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December 16, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Epson Smart panel error message

EpsonsmartpanelA reader named Thales writes:

I received this error message "an unamed file was not found" in the Epson Smart Panel - the application that accompanies the Epson Perfection 2400 Photo scanner.

Also, what amazes me is the fact that they expect the software to be able to find a file without a name in the first place.


Well, that is not very helpful.


Posted by: dahobo at December 16, 2006 12:36 AM

Is it an error or isn't it? Finding no unnamed files might be a good thing. But what the hell is ESTW5UI?

Posted by: fmgazette at December 16, 2006 12:53 AM

Epson "Smart" Panel, huh?

Posted by: Ben Thoma at December 16, 2006 01:03 AM


Posted by: mmcwatters at December 16, 2006 01:39 PM

mmcwatters: No, not Windows, Epson Smart Panel. Windows has no control over the error messages used in an application unless the application as a whole crashes and Windows takes over, which is not what's happened here.

For anyone interested, HP Director (scanner/printer driver) is just as big a piece of buggy crap as this Epson Panel. What is it with big company printer/scanner drivers being so universally awful? I've almost gone back to using the Windows scanner/camera wizard: it may be so feature-limited as to seem almost crippled, but it least it start up without crashing.


Posted by: Simon at December 16, 2006 06:43 PM

That reminds me an error I once got: "An unknown error occurred while accessing an unnamed file."

Posted by: EricJ2190 at December 16, 2006 10:33 PM

simon, i'm going to have to stick with 'windows.' i have epson equipment hooked up to both a mac and a pc. i get these kinds of error messages on my pc, never on my mac. same with most other software (photoshop, printer drivers, etc.).

Posted by: mmcwatters at December 17, 2006 10:19 AM

Assuming it is the same "unnamed file" mentioned in my error message, it is both Windows and Epson's fault. By "unnamed file" it is referring to the program accessing a hardware device as a file. If the programmer does not properly handle the error, as I failed do do when I got my message, Windows gives the confusing message.

Posted by: EricJ2190 at December 17, 2006 03:03 PM

its like "you have version 10.0 of word, you must have version 8.0 or higher to run this program"

Posted by: sysa_webmaster at December 18, 2006 05:31 PM

I am amazed that Epson isn't bankrupt. I used to have an Epson. It was crap. Only the first ink cartridge worked. It ended up on the curb. The Dell printer I have is actually pretty good. It did suffer from ink-cartridge-error syndrome, but that was because of a defective cartridge. It used to have a problem that prevented the computer from fully booting if the printer was plugged in. That computer? A DELL.

Posted by: wafflecannon at December 20, 2006 08:29 PM

Epson has gone down hill and jumped the shark in recent years. :|

Posted by: blinking blythe at January 4, 2007 06:36 PM

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