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HP Scanjet 3970

MS Win XP SP3 Dell Optiplex 755 SFF Has run fine on two previous Dell PCs (GX620 & 745) is SP3 an issue?

failed to create empty document unable to communicate with HP scanning software. All installation process seems normal

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  • web226b4 Jul 26, 2008

    after a few hours of uninstall/install finally got HP photo & imaging to work using WIA-HP Scanjet 3970 1.0 (32-32) as source selection TWAIN selection won't work. Seems to be runjing ok now with v2.2 and all fixes available on HP web. Director still requires alt/space and minimize twice to get it up. Good to have my scanner back.

  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2008

    doesn't matter how many times I install and uninstall and reinstall this scanner, the software and HW is trash. "failed to create empty document" and "unable to communicate" is the only output I have gotten from the 5590...garbage...

    Is there a way to make this expensive paperweight and desktop filler work?

  • driedee Dec 13, 2008

    I have alse the "failed to create empty document"problem with my scanjet 4670 scanner.
    Call the "HP Photo&Imaging"in compatibility mode (W2000) it seem to be better.
    I know the problem has to do with the HP laserjet P2015 printer.



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This might probably help, see the Diagnostic description, Patch etc... to download, havn't tried it yet but maybe its the solution for errors.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

  • Graham Taylor Jun 26, 2013

    This isn't for my product



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