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  My scanner was cold and I fixed it ]_]Dec 13, 2018 10:14 PM PST | url
Added 1 new A* page:Had a bit of a scare this evening as my trusty large-format scanner, which has been with me since I started scanning anything for A*—2011, I guess—couldn't scan! The scanner head was getting stuck after moving just a little way along its track.
Well, it's been extra cold in my apartment here since they put in the new front door last Friday—in its current unfinished state, the new, better-fitting door is draftier than the old door (at least once I would get inside and plug up the biggest gaps along the old door with paper towels and stuff : P)—so after being unable to coax the scanner to scan by trying unplugging things, etc, I disconnected it completely, turned the heater up, and held the scanner up in front of the heater, also turning it around, upside down, and so forth, while shaking it gently. Then I hooked it back up, crossed my fingers, and...
It worked! : D So we have a proper page today. ^_^ In fact, to let you in on a dirty little secret, it worked better than the scanner has worked in oh a few years, at least. See, some time back it started getting a little jerky at each end of the scan, and you can see at the left and right page edges—at the upper left of page 35:42, for instance, on the diagonal purple stroke edges—that that resulted in the sides of the scans coming out pixelated!
That's not great if I were ever to try to print this thing, I guess, but a) print is icky, and b) I thought the pixelization was kind of cute. : D But after my little workout with the scanner tonight, the pixelization is, at least temporarily, resolved.
As someone pointed out to me the last time I had a bit of a scare with the scanner, it probably needs to be re-lubricated. While I was turning it over and around in front of the heater I spotted two accessible screws, so maybe that would let me get it open (I also spotted a cobweb inside the scanner =o) to be able to lay some grease down on the rail upon which the scanner head slides. I've ordered some white lithium grease in case it comes to that, but it's kind of a last resort because I could very well break the thing or at least get dust on the inside of the glass or something, and these oversize, cheap old Mustek scanners aren't available anymore—or at least, Mustek no longer has an American distributor and I couldn't find anywhere that would sell me one last I looked. Anyway I'm sure it's good for another seven years or so now. ]_]
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