I’d intended to have a new cartoon up today, but a power outage knocked my scanner out of commission. This has happened before–any disruption of the scanner’s power supply causes whatever captures the image to stop functioning for a seemingly random amount of time, so while it’ll still move up and down the flatbed, it returns a blank image in all my scan software.
I’m already pretty certain it’s a hardware problem, but I don’t have enough money to replace it, and since printer/scanner companies usually provide terrible support documents, I’ve had to settle for just waiting for the scanner to start working again, whenever this happens.
Up to now, leaving it unplugged for a few hours usually does the trick, though I’ve occasionally gotten it back online in a matter of minutes, and sometimes it’s taken days.
It’s an Epson Perfection 1670–pretty old, but unfortunately what I’m stuck with for now. If you have any suggestions about how I might fix this, please comment. Otherwise, it’ll most likely be another day or two until I have a new cartoon online.