Common error messages while scanning

  1. Change Data Transfer Method under Scanner Options from Memory Mode to Native Mode. Memory mode uses the same data transfer method as previous versions of Acrobat and scans directly to the computers memory. Native mode scans directly to file and is considered to be more compatible with a wider variety of scanners.

  2. Change User Interface under Scanner Options from Hide Scanner's Native Interface to Show Scanner's Native Interface. Show Scanner's Native Interface uses the same scanning method previous versions of Acrobat. It lets the scanner's driver operate the scanner. Hide Scanner's Native Interface attempts to use the twain driver directly. It can eliminate error messages, especially when you are scanning multiple pieces of paper. If none of these solutions work, then it's sometimes necessary to use a workaround. See solution 8 under General troubleshooting tasks, or contact your scanner manufacturer for an updated driver.

General troubleshooting tasks

Perform the following tasks to determine if issues with the scanner, certain system settings, or driver issues cause the problem.

1. Verify that the scanner works by scanning in another application.

Verify that the scanner works properly by scanning into another application (for example, Microsoft Word) using the same settings that failed with Acrobat.

Note: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements don't always provide good results to test against. Scanner manufacturers develop software specifically for these products to reduce the likelihood of problems.

If the problems recur when you scan into another application, then contact the scanner manufacturer.

2. Scan using Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) instead of TWAIN (Windows XP only).

Acrobat supports Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) drivers. If your scanner supports both drivers, then select the WIA driver from the Device menu in the Create PDF From Scanner dialog box. Scan the document.

3. Install the latest scanner driver.

If a TWAIN file is missing or damaged, then Acrobat returns an error message when you try to scan using the TWAIN interface. Reinstalling the scanner driver replaces the TWAIN file.

Contact the scanner manufacturer to obtain the latest driver. To reinstall the driver, delete all files and folders that begin with Twain (for example, "Twain_32.dll") in the Windows or Winnt folder. Then, restart Windows, and then install the latest scanner driver according to the manufacturer's instructions.

4. Restart your computer with startup items disabled.

Some applications can cause system errors or freezes when running concurrently with Adobe Acrobat. Before starting Acrobat, disable other applications, including startup items (items that start automatically with Windows).

To disable startup items in Windows XP, do the following:

  1. Quit all applications.
  2. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box and then click OK.

  3. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Disable All.
  4. Click OK, and then restart Windows.

To reenable the startup items, do the following:

  1. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.

  2. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Enable All.
  3. Click OK, and then restart Windows.

5. Rescan the image using a different color mode.

Scanning into Acrobat in some color modes can cause problems when using certain scanners. For instructions on scanning into Acrobat using a different color mode, see the documentation included with the scanner.

6. Specify the image size in the preview panel of the scanner software.

If the scanned image is clipped or has the wrong dimensions, then specify the image size in the preview panel for the scanner software. For instructions on specifying the image size, see the documentation included with the scanner.

7. Log in with a new account.

If you've successfully scanned into Acrobat before, then your user account could be corrupted, causing problems when you scan. Create a user account with administrative privileges, and then log in to Windows using the new account.

8. Scan the image into another application as a TIFFfile, and then convert the TIFF file to a PDF file.

To convert a TIFF file to PDF, do one of the following:

  • Drag the TIFF file onto the Acrobat icon.
  • In Acrobat, choose File > Create PDF > From File, select the TIFF file, and then click Open.
  • In the scanner software, print the TIFF file to the Adobe PDF Printer.

Correcting page size when scanning

Some scanners don't report "supported sizes" to Acrobat when Hide Scanner's Native Interface is selected in Scanner Options inside Acrobat 8. Switch the User Interface option to Show Scanner's Native Interface and select the page size from scanner application.

Negative image while scanning

If the image comes out negative (example, white paper becomes black), then select Invert Black and White Images in the Scanner Options. Attempt to make the PDF again.

Error: Scanner not recognized

To fix the problem, try the steps below in the order. After each step, check whether the problem is resolved; if not, follow the next step. 

  1. Check if the device is connected physically.

    1. Check for the cables for e.g., USB cable, LAN cable etc. used to connect the scanner. Disconnect and reconnect the cables to make sure the connections are proper.
    2. Make sure the scanner is switched on and is not showing any error message on its display (if any). In case of any error or if the scanner is stuck at some operation, restart the scanner.
  2. Windows can have both TWAIN and WIA drivers installed. Similarly, Macintosh can have both TWAIN and ICA drivers. Try to scan with any other scanner driver alternative (ICA, WIA or TWAIN) in case one doesn’t work.

    On Windows: Select any of TWAIN and WIA drivers on the scanner selection screen in Acrobat as shown in the screenshot below.

    Scanner drivers on Windows

    On Mac: Select any of TWAIN and ICA drivers on the scanner selection screen in Acrobat as shown in the screenshot below.

    Scanner drivers on Mac
  3. Verify if the scanner works with any other application:

    1. There are some built-in and third-party applications are available for Windows and Macintosh with which you can try to use the scanner:
      1. For Windows, there is a software called TWACKER, a free TWAIN scanner driver test utility. It is available for free. Just download and install it to see if your scanner is working or not.
      2. For OS X, there is a pre-installed Image Capture Application utility which can be used to check if the scanner is working or not.
    2. Alternatively, If you have any other application installed which uses scan functionality then you may use the same to test that scanner is working as expected with that application.

    If the scanner doesn’t work with any application, then this confirms the fact that that scanner is not functioning properly and you may contact the scanner manufacturer for the issue.

  4. Re-launch Acrobat.

  5. Restart system with start-up items disabled:

    Some applications can cause system errors or freezes when running concurrently with Adobe Acrobat. Before starting Acrobat, disable other applications, including startup items (items that start automatically with Windows).

    To disable startup items in Windows, do the following:

    1. Quit all applications.
    2. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
    3. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Disable All.
    4. Click OK, and then restart Windows.

    To re-enable the startup items, do the following:

    1. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Enable All.
    3. Click OK, and then restart Windows.
  6. Install latest scanner drivers, and then restart the system:

    1. If a TWAIN file is missing or damaged, then Acrobat returns an error message when you try to scan using the TWAIN interface.  Reinstalling the scanner driver replaces the TWAIN file.
    2. To reinstall the driver, delete all files and folders that begin with Twain (for example, "Twain_32.dll") in the Windows or Winnt folder. Then, restart Windows, and then install the latest scanner driver as per the manufacturer's instructions or steps mentioned here.

Error: Scanner driver not found or invalid

To fix the problem, try the steps below in the order. After each step, check whether the problem is resolved; if not, follow the next step.

  1. Install latest scanner drivers, and then restart the system:

    1. If a TWAIN file is missing or damaged, then Acrobat returns an error message when you try to scan using the TWAIN interface.  Reinstalling the scanner driver replaces the TWAIN file.
    2. To reinstall the driver, delete all files and folders that begin with Twain (for example, "Twain_32.dll") in the Windows or Winnt folder. Then, restart Windows, and then install the latest scanner driver as per the manufacturer's instructions or steps mentioned here.
  2. Check if the device is connected physically:

    1. Check for the cables for e.g., USB cable, LAN cable etc. used to connect the scanner. Disconnect and reconnect the cables to make sure the connections are proper.
    2. Make sure the scanner is switched on and is not showing any error message on its display (if any). In case of any error or if the scanner is stuck at some operation, restart the scanner.
  3. Windows can have both TWAIN and WIA drivers installed. Similarly, Macintosh can have both TWAIN and ICA drivers. Try to scan with any other scanner driver alternative (ICA, WIA or TWAIN) in case one doesn’t work.

    On Windows: Select any of TWAIN and WIA drivers on the scanner selection screen in Acrobat as shown in the screenshot below.

    Scanner drivers on Windows

    On Mac: Select any of TWAIN and ICA drivers on the scanner selection screen in Acrobat as shown in the screenshot below.

    Scanner drivers on Mac
  4. Verify if the scanner works with any other application:

    1. There are some built-in and third-party applications are available for Windows and Macintosh with which you can try to use the scanner:
      1. For Windows, there is a software called TWACKER, a free TWAIN scanner driver test utility. It is available for free. Just download and install it to see if your scanner is working or not.
      2. For OS X, there is a pre-installed Image Capture Application utility which can be used to check if the scanner is working or not.
    2. Alternatively, If you have any other application installed which uses scan functionality then you may use the same to test that scanner is working as expected with that application.

    If the scanner doesn’t work with any application, then this confirms the fact that that scanner is not functioning properly and you may contact the scanner manufacturer for the issue.

  5. Re-launch Acrobat.

  6. Restart system with start-up items disabled:

    Some applications can cause system errors or freezes when running concurrently with Adobe Acrobat. Before starting Acrobat, disable other applications, including startup items (items that start automatically with Windows).

    To disable startup items in Windows, do the following:

    1. Quit all applications.
    2. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
    3. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Disable All.
    4. Click OK, and then restart Windows.

    To re-enable the startup items, do the following:

    1. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Enable All.
    3. Click OK, and then restart Windows.

Error: Could not connect to the scanner

To fix the problem, try the steps below in the order. After each step, check whether the problem is resolved; if not, follow the next step.

  1. Check if the device is connected physically:

    1. Check for the cables for e.g., USB cable, LAN cable etc. used to connect the scanner. Disconnect and reconnect the cables to make sure the connections are proper.
    2. Make sure the scanner is switched on and is not showing any error message on its display (if any). In case of any error or if the scanner is stuck at some operation, restart the scanner.
  2. Windows can have both TWAIN and WIA drivers installed. Similarly, Macintosh can have both TWAIN and ICA drivers. Try to scan with any other scanner driver alternative (ICA, WIA or TWAIN) in case one doesn’t work.

    On Windows: Select any of TWAIN and WIA drivers on the scanner selection screen in Acrobat as shown in the screenshot below.

    Scanner drivers on Windows

    On Mac: Select any of TWAIN and ICA drivers on the scanner selection screen in Acrobat as shown in the screenshot below.

    Scanner drivers on Mac
  3. Verify if the scanner works with any other application:

    1. There are some built-in and third-party applications are available for Windows and Macintosh with which you can try to use the scanner:
      1. For Windows, there is a software called TWACKER, a free TWAIN scanner driver test utility. It is available for free. Just download and install it to see if your scanner is working or not.
      2. For OS X, there is a pre-installed Image Capture Application utility which can be used to check if the scanner is working or not.
    2. Alternatively, If you have any other application installed which uses scan functionality then you may use the same to test that scanner is working as expected with that application.

    If the scanner doesn’t work with any application, then this confirms the fact that that scanner is not functioning properly and you may contact the scanner manufacturer for the issue.

  4. Re-launch Acrobat.

  5. Restart system with start-up items disabled:

    Some applications can cause system errors or freezes when running concurrently with Adobe Acrobat. Before starting Acrobat, disable other applications, including startup items (items that start automatically with Windows).

    To disable startup items in Windows, do the following:

    1. Quit all applications.
    2. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
    3. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Disable All.
    4. Click OK, and then restart Windows.

    To re-enable the startup items, do the following:

    1. Choose Start > Run. Type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab, and then select Enable All.
    3. Click OK, and then restart Windows.
  6. Install latest scanner drivers, and then restart the system:

    1. If a TWAIN file is missing or damaged, then Acrobat returns an error message when you try to scan using the TWAIN interface.  Reinstalling the scanner driver replaces the TWAIN file.
    2. To reinstall the driver, delete all files and folders that begin with Twain (for example, "Twain_32.dll") in the Windows or Winnt folder. Then, restart Windows, and then install the latest scanner driver as per the manufacturer's instructions or steps mentioned here.

 

 

General information about scanners and drivers

What is a scanner driver software?

Scanner drivers are software programs that tell computers how to run and communicate with a scanner. Installing scanner drivers is an essential step in setting up a working scanner.

What types of scanner drivers available on Windows and Mac?

  1. TWAIN is the standard interface between software programs and image-capturing devices such as scanners and digital cameras. Nearly all scanner software contains a TWAIN driver typically comes with an advanced GUI using which users can configure all advanced scanner settings.
  2. Native Drivers: A platform specific (Windows or OS X) driver which performs the basic scanning functionalities. Native drivers are either automatically downloaded on the system or the user must download and install them manually from scanner manufacturer’s website.
    1. WIA: Windows Image Acquisition is a proprietary Microsoft driver model and application programming interface (API) for Microsoft Windows Me and later Windows operating systems that enables graphics software to communicate with imaging hardware such as scanners.
    2. ICA: Image Capture Application (a default Macintosh scanning utility software) driver which can perform basic scanning operations.

Note: In some cases, the scanners may not have both the TWAIN and Native scanner drivers. In those scenarios, all the scanner operations can be accessed by the available driver.

How to find and install the drivers?

Auto-install the drivers. Click here to see the steps.

ICA driver: The latest ICA Scanner Driver for this product is available only via Apple's Software Update. Here's how to get it:

  1. Do one of the following:
    1. If you're using a USB or Ethernet* connection, connect the printer/scanner to your Mac and make sure it is powered on. 
    2. If you're using a wireless connection and your printer is already connected to your router, make sure it is powered on. 
    3. If you're using a wireless connection and your printer is not connected to your router, you'll need to connect your printer to your router. Use your product's control panel to establish the Wi-Fi connection.  
      (*Not all products have an Ethernet port.)
  2. Select the Apple menu and then select Software Update
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the available updates.

WIA Driver: Users of Windows 2000 and Windows XP must first log in as Administrator to install programs.

  1. Attach the supplied USB cable to the computer’s USB port and the camera’s Digital Terminal. Prepare the camera for communication with the computer.
  2. After a moment, the computer will automatically install the TWAIN Driver or WIA Driver or the user may be presented with an installation wizard.
  3. If you are prompted to restart the computer, restart the computer as per the onscreen messages.

Install using the software package provided by the manufacturer. Click here to see the steps.

  1. Device manufacturers usually provide the device driver software’s in a separate CD/DVD. Insert them in the CD/DVD drive in your system and install the provided drivers. Restart the system. (Optional).
  2. If a CD is not provided, then visit the manufacturer’s website provided in the documents shared with the device at the time of purchase.

Search the web for the driver, download it, and then install it. Click here to see the steps.

  1. If in case, no website information is available then make a search on the web for the Device model name and driver for e.g., <Scanner company> <Model Name> scanner driver. Select any of the links which direct to the manufacturer’s website.
  2. On the website look for keywords like “Downloads”, “Drivers”, “Support” etc. and follow those.
  3. If any space is provided on the site for choosing a device for which the drivers are needed, then type-in or select your device model in the space provided.

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