dios mio! Who killed my scanner?!

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  08 August 2002
dios mio! Who killed my scanner?!

ok, mighty joe has done it again. While playing kickball with my scanner i think I bounced it the wrong way and now it won't scan right.

The resulting images show strange looking bands of green and blue. It's very scary, see below.

Here's what I know:
-At a higher resolution scan, the bands become more frequent, but smaller.

-I recently made a switch from win 98, to win 2000. I believe my drivers are up to date.

-The motor/pulling-gears began making a funny grinding noise, so I grabbed my trusty screwdriver and tore into the beast, adding some more grease to the gears and such. The noise is now gone, but the bands remain.

-I'm using a visioneer paperport 5300, connected parrallel, and up till now it's given me no problems (for 3 years) other than a conflict which an hp printer 932c. I made the two of them sort out their differences in sudden death.

A friend also had this problem using a cheap compact scanner, simmilar bands. She was using USB and win 2000 I think.

anyone else had this problem?
is this the result of buying a cheap scanner?
is this software or hardware related?
can it be fixed without a sledghammer?
can it be fixed with a sledgehammer?

Thanks guys, I know someone out there knows something about this. I smell a conspiracy.
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  08 August 2002
ahhhh i found the answer. alwasy make sure you use the ac adapter that came with your scanner. somehow the one for my scanner and for my speakers got mixed up. all is well now. interesting though, i wonder if the other adapter would surge power to the scanner regularly, creating those bands of glichyness... ah well
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