[sane-devel] Getting scanner to work
GERARDO.BALLABIO at mpsgr.it
Thu Dec 28 12:09:22 CET 2006
I've been told I should post the message below to this list, so here it
From: BALLABIO GERARDO
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 9:16 AM
To: 'debian-user at lists.debian.org'
Subject: Getting scanner to work
may I please ask for your help.
I've been given an old scanner by a friend (not sure exactly how old,
but the drivers cd says "windows 95, 98 and NT") and have been trying to
run it from Debian Sarge. It's the first time I plug a scanner into a
After an "apt-get search scanner", I installed sane, then tried to run
xscanimage, but it printed this and exited:
No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something
check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).
So I tried sane-find-scanner and got this:
# sane-find-scanner will now attempt to detect your scanner. If the
# result is different from what you expected, first make sure your
# scanner is powered up and properly connected to your computer.
# No SCSI scanners found. If you expected something different, make
# you have loaded a SCSI driver for your SCSI adapter.
found USB scanner (vendor=0x05cb, product=0x1483) at libusb:001:002
# Your USB scanner was (probably) detected. It may or may not be
# SANE. Try scanimage -L and read the backend's manpage.
# Not checking for parallel port scanners.
# Most Scanners connected to the parallel port or other proprietary
# can't be detected by this program.
# You may want to run this program as root to find all devices. Once
# found the scanner devices, be sure to adjust access permissions as
>From the manpages, I found that the scanner device should be called
something like /dev/scanner or /dev/usb/scanner or /dev/sg0, but there's
nothing like that. Here's the output of "ls /dev":
adsp hdb ram10 tty tty28 tty48 ttyS1 ttyS3 ttyS7
agpgart hdc ram11 tty0 tty29 tty49 ttyS10 ttyS30 ttyS8
audio initctl ram12 tty1 tty3 tty5 ttyS11 ttyS31 ttyS9
cdrom input ram13 tty10 tty30 tty50 ttyS12 ttyS32
cdrom1 kmem ram14 tty11 tty31 tty51 ttyS13 ttyS33 vcs
cdrw kmsg ram15 tty12 tty32 tty52 ttyS14 ttyS34 vcs1
console log ram2 tty13 tty33 tty53 ttyS15 ttyS35 vcs2
core loop ram3 tty14 tty34 tty54 ttyS16 ttyS36 vcs3
dri MAKEDEV ram4 tty15 tty35 tty55 ttyS17 ttyS37 vcs4
dsp mem ram5 tty16 tty36 tty56 ttyS18 ttyS38 vcs5
dvd mixer ram6 tty17 tty37 tty57 ttyS19 ttyS39 vcs6
dvdrw net ram7 tty18 tty38 tty58 ttyS2 ttyS4 vcs7
fd null ram8 tty19 tty39 tty59 ttyS20 ttyS40 vcsa
fd0 port ram9 tty2 tty4 tty6 ttyS21 ttyS41 vcsa1
full ppp random tty20 tty40 tty60 ttyS22 ttyS42 vcsa2
hda printer rtc tty21 tty41 tty61 ttyS23 ttyS43 vcsa3
hda1 psaux shm tty22 tty42 tty62 ttyS24 ttyS44 vcsa4
hda2 ptmx snd tty23 tty43 tty63 ttyS25 ttyS45 vcsa5
hda5 pts sndstat tty24 tty44 tty7 ttyS26 ttyS46 vcsa6
hda6 radeon stderr tty25 tty45 tty8 ttyS27 ttyS47 vcsa7
hda7 ram0 stdin tty26 tty46 tty9 ttyS28 ttyS5
hda8 ram1 stdout tty27 tty47 ttyS0 ttyS29 ttyS6 zero
I also read that I should load the "sg" kernel module and "a kernel
scanner module": I tried sg, nothing changed. As for the "kernel scanner
module", I don't know how such a module should be called.
Knowing that Sarge may be somewhat outdated with respect to device
support, I've also tried Knoppix (v5.0.1, the latest as far as I know).
But I got exactly the same messages.
The scanner model is: Compeye Simplex 8110U. At least that's what's
written on it, I haven't been given the box nor the manuals, and never
heard about a brand called Compeye.
Can anyone give me some advice? (please Cc: me, I'm not subscribed)
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