On Wednesday evening I sat down at my PC and tried to scan a document on my Epson Perfection 1670 Photo scanner.
I placed the document on the scanner’s glass, closed the lid and fired up the scanning software (Epson Scan).
I tried again. Again nothing. Every time I tried the scanner appeared to work okay but presented me with the same thing: an A4 sized blank document.
Switching it off and switching it back on again (that favourite of technical support) didn’t fix it. Reinstalling the software didn’t fix it.
Searching Google confirmed what I feared: a hardware error.
I suspect that since you can’t switch off the scanner, short of pulling out the power cable, it eventually burned itself out. Maybe it got zapped during a recent power cut and surge.
I don’t know. All I knew is that my scanner no longer worked.
My new scanner arrived on Friday morning, the Epson Perfection V200 Photo.
This one works, it scans faster, but even better: it has an on/off button. It’s important to switch off your peripherals when you’re not using them.