Just Take the Time

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 18 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

This is a good example of where taking your time and doing even a little bit of research can help solve a problem:

I’m was planning on scanning my Calc textbook in to my laptop so I can do problems without having to drag the huge book with me. So I went to library to use the scanner (it’s much faster than mine). I follow the instructions on the sheet…

Wake up scanner from “power save” mode by pressing the “file” button on the front of scanner until the scanner says ready.

…I do that and nothing. So I unplug the scanner and plug it back in and it makes this absolutely horrid clicking sound. Gasp. This is the library.

I unplug it and plug it back in again. Same aweful noise. So I venture over to the HP website (FYI: this is an HP scanner). I click “Support & Troubleshooting” > type in “7400C” > click “Solve a problem”.

First thing on the list “Noises, unexpected sounds.” So I click on that and low and behold, the scanner is in the “locked” position. I guess this is for transport or something. I’ve never seen this feature on a scanner before. But it solved my problem and now I’m all set to go.

So next time you have a problem, take a few steps back and see what can be about it (without calling me first ;-))