I understand your frustration..
Really, it sounds to me like you have some sort of mechanical problem in the scanner,
Try this just in case:
download the latest drivers from Microtek, and UNZIP all the files into a folder, such as C:\MT,
R CLICK, Properties on My Computer, select the hardware tab, click device manager, r click on the scanner, select update driver,
Select no, not this time, next, select install from specific location, next, select search for the best drivers in these locations, uncheck (Search removable Media), Check (Include this location in the search) click browse, and point to the folder where you unzipped the files , click next windows should find and load the drivers if they are XP compatible.
If this does not fix the problem I can loan you the Armys BFH to repair the scanner with.
Edited by oldf@rt, 28 January 2007 - 05:46 PM.