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  1. Normally when I get noise in my prints, I shut everything down for about 3 hours (or overnight) and then restart the machine. I'm assuming this resets the laser. Since this puts me out of production for awhile I decided to try the "reset the Blue Laser" button. How long does it take for the laser to reset? Thanks!
  2. Hi, I've been having this problem intermittently for about 4 years now. The cure each time has been to shut the machine off (including the breaker) and then let it sit for about 3 hours. I'm assuming this resets the laser. It seems to happen more often on cold clear days, although I'm not sure what that means. The last time it happened was in February of this year and then it didn't happen again until just yesterday (November). When it first happened I was told that I would probably have to replace the laser. Although that ultimately may prove to be true, I just wanted to post this so that others would see that you may be able to run for awhile with this condition.
  3. I just picked up a used copy of EZ Controller with the dongle, but now I need to know how to set up my Noritsu LS 600 to work with it. Does anyone have a copy of the EZ Controller manual they would be willing to share? Thanks!
  4. Many of these LS 600 scanners were used with EZ controller or a connecting unit. Without disabling this you'll often be unable to run a scanner calibration. This will also keep you from being able to manually focus the scanner or even run cleaning strips. To disable this you'll have to remove the right side cover (see service manual link on this site) and unplug connector P/J 163. This should reset the scanner and allow you to run it in stand alone mode.
  5. I always hate it when you find a problem you're having on the internet, but the poster never comes back and says if they figured out a solution. So two years later....I finally figured out how to adjust the focus on the LS-600 without the "focus adjustment tool". I have to give credit to the members at the LS-600 Facebook page for pointing me in the right direction. First you get into the service menu as outlined above. In the LS-600 software go to the menu. Then type f1 & f9. It will ask for a password which is 2260. Voila! You now have two extra selections in the menu. Select scanner unit adjustment, then focus adjustment. It will bring up a screen that asks you to attach the 135 and 240 focus charts to the film carrier. Just select "Next". The scanner will do a quick light calibration and then take you to the focus adjustment screen where it would normally show you a wave form that you use to adjust the focus. Instead, in the center of the screen you'll see a box that says "focus value". This is what we'll adjust to find the best focus. Initially my scanner had a value of 75. I changed the value in large increments: 90, 110, 120, 130. After changing the number I would exit the service menu and go back and make a scan of a well focussed negative. Since I was scanning through Photoshop I did all my changes and scanning before I quit the LS-600 program. Then I went into Photoshop and compared the different scans. Wow, there was a huge difference. My scanner was way out of focus. After I determined the best focus was between 120 and 130 I then went back and readjusted the focus value in smaller increments: 120, 123, 125, 127. The final verdict was that 125 was the sharpest.This is not an absolute number and your values may differ. The only important thing is that you find the number that gives you the best focus. For my own comparison I scanned the same negative on my Nikon 9000. This time the LS-600 was every bit as sharp as the Nikon and it had much better color and contrast. Finally I'm able to offer high quality scans to my customers. In fact, another lab was so impressed with my new scans that they are having me scan all their high resolution 35mm and APS film.
  6. I have an LS-600 Scanner and a Nortisu 3501 (not plus). Currently I use the scanner in stand alone mode and scan film through Photoshop. Then I save those files and transfer them to my printer. I'm considering buying a used version of EZ controller to make the whole process easier and quicker. I was wondering if EZ controller is helpful with other customer files as well. I have a few Photoshop Actions that I use on customer files, but if I could use EZ controller for that as well, it might help justify the cost.
  7. Just thought I would update my machine problems. So after "resetting" the machine by leaving it off for a few days over the New Year (including turning off the breaker), it has worked perfectly (3 months) until this weekend where it would only print jagged cyan lines on the paper. No image, just cyan lines. I turned it off on Saturday and left it off until today (Monday). Today, it's working perfectly again, but I'm sure I'm living on borrowed time. I called Noritsu and they suggested sending someone out to look at it. I'm wondering if the Tech can check out anything if the machine is performing correctly. Is there a test to see if the laser is "weak" or due to fail? Could this be a problem with the driver board?
  8. I went through the same problems with a used LS-600. I finally ordered the latest Twain Driver Disk and Scanner Program Disk from Noritsu. I think it was about $300 for both. This was important, because only the latest version 6 Scanner program will work with Windows 7. Once I had the new software, I first installed the twain driver. Then I installed the scanner program. Next, I needed to download the optional twain driver software for Photoshop CS5 from Adobe (earlier versions of Photoshop may already have the twain driver installed). The twain driver only works in 32 bit mode, so you have to make sure you put it in the right folder for the 32 bit version of CS5. Once I did that I started up Photoshop went to File>Import and selected the LS-600. This starts up the software and you're ready to scan!
  9. I don't have the EZ controller software. I'm just using the LS-600 as a plug in through Photoshop. I just did an order of 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10 prints from color negatives and they all looked good. I'm thinking it's just that the resolution is not as high as my Nikon 9000. I think I'll shoot some film to test this out. Thanks!
  10. Well, I can't figure out how to get into service mode on a stand alone computer. Looking at the files, it's not like they're not sharp, as much as they don't have the "stated resolution". For instance, I scanned a negative at 4000 dpi on the Nikon 9000 and you can read the license plate on a car in the background. On the the Noritsu you can't make out the numbers. Do you have a link for the service manual? Maybe I can figure out something from that.
  11. Hi, Thanks for the reply. Since I have my LS-600 hooked up as a stand alone unit, how do I access the service mode? Could I just use my own negative for focus adjustment or do I need to buy an adjustment chart from Noritsu?
  12. Has anyone fine tuned the focus on their LS-600 or S1-II scanner? I recently picked up a used LS-600 and have been using it to scan long rolls of 35mm film for printing. It works great, and I've been very happy with the results. I have a customer who likes to make 16"x24" prints from his film. I decided to try the LS-600 at 4000 dpi and also use my Nikon 9000 at 4000 dpi. The color was great on the LS-600 scan, but the Nikon 9000 was much sharper. Is there a way to check the focus? Does anyone have a service manual or tips on doing this. Thanks!
  13. Well, so far two days and no more problems. I'm crossing my fingers that it stays this way for awhile. I'm also taking the time to check out my options for replacing the green laser. Thanks to Eugene for all his help and advice. Anyone else in the US replace a laser? Any tips?
  14. Here's the listing for the laser type: 1.012x1 FfR1 N Thanks again for the help!
  15. Sorry for the delayed response. This happened the afternoon before I was scheduled to leave on a 5 day holiday. I shut down the machine and decided to deal with it when I got back. I turned off my machine at the breaker while I was gone, and when I turned it back on today, it worked fine. I've attached a photo of the pattern. The Noritsu tech came by today and said that he thought the problem would come back.
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