[sane-devel] Mustek ScanExpress A3 USB 1200 PRO
uzstzm at uni-bonn.de
Tue Sep 9 10:04:03 UTC 2008
Jay Anderson wrote:
> I'm trying to get this scanner to work. I'm on Ubuntu 8.04.
> Bus 003 Device 005: ID 055f:040b Mustek Systems, Inc.
>> sane-find-scanner -q
> found USB scanner (vendor=0x055f [Hewlett-Packard. ], product=0x040b
> [USB2.0 Scanner ], chip=SQ113) at libusb:003:005
> In my searching I found http://www.meier-geinitz.de/sane/mustek_usb2-backend/.
> I found another thread
> (http://www.nabble.com/Mustek-ScanExpress-A3-600-USB-Pro-td14698028.html) which
> suggested trying the latest backend snapshot
> (http://www.sane-project.org/snapshots/) and changing the ProductID and VendorID
> to match what this scanner has. I've done that rebuilt and installed (make &&
> make install).
> After this xsane comes up and can communicate with the scanner. When I preview
> the image it comes back with garbage -- multi-colored vertical stripes (when I
> scanned an image it also came back with garbage). So it is similar enough to
> control the scanner it seems.
> Has anyone else had any luck with this scanner?
> I'm willing (though I'm not sure how able I am) to spend some time digging
> around in the code to figure it out a bit more. I don't really know where to
> start so any pointers here would be useful. Thanks.
Don't know what this means for the 1200 DPI model, but the state of affairs concerning the ScanExpress A3 600 is that there is a Mustek driver here:
These are RPMs (i386) including a customized mustek_usb2 driver (libsane 1.0.19). It was impossible for me to get these drivers running (suspected to
be quick'n'dirty) and also I would like to run other scanners in addition. I've written several time to Mustek to give free the source of their
mustek_usb2 with no reply at all.
Maybe it's a good idea to keep on with the enquiries to give away their source, BTW it has been discussed before on the list
(http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/sane-devel/2008-August/022583.html) that their driver packet injures the GPL of Sane.
Another way would be naturally to make a driver on our own, begin with a USB sniff within Windows and to manipulate mustek_usb2 to begin with. But I
do not have any experiences with that.
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