Category Archives: Troubleshooting

Using a hair dryer to completely fix a printer problem

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 and Magic Bullet Solution
I have an Epson Stylus Photo printer that I obtained in exchange for a consulting job that I completed years ago for a professional photographer. The printer is a Stylus Photo 2200 that was manufactured and sold at a time when LPT ports were installed as standard equipment on Windows PCs and Mac OS 9 was still being run on Apple desktop computers. Despite its age, this Epson printer is usable under the latest version of Mac OS X. Virtually problem-free during my period of ownership, I recently started to notice repeatable smudges and patterns of black ink on all my printouts that I couldn’t fix by changing cartridges and cleaning the print heads using the Printer Utility tool in System Preferences. Searching online for a solution, I ordered a pack of Inkjet Cleaning Sheets (S041150) from the Epson Store, but later found out when I opened the package that they were incompatible with the Stylus Photo series of printers. A follow-up search led me to order a couple of bottles of the Magic Bullet Printhead Cleaning Kit from Marrutt USA, whose parent firm is located in the UK.

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February 28, 2017 · 22:03

Digitizing documents using an obsolete Canon scanner and VueScan 9

Canon LiDE 80 and VueScan 9
As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have a Canon LiDE 80 scanner that I bought in 2004 that still works when run under Windows XP but is unsupported on the most recent releases of Mac OS X. An annoying aspect about using the Canon scanner under Windows XP is that I will invariably encounter a ScanGear release lock error message that can take several minutes or more to resolve. The alternative to using the native Canon driver under Windows XP is to buy and install the VueScan application from Hamrick Software that can run under OS X, including Sierra 10.12. As a test, I tried a number of different scanning operations using VueScan 9 that produced satisfactory results in some cases, but not in others.

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February 14, 2017 · 21:33

Unable to save TextEdit files

You don't have permission
I use TextEdit rather than Microsoft Word or another program to create drafts of text and email documents and have noticed that under Sierra 10.12 (and perhaps in Yosemite 10.11) that I would periodically be greeted with a popup window that informed me that I didn’t have permission to save the text file that I was working on. It seemed very peculiar that I would be blocked by a file permissions issue, since I was logged into my Mac using my administrator account.

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Updating WordPress theme fixed Add Media and Cloudinary buttons

SmallBiz ThemeOn one of my WordPress websites, I use a commercial theme called SmallBiz Dynamic (Full Width) developed by Expand2Web. After I updated my site to WordPress 4.7, I temporarily lost the ability to insert images onto a WordPress blog post. The Add Media, Add Poll, and Cloudinary (a third-party plugin) buttons stopped working after the site upgrade.

Wordpress Add Media Toolbar

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December 24, 2016 · 13:45

Why doesn’t my Windows virtual machine recognize my USB mic?

Reader says, I want to use a USB mic on the Windows side of my MacBook Pro using Parallels. I’ve installed Audacity, and this Windows program doesn’t recognize the USB mic and record my voice. Can you help?

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Filed under Audio, Third Party Hardware, Third Party Software, Troubleshooting, Windows on a Mac

Completing Skype calls from the US to the UK

If you are Skype user in the United States who has contacts in the United Kingdom, you may run into a situation like I did recently where you repeatedly receive a pre-recorded message that your call cannot be completed at this time. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix for this persistent and aggravating error message.

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October 12, 2016 · 12:45

Another fix to the ScanGear CS release lock switch error

Release lock switch error

Imagine that you resolved a computer problem a couple of years ago and your equipment was working fine until, very recently, you discovered the same issue had resurfaced. Moreover, you apply the same steps that worked previously and, to your dismay, learn that they don’t fix the problem. Such was the case with my 12-year-old CanoLiDE 80 scanner that I’d been successfully using to digitize photos and documents on a Windows XP virtual machine.

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August 18, 2016 · 13:07