[bksvol-discuss] Re: Strange scanning problem

  • From: "Jenny Wood" <mellow.yellow@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 07:03:42 -0600

Hi Gary,

Actually, this thought had occurred to me.  Unfortunately, it appeared to make 
no difference.  

However, after obsessing over this problem for the past few days, yesterday 
being the worst, I believe we finally have it licked.  Before I was about to 
try simply re-installing the Kurzweil software fresh, my husband and I decided 
to try one more simple thing.  We changed the setting for the threshhold from 
static to dynamic inside of Kurzweil.  Well, wouldn't you know it, that seems 
to have solved the problem.  Pages are scanning in beautifully again.  I have 
absolutely no idea why it would make such a difference now after all this time, 
or if perhaps it used to be set to dynamic previously and was somehow 
changed...who knows.  In any case, the problem appears to be resolved for now, 
and I am keeping my fingers crossed that this does the trick.  Thanks again to 
everyone who responded.  I appreciate all of the suggestions and advice.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gary Petraccaro 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 6:30 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Strange scanning problem

  If you start a new file with the later pages in the book, what happens?

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jenny Wood 
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:48 AM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Strange scanning problem

    Hi all,

    This is kind of a long shot, but I thought I would post to the list to find
    out if anyone else has come across a similar problem as the one I have been
    struggling with the past few days.  First of all, I am using windows 2000
    with the Kurzweil 1000 software package, and have a Microtech scanner.  I
    have been working on scanning a novel now for a week or more, and managed to
    get through more than half of the book with very few errors or corrections.
    However, it seems within the past few days, the quality has become extremely
    poor.  I have tried cleaning the scanner bed several times, and had my
    sighted husband verify that there were still no obvious scratches or smudges
    I missed.  The quality of the print in the book itself has also not changed.
    In fact, I tried rescanning a page from the beginning of the book, and still
    came up with very poor quality.  It seems that lots of random text is left
    out completely, while other words are butchered badly.  Rebooting and
    shutting everything down completely doesn't seem to have helped either.  I
    have also unplugged the scanner several times to reset it manually, but no
    change.  I have tried both version 7 and 9 of the Kurzweil packages, and
    both seem to experience the same problem.  Everything will scan beautifully
    for the first one to two-hundred pages, then the quality degrades
    dramatically.  Is there possibly some sort of cache of stored pages Kurzweil
    keeps somewhere that I could try clearing?  I have not yet tried updating
    the drivers for the scanner, but will have a look this weekend to see if
    there is anything more recent available.  The scanner is only about a year
    and-a-half old.  Could a bad USB cable or flakey A.C. adapter cause this
    type of problem?  Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!


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