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Poor Scanning Quality with Brother DCP-1000

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by toddsmith, May 23, 2008.

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  1. toddsmith

    toddsmith Thread Starter

    Jun 5, 2007
    Ok, I've got an old printer/copier/scanner Brother DCP-1000. I'm trying to learn to use it as a scanner for the first time.

    I used the Windows Scanner and Camera Wizard to scan the document. It saves it as a jpg.

    When I go to print, the resolution looks crappy.

    The max resolution it will let me scan is 600x600 dpi. I dowloaded the new brother file to let me choose a higher res. When I tried to choose 9600, it gave me a warning that some programs may not support higher than 1200 dpi. Fine. I selected 1200 dpi.

    Then when I go to use the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to print, it only allows me to print it at 600 dpi.

    Trying to isolate the problem, I viewed the document jpg image in irfanview. It looks like crap in irfanview before I print it.

    I checked my printer manual, that shows max printing resolution is 600 dpi (irrespective of the fact that I can alledgedly scan at higher resolution).

    Oh yeah, I tried to download Windows XP Service Pack 3... thinking that might be the problem... after about 30 minutes I left the house came back in about 45 minutes... and it was still installing so I aborted that foolishness.

    I'm soooo frustrated. It seems like everyone else in the known world can scan a document. Why is it so hard for me?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance...
  2. PopPicker


    Sep 21, 2004
    First rule of scanning.


    Forget DPI....yes I know that's not what you've been told

    When scanning, if you want to end up with an 8x10 then you MUST set the output for that size, it won't matter what DPI you use, personally I'd use 300.

    Why not use the Brother scanning software?
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