VC&G's Retro Scanner Breaks

October 23rd, 2012 by Benj Edwards

The Retro Scan Scanner - an Epson Perfection 2480 PhotoAs a small administrative note, I'd like to mention that the scanner I've used for our Retro Scan of the Week column since its inception in 2006 crapped out on October 15th, 2012.

It up and died. The scanning head got stuck a few times, then the scans started returning blank white images. It's the digital equivalent to coughing up blood.

I've used the scanner, an Epson Perfection 2480 Photo, to scan thousands upon thousands of images, so it's amazing it has lasted this long. It would be amusing to see how many miles the scanning mechanism has traveled since I first received the scanner as a gift from my dad in 2004 or 2005.

I might be able to fix the unit, but I thought of a better solution. My father happened to have the exact same scanner model, which he hasn't used in many years. I picked it up on Sunday, dropped it in place of the old scanner, and it's like nothing has changed. So Retro Scan of the Week is saved.

Of course, new flatbed scanners cost about $50 these days, so it may be time for an upgrade. I'll think about it, but for now, the Epson Perfection 2480 Photo rides again!



3 Responses to “VC&G's Retro Scanner Breaks”

  1. s1500 Says:

    I still have my Mustek A3 scanner I liberated from an old job. The drivers are finnicky, but it can scan an album cover in 2 passes. Love it!

  2. Geoff V. Says:

    Le Scanographe est mort, vive le Scanographe!

  3. Kelsey Says:

    I love your retro scans of the week, so for the first half of the article I had a mild panic attack. I am so glad though all is still well, and we will be able to continue to enjoy your posts.

    Keep up the great work, I'm a big fan!

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