[sane-devel] Trying to use Lexmark 3300 with scanimage

Fred Odendaal freshshelf at rogers.com
Sat Nov 19 04:42:28 UTC 2005


When I first decided to write a driver for my Lexmark X1185 I started 
with the Lexmark USB Scanner Device Driver kit. It has many draw backs; 
it's not open source; it's meant to work with old kernels (2.4x) - 
compatible with RedHat 8.0, RedHat 9.0, Mandrake 9.0, Mandrake 9.1, 
Mandrake 9.2, SuSE 8.1, SuSE 8.2 and SuSE 9.0.; it's built on a really 
old version of SANE backend development libraries (1.0.13); you have to 
hack frontend and backend makefiles to add support for linking in c++ 
code; it only works for the following AIO devices: X5250, X7170.

Any one of these is reason enough not to use it, but when you put them 
all together you have to ask "why bother offering the kit in the first 
place?". I abandoned this approach and wrote my own driver using usb 
logfiles from scans on a Windows machine using the Lexmark driver. It is 
now in the SANE backends CVS repository and works for all X1100 series 
scanners except the new X1195. It scans well, but I've received 
complaints about image quality. This is because it doesn't do colour 
calibration or dark compensation yet.

Fred Odendaal
Rayudu Addagarla wrote:

> Hello Fred Odendaal 
> http://www.lexmark.com/US/products/info/linux/requirements.html
> Did you try this. on the above link see this Lexmark USB Scanner 
> Device Driver 
> <http://www.lexmark.com/US/products/info/linux/gnu_agreement8_rev2.html>
> Thanks
> On 11/14/05, *Fred Odendaal* <freshshelf at rogers.com 
> <mailto:freshshelf at rogers.com>> wrote:
>     The Lexmark X3300 is unsupported by SANE. Its not even listed in
>     the supported devices <http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html>
>     web page.
>     You could write your own driver, or make a request on this list
>     that someone write one. I wouldn't hold my breath trying to get
>     someone to write one. Its very difficult for the writer unless he
>     has the exact same model for testing. Also, Lexmark is very close
>     mouthed about their scanner technology, so the writer needs to do
>     a lot of scans on a Windows machine using the Lexmark Windows
>     driver and log the usb transfers and reverse engineer the backend
>     from the log files.
>     regards,
>     Fred Odendaal
>     Terrence van Ettinger wrote:
>>	I'm trying to use scanimage with my Lexmark 3300, and
>>sane-find-scanner shows it, but when I try to do scanimage, it can't
>>find the scanner.  What do I need to do about this?
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