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IBM scanner ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SquidSister, Dec 26, 2001.

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  1. SquidSister

    SquidSister Thread Starter

    Dec 11, 2001
    NOT thrilled with my new IBM Idea Scan scanner. All reviews I read are great, but either I am STUPID or the instructions just STINK.

    It keeps asking me to change my port setting from Standard to something else, and it is initialed by EPP? Enhnaced, I think? I have no clue how to do that, and the instructions do not explain. I can scan, seem to take forever, and cannot edit the image at all. Help???

  2. RonK


    Apr 29, 2000
    That is a setting in your motherboard bios.
    Depending on what make your motherboard is you have to press a key (Most are the Delete key) while it just starts to bootup to get into the bios settings.
    If you have the motherboard manual it may show how to change the port setting. I beleive it will be under Integrated Peripherals.
    I usually set it to ECP/EPP.
  3. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    When you first boot your computer the opening screen will say “To enter setup…” with a key to press. On my computer it is the delete key, but it varies with the system. Hold down this key while it boots and you will end up in your BIOS/CMOS setup. They vary significantly, but just grub around until you see a setting for your LPT port – EPP should be a choice. You move around using the arrow, tab, backspace and enter keys – the mouse doesn’t work in most BIOS setups. After you change it select the choice to save changes and exit.

    You might be using too high a DPI setting if it is that slow. If you scan a photo taken with a fixed lens Nikon on a tripod you can get up to 300 DPI. Handheld point and shoot photos will not do that much but I scan at 300 anyway because I have plenty of RAM to handle the large files. You are spinning your wheels to go higher: http://www.scantips.com/basics08.html

    You need an image editor to really edit the image. Your scanner probably came with something like Photoshop Deluxe, NTI PhotoSuite or Picture-It for that purpose. Take a look around www.scantips.com to get an idea how to work the scanner driver.
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