[sane-devel] Hello, and HP C3180 drivers

Robert Charlesworth rhcharlesworth at googlemail.com
Fri Nov 12 13:15:54 UTC 2010

Thanks Alan & Johannes, I didn't know about HPLIP, and didn't realise that
it is included with my Ubuntu distro!
Scanning seems to work fine, both with the Simple Scan frontend and x-sane
(not installed by default).
Seems that's the end of my driver writing project then ;-)
Never mind, I have an old Primax Colorado scanner kicking around somewhere,
so maybe I'll have a play with that.....

On 11 November 2010 14:19, Johannes Meixner <jsmeix at suse.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> On Nov 10 18:59 Robert Charlesworth wrote (shortened):
>  I have an old HP C3180 all-in-one Printer Scanner Copier,
>> which no longer prints, but I still want to retain as a scanner.
>> The SANE database online lists it as 'unsupported'
> It seems what the SANE database online shows at
> http://www.sane-project.org/cgi-bin/driver.pl?manu=&model=3180&bus=any&v=&p=
> is a contradiction in itself:
> It lists the HP Photosmart C3180 as explicitly "unsupported" by SANE
> (actually the device is listed for the "unsupported" backend)
> but also as "good" supported by the external backend "hpaio"
> which is provided by HP's HPLIP software, see
> http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/photosmart/photosmart_c3100_series.html
> I think that devices which are supported by an external backend
> should not be listed for the "unsupported" backend in SANE.
> I think the "unsupported" backend in SANE is only for devices which
> are known to be neither supported by a built-in backend in SANE
> nor by an external backend for SANE.
> At least this is how I understand the "Comment" for
> the "unsupported" backend in SANE:
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
> Backend: unsupported
> ...
> Comment: The devices mentioned here are not supported by
> any SANE backend. However, there may be links to information
> about them or stand-alone programs.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
> For me "any SANE backend" means both built-in backends in SANE
> and external backends for SANE.
> In contrast a real built-in backend in SANE like "hp" might list
> the HP Photosmart C3180 with status "unsupported" in compliance
> to what a particular backend's status "unsupported" for a
> particular device means:
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> Legend:
> ...
>  Status:
>  ...
>    unsupported means the device is not supported at least by
>    this backend. It may be supported by other backends, however.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> Kind Regards
> Johannes Meixner
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