I just found a 5400 in a flee market and had it for free because the owner didn't really know what it was! But the device doesn't come with its holders (of course, they were lost somewhere on the road).
I brought the device home, connected it using USB, and launched DIMAGE software on XP. The device went through a long self-check, then the power light became permanent green (stopped flashing) and the software started properly. The fluorescent light is on, and if I push the scan button, the software asks me to position the holder properly (I don't have a holder yet).
Q1) Is this a good sign? Does it make sense to find holders at the exorbitant prices that they go, and hope the scanner will work properly after a deep cleaning?
Q2) Has anyone tried cleaning this device at home? Any advice? Or does anyone know a professional service capable of doing the cleaning in Europe?
Q3) Does anyone know the exact size of the bulb, if I want to purchase a few before they go out of production? I have already found a supplier: http://www.ccflwarehouse.com/ccfllamps.html
Q4) Does anyone know if the film holder FH-M10 supplied with the scanner compatible with any other holder from Minolta, like FH-M20 (Elite 5400II) or FH-M1 (Elite II)?
Q5) Is there anyone in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) I can borrow the holders from for a couple of hours, just to check the scanner? Of course, I will be glad to buy, if you have spare ones.