[sane-devel] Sane support for Acer parallel port scanners

Henning Meier-Geinitz henning@meier-geinitz.de
Thu, 19 Jun 2003 10:49:39 +0200


On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 09:58:57AM +0200, mrjaneway@gmx.net wrote:
> I am new to this list, so I hope I dont ask any stupid questions.... I am
> also new to the Linux world and I installed SuSE Linux 8.2 on my PC. Everything
> is working, except my old scanner. It's a Acer / Benq 620P parallel port
> scanner, and in the Sane compatibility list the status for a driver for this
> model is marked as "unknown".

Well, to be exact, it is not on our lists at all, only on Jonathan
Buzzard's parallel port scanners list. Usually that means that there
is no support in SANE.

> Can you tell me if someone is working on a Sane driver for this
> model?

I don't think so. At least the scanner is not mentioned in our list or
on the TODO list.

I can add the Benq Parport scanners to our "unsupported" list to make
that more clear.

> Or can I use another driver that will work for my
> scanner too? I guess Acer is only relabeling its scanners.... 

I don't know, but if it were possible to get it working with another
backend, that fact would be most probably known.

But it doesn't harm to try the parallel port backends. Just select
"Parport" in the scanner search engine and try the hbackends that it

Otherwise I guess it's up to you to write a backend. But I doubt it's
worth the hassle for an old parport scanner.

But maybe the maintainer of the snapscan backend which supports Benq
SCSI scanners knows more details?