Thursday, April 12, 2007

Scanner!

It's way past my bedtime, but I can't stand to leave something unfinished. I had the devil's own time installing the drivers necessary to make my "new" (used) scanner work.

The installer CD that came with the scanner, a CanoScan LiDE 30, claimed to work with Mac OSX native, but it LIED. I found drivers online, but that alone didn't work. I needed to install the Toolbox, as well. So I downloaded and installed the Toolbox. And then when I tried to scan, it told me, "scanner plug-in was not found." The Canon website didn't say anything about the plug-in, and when I clicked on their FAQ, it didn't take me anywhere.

As it happens, the scanner's "driver" is really the plug-in. So I plugged it into the Toolbox, rebooted, and . . . finally . . . am able to scan. Hooray! Life is good!

So here is my first scan, with my new scanner.

Forgive the low image quality. This is a little doodle I sketched with a cheap ball-point pen, no more than an inch wide to start with. This creature is called an amphisbaena, and you may sometimes encounter it in medieval bestiaries.

2 comments:

psychosaif said...

Can u explain what u mean by pluged in the driver into the toolbox?

Anj said...

In the Applications folder CanoScan Toolbox 4.1, there is a subfolder called Plug-Ins. I had to put the driver, a file called ScanGear CS 7.0X, into the Plug-Ins folder, instead of wherever it originally installed itself.

Version numbers may differ for you. I haven't checked online lately to see if there are newer versions, because what I have works.