How can I make a scanner camera with a dead flatbed scanner?

I found this link: and it just so happened that my printer/scanner had just died. It still powers on, but the driver software completely refuses to see it. So I figured I'd try to make one.
- I guess one of the circuit boards in my scanner is dead, so I won't be able to use the scanner's electronics to drive the CCD. I did manage to pull it out unharmed though. It connects via a 12-pin ribbon cable, so I figured I'd just drive it via a couple of parallel ports, or maybe a microcontroller if I get bored enough to learn how to use them. I have no idea which pins on the ribbon cable do what though, any idea where I'd go to find this? (The printer is a Dell Photo 944.)
- The person in the link above seems to have a different kind of CCD which is much smaller than mine. Mine is long and thin (and like every other scanner CCD I've seen except that one); I have no idea how I'd get a lens on it. Any thoughts?

I have a working ScanMaker III. I put a lens from a projection TV on the scanner and put a mirror over it to reflect the room. The result was poor, but it worked. You have to try to block light from the scanner bulb. ~Bob~
scgtrp (author)  ShutterBugger8 years ago
Hm. In the original scanner there's a plastic piece with a row of very small holes. I'm thinking this almost reminds me of those pinhole cameras we made in photography class. Maybe that plastic piece could work as a lens? (I'd try it, but I still don't know how I'm going to get the image to a computer.)