Question about Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 Flatbed Scanner
The drive cord on my canoscan lide 60 has come loose. i have dismantled the scanner but can not figure out how to re-attach the drive cord. does anyone have any suggestions?
Yes, the problem is re-thread the cord onto the pulleys and reattach both ends. Not hard to do but difficult to figure out how to do it.
Heres how. First, make sure the scanner arm is unlocked.
You have to peel off the oval patch on the back edge of the scanner. The is a hole shaped like a "Q" and the tail of the Q is a slot. If a little brass bead sits in the slot, then the cord has not become loose. Now is the time to plug the hole in the Q, with a tapered pencil stub or a short length of wooden chopstick. This will stop the cord from coming loose when you open the scanner.
Then you have to use a penknife to lift off the sides. Start with the oval patches on each font corner. The patches are part of the frame. You have to lift up the plastic strips very gently and then lift out the glass plate.
Be extra careful not to touch the shiny core of the scanner arm because it contains the array of LCD "eyes" that see the image to be scanned. Also, observe the white plastic locks at each end of this arm. They are fragile and come off easily.
If the cord is loose, at the back end, but not at the front end, you must disconnect the front end making sure you keep both little springs on the cord. (On is a compression spring and the other a tension spring.) Now hook the cord into the Q-shaped hole at the back and insert a plug to hole it in place. Gently lift the arm ensuring the white retaining clips at the ends don't get knocked off.
Observe three pulleys, one big one and two little ones close together. The big one is the drive pulley and the two small ones are just guides. The cord comes from the back edge around the first guide pulley and then goes around the drive pulley and back to the second drive pulley.
Now comes the tricky part. After the cord leaves the second guide pully, it does not go directly to the little black plastic hook, the obvious one. Instead, the cord goes straight to the front edge and around the black plate and so that the little hook on the side of the plate that you didn't notice will hold it in place. After you thread the cord under the hook you have to stretch the tension spring to make it reach its own hook.
When you are finished, be kind. This is a superbly elegant piece of engineering. Slide the arm to the front of the scanner and test to see if you can lock it. DO NOT TURN THE SCANNER OVER TO SEE THE LOCK. Reassemble, unlock, remove the plug and replace the little plastic patch. Connect the scanner to your computer and test.
Next time, before you move the scanner, lock the arm!!!
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Posted on May 23, 2009
Drive cable is attached in two places. One at the hinge end of the scanner. The other at the control panel end. The hinge end connection is a simple ball-end that slips into the slot. The control end fixing is more complicated. The wire cable at this end has a spring attached. This is fixed to a plastic fitting which clips into place. Look carefully the plastic fitting. Fit the spring over the small peg and take the cable round the radiused part of the plastic fitting. And refit the plastic clip to the scanner body.
Fiddlly but doable.
The cable often comes loose when someone investigates how to take the scanner to pieces. Underneath they see a round pin with a small rectangle on each side. They press the round pin in slide the piece of plastic in the rectangle and hey presto they'll undone the cable. Oooops!!!!!!!!
Posted on Feb 09, 2009
Hi, I assume by drive cord you mean the threaded wire that the head moves back and forth on? It is threaded through the gears and passes through a small hole at the rear, where it is pulled tight and held in place by a crimp, under a small plastic stick-on. If the cord is still long enough, you should be able to re-thread it and re-attach it at the rear with a crimp lug or similar.
Posted on May 10, 2008
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Guide to installing Canon CanoScan LiDE 35, 50 and 60 on Mac OS X 10.8. Mountain Lion:
FIRST PART: DELETING OLD LiDE DRIVERS AND SOFTWARE
HD:/Library/Image Capture/Twain Data Sources
delete the CanoScan CanoScan XXXX.ds file
(Make note of any other files that may be in this folder. If other files are present, move them to the desktop for now. Then place them back after successfully using the scanner.)
delete the 'CanoScan XXXX' folder
delete the folders containing the name CanoScan, or starting with CNQL.
delete the CanoScan Toolbox Application
delete any items named "CanoScan Toolbox"
SECOND PART: MAKING YOUR SCANNER WORK
CanoScan LiDE 50 and LiDE 35 work both with the 35 driver:
CanoScan LiDE 60 driver:
VueScan 9.2 (or later) x32 for Mac OS X
Alternative to VueScan: CanoScan Toolbox. I prefer VueScan.
Try your luck with Version 4 or Version 5.
CanoScan Toolbox 4: cstbosx4934ej4.dmg
CanoScan Toolbox 5: cstbosx5014ej4.dmg
(Alternatively try and install CanoScan Toolbox 4 or 5)
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