thank you all.Yes, it seems canon really made this one as difficult as possible.Probably beyond my capabilities so fortunate that i had another scanner available.I will put this particular project aside in the hope that perhaps a solution is found or i come across someone local that likes a challenge.Thank you all for your input and excellent clear replies - all much easier understood and clearer than the flickr info.Peter, i guess you will be on the lookout for one of these scanners, just so you can solve the problem: