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Scanner won't initialise properly

Hi, when I plug my scanner into the USB port the head moves to the start position, it looks like it's doing some sort of calibration or something and then it slowly scans the whole bed (white flickering light) and it tries to go further than it can such that the motor/belt then starts clicking. I seem to have no control over this from my PC as the driver looks like it is waiting for the scanner to report that it is ready. I updated the driver to 7.0.3.1 to no effect.

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  • Simplastic Apr 11, 2008

    Hi, there is no rust on the roller rod - it looks as clean as a whistle. However, I can't seem to work out how to open the scanner anyhow. It appears that it is glued together down the sides of the glass. Still no solution found.

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    Exaclty the same problem under Vista home premium. No, it is not rust on the drive shaft or roller.

  • Simplastic May 11, 2008

    Hi, thank for the advice. My scanner WAS plugged directly into the
    computer, one of the front USB ports on my PC case. I tried to plug it
    into one of the other ports on the back of the case and it came up as
    installing new hardware, but ... hey presto - it worked! Why? Who
    knows - stupid windows!

  • Anonymous Sep 16, 2008

    Please note, the problem is not with Windows, it's the Canon device's inability to work thru a USB hub.

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This happened to me with the LiDE30, and I found that this will happen if the scanner is plugged into a usb hub that sits between the scanner and the computer. Try plugging directly into the computer and see if that helps.

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There is rust on the roller rod please open it and oil the rod and wipe it with clean cotton.
Thaks.

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