Scanner bulb stays lit

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Franklin, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. Franklin

    Franklin Guest

    I hope you guys can help me. My problem is that after I have made
    a scan the bulb stays on.


    I have an old Epson 1250 scanner. My PC runs XP Pro/SP2. The
    scanner is attached via USB. When the scanner and PC are switched
    on the scanner bulb is off. But after I have made a scan the bulb
    remains on.

    If I unplug the USB cable and re-insert it, the bulb goes off.
    Seems it might be something to do with the driver (????)


    I make the scan using a graphics application (e.g. Photoshop) to
    "aquire" the image by calling the Epson Twain driver (ver 5.71A).
    I exit the application and the Twain window vanishes too. I can
    not see anything in XP's Task Manager suggesting any of this
    software is still loaded and calling the scanner. Is this due to
    an XP "service" not closing down?

    Can anyone advise how to avoid the bulb staying on.
    Franklin, Nov 13, 2005
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  2. Franklin

    turbo Guest

    Is it not part of the quick start operation for the second and further
    scans. When the 'bulb' is light for the first time, then autolevel sensing
    etc has to be carried out- If the bulb remains lit then the second scan goes
    ahead immediately. Is there no off on switch for the power supply available
    for when its not being used for periods of time if that's what you want.
    turbo, Nov 13, 2005
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  3. Franklin

    Steve Guest

    My HP scanner does the same thing. In fact, all of the HP peripherals I've used have
    a propensity to leave programs running whether the device is in use or not. You could
    try shutting down the drivers (by using CNTRL-Alt-Delete or whatever options your OS
    has) to see if that works. Depending on how often you use the scanner you could also
    see about preventing anything from automaticaly loading everytime you turn the
    computer on. That's another thing HP seems to be overly fond of.


    The above can be construed as personal opinion in the absence of a reasonable
    belief that it was intended as a statement of fact.

    If you want a reply to reach me, remove the SPAMTRAP from the address.
    Steve, Nov 13, 2005
  4. Franklin

    Ken Weitzel Guest


    Wonder if by stays on you mean "forever"; or just a few minutes
    waiting to see if you have another job for it coming up.

    My Epson will stay on, but if not used soon will then shut itself
    off. Perhaps 5 minutes or so.

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Nov 13, 2005
  5. Franklin

    Scruff Guest

    There's no bulb saver timer function in the software tools?
    Scruff, Nov 13, 2005
  6. Franklin

    Marvin Guest

    My HP 6200C does the same thing.
    Marvin, Nov 13, 2005
  7. Try going to the "scanners and cameras" page on the Windows Control
    Panel. Double click on the entry for your scanner. Look for a tab
    called "lamp" and select Energy save.

    With my scanner at least, selecting this option will cause the lamp to
    turn off after a few minutes. If you don't see this option anywhere on
    the properties pages, you might try getting the latest software for
    your scanner from HP.
    Leonard Lehew, Nov 14, 2005
  8. Franklin

    Tim Guest

    The bulb goes off after 15 minutes of non-operation (sleep mode), not
    after each scan.
    Tim, Nov 17, 2005
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