spins continuously. Check to see that gears aren't jammed. Try unplugging the unit for a few hours, press the power button while unplugged, after that and plug back in to see if the unit reset itself.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 24, 2009

    I recommend updating any software for this machine possible. You will have to download the software update from the manufacture's site and transfer it to your machine.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 27, 2009

    The software/firmware of the unit will have to be updated for this machine to work. You can get an update from manufacture's site, The machine will have to be on and connected for it to work. THere are some videos on youtube and howstuffworks that will describe how to perform the update.

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