Monday, April 19, 2010

Canon vs. MSN

I have a pretty neat little USB-powered scanner CanoScan LiDE 200. Worked like a charm - assembled PDFs, did it's OCR things. Until recently. All the sudden it started throwing "Application stopped working" popup with the following trace:

Faulting application name: mpnex20.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x488d25b8
Faulting module name: MSONSEXT.DLL_unloaded, version:, time stamp: 0x43306199
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x49143a3b
Faulting process id: 0x1b6c
Faulting application start time: 0x01ca6fa1279f1150
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Canon\MP Navigator EX 2.0\mpnex20.exe
Faulting module path: MSONSEXT.DLL
Report Id: 66e6c43e-db94-11de-944e-00248c08c4d9

Reinstall didn't help. All kind of forums advised to fix a corrupted profile - which in my case would open giant can of poisonous worms, so it wasn't acceptable. Eventually I've dug up an obscure recipe. When I first laid my eye on it I didn't believe it, but three hours of head banging improves ones faith in miracles. I tried it and it worked. Like a charm. The guy is a Voodoo Jedi - there is no way mere human can get to that without using a Force. Here is the solution:
- Go to the folder C:\Users\[user name]\App Data\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts\
- There will be shortcut "My Web Sites on MSN" - kill it
- Burn Microsoft sticker under a bridge at a full moon.

Go figure...

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