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A Real WTF Moment

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When I switched on my PC today, the scanner software which starts up at boot time reported that the flatbed scanner (A Hewlett Packard ScanJet 5100C) wasn't responding. I took a look at the scanner, and the light on front was flashing.Odd, I thought. So I tried the usual measure of unplugging it for a moment and then plugging it back in.

At this point the scan head started moving backwards and forwards and playing classical music.

Yes, I'm serious. It created notes by varying the motor speed

Current theory is that it's a measure designed to make the user think he's gone mad. I googled for a bit but couldn't find any reference at all to an HP scanner playing classical music, so I'm not entirely sure why it was doing that.

Sadly it did not do it a second time when I attempted to replicate the procedure, though the scanner is working fine... All I can say is someone at Hewlett Packard has one hell of a sense of humour.

Posted September 26, 2004 5:17 PM


I don't know what you Googled, but hp scanner music points me straight to
so at least you know you're not going mad.

Posted by: ringbark | September 26, 2004 6:33 PM

Aha! I was trying hewlett packard scanner classical music. Guess it was too complex a query. :)

Posted by: Alden Bates | September 26, 2004 9:10 PM

omg lol mine just did it too.. spooky

Posted by: somebody | March 6, 2005 9:11 AM

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