Check installation instructions carefully to locate packing materials in places you might not expect them to be. Thursday, March 8, 2001 Unlock your new scanner Check installation instructions carefully to locate packing materials in places you might not expect them to be.
If you purchase a new flatbed scanner, remember to remove any protective mechanical locks (i.e., taped parts or foam pads) during your installation process. The scanner’s moving parts are usually “locked” before shipping to prevent damage, so you will need to remove those items before using the scanner for the first time. This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised–manufacturers often manage to tuck pieces of styrofoam into the oddest places. Check the installation instructions carefully, since they will usually detail the locations of all packing materials. If you still get clattering and clicking noises from the scanner, then you missed something, and the mechanics are struggling to move. If that happens, power down the scanner and remove the packing materials quickly before the scanner is damaged.
Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.