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  1. #1
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    Scanner Software issues

    I have an Epson Perfection 1660
    it is fine for what I need at the moment and doesn't do a bad job
    of most things. I bought it, many years back now, to scan to file as many of
    my old photos, slides and negatives as I could manage.
    There have been 2 problems - neither I believe are actually the Scanners fault
    They are to do with the Software!

    The orig Epson software/program would fail every few months and basically
    un installing and re-installing woas the only working solution - until....
    Now it won't re-install - it just gets stuck forever part way in.
    A couple of years back I had some dialogue with an Epson hlpdesk engineer -
    but was unable to make any progress

    SO

    I found Vuescan on an internet search
    It was FREE (it was back then!)
    It has been fine - if a little more involved in use and consequently a bit slower.
    A couple of times it has lost contents of it's drop down boxes - the fix, I found,
    was to shut down the PC - disconnect all of the leads from the Scanner then start the pc up and plug everything back in.
    Now my latest problem is the Mode drop down box for type only has Flatbed or Transparency - no Negative film available.
    Had a few more issues trying to rectify this - but
    I wondered
    Has anyone else had similar problems with their scanner and
    Have you managed to find a poermanent solution??
    I am thinking I should download the latest version of Viewscan
    but I am twitchy as I weill be replacing the PC in a few months
    and will I be able to re-download without having to pay again

    I don't like all these fangled things and get tripped up regularly
    so I am becoming like a grumpy old man who can't cope with modern
    things LOL
    Last edited by Geoff Chandler; 02-03-2010 at 09:02 AM.
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
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  2. #2
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    Mine has only those two options. Negatives are a transparency.
    Panasonic FZ20, Kodak DC4800, Canon SD850 for when I don't want to carry a camera
    http://JLVACCARO.4T.COM

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    Mine had several options - probabbly related to the Photo Scanner I
    am using.
    However - it suddenly seems to have lost my negatives option - which is really
    no use to me.
    I tried, again, to re-install Epson -which I dearly wished I hadn't! - cos now the PC is messed up big time and I have an IT person trying to put it all back straight for me.
    I shall try to find a suitable program, then remove the old one before installing the new - but I think I will use either Viewscan - or if I can fund and up to date Epson driver I will use that - I miis some of the orig facilities
    I had!
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  4. #4
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    I did a test by scanning some negatives. Under Mode, select Transparency. Under media, select either B&W or Color negative. It works for me.
    Panasonic FZ20, Kodak DC4800, Canon SD850 for when I don't want to carry a camera
    http://JLVACCARO.4T.COM

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    JLV
    That's what I had been doing - but the B&W or Color negative option
    had dissapeared
    I say HAD
    Long story - cut short - I tried again to install the Epson Twain which got stuck and wouldn't install - then I tried to un install and seized up the PC
    So an IT Guy had to sort it in the end!!
    Then I tried to profile the scanner in Vuescan, and got a huge list of scanners not including mine BUT - the other options returned - but now it's stuck on tiff and no jpg option
    Also I won't see my scanner !!!
    Still working on it!
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

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    Good luck Geoff. I feel you pain and have also suffered similar.

    Can't you just wait for the new machine before you get back into your old film? Do the fix once.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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    DPR - does new machine mean PC or Scanner??
    I am thinking of a new PC sometime when I can get the
    money together, but I didn't have plans to replace the scanner yet.

    Hopefully, when I find some time, I be able to will download a new driver...
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

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    I meant computer since you had allready mentioned replacing that. I just thought why throw time at loading software etc on a machine you're about to make obsolete.

    Provided the scanner isn't a cheapo $100 item then I wouldn't have frivolously suggested replacing it.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

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    Yeah thanks - appreciate what you are saying..
    Well the Scanner is sort of one up from cheap - it was around 150=
    when we got it. It is fine for what I want.
    I do have a plan with the computer - but it will be step by step - so it
    stays for a little longer while I work out the money...(shouldn't be long though!!)
    1st I will get an external Hard drive and copy all important stuff across onto it.
    2nd I will buy the new PC and install everything back onto it - then also copy important files.
    3 Then I will decide what to back up on the ext HD and what to leave only on the PC.
    Not sure if getting a Ext HD will mean I no longer need to make hard backups on CD/DVD or not - I don't know how reliable ext HD's are - but
    I will have some spare IDE Hard drives and I could pop them onto the system via a USB adaptor - so I could save Photos, for example, onto a lard Hard drive as additional backup. ..2 copies ~ plus PC copies should surely be
    reasonable secure!!
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

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    I also put everything on to external HD before messing with my machine then copied back. I like multiple HD copies (1 always offline and DVD's)

    Happy saving
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

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