MY PC IS CURED!!! ...sort of.
Jonas came over to my house (finally! i captured a pc doctor!) and after a few hours of tinkering with my pc, it actually scanned without a hitch! the printer still won't work, though, but kuya gerry was right about his suspicions about the printer running out of ink. All in all, we happily declared that i can manage without the dreaded reformat for a while! whee! ^_^
Dr. Jonas' final SCIENTIFIC diagnosis is that the pc is a girl. It's why daw the scanner works perfectly when operated by guys.
that slut ;)
seriously though, he just said that i should scan "the manly way" by opening the scanner menu through another program, like Photoshop or something.
Anyway, I suggested to name the scanner "Jona", since it's obviously 'his bitch'.
He suggested "Joan" :)
Anyway, i can finally scan independently! so here they are!