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Communication with scanner

Quite regularly (in one out of three scans), the scanner stops before the scan is finished and a dialogue box comes up that says: 'Could not communicate with scanner etc.' I've installed the latest driver, bought a new device cable that shows (with a little blue light) that the connection is working and it still happens. What can I do to solve the problem?

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You could take it apart and see if you can lubricate the shaft the the scanner sits on with some vasoline. If that doesn't it could be that the stepper motor that controls the scanner is going bad in it.

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