How can I make a scanner camera with a dead flatbed scanner? Answered
I found this link: http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/tech/scanner.html 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?