[sane-devel] hp ScanJet 5200C not working

Mark Longridge mark at cubeman.org
Fri Apr 28 20:18:44 UTC 2006

Hi Dominik,

I use the HP 5200C a lot and it does work with
xsane and scanimage BUT I can not use the front
button via USB. I am talking to HP about the front button
and they are trying to help me. Soon I will try it with the
MS Windows software just to see if the button works.
I think perhaps the button does work via the parallel
port with xsane but I don't have the cable.

I also wrote a couple of simple utilities to talk to the 
scanner directly by sending commands to /dev/usb/scanner0 .
But I am using 2.4.22-1.2199.nptlsmp (Fedora Core 1).

You can read my notes here: http://cubeman.org/hp.txt

You could try something like this:

scanimage -d hp:/dev/usb/scanner0 --mode color --resolution 100 -x 50 -y 50 > 

I don't know if that would work on ubuntu 5.10 but basically
talking to the 5200C straightforward if you know the SCL
commands. I know that MS Windows users complained that
sometimes the scanner would stop responsing to messages
via USB. This would happen if the NVRAM was corrupted.


On April 28, 2006 08:11 am, Dominik Holler wrote:
> hi,
> i am using sane 1.0.15-9ubuntu6 on ubuntu 5.10
> sane acess the scanner via libusb
> the scanner is detected, but does not work:
> user at kasopaja:~$ sudo scanimage -L
> device `hp:libusb:002:006' is a Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 5200C flatbed
> scanner
> user at kasopaja:~$ sudo scanimage -T -vvvvvv
> scanimage: scanning image of size 2550x3507 pixels at 1 bits/pixel
> scanimage: acquiring gray frame, 1 bits/sample
> scanimage: reading one scanline, 319 bytes...   FAIL Error: Error during
> device I/O
> Closing device
> Calling sane_exit
> scanimage: finished
> but the 5200c is complete supported, isn't ?
> is there a way to detect if the hardware or the software fails ?
> greetings
> dominik
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