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First, the good. I installed FineReader 9 on the new laptop. I had installed version 8, but it seems to have disappeared. That leads us to the bad, but first I will say that the interface in version 9 is very nice and a bit more user-friendly. Hopefully version 9 will not suddenly disappear...

My new computer worked like a charm for three weeks. I had a bit of a learning curve because it's a new machine with a few nifty new features, but it was really not so bad.

Then things started falling apart. My screen reader thinks it cannot see things most of the time. Every so often it fools me for about five seconds--you know, like the kid who says, "Ha ha! Made ya look! And then it goes right back to its weird behavior. This is really not good.

At first I thought the problem might be the new build I downloaded last week. I took it off and reinstalled the old one. This process went very badly on Monday night, and what should have taken 20 minutes--and been something I could do independently--ended up taking the whole evening and making me call my dad to come help.

It did not help. So I restored to the last time when things worked. That made things worse.

I finally got mad at the whole thing and continued my efforts on Tuesday night. No success. So I called tech support at Freedom Scientific yesterday. The guy was extremely helpful, stayed on the phone with me for an hour discussing this problem that is nearly impossible to describe, and we got it fixed. It was an issue with JAWS and video chaining which is apparently known to occur on Lenovo ThinkPads running XP. I was the happiest person in the world.

Then I took the computer off the docking station... Moved around in the afternoon, and didn't end up using it... Put it back, turned it back on... I was right back where I started. And settings had started vanishing--and so had Fine Reader 8.

Now you all know why finding my scanner driver online was the highlight of yesterday.

I spend another hour on the phone with tech support today. They are stumped. I am tired. I still had two books to scan... Later, I found a bunch of Norton keys in my registry... I also found errors in my event log indicating that my computer wasn't releasing things from memory when I restarted. I downloaded a user profile cleaner... Another hour down the tubes... No homework done.

Finally I begin scanning--and scan the wrong book. I'll use it later, but it's not time-efficient. I get the right book--and scan it in from back to front. It must be redone. I discover I don't have the other one--apparently I never bought it. I go and beg the library to let me have one of the reserve copies overnight. It will be back by 7:00 A.M. (Notice I am still awake.) I begin scanning the upside-down book again.

"No scanner driver could be detected..."

*SCREAM*

"Made ya look." I tried again, and it seems the computer is having a little fun at my expense. Yes, there really is a scanner driver installed, and it does work just fine, thank you.

The book gets scanned. I am now working on the library book. And reading the first book... I have to write a review, due on Tuesday. I still have assignments due in my prophecy class... And a paper due on Monday... And a take-home final due on Monday... My hands are not feeling so great, and m head hurts. I think I will not be sleeping much this weekend...

Would anyone like to trade lives for a while? Oh, wait... I already tried thinking about a new brain and decided I might not like the new one. I guess I'm stuck with this one.

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kindletheflame
May. 2nd, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Hmm, would it have been faster to renumber pages in FineReader rather than scan the entire book over again? You could just keep going to the end and numbering the last page as 1, second-to-last page as 2, and so on. At least in my mind it makes sense! Come to think of it, FineReader should make a utility that does this automatically for when people scan things in the wrong order ...
3kitties
May. 2nd, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
renumbering pages
I tried to fivure out how to renumber like that. FR 9 is going to take some work... The book was only a hundred pages, and I figured I could scan it faster than I could do the manual renumbering. I wish there was a reverse page order option or something.
kindletheflame
May. 2nd, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: renumbering pages
I have FineReader 9, and all you have to do is get focus to the area where all the pages are listed (document view has to be enabled in the View menu, I think), and then just press the Applications key and the submenu opens, and do R for renumber page. Once you renumber it it'll automatically jump to its new position so you could just hit Control + End to get back to the bottom and start over.

I'd think it would be fairly easy for FineReader to build something like that in. I'll e-mail them and suggest it for version 10.
brighid0704
May. 3rd, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Sarah,

This is awful! I really hope the comp straightens itself out. I've never heard of video chaining, or that application you were talking about either.

What kind of computer are you using, which version of Jaws, and does the comp run on XP pro?
3kitties
May. 3rd, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
the computer, etc.
It's a Lenovo ThinkPad running XP Pro. JAWS 9 was, of course, written for Vista. Video chaining is an XP feature, and it is a problem on some computers which were technically designed with Vista in mind but are running XP. This was all explained to me this week. Also the fact that I had not deleted the folders when I uninstalled JAWS was a problem.
my_pen
May. 3rd, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
ACK!!! BAD!! BAD!! BAD COMPUTER!! STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT OR HIT THE ROAD!!

Oh wait. .. could it be sick? Could it have a bug?
momof3bbp
May. 16th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hi, Just catching up from being buried in papers ,research, lit review, and more papers. School's out! Yea! I might take a class in July. Yea to that too. What is a Lenovo ThinkPad? Is that your new laptop? Now, if I thought I had it bad losing sleep over papers and such. It don't even compare to you. Whew! You really do have some get up and go get 'em! I really admire you and when I've been away from emaill and LJ I alwasy check in with you first. Oh, hopefully, you're feeling better after the surgery. Danie
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