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When I scan a document to my computer it comes with blue background

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It sounds like the bulb maybe at the end of its life. There are some utilities available on HP's website that might allow you to calibrate the scanning software to filter the blue out, otherwise, bulb replacement will be your only option.

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This is usually caused by the white balance being on manual instead of automatic. You can correct it on the scanning applet control panel (varies depending on your driver OS and version), or after acquisition in whatever program you use to manipulate the image.

Also (rarer) it could be caused by a yellowing of the automatic white balance calibration strip which is under the glass, near the scanning head homing position.

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SOURCE: When scanning color document, blue tone is present as background shade

Have long experince with PixEdit program using Kodaks. PixEdit usually comes around it after a firmware upgrade on the scanner. Not sure about this specific model but at least OK on other models of Kodak.

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