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Problems scanning slides with Epson Perfection 1660 or 1600 Photo scan

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Post time: 2012-10-10 19:28:28 |Show all posts
I own an Epson Perfection 1660 scanner. I've had it for about a year but have never been able to get the slide scanning to work flawlessly. There is a 4 slide adaptor card which you place on the flatbed, but there were no instructions saying where to place it on the surface and often when I scan the scanner can't detect the slides or if I get it set up well it still only gets 3 out of 4 slides and sometimes cuts bits off the side of the scanned images. Has anyone else had these sort of problems with this scanner ? And can you tell me how to position that flat plastic sheet which has the cut-outs for the 4 slides. I assume it has to be such that the slides are under the overhead lamp, but which orientation should I place it and in which corner ? If you could help with this I'd be very appreciative as its a good scanner otherwise. Thanks, Anthony.
--Epson Perfection 1660 Photo Flatbed Scanner

Post time: 2012-10-11 02:27:28 |Show all posts
It is usually placed in the top right corner of the scanner bed (if you are
looking at the scanner so that the lid end is oriented away from you). I
know that some Epson scanner holders required that you actually flip them
over to change the orientation depending on what you were scanning.  I
believe the 1670 is like that.  Either the card or the underside of the
light lid showed a diagram explaining this.
Doug's "MF Film Holder" for batch scanning "strips" of 120/220 medium format
http://home.earthlink.net/~dou gfisher/holder/mfholderintro.h tml

Post time: 2012-10-11 01:02:09 |Show all posts
The film/slide adaptor has an arrow in white on it that lines up with the arrow on the upper right corner of the scanner. If you line up the arrows on the slide side, the 4 slide holes will be directly under the upper lamp.  If you flip it over, you can put negatives in the same way.
When it's scanning 3 out of 4, it's probably not aligned correctly.  If it's scanning partial images you have the wrong side of the slide facing the bottom lamp, and it's reading text off the slide-holder (the white paper or plastic that surrounds the actual slide) and trying to adjust the size automatically.  The slide should be oriented so that the longest part of the slide runs parallel to the longest part of the bed.  The side with the writing on it should face away from the lamp on the bottom.

Post time: 2012-10-10 23:17:09 |Show all posts
@mountaintek4 :
The solution to your problem is this. Epson state
"Before plugging in the cable, make sure the             scanner is unplugged and disconnected from your computer. "
The top part of the scanner, that is the piece with the light strip, must be plugged in to the scanner only when the power supply is turned off and it must not be connected to computer. when everything is connected to computer you can plug in the power, then connect USB, and voila, you should be able to select film! :)
more info :

Post time: 2012-10-10 21:26:01 |Show all posts
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